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'Painkillers slash Parkinson's risk'

Regular use of over-the-counter painkillers can slash the risk of Parkinson’s disease by as much as 60% claim sci-entists, report the Daily Mail and the Express.

Regular use of over-the-counter painkillers can slash the risk of Parkinson's disease by as much as 60% claim sci-entists, report the Daily Mail and the Express.

THE SOURCE:

Researchers from California, looked at NSAID use in 293 people with PD and 286 matched controls. Regular NSAID users – those taking 2 or more pills a week for at least one month – had a 20% decreased risk of PD. For those taking non-asprin NSAIDs, the protective effect was stronger, with a 66% decreased risk of PD in those taking the drugs fro over two years. The results were published in the journal Neurology.

EXPERT VIEW:

Professor Peter Jenner, director of the Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Centre at Guy's, King's, and St. Thomas' School of Medicine, said that it was almost ‘certainly true' that anti-inflammatory drugs could reduce the risk of PD and that they may be useful for patients at risk of neurodegenerative disease. ‘I come from a family where my mother and her mother died from PD, so in my particular case I think it would be great for me to take something like an anti-inflammatory to reduce my risk,' he said.

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