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Added 13th February 2009 03:00 AM

A dose of aspirin may prevent liver damage caused by heavy drinking, suggest researchers.

A dose of aspirin may prevent liver damage caused by heavy drinking, suggest researchers.

Aspirin may help the liver
A dose of aspirin may prevent liver damage caused by heavy drinking, suggest researchers.

The Yale University team, writing in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, found aspirin cut death rates in mice given alcohol overdose.

They believe it interferes with a chemical pathway that triggers damaging inflammation within the organ. However, the British Liver Trust said it was not yet proven to help humans. Scientists believe it works by blocking a chemical receptor in liver cells.

They isolated particular molecules, called TLR antagonists, which can also block this receptor, but believe that the cheapness of aspirin could make it a useful treatment.

Internet good for old brains
A University of California Los Angeles team found that the web stimulates centres in the brain that control decision-making and complex reasoning. As the brain ages, a number of changes occur, including shrinkage and reduction in cell activity, which can impact on performance. Activities which keep the brain active such as crossword puzzles, may help minimise the impact for middle-aged and older people. Lead researcher, Prof Gary Small, says internet can be added on the list. The study, in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, based on 24 volunteers aged 55 to 76 concluded that a simple everyday task like searching the web appears to enhance brain circuitry in older adults.

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