A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports that daily aspirin use may cause anemia in seniors. The National Institutes of Health-funded Aspirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) study found that those taking aspirin were 20% more likely to be anemic than those who didn’t. Anemia can have several consequences in the elderly, including fatigue, low blood pressure, and high heart rate which can be extra risky for the elderly. Researchers recommend that older adults who take aspirin receive regular blood testing to ensure that their hemoglobin levels remain within a safe range.
A new DNA test aims to make cervical cancer screening more accessible in low-income countries. The test is designed to detect the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is responsible for the majority of cervical cancer cases. Current screening methods for cervical cancer often involve a Pap smear, which requires a trained medical professional and laboratory analysis. The new DNA test is less invasive and can be administered by non-medical professionals. The test has been developed by a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge and has been successfully tested in a pilot program in Botswana. The hope is that the test will help to reduce the number of cervical cancer deaths in low-income countries where access to traditional screening methods is limited.