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For Back Pain, Acetaminophen Is No Better than Placebo

Low-back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide.  Guidelines for acute low-back pain universally recommend ‘paracetamol’ or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as the first-line medical pain reliever.  Although universally recommended, recently, the highest quality evidence (systematic review) noted no evidence to support the use of paracetamol for low-back pain.  To further explore this issue, a study just published in The Lancet investigated… Read More »

Effectiveness of Exercise vs Drugs on Mortality

Physical activity has well documented health benefits. Population studies have shown that people who exercise enjoy a higher quality of life and improved health status compared to those with sedentary behaviors. Large scale observational studies have established a clear association between exercise and reductions in mortality. Despite the evidence of effectiveness of physical activity and lifestyle on health,… Read More »