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Ibuprofen may lower risk for disease

A study found that people who took the drug were 38 percent less likely to develop Parkinson's disease.

March 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A drug usually used to treat muscle aches may be helpful in treating something much more serious.

New research suggests ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory drug sold under brand names including Advil and Motrin, may lower the risk for Parkinson's disease.

In a study, experts found that after six years people who took ibuprofen twice or three times a week were 38 percent less likely to develop Parkinson's than those who had not taken it.

The potential benefit was only found with ibuprofen, not aspirin or naproxen.