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Paracetamol no better than placebo for low back pain, study finds

by Reuters
A person holds pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in this picture illustration taken in Ljubljana September 18, 2013. Photo - Reuters
Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with acute low back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition

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