Today’s Headlines: New Aspirin Guidelines, Updates on the Zika Virus, and Which Foods May Help You Lose Weight

Older adults with a risk for heart disease may want to add an aspirin regimen to their diets. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force released new guidelines for adults. “Adults aged 50 to 59 who have at least a 10 percent risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next decade can benefit the most from taking 81 milligrams of aspirin a day…” Daily aspirin past the age of 60 was not recommended for health reasons. If you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or any other indications of heart disease you may want to talk to your doctor about whether this new regimen may be for you. (NBC)

The Zika virus may be worse than previously thought. A representative from the CDC revealed that as they continue to learn about the virus, they grow more concerned. “A wider range of birth defects has been linked to the virus…And the mosquitoes that carry the virus could travel to more US states than previously thought…There were also reports of rare neurologic problems…” While more information was not provided at the time, the CDC said trials for a vaccine will likely start in 2017 and might be available to the public by 2018. (BBC)

Eating beans may help you lose weight. Analysis from many research trials showed that people who ate one serving of legumes a day lost weight. “…participants who ate about three quarters of a cup of legumes every day lost about three quarters of a pound more than those who didn’t eat legumes, regardless of whether the diets were geared to weight loss. Six of the trials also suggested that eating legumes was linked to slightly lower body fat, though there was no evidence of a difference in waist circumference.” Some of the trials were short and therefore not conclusive, but the correlation may still be substantial. (Reuters)