CHICAGO (AP) - The results from a large government experiment
are dimming hopes that two common painkillers might prevent
New findings show that the arthritis drug Celebrex and the
over-the-counter painkiller Aleve showed no benefit in terms of
thinking skills. Earlier results also show that at least in the
short term, the two drugs do not prevent Alzheimer's.
The experiment was halted four years ago, when a separate study
on Celebrex turned up heart risks. Researchers also had noticed
more heart attacks and strokes in people taking Aleve in an
One of the study's authors' says "these were not the results we
were hoping for." But the researchers say they hope to continue
monitoring study participants to see if there might be a delayed
The findings were posted online and will appear in July's
Archives of Neurology.