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Prophylactic aspirin use common despite lack of conclusive data on benefits, harm -- CDC.

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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ASPIRIN PROPHYLACTIC USE RESEARCHED BY MICHIGAN, WISCONSIN HEALTH DEPTS. after data collected in those states showed that nearly one in four state residents age 45 and older are taking aspirin regularly to reduce the chance of a heart attack or stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's June 6 issue of the Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report. "The findings in this report indicate that substantial proportions of the populations in Wisconsin and Michigan used aspirin regularly to prevent heart disease, despite the lack of conclusive data on the relative benefits and harms when used for primary prevention," an accompanying editorial on the report states.
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