Scientists testing the effectiveness of paracetamol vs a placebo in people with arthritic knees found a 52 per cent rate of success with both treatments.
Here's an update for readers who read last week's bulletin item about the FDA's unexpected decision to allow the discredited COX-2 drug Vioxx back on the market after the manufacturer had voluntarily withdrawn it.
Painkillers prescribed in combination are a waste of time, according to a recent large study.
If the NSAID painkillers cause gastric bleeding and the COX-2 variety can lead to heart problems, where can you turn? Step forward acupuncture, the painkilling method used by traditional Chinese medicine for a thousand years or so. Western medicine...
YOUR FRIENDLY DRUG DEALER: Yes, it’s the family GP
In wealthy countries a majority of children are born with the use of pain relieving drugs. In wealthy countries drug addiction is increasing. ...
My niece, aged 10, has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. It worries me that she will be taking immunosuppressant drugs for six years. I believe she developed the condition after being regularly exposed to antibacterial cleaners as a baby and...
In the heady world of the pharmaceutical industry, the most profitable industry in the world - where world sales doubled in the last five years - the pressure is always intense to develop new product.
Some good news, of sorts, for heavy smokers. Apparently, the NSAID (non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug) type of painkillers reduce their chances of oral cancer. In fact, the drugs are as protective as if they’d given up smoking altogether.