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Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints (particularly the big toe). Gout symptoms include warmth, pain, swelling, redness, and extreme tenderness of the affected joints, as well as chills and fever.

Gout News

  • Uric Acid May Limit Stroke Disability In Women

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who suffer a stroke may have better odds of recovering without disabilities if they’re given uric acid along with standard “clot-busting” medication, a new study suggests. Men, on the other hand, may not be so fortunate, according to the study, published July 9 in the [...]

  • Gout’s Silver Lining: A Lower Risk for Alzheimer’s?

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The painful and often debilitating arthritic condition known as gout may offer patients an unexpected bonus: a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease. A new study finds that gout — or the high uric acid level that drives the inflammatory condition — may shield against the dementia. “Our [...]

  • Gout Attacks More Common at Night: Study

    THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Acute gout attacks occur two times more often during the night and early morning than during the day, a new study finds. “It is speculated that lower body temperature, nighttime dehydration, or a nocturnal dip of cortisol levels may contribute to the risk of gout attacks at night,” study [...]

  • Gout May Be Linked to Raised Diabetes Risk: Study

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis, appears to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, especially in women, a new study finds. Researchers followed more than 35,000 gout sufferers in the United Kingdom and found that women with gout were 71 percent more likely to develop [...]

  • Common Gout Drug Tied to Lower Risk of Early Death in Study

    FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A drug often used to treat gout may reduce the risk of premature death in patients with this common form of arthritis, according to a new study. Previous research has associated gout with an increased risk of early death. This study examined how allopurinol — the most widely used [...]

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