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Aspirin Might Reduce Cancer Risk, But It Has Risks, Too

A review of hundreds of studies found that people who take aspirin daily lowered their risk of several cancers, but the jury's still out. And daily aspirin use also has major drawbacks — including the risk of serious internal bleeding — that may outweigh the benefits.

Why Obama Hasn't Won The Battle Over Messaging About Health Care Law

As the nation's sweeping health care overhaul heads to the Supreme Court, public opinion about the policies remains almost as divided as it was when President Obama signed it into law two years ago.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about the constitutionality of the Affordable Healthcare Act.


Weighing The Pros And Cons Of Aspirin Regimens

A pair of new studies find that taking aspirin daily may significantly reduce the risk of many cancers and prevent tumors from spreading. Many experts view the findings as promising, but public health officials warn that the risks may still outweigh the benefits.

How Race Shapes National Health Debate

A new study explores how some of the popular attitudes about President Obama's health care overhaul law are being shaped by race. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Shankar Vedantam to find out more about the study.

High Altitude Got You Down? Try Ibuprofen

People sometimes take prescription drugs to keep from getting sick at high altitudes. But medical researchers wondered whether ibuprofen, the painkilling mainstay, would be an effective over-the-counter alternative. The results look promising.