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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Study: Simple Drugs Fight Alzheimer's

WASHINGTON -- Regular use of common anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen reduced the risk of Alzheimer's disease by as much as 60 percent in a large group of elderly patients who took the medicine for two years, according to a recent study. The longer the drugs were taken the less the chance of getting Alzheimer's, the study showed.

The study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, published last week, points to the possibility of a simple method of preventing a disease that turns the golden years millions into a period of dementia. Alzheimer's disease, in which the brain cells deteriorate, also is responsible for 100,000 deaths a year.

Although the results are promising, researchers stress that the results need to be confirmed by strictly controlled studies that monitor the types of drugs that are used and set optimum doses.

Walter Stewart of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, lead author of the study published in the journal Neurology, cautioned against immediately taking frequent doses of these non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, saying they cause serious side effects if taken too frequently and for too long.