Yet more good news about the all-round wonder drug of our times - Aspirin. In addition to its sterling work in protecting us from heart trouble, dementia and assorted cancers, it has also been toiling away protecting our livers from the regular pastings some of us are inclined to inflict on them. (For myself, I also take Milk Thistle for the liver's sake.) Considering what a miracle drug Aspirin is, it's remarkably thin on the ground on the Painkiller shelves, which are invariably thronged with all manner of fancy variants on Ibuprofen and Paracetamol - which for some reason are seen as 'safer' than Aspirin, though Paracetamol is a real danger to the liver in high doses. Indeed, by a wonderful irony, Aspirin might in future be used to help the liver recover in cases of Paracetamol overdose. The one trouble with Aspirin, in the eyes of 'Big Pharma', is that there's no money in it.
Oh and there's more good news from the world of Research You Can Believe In - a University of California study apparently shows that, once you're into your 50s, you stand the best chance of not becoming immobilised through disability if you're a moderate drinker. No great surprise there - but get this: a heavy drinker stands a much better chance than an abstainer! Cheers!