Medicine: For Creaky Joints

For the estimated 7,000,000 Americans who suffer from aching, creaky, inflamed or stiffened joints there were two important pieces of news at last week's meeting of the American Rheumatism Association in Chicago. Not so good was the experts' consensus on hydrocortisone (Compound F), which some Philadelphia doctors had praised to the skies for thawing out joints frozen by arthritis: its usefulness is limited and it is far too expensive. The good news was that a cheap drug (one-third the price of cortisone) has been found which relieves pain in most cases of arthritis...

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