Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Study reverses earlier finding

A little while ago, I posted over on Help My Hurt about how people who take ibuprofen may lower their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Well, guess what? Now we're told that isn't so.
According to the article, Celebrex and Aleve show no benefit for Alzheimer's patients, the idea that the drugs could help reduce inflammation in the brain and slow down Alzheimer's progression just didn't pan out.

So, the next time I report study findings, I just might add this disclaimer, "the study is presented as published in the reported journal. However, keep in mind that we may find out next week that this study is wrong and has been superceded by a study that claims the opposite. That newer study, however, could be proven inaccurate further down the road so, you might as well believe whatever it is you want to believe."

What do you think?


Over at Help My Hurt today:

Blog Carnival: Living with pain
Depression and chronic pain
Using a cane may delay knee osteoarthritis progression
People with diabetes at risk for arthritis
Today is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
Is kyphoplasty right for your back pain?

News for Today:

Celebrex and Aleve show no benefit for Alzheimer's patients
If stressed, men more likely than women to crave alcohol: study
Tourist died on Via Rail train from fatal blood clot
Physical activity more likely to prevent breast cancer in certain groups
Women who breastfeed for more than a year halve their risk of rheumatoid arthritis
Vision therapy appears to improve visual function in macular disease
High blood pressure, high cholesterol may be associated with retinal vascular disease

2 comments:

Crabby McSlacker said...

I'm shocked, just shocked! Two different medical studies coming to opposite conclusions? How could that happen?

:)

I think skepticism is always appropriate until the findings have been replicated over and over. But we still appreciate hearing about new studies when they come out.

Marijke Durning said...

I know Crabby, simply shocking! ;-)