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Your Health: aspirin & cancer, antidepressants & pregnancy, HPD drug take-back

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A new study in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" finds another healthy benefit of aspirin.

This new study is pretty impressive. This research comes from Harvard University. In general, regular doses of aspirin may reduce the risk of dying from cancer.

More than 100,000 people were studied.

Men had a 15 percent lower cancer mortality risk than those who did not. For women, it was 7 percent lower.

But the largest impact for both sexes was with colorectal cancer. Researchers also believe aspirin may significantly reduce the risk of death for men with prostate and lung cancer. And for women, it may also help fend off death from breast cancer.

Despite these findings, not everyone should take a daily aspirin. This is especially true for anyone at a high risk for ulcers or gastrointestinal bleeding.

Our second story deals with an age old concern about pregnant women and antidepressants.

There has long been a concern that women who take antidepressants in early pregnancy might give birth to a child with autism or ADHD. Now researchers at Indiana University say that is not true.

Their findings are published in the "Journal of the American Medical Association." They studied more than a million infants born in over a 16-year period. They found no increased risk of autism or attention problems in children whose mothers took antidepressants during their first trimester.

They did find a slight increase of premature birth.

Our third story holds a special place for family safety.

Have you looked in your medicine cabinet lately? The Partnership for a Drug-Free Community and local law enforcement are partnering with other community agencies to offer a medication take-back event.

"The ultimate goal is the keep prescription drugs, specifically, but even other kinds of illegal drugs out of the hands of kids, out of the hands of teenager and even, honestly, away from our pets and out of our water supply," said Lt. Stacy Bates of the Huntsville Police Department.

The event will take place on April 29 at five locations across Madison County:

  • Jaycee Building, 2180 Airport Rd.
  • Madison Police Department, 100 Hughes Rd.
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5859 Hwy. 53
  • CVS Pharmacy, 12275 Hwy. 231-431 North
  • CVS Pharmacy, 2210 Winchester Rd.

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