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Does Aspirin Ward Off Cancer and Alzheimer's?

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Science  22 May 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5367, pp. 1192
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5367.1192

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The new "superaspirins" that are now emerging from the lab (see main text) appear to offer most of the old benefits of aspirin and its relatives--combating pain, fever, and inflammation--without their stomach-ravaging side effects. And now it seems that both groups of aspirin-like drugs may offer some dramatic new benefits: slowing the progression of cancer and Alzheimer's disease.