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Celebrex won't prevent mental decline

May 12, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The latest research shows that inflammation - anywhere in the body can damage cell function. And experts believe inflammation might be a risk factor, later in life, for dementia. So they wanted to see if anti-inflammatory painkillers might improve mental function in seniors. About half the seniors in the study took a placebo, the others took either Celebrex or Aleve twice a day, for three years.

However, results showed: no protective benefit for mental function for those who took the anti-inflammatories.

Researchers plan to keep following patients to see if any benefits emerge over time, but right now, they don't recommend those painkillers as a way to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's.


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