Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory drug that is widely prescribed to prevent heart disease, but a new study shows that it may be good for keeping women's brains healthy too.

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According to a five-year preliminary study of more than 100 older people at similar risk for heart disease, scores on a standardized test that gauges memory and other cognitive skills found that women who took 75 to 150 milligrams of aspirin a day performed better that those in the no-aspirin group.

However, the researchers did state that these findiings "does not mean low-dose aspirin will prevent or treat Alzheimer's disease," and advised women not to self-medicate.