Study links ibuprofen to a reduced risk for Parkinson's disease - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/17/10

Study links ibuprofen to a reduced risk for Parkinson's disease

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – For years we've heard about the benefits of aspirin for your heart.  Now a new study has linked another pain reliever ibuprofen, to a reduced risk for Parkinson's disease. 

For six years, researchers with Harvard University followed over 135,000 people who did not have Parkinson's. They found the regular users of ibuprofen were nearly half as likely to develop Parkinson's than those who never took ibuprofen.  In fact, those who took the most ibuprofen appeared to have the lowest risk. 

Researchers say this doesn't mean you should start taking ibuprofen to prevent the disease because too much of the pain reliever can lead to side effects like bleeding in the stomach in some people. For now, they say further research is warranted.

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