Aspirin may ‘slow brain decline’

first_img Tweet 11 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img HealthLifestyle Aspirin may ‘slow brain decline’ by: – October 5, 2012 Share Could taking an aspirin a day slow brain power decline?An aspirin a day may slow brain decline in elderly women at high risk of cardiovascular disease, research finds.Around 500 at risk women, between the ages of 70 to 92, were tracked for five years – their mental capacity was tested at the start and end of the study. Those taking aspirin for the entire period saw their test scores fall much less than those who had not. The Swedish study is reported in the journal BMJ Open. Dr Silke Kern, one of paper’s authors, said: “Unlike other countries – Sweden is unique, it is not routine to treat women at high risk of heart disease and stroke with aspirin. This meant we had a good group for comparison.”The women were tested using a mini mental state exam (MMSE) – this tests intellectual capacity and includes orientation questions like, “what is today’s date?”, “where are we today?” and visual-spatial tests like drawing two interlinking pentagons.No self-medication But the report found that while aspirin may slow changes in cognitive ability in women at high risk of a heart attack or stroke, it made no difference to the rate at which the women developed dementia – which was also examined for by a neuropsychiatrist.Dr Simon Ridley, head of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “The results provide interesting insight into the importance of cardiovascular health on cognition, but we would urge people not to self-medicate with aspirin to try to stave off dementia. “The study reports no benefit from aspirin on overall dementia rates in the group, and previous trials investigating the potential of drugs like aspirin for dementia have been negative.” Dr Kern added: “We don’t know the long term risks of taking routine aspirin. For examples ulcers and serious bleeds may outweigh the benefits we have seen. More work is needed. We will be following up the women in this study again in five years.” BBC Newslast_img read more

First Tropical System Develops in Gulf; No Threat to FL

first_imgA tropical system is already brewing in the Gulf, just as hurricane season officially starts.The National Hurricane Center says it is monitoring an area over the southern Bay of Campeche.They think the system could actually make landfall at some point, although far away from us.The low is bringing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the Atlantic, and is forecast to start moving westward to west-northwestward across the southern Bay of Campeche. That track would have the system aiming toward Mexico’s east coast over the next few days, according to the NHC.Meteorologists put the low’s chances of developing into a tropical depression at 40 percent, if it stays over for the next day or so.Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESGEOVANNI FRANCO, DANUSKA’S MY GIRL, WINNER:  “She’s been improving every time I’ve gotten on her. Jerry said ‘You’re on the fastest horse, just get her out of the gate and she’ll do the rest. She’s got a big heart and she ran really good.”TRAINER QUOTESJERRY HOLLENDORFER, DANUSKA’S MY GIRL, WINNER: “Geovanni rides her really good, no question. She’s been training very well and she’s put on a lot of weight, we have given her plenty of time between races and we think she’s doing well that way.  Some horses just don’t ever get a chance to get to be an older horse, but she did and she’s doing well. We just hope to keep her going. We’re probably going to look at that race at Los Alamitos, the Great Lady M (Grade II, six furlongs on July 6, 2019), which is a nice race over there, so we would like to run there if we could.”GARY SHERLOCK, TRAINER OF SHOW IT N MOE IT, SECOND:  “She tries every time.  Second in a Grade III with a Cal-bred, not bad. We’re probably run next in the Great Lady M at Los Alamitos (Grade II, six furlongs on July 6). It looks like we’ll be running in open company from now on.”NOTES: The winning owner is Bad Boy Racing, LLC.Bad Boy Racing’s Danuska’s My Girl and jockey Geovanni Franco, right, outleg Show It N Moe It (Rafael Bejarano), left, to win the Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes, Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more