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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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