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Acetominophen (paracetamol)Acute kidney failure is a relatively common effect of muscle injury, whether crushing or exercise induced. Now, researchers at the University of Essex in England have discovered that the commonly used painkiller acetominophen (paracetamol in the UK) can protect against kidney failure by blocking the effects of free-radicals produced when myoglobin and other proteins from damage muscle cells enter the blood stream and reach the kidneys.

“Currently there are few treatments available for this condition beyond kidney dialysis and certainly none that specifically target the mechanism of damage,” says a report in Business Weekly based on a press release from the journal in which the research results were published, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Once this benefit of the common painkiller acetominophen is proven clinically, it is likely to become a standard drug to be found in the paramedic medicine bag, especially at the sports arena and during disaster recovery where people may have been crushed, for instance.

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