Thursday, September 16, 2010

Strokes? Not so much.

If you’ve caught up with the news recently, you’ve probably heard breathless reports of a study suggesting Voltaren, Cataflam and other similar anti-inflammatory drugs may significantly raise the risk of strokes.

You might want to read MacDoctor’s more thorough analysis of the study, however, before swearing off these godsend pharmaceuticals. He points out

_Quote There were a number of large caveats with this …  study, not the least being that it was a crossover study with all the attendant risks of population studies that are not prospective. This is the same sort of study that suggested a link between cell phone use and cancer, only to be disproven by better constructed studies…
    The evidence, at least to me, does not seems to be convincing or damning.

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