Author Archives: Sara Guariglia

Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers Work to Prevent ALS, Study Suggests

Use of over-the-counter pain relievers, including acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen, significantly reduced the likelihood of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), likely by working against inflammatory processes, a small meta-analysis reported. Aspirin, however, was not seen to affect…

Diabetes Appears to Lower Risk of ALS, Review Study Reports

People with diabetes mellitus, particularly those with type 2 diabetes, appear to be at a significantly lower risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) than those without this metabolic disorder, a review study reported. Its findings support previous research suggesting diabetes to be a protective factor against ALS, potentially…

Study Identifies Environmental Risk Factors for Developing ALS

Head trauma, electrical burns, and hobbies involving the toxic metal lead appear to be risk factors for developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a U.S.-based study found. Holding a job in mechanics, painting, or construction also significantly increase the chances of developing the disease, researchers noted. The study, “…