Aspirin History and Uses

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What is Aspirin?
Aspirin is on of the first drugs to ever be commonly used and is still one of the most widely used in the world. How widely used you ask? Approximately 35000 metric tonnes are produced and consumed every year. Chemically aspirin is known as acetylsalicylic acid with the chemical formula of C9H8O4.
Aspirin is an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and is an inhibitor of platelet aggregation. The history of Aspirin
Aspirin has been a major part of just about everyone's lives. From the college kid who had too much fun the night before to the overstressed mother, aspirin is the first thing people turn to for headache and minor pain relief. It's surprising to find out how little we know about such a commonly
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Many know that it relieves minor aches and pains, fever, and can "help save a life" during a heart attack, but few understand just how diverse the uses are.
The most common uses of aspirin are those listed above: aches and pains associated with different conditions, such as arthritis, as well as fever and can aid in a heart attack. Aspirin decreases aches, pain and fever by decreasing the effects of prostaglandins which are partly responsible for the inflammation of an injured area, and producing the heat in a fever. Aspirin helps to reduce platelet aggregation, or decrease the sticking together of the clotting factors in blood, called platelets. Contrary to common belief, aspirin does not break up a blood clot; it just helps to prevent them from forming or getting worse.
In addition, recent studies have shown that aspirin or aspirin therapy can help relieve or prevent a wide variety of conditions and complications, including cancers, pregnancy problems and even diseases like Alzheimer's.
Pregnancy problems such as pre-eclampsia and fetal growth retardation are two of the most common complications of pregnancies. They are both caused by blockages of the blood vessels of the placenta. In a study involving more than 9000 women in 16 countries showed that a daily dose of 60mg aspirin reduced the risk of pre-eclampsia by thirteen percent.
Several studies have shown that aspirin not only may reduce the risk of a stroke in patients with