Memorial Hospital seeks recruits to test benefits of aspirin

Memorial Hospital seeks recruits to test benefits of aspirin

PAWTUCKET - Can aspirin prolong a healthy life? Researchers at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island are recruiting people to help find out.

The Aspirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly study aims to assess whether aspirin not only prolongs life, but can give a life free of physical disability and/or dementia for healthy older people.

This study's sponsor is The National Institute on Aging, and Memorial's principal investigator is Charles Eaton, director of the Center for Primary Care and Prevention. This study is investigating whether the potential benefits of aspirin in reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, memory loss, dementia, physical disability outweigh the side effects of possible bleeding in the brain or stomach.

Anyone age 75 or over can join in this research study. Participants take one pill a day (either Aspirin or placebo) for about five years.

Call Memorial Hospital at 401-729-2274 or 401-729-2183.