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    1. CDC: Alarming Increase in Methadone Deaths

      Sept. 30, 2009 -- Methadone deaths have risen sevenfold in less than a decade, according to a government report that largely blames the increase on the growing use of methadone for pain relief. Used primarily for the management of heroin addiction until the late 1990s, methadone has become one of th

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    2. High Heels Today, Foot Pain Tomorrow

      Sept. 29, 2009 -- Wearing high heels today may hurt just a little, but even bigger foot pain may be in store later on. A new study shows that people who make poor shoe choices early in life by wearing unsupportive footwear like high heels, sandals, and slippers are much more likely to suffer from fo

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    3. Propofol Plus Sedative Killed Michael Jackson

      Aug. 28, 2009 -- Acute intoxication with the anesthetic propofol, coupled with the effect of the sedative drug Ativan, killed pop star Michael Jackson on June 25, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office announced today. The manner of death has been ruled a homicide, according to the news release iss

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    4. Propofol Linked to Michael Jackson's Death

      Aug. 24, 2009 -- ''Lethal levels" of the anesthetic propofol (Diprivan) killed Michael Jackson, according to news reports, which cited information from a search warrant affidavit unsealed in Houston. The court documents said the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office reached that conclusion after an au

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    5. Go Ahead and Curse! It May Ease Your Pain

      July 13, 2009 -- It has long been a cliche: the woman in childbirth screaming curse words at her husband. Now, there's scientific research that may explain why people in pain often use offensive language. The cursing may actually lessen the perception of pain. That is the finding of a new study publ

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    6. Savvy Shopping Tips for OTC Medicines

      Overuse of acetaminophen, a common over-the-counter (OTC) painkiller, can result in liver failure and even death. Because of this, the FDA is considering recommendations to place new restrictions on the drug. But this is only the latest in a long string of stories that call the safety of various OTC

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    7. Overdose Warning for Pain Drug Propoxyphene

      July 7, 2009 -- The FDA today ordered new warnings about overdose risk for the pain medication propoxyphene, which is sold generically and under the brand names Darvon and Darvocet. The FDA is requiring the "black box" warning -- the FDA's sternest warning -- on drugs containing propoxyphene to emph

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    8. 8 Ways Your Doctor Can Help You With OTC Drugs

      Doctor’s phones across the country are ringing off the hook. Concerned health consumers like you are asking how the FDA’s potential restrictions on the use of acetaminophen might affect them. Overuse of this popular painkiller can -- and does -- cause liver failure and even death. And the acetaminop

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    9. Acetaminophen Safety: FAQ

      An FDA advisory committee recently recommended that the FDA set certain limits on acetaminophen, a drug that is used in many prescription and nonprescription medicines to relieve pain and reduce fever. Those limits could include taking off the market some prescription drugs, such as the painkillers

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    10. FDA May Restrict Acetaminophen

      July 1, 2009 -- The FDA should put new restrictions on acetaminophen, an advisory committee recommended Tuesday, saying the move would protect people from the potential toxicity that can cause liver failure and even death. The FDA does not have to follow its advisory committees’ recommendations, but

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