- Science! July 25
A surprising new study has found that Tylenol and other brands of acetaminophen may be no more effective than a placebo at treating back pain.
The research, published in the journal The Lancet, studied 1,643 people with lower back pain. The participants were divided into three groups, and each group was given two boxes of pills. The first group received two boxes of acetaminophen, while the second received one box of acetaminophen and one box of "as-needed" placebos, and the third group received two boxes of placebos. Participants were instructed to take six pills daily from the regular box, and up to two from the "as-needed" box.
After three months, researchers found no differences among the three groups. The participants didn't have variation in pain or recovery time. Additionally, 75 percent of the participants reported they were satisfied with their results, including those given the placebos.- -
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 10 things you need to know today: October 22, 2014
- Syrian women know how to defeat ISIS
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- The one thing the New Atheists get right about religion
- Secret Service stretched mission to protect employee, report finds
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
- How to make corn dogs
- The U.S. Marines are developing laser weapons. Here's why.
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
Subscribe to the Week