| Apr 13, 2012
| 6:10 PM
Sitting calmly at a table with detectives, prison inmate Byron Scherf unemotionally describes how he killed Monroe Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl on Jan. 29, 2011.
“I was on top of her on this side here, using my arm to try to choke her with...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 4:59 PM
Q: I am a Type 1 diabetic. Last year, I went to the hospital because I had ruptured a spinal disk. As I lay in the emergency room in excruciating pain, my wife and I gave my history and my current drug usage (which was already in the hospital electronic...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 8:54 AM
Q: My husband was in the hospital as a result of taking naproxen for tendinitis. He used it exactly as prescribed, and it still caused more trouble than it was worth.
He had severe gastrointestinal bleeding, so bad that he needed a blood transfusion with...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 10:38 AM
Jim Calhoun should be on the sidelines of a basketball court, coaching the University of Connecticut men's team. Instead, he's been on medical leave for a painful arthritic condition.
Calhoun's pain is caused by spinal stenosis, a medical condition that...
| Nov 9, 2011
| 11:40 AM
Q: I read with interest your column regarding Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS). My brother was diagnosed with gout and given allopurinol. Within two weeks, he had a horrific reaction and was hospitalized in a burn unit.
He developed toxic epidermal...
| May 10, 2011
| 2:49 PM
Heart patients who used common pain relievers called NSAIDs even briefly are at much higher risk of having a repeat heart attack or of dying than those who stay away from the drugs, which include such widely used over-the-counter medications as...
| Jan 13, 2011
| 4:01 PM
Brand name: Tylenol
Best for: Excellent for pain relief and fever reduction. Commonly used long-term for osteoarthritis, chronic back pain and headaches.
Side effects: Very few if taken as directed, which makes it our experts' first...
| Jul 3, 2010
Q. I have taken naproxen regularly for the past several years, having had knee replacement and shoulder surgery. When I take naproxen, my blood pressure goes up from 115/70 to about 145/94.
I was told my blood pressure problem was...
| Jun 25, 2010
Got a headache? If so, Consumer Reports dares to ask whether you're accidentally causing yourself more pain by over-treating your symptoms with common pain relievers.
It also recommends patients and their doctors consider the generic prescription-drug...
| Oct 20, 2009
You or your 5-year-old has a raging fever. Quick: Should you grab children's Tylenol, Bayer or Motrin? Most parents haven't the foggiest idea. And the recent news that high doses of acetaminophen can lead to liver damage is adding to the confusion over...
| Sep 11, 2009
Your 5-year-old has a raging fever. Quick: Should you grab children's Tylenol, Bayer or Motrin?
Most parents haven't the foggiest idea. And the recent news that high doses of acetaminophen can lead to liver damage is adding to the confusion over the...