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Headaches can often be effectively relieved by [#permalink]  09 Sep 2010, 19:15
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Headaches can often be effectively relieved by over-the-counter medication, without necessitating a physician’s oversight. However, doctors warn against employment of this simple strategy for recurring or particularly long-lasting headaches, even if such medication can provide relief. Since such headaches are often symptomatic of more serious maladies, sufferers are strongly advised instead to consult their physicians.

Which of the following conclusions is most strongly supported by the statement above?

a) The greater the pain associated with a particular headache, the more serious the underlying cause.
b) In some cases physicians advise against seeking immediate relief from pain.
c) Some headaches cannot be relieved with over-the-counter medications.
d) Physicians tend to focus less on pain relief rather than on other physical symptoms.
e) Over-the-counter medication cannot provide effective relief of a headache if the underlying cause is a serious malady

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suyashjhawar wrote:
Headaches can often be effectively relieved by over-the-counter medication, without necessitating a physician’s oversight. However, doctors warn against employment of this simple strategy for recurring or particularly long-lasting headaches, even if such medication can provide relief. Since such headaches are often symptomatic of more serious maladies, sufferers are strongly advised instead to consult their physicians.

Which of the following conclusions is most strongly supported by the statement above?

a) The greater the pain associated with a particular headache, the more serious the underlying cause.

Irrelevant
b) In some cases physicians advise against seeking immediate relief from pain.
Irrelevant

c) Some headaches cannot be relieved with over-the-counter medications.
It mgiht be true but the passage doesnt really say

d) Physicians tend to focus less on pain relief rather than on other physical symptoms.
Yes! physicians are aginast the strategy and they want to examine you for headache

e) Over-the-counter medication cannot provide effective relief of a headache if the underlying cause is a serious malady
Not true. the passage says it can relieve

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suyashjhawar wrote:
Headaches can often be effectively relieved by over-the-counter medication, without necessitating a physician’s oversight. However, doctors warn against employment of this simple strategy for recurring or particularly long-lasting headaches, even if such medication can provide relief. Since such headaches are often symptomatic of more serious maladies, sufferers are strongly advised instead to consult their physicians.

Which of the following conclusions is most strongly supported by the statement above?

a) The greater the pain associated with a particular headache, the more serious the underlying cause.
b) In some cases physicians advise against seeking immediate relief from pain.
c) Some headaches cannot be relieved with over-the-counter medications.
d) Physicians tend to focus less on pain relief rather than on other physical symptoms.
e) Over-the-counter medication cannot provide effective relief of a headache if the underlying cause is a serious malady

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I vote for option [highlight]B[/highlight] since there is a specific statement in the stimulus that strongly supports it -- doctors warn against employment of this simple strategy [highlight]for recurring or particularly long-lasting headaches[/highlight], even if such medication can provide relief.
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ezhilkumarank wrote:
suyashjhawar wrote:
Headaches can often be effectively relieved by over-the-counter medication, without necessitating a physician’s oversight. However, doctors warn against employment of this simple strategy for recurring or particularly long-lasting headaches, even if such medication can provide relief. Since such headaches are often symptomatic of more serious maladies, sufferers are strongly advised instead to consult their physicians.

Which of the following conclusions is most strongly supported by the statement above?

a) The greater the pain associated with a particular headache, the more serious the underlying cause.
b) In some cases physicians advise against seeking immediate relief from pain.
c) Some headaches cannot be relieved with over-the-counter medications.
d) Physicians tend to focus less on pain relief rather than on other physical symptoms.
e) Over-the-counter medication cannot provide effective relief of a headache if the underlying cause is a serious malady

OA will follow...

I vote for option [highlight]B[/highlight] since there is a specific statement in the stimulus that strongly supports it -- doctors warn against employment of this simple strategy [highlight]for recurring or particularly long-lasting headaches[/highlight], even if such medication can provide relief.

I go with D ...

doctors warn against the use of this strategy of not consulting doctors and not taking pain relief medicines ...!
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suyashjhawar wrote:
Headaches can often be effectively relieved by over-the-counter medication, without necessitating a physician’s oversight. However, doctors warn against employment of this simple strategy for recurring or particularly long-lasting headaches, even if such medication can provide relief. Since such headaches are often symptomatic of more serious maladies, sufferers are strongly advised instead to consult their physicians.

Which of the following conclusions is most strongly supported by the statement above?

a) The greater the pain associated with a particular headache, the more serious the underlying cause.
neither supported nor opposed
b) In some cases physicians advise against seeking immediate relief from pain.
The doctor might advice from immediate pain relief, but what the patients are doing is taking over the counter meds which may or may not provide this ("... even if such medication can provide relief...")
c) Some headaches cannot be relieved with over-the-counter medications.
This makes most sense to me, since by not going to the doctor, the patients are just taking over the counter medication
d) Physicians tend to focus less on pain relief rather than on other physical symptoms.
that one should consult a physician does not support or oppose the physician focussing on the pain relief
e) Over-the-counter medication cannot provide effective relief of a headache if the underlying cause is a serious malady
Not mentioned anywhere

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So, IMO (c)
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'D' for me.
B is a a classical case of Shell game (Powerscore CR bible). The premise talks about Headache whereas option 'B' very smartly generalize the conclusion for general pain instead of headache.

