Aspirin

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Aspirin is an analgesic which reduces pain and fever and is anti-inflammatory. Originally, Aspirin was a trademarked name of a specific preparation of acetylsalicylic acid marketed by Bayer. Later it became the generic term for the compound.

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Why should I be aware of this?

  • It is often used for mild to moderate pain, colds and flu, or sports injuries. Developed in the latter part of the nineteenth century, aspirin is now known to reduce the coagulation of the blood, and in continuous low doses can provide some protection from heart attacks.
  • Over the last decade studies have suggested that it can protect against a range of illnesses, including miscarriage, dementia and cancer of the bowel and breast, but it is its use in cardiovascular disease that has attracted the most attention.

All about Aspirin

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In recent years, taking aspirin has been suspected of encouraging Reye's Syndrome, a dangerous disease that can effect the brain and liver, in children and teenagers. The connection is not confirmed, yet it is recommended that people under the age of twenty use alternative pain- and fever-reducers. [1]

References:

  • The facts about aspirin
  • What is Aspirin?

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