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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 statements 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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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 statements 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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IMO: B

A: Intensity of pain is nowhere mentioned
B: Correct
C: Question states 'Headaches can often be effectively relieved by over-the-counter medication'. We don't know about if there is some kind of head ache that can not be relieved with medicines. The doctors are advising not to go for the medications mentioned in the passage not because they don't provide relief but because the cause could be something serious.
D:Wrong
E: Again, we don't know if medication won't provide relief if the cause is a serious malady. All we know is about medications that provide relief.

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why is E wrong?


For number of reasons :
1. " Since such headaches are often symptomatic of more serious maladies" - this does not mean
- that the cause of such headaches are serious maladies
- even if they are the cause, that's not the case always.
So, when an answer choice changes the scope of the topic to "if the underlying cause is serious malady" that is incorrect.
For instance, if the scope of the passage is "if I score 800 in GMAT..", then we cannot infer anything for 'if I don't score 800 in GMAT".

2. " Headaches [ later on, the passage mentions that this "headaches" may be a symptoms/cause/... something we dont know for serious malady] can often be effectively relieved by over-the-counter medication" - that means that the over-the-counter do provide relief, be it in for a large number - as 90 cases out of 100 cases [ note the word "often'], so "cannot provide" in E do act as opposite to what's stated.

In whatever way, you look at the stimulus, E is far from being correct. In the correct one, note the key word "some", which can be very much be inferred from "often".

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