I hope it helps.
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IMO D.
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its B - in some cases, yeah, like when the underlying cause is a serious malady and its long lasting head ache - Drs dont wont you to pop the pill, cause then you won't go to the Dr if your head ache disappears... If its the long lasting type and symptom of a malady then you are better off going to the Dr as the Q tells you. Its B for sure.
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Its between B or D

But nowhere is mentioned that Physicians tend to focus less on pain relief rather than on other physical symptom. Its plainly mentioned that we should consult physicians in case pain is recurring.

So IMO B.
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OA is B indeed.
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suyashjhawar wrote:
OA is B indeed.

Please share the official explanation as well. Just wanted to confirm that my reasoning was correct and it was not a wild guess.

gkslko101 wrote:
'D' for me.
B is a a classical case of Shell game (Powerscore CR bible). The premise talks about Headache whereas option 'B' very smartly generalize the conclusion for general pain instead of headache.

I hope it helps.

I have not got a chance to lay my hands on the Powerscore CR bible hence could you please shed some light on the "Shell game" that you were referring to.... one or two examples of this case would be great.

Thanks in advance to both suyashjhawar and gkslko101.
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Your reasoning is absolutely correct.The passage says clearly "Headaches can be effectively relieved" first line and again 6th line,"even if such medication can provide relief",so can eliminate c,e.Eliminate E as it is a pretty bold statement about the physician.A a general statement,strongly supported reasoning is required,hence B.

The shell game is basically an idea or concept is raised in the stimulus, and then a very similar idea appears in the answer choice, but the idea is changed just enough to be incorrect but still attractive.

For eg consider this question from Powerscore,
Which one of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the conclusion above?

(A) Most of the major carpet producers market other floor coverings as well.
(B) Most established carpet producers market several different brand names and varieties,and there is no remaining niche in the market for new brands to fill.
(C) Two of the three mergers in the industry’s last ten years led to a decline in profits and revenues for the newly merged companies.
(D) Price reductions, achieved by cost-cutting in production, by some of the dominant firms in the carpet market are causing other producers to leave the market altogether.
(E) The carpet market is unlike most markets in that consumers are becoming increasingly resistant to new patterns and styles.

Here if you option C,a Shell Game is played with the details of the conclusion. The conclusion is about market share. Answer choice (C) is about a decline in profits and revenues. The two are not the same, and so the information in the answer choice does not weaken the conclusion.

Hope you got it.
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Oops left out the question...here it goes...

There is relatively little room for growth in the overall carpet market, which is tied to the size of the population. Most who purchase carpet do so only
once or twice, first in their twenties or thirties, and then perhaps again in their fifties or sixties. Thus as the population ages, companies producing carpet will be able to gain market share in the carpet market only through purchasing competitors, and not through more aggressive marketing.

Which one of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the conclusion above?
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suyashjhawar wrote:
Oops left out the question...here it goes...

There is relatively little room for growth in the overall carpet market, which is tied to the size of the population. Most who purchase carpet do so only
once or twice, first in their twenties or thirties, and then perhaps again in their fifties or sixties. Thus as the population ages, companies producing carpet will be able to gain market share in the carpet market only through purchasing competitors, and not through more aggressive marketing.

Which one of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the conclusion above?

Is B the correct option for this one.
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suyashjhawar wrote:
Oops left out the question...here it goes...

There is relatively little room for growth in the overall carpet market, which is tied to the size of the population. Most who purchase carpet do so only
once or twice, first in their twenties or thirties, and then perhaps again in their fifties or sixties. Thus as the population ages, companies producing carpet will be able to gain market share in the carpet market only through purchasing competitors, and not through more aggressive marketing.

Which one of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the conclusion above?

Is B the correct option for this one.

Nope.
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suyashjhawar wrote:
Oops left out the question...here it goes...

There is relatively little room for growth in the overall carpet market, which is tied to the size of the population. Most who purchase carpet do so only
once or twice, first in their twenties or thirties, and then perhaps again in their fifties or sixties. Thus as the population ages, companies producing carpet will be able to gain market share in the carpet market only through purchasing competitors, and not through more aggressive marketing.

Which one of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the conclusion above?

Thanks for the explanation about the shell game. Appreciate it. For the question above, E should be the answer since it opens up the possibility of differentiating the end product(carpet) via different styles and patterns. Moreover the answer choices suggest that the consumers of carpet market are non-resistant or open to such differentiation.

+1 to you.
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The answer is neither B nor E.Its D.If price reductions drive out some of the carpet producers, then other producers can take the market share left behind and it shows that a company can gain market share without purchasing a competitor, thus attacking the necessary condition in the conclusion.
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