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Aspirin

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The drug’s serious downsides prompt new guidelines. But are people getting the message?

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New research and guidelines have overturned decades of common wisdom on aspirin, bringing clarity to who should and should not take a daily low dose to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Yet millions of people pop the pills routinely for protection, often without advice from a doctor and even though it may be doing them more harm than good.

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