might slow the growth of a noncancerous type of brain tumour
that can lead to hearing
loss, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and even death, according to new
For the study, which was published in the journal Otology
and Neurotology, researchers examined data from nearly 700 people who were
diagnosed with vestibular schwannomas (also called acoustic
neuromas). There is no approved medication to treat these tumours, which
grow on the nerves that connect the brain to the ears, the researchers said.
Current treatment options include surgery or radiation
therapy, both of which can cause serious complications, the researchers
Slowing down tumour growth
Their analysis revealed that the rate of tumour growth was slower in
patients who took aspirin than in those who didn't take the drug. Age and
gender did not affect the findings.
"Our results suggest a potential therapeutic role of aspirin in
inhibiting vestibular schwannoma growth," study leader Dr Konstantina
Stankovic, an otologic surgeon and researcher at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Infirmary, said in an infirmary news release.
Stankovic also is an assistant professor of otology and laryngology at
Harvard Medical School, and a faculty member of Harvard's program in speech and
hearing bioscience and technology.
The study was funded in part by the US National Institute on Deafness and
Other Communication Disorders.
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