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Aspirin use associated with rare form of macular degeneration

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Regularly taking aspirin may increase the risk of developing a rare form of macular degeneration, a new report suggests.

The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association involved 5,000 people 43 to 86 years old. It found routinely using aspirin doubled the odds of developing neovascular macular degeneration.

This is the most severe form of ADM, which is a major cause of blindness in people over the age of 50.

The increase in the risk of developing the disease was slight, but it may be a potential concern because about one in five adults nationwide take low doses of aspirin regularly, mostly to fight off heart disease.

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