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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. FDA Issues New Warnings for Painkillers

      April 28, 2009 -- The FDA has implemented new rules requiring stronger and more extensive label warnings about the risk of liver damage and stomach bleeding for people taking common over-the-counter pain relievers. The FDA's Matthew Ray Holman, PhD, says the new warnings are necessary "to raise cons

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    8. FDA Warns Firms Selling Unapproved Drugs

      March 31, 2009 -- Nine drug companies selling 14 prescription narcotics are the latest target of the FDA's effort to bring thousands of unapproved drugs under FDA scrutiny. The drugs aren't known to be unsafe. But because the drugs are sold without FDA approval, the agency has no way of knowing whet

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    9. FDA Panel Urges Ban of Pain Drug

      Jan. 30, 2009 -- An FDA advisory panel narrowly voted Friday to recommend that a popular pain drug used in dozens of products should be pulled from the market. The drug, called propoxyphene, has been sold in U.S. pharmacies for more than 50 years and today is used in dozens of generic pain medicatio

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    10. Actress Shailene Woodley Takes Scoliosis in Stride

      When treated in a timely and effective manner, scoliosis -- or curvature of the spine -- can be almost invisible. Shailene Woodley, 17, for instance who stars as the pregnant Amy Juergens in ABC Family’s hit The Secret Life of the American Teenager, has spent much of her life in the spotlight. The C

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