Medicine: Super-Aspirin

With the rise of wonder drugs, the common aspirin might have been expected to suffer a decline. But instead, doctors say that use of aspirin is steadily on the rise (the U.S. alone consumes 42 million tablets a day). One of its chief uses: treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, one of the nation's commonest chronic illnesses.

Recently, several drug firms produced a "super-aspirin"—a combination of aspirin and a small amount of steroid hormones —which is being publicized as a spectacular remedy for arthritis.

Last week at the meeting of the American Rheumatism Foundation in Bethesda,...

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