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BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 18 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1208
  1. Harvey Marcovitch (
  1. BMJ syndication editor

    Three weeks of prednisolone offers short term benefit for frozen shoulder

    A randomised placebo controlled trial in patients with adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder (frozen shoulder) has shown that 30 mg of oral prednisolone daily for three weeks reduced pain and disability for up to six weeks, but the improvement was lost by 12 weeks. This suggests a rebound effect after stopping treatment, particularly for pain. Questions arise as to whether a longer course of treatment or gradual withdrawal would be more effective. The authors also found that 25 of the 80 patients referred to them had been wrongly diagnosed, suggesting either that general practitioners were poor at recognising the condition or that they were taking advantage of the researchers' short waiting time for an appointment.

    Half of children with asthma do not outgrow it

    Ninety four of a cohort of 119 children diagnosed as having asthma in 1966-9 have been followed up to age 32-42. Twenty …

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