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An Aspirin a Day Can Take the Eyesight Away
Date:4/29/2013

Sturgeon Bay, WI (PRWEB) April 29, 2013

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Chiropractor and Naturopath, Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP notes that aspirin is one of the most commonly used drugs, with over 100 billion tablets consumed worldwide yearly. In 2007, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality noted that 19.3% of American adults use aspirin, with usage increasing with age. Aspirin is most generally used for pain relief from arthritis and rheumatologic diseases, and for its assumed cardioprotective effects. Optometrists and ophthalmologists are especially concerned about aspirin’s relationship to age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness as people get older.

Barbara Klein’s research team at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Wisconsin (Madison) School of Medicine and Public Health studied this relationship. Their findings titled Long-Term Use of Aspirin and Age-Related Macular Degeneration were published in the December 2012 Journal of the American Medical Association.

Klein and her colleagues performed a longitudinal population-based study of age-related eye diseases in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Eye examinations were performed every 5 years over a 20 year period (1988-1990 through 2008-2010) and the occurrence of any age-related mac
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