Regular use of Aspirin may be linked with an increased risk of neovascular age-related macular degeneration, says a study from researchers at Australia's University of Sydney. For the study lead researcher Jie Jin Wang and his colleagues reviewed data collected from 2,389 Australians ages 49 and older as part of the Blue Mountains Eye Study.
They found that those who used Aspirin the most frequently were 2.37 times more likely to develop the condition. The drug is commonly used to prevent and control cardiovascular disease (CVD), and the researchers write:
"Aspirin is one of the most effective CVD treatments and reduces recurrent CVD events by one-fifth. Our present study now raises the possibility that the risk of neovascular [age-related macular degeneration] may also need to be considered."
Their data appears this month in JAMA.
by RTT Staff Writer
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