Here we go again. In December I posted my objection to a press release from the American Acacemy of Neurology that suggested ibuprofen may ward of Parkinson's disease. It came with no warning about possible serious side effects of NSAIDs, or interaction with other meds such as coumadin or ASA. It seems irresponsible for a medical association to diffuse half-knowledge to the general population. Now today we have a repeat, a near copy-and-paste of the original release but concerning ibuprofen and Alzheimer's diease. Once again the suggestion is that taking over-the-counter NSAIDs may prevent a debilitating disease. So why not head off to the pharmacy? At least this time they provided a truly comprehensive list of possible side effects;
The most common side effects of NSAIDs are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, constipation and headache
Why mention the minor, benign side effects and ignore the life-threatening ones. Would a mention of doses be of interest or should the public figure it out themselves.
Why do we need press releases from medical journals anyway?