Painkillers

I am an avid reader of New Scientist and was caught by their recent article on the problems with paracetamol known to us Americans as acetaminophen or more commonly by its brand name Tylenol. The article is entitled What’s wrong with the world’s favorite painkiller?. The answer it turns out is a lot! Apparently in the United States some 80,000 people each year visit emergency rooms because of poisoning from “Tylenol” and some 16,500 people with arthritis die each year from this supposed painkiller and its related forms. Taken over a period of time it can apparently cause internal bleeding and severe liver problems. To make matters worse research studies show that it is only marginally better than a placebo. Who knew?!