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A New (Old) Anti-Aging Drug?

I always hesitate to post these sorts of things, I really do. Inevitably, there is another study a year later calling bullsh*t on the first study. Sort of makes you wonder about the "scientific method", but here we go...

Ibuprofen, a common over-the-counter drug used to relieve pain and fever, could hold the keys to a longer healthier life, according to a study by researchers at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.  Publishing in PLoS Genetics (open access) December 18, scientists showed that regular doses of ibuprofen extended the lifespan of yeast, worms and fruit flies.
Brian Kennedy, PhD, CEO of the Buck Institute, said treatments, given at doses comparable to those used in humans, extended lifespan an average of 15 percent in the model organisms. “Not only did all the species live longer, but the treated flies and worms appeared more healthy,” he said.
“The research shows that ibuprofen impacts a process not yet implicated in aging, giving us a new way to study and understand the aging process.” But most importantly, Kennedy said the study opens the door for a new exploration of “anti-aging medicines.”
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Ouch, apparently I need as much Ibuprofen as I can get!

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