In Praise of Drug-Pushing?

Lain is recovering from a bit of illness. The good news is that she hasn’t had a fever in several days and she’s eating again (though not as much as we would like).

One of the things we leaned on heavily was Ibuprofen and Tylenol. or, at least, the children’s variants. Lain loves the stuff, probably because it’s some of the only straight sugar (or HFCS) she gets. She threw a temper tantrum when she saw a bottle of it and couldn’t have any. We’re worried that we’ve created an addict.

Now comes news that may not be the worst thing:

Regular doses of ibuprofen could allow people to live up to 12 years longer.

In tests, the drug appears to hold back the ageing process as well as helping fight disease.

Ibuprofen, which is used every day at home by people to treat inflammation, pain and fever, may be the key to developing a long sought after anti-ageing drug.

Dr Brian Kennedy, president and chief executive of the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing in California, said: “There is a lot to be excited about.

“The research shows that ibuprofen impacts a process not yet implicated in ageing, giving us a new way to study and understand the ageing process.

Maybe they should start putting it in our drinking water, next to the fluoride and lithium.

(Okay, no, we should not put it in our drinking water like we do for fluoride. The totalitarian in me does wonder about the lithium, though.)

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10 Responses

  1. Will Truman says:

    Notably, before I met Clancy, I almost never took any drugs or medication at all. If I had a headache, then I had a headache. It’s a tad ironic that I married a doctor because a part of me always had a bit of… hesitation… with the medical community. I was never anti-vaccination or anything, but by and large I figured the less I sought treatment the better.

    I’m still that way a little, just a little, but now I think I was actually kind of crazy. I mean, dude: You can make the headache go away!!!!!!!!!

    • Glyph says:

      I use a fair amount of ibuprofen, mostly for headache or back pain. But “inflammation”, in general, seems to be implicated in all kinds of stuff, even depression – IIRC they’ve demonstrated some success there with anti-inflammatories.

      • Kimmi says:

        got a link to that one on depression?
        I want to check to see if they’ve filtered out some of the comorbidities (metabolic syndrome in particular…)

      • Glyph says:

        I don’t recall specifically where I read it, but if you google “anti-inflammatory depression”, you’ll get a bunch of links.

        Of course, if you are constantly in pain, you could get depressed, and relieving that pain might help with that…

      • Kimmi says:

        Todays “I hate pubmed”;
        actual answer:
        no, asprin doesn’t help with depression. Chris says exercise doesn’t either.

        Asprin, as well as exercise, may help with metabolic syndrome — which may in turn reduce depression. Chains of causality are fun!

      • Mike Schilling says:

        Like Number 6, who was depressed because everywhere he went in the Village people would shout at him “We want inflammation!”.

  2. Kimmi says:

    linkie in mod.

  3. KatherineMW says:

    First thing that came to my mind? A tongue-in-cheek comment about this explaining why women have longer life expectancy than men.

    I’d be a much unhappier person without ibuprofen.

  4. Maribou says:

    As someone who is not allowed to take ibuprofen, I am now spinning science fiction futures in which the people who don’t get the shiny are actually not supposed to take it because it will mess them up, rather than for the usual class, etc., based reasons…

    (And yes, please don’t put it in the water supply.)

  5. Brandon Berg says:

    They seem to be getting the “12 years” figure by

    extrapolating from studies in much simpler organisms. It’s pretty well established at this point that you can’t do that. Human metabolism seems to be much better optimized than metabolism in yeast, nematodes, fruit flies, or even mice, such that a given intervention produces a much smaller gain in lifespan in humans (proportionally) than in those species. Biologists have extended life severalfold in nematodes with fairly modest interventions, but these have yet to bear fruit in humans.