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Protecting Liver From Painkiller's Lethal Dose

Science  11 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5592, pp. 341-342
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5592.341a

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Overdoses of the painkiller acetaminophen can cause severe, sometimes fatal liver damage. New results, reported on page 422 of this issue, help explain just how acetaminophen harms the liver. They may also provide a target for treating liver failure due to overdoses of acetaminophen and perhaps of other drugs as well.