Well as someone who take a baby aspirin a day, I sat up and paid attention to this one.
Researchers in Australia have
found that those who take aspirin regularly may be in danger of developing
age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
The researchers followed nearly 2,400 study participants for a decade
and a half. After 15 years, 3.7% of the study participants who did not
take aspirin regularly had developed neovascular AMD ,
a severe form of macular degeneration. Among those identified as
regular aspirin users, more than double that number – 9.3%– were
diagnosed with AMD.
Regular aspirin use was defined as taking the drug at least once a week over the course of a year.
“Thoughtful clinicians” may
want to consider the study results, doctors from Cedars-Sinai Medical
Center in Los Angeles said in an invited commentary. Previous studies
have also linked aspirin usage to macular degeneration .
The findings were published within days of a proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to expand Medicare coverage for certain forms of AMD . Under the proposal, optical coherence tomography would be covered as a method for assessing treatment response.