'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.
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.
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.