Ibuprofen may cut Parkinson's risk

March 2, 2011 2:53:44 PM PST
A drug commonly used for aches and pains could be useful against a far more serious ailment.

Ibuprofen is sold under such familiar band names as Advil and Motrin. Past studies have suggested it may decrease the risk of getting Parkinson's disease. Now a new study in the journal Neurology is backing those findings.

After six years those who took ibuprofen two or more times a week were 38 percent less likely to develop Parkinson's.

Researchers warn this is in no way a reason for people to start taking the medication. They're calling for more research to better understand why there may be a protective effect.