Doctor James Wright - the original TV medic shares the latest health and medical news.

Aspirin, really the charred bark of willow trees has been used for centuries for arthritic pains, and well over a century in the western world when discovered by chance by a German chemist who stumbled on it by chance.

However, today, its chief use is prevention of blood clots and heart attack. Millions take it daily. It marginally thins, the blood. Ocassionally it causes gastric bleeding. A recent study of nearly 95,000 patients indicates that the low risk is far outweighed by its benefits in cardiac health, according to Britains “Lancet” magazine.

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