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Gout

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

  • 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 [...]

  • CT Scans Might Help Diagnose Gout in Some Cases

    WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — CT scans can help detect gout that’s been missed by the current standard testing method, a new study suggests. Gout is a common and painful form of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the body. The standard test — called needle aspiration — involves taking fluid [...]

  • 10 Percent of U.S. Adults Physically Limited by Arthritis: CDC

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) — More than 50 million Americans have arthritis, and almost half of them can’t perform normal daily activities because of the disease, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Aging and obesity are the chief culprits behind this growing health problem, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and [...]

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