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Ibuprofen ‘has the potential to extend lifespans’

19th December 2014

The common over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen could play a previously unknown role in extending lifespans, according to a new study.

Carried out by Texas A&M University, the research has indicated that the painkiller – often used to treat pain and fever – can extend the lives of multiple species, as well as helping them to live more healthily.

The phenomenon was first noted in baker's yeast, and then repeated using worms and flies. The effect was achieved by administering doses comparable to the recommended human dose, with the drug adding about 15 percent to the species' lives.

Although the process is not yet fully understood, it suggests that common therapies such as this could have wider usages and beneficial effects than are currently known.

Study leader Dr Michael Polymenis said: "It should be possible to find others like ibuprofen with even better ability to extend lifespan, with the aim of adding healthy years of life in people."

Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug and was created in the 1960s. It is used to provide relief for people with conditions such as toothache, migraines, flu, arthritis and period pain.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801766974-ADNFCR

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