Dr Sharyn Fitzgerald, ASPREE Regional Manager, visited her home town Wonthaggi at a study update today. Wonthaggi, a small hamlet in South Gippsland, has one of the highest participation rates in Australia, much to Sharyn’s immense pride. We would like to thank the Wonthaggi Club and the general community for their support for the ASPREE study.…Details
Sleep apnoea refers to breathing problems that may be experienced during sleep. It is a very common disorder that is usually associated with snoring and can often be so mild that most people are not aware they have it. SNORE-ASA (SNORE-ASA: Study of Neurocognitive Outcomes, Radiological and Retinal Effects of Aspirin in Sleep Apnoea) is…Details
Crossing the border into SA this week. With around half of ASPREE participants living in regional and rural areas, the Biobank team designed a mobile laboratory called an ASPREE ‘Biobus’. We now have two in Victoria and one in Tasmania. Each vehicle is fully equipped to collect, process and store samples over several days at a…Details
Hearing loss associated with ageing, experienced by two-thirds of people over the age of 70 years, can have a profound effect on a person’s independence and quality of life. There is no known single cause and no known cure for this type of hearing loss. The ASPREE-Hearing (Aspirin in HEAring Retinal vessels, Inflammatory markers, Neurocognition…Details
A large scientific review which revealed that aspirin protected people aged 50-65 against gastrointestinal cancer, was unable to determine cancer benefits for those aged over 70. International researchers, who analysed around 200 papers, explained there was ‘uncertainty’ about the balance of benefits versus the risk of daily low-dose aspirin in older people. “For example the…Details
In terms of numbers, the biggest single study update so far this year belongs to Geelong, with more than 300 ASPREE participants and guests attending the event at Simonds Stadium (Kardinia Park) this month. A fantastic morning enjoyed by all.
Such was the huge response from ASPREE participants that the ACT ASPREE team held an additional study update in the afternoon to accommodate all the guests.
Pictured: ASPREE Chief Investigator in the ACT, Prof Walter Abhayaratna introduces himself to local participants and their guests.
Another fantastic audience! Around 180 ASPREE participants and guests living in and around north west Melbourne this week attended a study update at RMIT, Bundoora. The ASPREE team would like to thank RMIT for generously providing such a great venue for the day.
Terrific to meet 190 ASPREE participants and guests from Central Victoria in Bendigo today. Special thanks goes to ASPREE participants and long-time friends, Mr John Cross and Mrs Lois Coggin, who not only brought their partners to the update, but also very kindly featured in the local Bendigo newspaper, ‘The Addy’.
The Principal Investigator for the Australian arm of the ASPREE study, Professor John McNeil (pictured left), urges that reports on the benefits or the risks of daily aspirin in healthy people should be taken in context. “Most major health organisations will not ‘jump the gun’ and recommend aspirin to healthy people without evidence. They are not making…Details