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Two thirds of treatments for rheumatoid arthritis and a fifth of treatments for osteoarthritis were found to be ineffective by the researchers. ... Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by inflammation of the lining (synovium) of the joints. Osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown of protective tissue called cartilage in the joints. Inflammation results when the unprotected bones of the joint begin to rub together.


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Taking a pill to treat depression is widely believed to work by reversing a chemical imbalance. ... Magazines, newspapers, patients' organisations and internet sites have all publicised the idea that conditions like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can be treated by drugs that help to rectify an underlying brain problem. People with schizophrenia and other conditions are frequently told that they need to take...


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The practice of forcing psychiatric patients to take medication is not backed by evidence.


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It is 50 years since the pill was first approved as a contraceptive, finally divorcing sex from pregnancy.


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Combinations of commonly used drugs - for conditions such as heart disease, depression and allergies - have been linked to a greater risk of death and declining brain function by scientists. They said half of people over 65 were prescribed these drugs.


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Abuse of prescription painkiller have reached "epidemic" levels in the US, a government report says. Overdoses of pain relievers cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, the report has found.


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