Aspirin halves colon cancer risk -- if you have certain gene

File photo showing employees of German pharmaceuticals group Bayer checking Aspirin Complex drugs in Bitterfeld, eastern GermanyAspirin can reduce the risk of colon cancer by half, but only in people who carry high levels of a specific type of gene, a study released Wednesday found. Researchers previously were aware that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin could reduce colorectal cancer risks, but they did not understand why some saw a benefit and others did not, according to the study in Science Translational Medicine. Scientists studied tissues from people who developed colon cancer while on an aspirin regimen then set out to understand why people with a particular gene appeared to get a protective benefit from aspirin and others did not. They examined tissues of 270 colon cancer patients from 127,865 participants followed for over three decades.



Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97

Charlotte Bobcats' Al Jefferson (25) defends Miami Heat's LeBron James during the first half in Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Miami Heat held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.



General Electric in talks to buy Alstom

US industrial giant General Electric is in discussions to take over France's Alstom in a deal which could cost more than $13 billion, Bloomberg reportedWashington (AFP) - US industrial giant General Electric is in discussions to take over France's Alstom in a deal which could cost more than $13 billion, Bloomberg reported.



US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

Deputy Attorney General James Cole concludes his news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Cole announced the new standards that will be considered in deciding whether to recommend clemency for certain non-violent drug prisoners. Wednesday's announcement is part of an ongoing effort to trim the nation’s prison population and help convicts who were given what the Obama administration says were unduly harsh sentences for drug crimes. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.



Imperial pomp starts Obama's Japan visit

This picture released by Japan's Cabinet Public Relations Office on April 23, 2014 shows Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd R) talking with US President Barack Obama (R) at Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in TokyoBarack Obama inspected the guard at a pomp-filled ceremony with Emperor Akihito Thursday, kicking off the formal proceedings of the first state visit to Japan by a US president in nearly two decades, at a time of nervousness in Asia. In the grounds of Tokyo's sprawling Imperial Palace, Obama strode in bright spring sunshine as he greeted a line of dignitaries. Soon after he arrived in Japan on Wednesday night, Obama's presidential motorcade whisked him to a tiny underground sushi restaurant, where he feasted on three Michelin star food with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.





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