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Monday 21 April 2014

Taking aspirin regularly can triple risk of sight loss

Regular use of aspirin can almost triple the chance of developing a condition that is the leading cause of blindness.

Scientists from Sydney University, Australia, warned that they had found the strongest evidence yet that taking aspirin regularly appeared to greatly increase the chance of developing "wet" age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD).

The disease, in which one's central vision becomes progressively more blurred, affects millions of people, but mainly the elderly.

Taken at a low daily dose to prevent heart attacks and strokes, aspirin is enjoying a resurgence in popularity due to recent studies strongly indicating it can fight cancer.

Researchers have found it reduces the incidence of some cancers by a third, while it also retards the growth of tumours.

But aspirin has long been known to have side effects, most prominently increasing the risk of intestinal bleeds, which can cause ulcers. This latest study in the 'Journal of the American Medical Association' suggests people should also consider the possible effect on their sight. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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