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12/18/02

HealthWise at 5 From 12.18

  • Protect Yourself from Pain Killer Dangers

A new warning about the potential dangers of the popular pain medicine acetaminophen. U.S. health officials say the over-the-counter drug is now the number one cause of acute liver failure in the U.S., replacing Viral Hepatitis. Four out of five people who had liver problems took more than the maximum daily dose of 4,000 milligrams. Acetaminophen is marketed in the United States as Tylenol and is in more than 100 other medications.

Researchers say the results of the study do not mean that acetaminophen is unsafe when used as directed. The FDA says the most common reason for an overdose is people are taking several over the counter products at the same time unaware that they're getting way too much Acetaminophen when all those are combined. The study was published in the current issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

  • Medical Research Making Strides for Ms Patients

The cause of Multiple Sclerosis is still a mystery, but according to the National MS Society, close to 400,000 Americans live with this disease. Until 1993, there were no treatments. Today, MS patients are living full and productive lives with lots of treatment options.

"I think hope is one of the key words in multiple sclerosis research right now. We see things moving along so quickly that now we have five FDA approved medicines, where as 10 years ago, we had nothing. The hope is a very realistic one," says Ben Thrower, M.D., of MS Center at Shepherd in Atlanta, Georgia. Approximately 65% of newly diagnosed patients are between the ages of 20 and 40.

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