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Physician pleads guilty to painkiller deaths

A New York physician faces 20 years in prison after admitting he distributed painkillers to people he knew were drug addicts. This follows on from news that deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses have risen sharply among women.

Muscle painkiller recalled

Stocks of the common painkiller Reumofan Plus have been recalled from drug store shelves across the U.S. The reason for the recall is due to mislabeling, which hides the actual ingredients from consumers.

Black mamba venom could contain a better painkiller than morphine

French researchers say they have found in the venom of the deadly African black mamba, a painkiller that is as powerful as morphine but without most of its adverse side-effects.

Painkiller linked to hearing loss in women

A recent study has shown a link between some types of commonly-used painkillers and female hearing loss. The same effect has not been seen with men.

Painkiller Methadone linked to 30% of prescribed overdose deaths

A new report states that six times as many people died of methadone overdoses in 2009 as died in 1999 and four in ten overdose deaths involving single prescription painkillers involved methadone, twice as many as any other prescription painkiller.

Michael Jackson had insomnia, begged for powerful sedative

A nutritionist who worked for Jackson repeatedly rejected his demands for the intravenous drug Diprivan, used to induce sleep. She was phoned on June 21, and recalls Jackson very frantic and saying "One side of my body is hot... and the other is cold."

Chili out with a local painkiller

The hot part of chilies, capsaicin, may be able to help kill pain without loss of nerve or sensory functions. It’s a steroid which can allow targeting of pain receptors with a new molecular painkilling agent.

Texas Lab Discovers Human Painkiller in Pet Food

Will the pet food nightmare ever end? Apparently not. A Texas laboratory has found acetaminophen (aka Tylenol) in dog and cat food. The FDA is investigating, and one cat may have already died as a result.

Ibuprofen Best Painkiller for Kids

Deciding which medicine to give a child in pain just got easier: The first head-to-head study of three common painkillers found that ibuprofen works best, at least for kids with broken bones, bruises and sprains.
 

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