Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Aspirin Risk to Asthmatics Upgraded

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Aspirin Risk to Asthmatics Upgraded

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One in five patients with asthma are at risk of suffering a severe reaction to aspirin - much higher than previously thought, research revealed today.

Controversy surrounds the extent of aspirin-induced asthma, with most figures estimating the risk at about 10pc of asthmatics.

But a study by researchers in the UK and Australia calculated 21pc of adults with asthma were sensitive to the common drug.

They also said that most of these patients were also sensitive to over-the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen.

Study author John Costello, clinical director of medicine at King's College Hospital in London, said that drugs companies should put standard warnings on packets of aspirin and NSAIDs to warn those who might be at risk not to use them.

A report by the Global Initiative for Asthma (Gina) earlier this week showed that the UK had a higher percentage of 13 and 14-year-olds who suffer asthma symptoms than anywhere else in the world. …

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