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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 50% of Doctors Prescribe Placebos

    Oct. 23, 2008 -- More than half of doctors offer fake prescriptions to make patients feel better -- and that's OK, most doctors say. The findings come from a survey of 679 internists and rheumatologists. Doctors in these specialties often see patients with chronic illnesses or chronic pains that are

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  6. Lyrica Eases Pain From Knee Surgery

    Oct. 20, 2008 -- Roughly 300,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed each year in the U.S., and while most patients do well, some have lingering pain even when the operation is successful. But a strategy developed at Chicago's Rush Medical Center appears to significantly reduce chronic pain fol

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  7. Phiten Necklace: Red Sox Secret Weapon?

    Oct. 14, 2008 -- The Boston Red Sox may have a secret weapon disguised as a fashion accessory that might help them in this year's baseball playoffs. About half the team members now wear vinyl necklaces embedded with titanium made by the Japanese company Phiten, a spokesman for the company tells WebM

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  8. New Screening for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Sept. 17, 2008 -- A brief questionnaire has been developed to help doctors screen for carpal tunnel syndrome. Because of the high prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome, and because there are many other conditions with similar symptoms, it can be hard for doctors to decide which patients to send for e

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  9. Pot May Ease Nerve Pain, Study Shows

    June 26, 2008 -- New research on "medical marijuana" shows that smoking pot may ease nerve pain at the expense of certain mental skills. Researchers at the University of California, Davis report that news in the June edition of The Journal of Pain. They studied 38 adults with nerve pain (neuropathic

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  10. Anesthesia Link to Post-Surgery Pain

    June 23, 2008 -- Certain general anesthesia drugs may increase postoperative pain, and scientists may have discovered how that happens. Researchers at Georgetown University report that some general anesthesia drugs may activate pain receptors outside the brain and spinal cord, leading to greater pos

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