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Acupuncture and other alternative therapies in rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic condition that is a major cause of disability and occurs in around 1% of the population. Approximately 600 000 people in the UK suffer from RA. Prevalence increases with age in both males and females, with RA being three times more common in women than in men (McIntosh, 1996). In 1992/93, the economic burden of RA in the UK was estimated to be £1.256 billion (McIntosh, 1996), with just over half of this comprising production losses through the ...

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