Medicine: Fighting Arthritis Pain

Two U.S. firms introduce promising, once-a-day drugs

The search for relief from arthritis is as old as man, going back, in fact, to man's Neanderthal predecessors. Today, arthritis inflames the joints of 10% of the world's population, including one out of seven Americans. There are dozens of helpful drugs on the market, as well as countless quack remedies ranging from copper bracelets to snake venom. Aspirin, however, remains the treatment of choice. The trouble is that in order to suppress inflammation as well as pain, aspirin often must be taken in megadoses—15 to 20...

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