used to be said that an apple a day keeps the doctor
away. But aspirin looks increasingly likely to be
the new stand-in. The Royal Society of Medicine
(RSM) in United Kingdom says that those over 45
should take one a day. The suggestion comes in the
wake of new research from Oxford University that
shows taking 75 mg of aspirin daily for five years
can reduce the risk of bowel cancer by a fourth.
Earlier studies have already shown the efficacy of
aspirin vis-à-vis heart disease. RSM experts say it
may be "sensible" to start on aspirin at about 45,
when chances of developing serious chronic diseases
begin to rise.