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Studies of Natural Remedies Find Mixed Results

Two NIH-funded funded studies published this week indicated that glucosamine and chondroitin, did no better than placebo in relieving mild arthritis pain.

The studies did show, however, that while most people taking the arthritis pills in the study got no significant benefit, the pills did appear to help those with more severe pain.

The placebo effect in these cases is also difficult to measure.

What does this mean? It depends on the validity of the studies and how one spins the information. For example, the 3/1/06 article in Associated Press reporting the information was entitled "Study: Natural Studies Inferior," although the fine print admitted that "the results are not completely clear-cut."

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