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Study on frequent Aspirin use flags heightened risk of serious, fatal bleeding for over-75s

The Japan Times

LONDON – People aged 75 or older who take aspirin daily to ward off heart attacks face a significantly elevated risk of serious or even fatal bleeding, and should be given heartburn drugs to minimize the danger, a 10-year study has found. Between 40 percent and 60 percent of over-75s in Europe and the United States take aspirin every day, previous studies have estimated, but the implications of long-term use in older people have remained unclear until now because most clinical trials involve patients under 75. The study published on Wednesday, however, was split equally between over-75s and younger patients, examining a total of 3,166 Britons who had suffered a heart attack or stroke and were taking blood-thinning medication to prevent a recurrence. Researchers emphasized that the findings did not mean older patients should stop taking aspirin. Instead, they recommend broad use of proton pump inhibitor heartburn drugs such as omeprazole, which can cut the risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding by 70-90 percent.


Younger Covid-19 patients 'more likely to lose sense of smell and taste' than older patients

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Younger people with COVID-19 are more likely to lose their sense of smell and taste than older patients, a new study has found. Irish researchers examined 46 infected patients who were asked to assess changes to their smell, known as anosmia, and taste, known as ageusia. About half of the participants experienced smell and taste dysfunction, which is a known symptom of the infectious disease. But while older people are generally more vulnerable to other effects of COVID-19, younger patients were more likely to experience anosmia and ageusia, they found. It's possible that a loss of smell and taste in young patients may appear instead of more significant symptoms such as the cough and fever.



Alzheimer's disease impacting 6.5M older Americans

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. An estimated 6.5 million Americans ages 65 and older are living with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new report. In an annual update released by the Alzheimer's Association, the group wrote that 73% of those individuals are age 75 or older and about one in nine of those age 65 and older has Alzheimer's. Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women, and older Black Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer's or other types of dementia than older White Americans.


Testosterone Gel Shows No Benefit for Older Men's Memories

U.S. News

Those changes could signal increased chances for heart attacks although none occurred in the study. Men in this sub-study were already more vulnerable for heart problems because of conditions including artery disease, obesity and high blood pressure.