Some painkillers could reduce Alzheimer's risk

May 29, 2008 9:32:26 AM PDT
Data from six studies suggests that painkillers classified as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's.

Those medications include aspirin and ibuprofen. Researchers at Johns Hopkins analyzed data on more than 13,000 people. The people who took NSAIDS were 23 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's.

Acetaminophen, which is not an NSAID, had no apparent effect on the risk of Alzheimer's.

This study is reported in the online edition of Neurology.