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RA Remission: The Missing Element

A study designed to assess the usefulness of different criteria for monitoring status in RA unearthed the discovery that only one patient in ten appears to reach stable remission. How can this be true? It also identified the one factor that contributed most to this disappointing record.

See Do Remission Criteria Fail RA Patients By Ignoring Pain?

Also on this topic:  Big Flaw in RA Treatment Success Record: Remaining Pain

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Whether marijuana use should be legalized is a subject worthy for debate. It is unfair, however, for patients who have real health problems to be misled into believing that there is a magical cure.

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Chronic pain from failed back surgery is notoriously difficult to manage. Might medical marijuana hold promise?

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Marijuana can be a valuable therapeutic tool for the nausea and vomiting that accompany chemotherapy, but it also can cause hyperemesis.

Would you consider oral steroids for a patient with acute radiculopathy due to a herniated disc? What's the clinical evidence of benefit?

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The 35-year-old man is a new patient for you. He says he was given Vicodin when he had a similar injury a number of years ago. How do you proceed?

NSAIDs may impair fertility in women with mild musculoskeletal pain. Damage is reversible once NSAIDs are discontinued, according to a new study.

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When are antiviral drugs appropriate to treat "shingles" and what is the first-line treatment for post-infection pain?

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