Medicine: Blood Purge

Help for rheumatoid arthritis

For Sandra Rachel, 36, a Dickerson, Md., housewife, the pain and stiffness were almost unbearable. Even dressing required aid. Often the swelling in her joints was so severe that she could not get out of bed before noon. No medications seemed to help. That was a year ago. Today Rachel can dress easily, do household chores and climb up the nine flights of stairs to her doctor's office. Her startling rejuvenation is in part the result of a novel experimental treatment that may eventually help many other victims of severe...

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