A lack of the mineral selenium in the diet puts people at risk of paracetamol (acetaminophen) overdose, even when the painkiller is taken at levels claimed to be safe on the packaging, finds new research.
New research has analyzed 35 studies looking at the effects of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs in cutting the risk of dying from heart disease. The researchers found three-quarters of the studies reported no reduction in mortality among patients taking the drugs.
Health officials from the UK’s National Health Service say painkillers such as paracetamol (acetaminophen), ibuprofen, aspirin, and opioids do more harm than good and should not be prescribed to treat chronic pain.
Many amateur athletes reach for ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to get through injuries or pain. Not only can doing this make recovery more difficult, but frequent use of anti-inflammatories can be dangerous.