Aspirin: New Evidence Is Helping Explain Additional Health Benefits and Open Potential for New Uses

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New evidence is helping explain additional health benefits of aspirin. Researchers in Canada, Scotland and Australia have discovered that salicylate, the active ingredient in aspirin, directly increases the activity of the protein AMPK (AMP-activated protein kinase), a key player in regulating cell growth and metabolism. AMPK which is considered a cellular fuel-gauge is switched on by exercise and the commonly used anti-diabetic medication metformin.

The research from scientists at McMaster University, the University of Dundee and the University of Melbourne will be published in the April 20 issue of the journal Science.

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McMaster University (2012, April 19). Aspirin: New evidence is helping explain additional health benefits and open potential for new uses. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.comĀ­ /releases/2012/04/120419142932.htm
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