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  1. News - World - MEDICINE

    Paracetamol no better than placebo in treating lower-back pain: study

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 09:47am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in London Study finds that the universally used drug is of no greater benefit than a placebo Paracetamol fails test as back pain treatment Paracetamol, a painkiller recommended ... the findings challenged the endorsement of paracetamol as the first-choice painkiller for lower back pain. "We need to reconsider the universal recommendation to provide paracetamol ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Use of paracetamol by pregnant women could cause ADHD in children, says study

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 04:06am by EMILY TSANG AND AGENCIES

    ... Emily Tsang and Agence France-Presse Pain killers 'could harm behaviour of children' Pregnant women who take common, over-the-counter pain relief tablets containing paracetamol ... developing a severe form of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The Department of Health in Hong Kong said while the study had raised possible concerns on the use of paracetamol ...

  3. Pharmacy owners say proposals would threaten businesses

    Posted Oct 26th 2009, 12:00am by Adrian Wan

    ... retailers to have a licence for the sale of so-called non-poisons, such as vitamin pills and the common painkiller Panadol, a brand of paracetamol. Shops and doctors would also have to keep written ...

  4. Child given toxic dose of fever drug

    Posted Feb 18th 2004, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... might prescribe the drugs repeatedly. The medical team also said it was the first known case of paediatric chronic paracetamol poisoning in a Chinese population. Paracetamol is a common drug ... doctor for fever and coughing in August last year. He was prescribed paracetamol after being diagnosed with an upper respiratory tract infection. Two days later, the child was taken to another ...

  5. Dose and don'ts

    Posted Mar 05th 2007, 12:00am by Jane Moir

    ... pressure. Excessive paracetamol is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the US, with about half of all cases being accidental overdoses. A 2005 University of Texas study found that 27 per cent of people with paracetamol poisoning died and 8 per cent needed a liver transplant. Many of those who accidentally poisoned themselves did so by taking about 20 pills a day instead ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan confirms 22 people affected by first dengue fever outbreak since 1945

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 12:55pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... lethal complication called severe dengue. There is no vaccine or any specific medicine to treat dengue and patients should rest, drink plenty of fluids and reduce the fever using paracetamol ...

  7. Painkillers linked to fatal disease in children

    Posted Apr 30th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... deprive people of vital health information that could prevent similar tragedies in the future. He said the safest medicine to give young children with fever was paracetamol, and a warm water bath ...

  8. Lifestyle - Health

    SUNCT: a rare form of headache that strikes up to 200 times a day

    Posted Sep 26th 2014, 03:11pm by RAY NG

    ... Ray Ng life@scmp.com A Hong Kong patient gives a glimpse into a rare but debilitating condition A shock to the system For two weeks Hong Kong resident Brendan James suffered headaches on the left side of his face. His left eye had become red, producing sporadic tears, and while paracetamol was helpful at the beginning, the pain soon became unbearable. Simple painkillers were ...

  9. Steps taken against drug errors in child vaccination drive

    Posted Sep 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Sunday, some children who had vaccinations against pneumococcus- a bacterium that can cause pneumonia, meningitis and ear infections- were given the wrong dose of paracetamol. Paracetamol ... and 112 children were found to have been given the syrup paracetamol with the wrong dosage label. Among them, 81 were more than one year old. While 27 had taken the syrup, the department had ...

  10. Scheme fails to yield results

    Posted Feb 08th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... was sent to the government laboratory for confirmation and tests yielded a negative result. False positives can happen when common drugs such as paracetamol are taken. The spokesman said ...




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