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Ineffectiveness and safety concerns of using aspirin and other NSAIDs in preventing dementia
  1. Desiree Steele1,
  2. Kasha James2,
  3. Myriam Cadet1
  1. 1Nursing, SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  2. 2College of Nursing, SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Mrs Myriam Cadet, Nursing, SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing, Brooklyn, New York, USA; myriamjeancadet{at}yahoo.com

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Implications for practice and research

  • Further studies of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs need to give due attention to the safety concerns arising from these existing studies.

  • Monitoring the risks of bleeding when prescribing aspirin or non-steroidal medications for patients with dementia in clinical practice is important.

Context

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 million adults were diagnosed with dementia in 2014; projected to rise to approximately 14 million by 2060.1 This is a significant health problem, as dementia prevalence is increasing. Therefore, practitioners need to understand how it can be prevented and treated effectively. To date, no available medication exists to prevent or delay the onset of dementia. It has been reported that the pathogenesis of dementia was associated with inflammation; therefore, medications with anti‐inflammatory properties such as aspirin and Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could be beneficial for dementia prevention.2

Method

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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