Acupuncture spoils the image of arthritis

Doctors have been alerted to the distorting effect acupuncture can have on joint X-rays after imaging of a woman's arthritic knees revealed a plethora of gold thread from the therapy.

The case, published on the New England Journal of Medicine's website, involves a 65-year-old South Korean woman diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees who had been treated unsuccessfully with conventional therapies.

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