03 Oct '11, 9pm

Daily aspirin tied to risk of vision loss for the elderly: UK study - TODAYonline #health #news

AMSTERDAM - Elderly people who take aspirin daily are twice as likely to have late -stage macular degeneration, an age-related loss of vision, than those who never take the pain reliever, according to a European study. The data do not show that aspirin causes vision loss. But the findings, published in Ophthalmology, are of concern if aspirin somehow exacerbates the eye disorder, given how many elderly people take it daily for heart disease. "For people who have age-related macular degeneration, it probably isn't wise to recommend taking aspirin," said Dr William Christen of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, who was not involved in the study. Researchers led by Dr Paulus de Jong at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience and Academic Medical Center collected health and lifestyle information from nearly 4,700 Europeans over age 65. Of those who took aspirin daily, ...

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