New research is casting doubt on reports that say painkillers lower the risk of an enlarged prostate. A scientist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found there's not a reduced risk of the condition for men who use aspirin or ibuprofen. That's contrary to a 2006 study that concluded that men who used common painkillers on a daily basis were less likely to develop an enlarged prostate.
Men in the U.S. go to the doctor more than four-million times a year for treatment of enlarged prostates. The condition causes problems including leaking urine and the frequent need to urinate.