This article was published in Medical Observer.
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Three of my articles have been included in this new book released by CSIRO Publishing.
- Take an aspirin a day after you turn 50. p. 115
- Cranberry juice prevents bladder infections. p. 132
- Vitamin C prevents colds. p. 220
I have a short interview with Nancy Notzon on Panacea, on 2SER radio. This was broadcast on the show at 1900. This was based on my aspirin article on The Conversation.
The following article was published on The Conversation.
Monday’s medical myth: take an aspirin a day after you turn 50
By Michael Tam, University of New South Wales
Aspirin is a historical marvel. It’s been manufactured for more than a century and is still in widespread use. No other medication can claim as many different narratives and uses as this analgesic – it’s been known as:
- A traditional medicine – aspirin-like treatments, based on salicylate, have been derived from plants such as willows for millennia
- An international blockbuster – at the turn of the twentieth century, aspirin was one of the few effective treatments for fever and pain, and was wildly popular (and profitable)
- A hazard to children – aspirin was recognised in the 1980s as a potential cause of childhood death
- A modern wonder-drug – aspirin has been resurrected as an important and inexpensive medication for the prevention and treatment of heart attacks and strokes. Continue reading