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Enriched Skim Milk Good for Gout, Study Suggests

Posted 24 Jan 2012 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 24 – If you have gout, drinking enriched skim milk may help reduce the frequency of painful flare-ups, new research suggests. The new study included 120 patients who had experienced at least two flare-ups in the previous four months. They were divided into three treatment groups that consumed either lactose powder, skim milk powder or skim milk powder enriched with glycomacropeptide (GMP) and G600 milk fat extract (G600). Gout, a common form of arthritis, is caused by uric acid buildup in blood. Often, the big toe is the first place where gout strikes. Previous research has shown a higher risk for gout among people who consume fewer dairy products, and earlier work suggested that GMP and G600 tone down the inflammatory response to gout crystals. The powders were mixed in roughly 8 ounces of water as a vanilla-flavored shake and consumed once a day. The patients recorded ... Read more

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Painful Gout Afflicting More Americans: Study

Posted 28 Jul 2011 by

THURSDAY, July 28 – Over the past two decades, the number of American adults with the painful joint disease gout has soared to 8.3 million, a new study finds. The study's authors blame the rise in gout – an inflammatory form of arthritis triggered by a buildup of uric acid in the joints – on rising rates of obesity and high blood pressure. They note that better prevention of these risk factors might help reduce the number of people developing the painful condition. Gout now affects 4 percent of adults in the United States, according to the study. Hyperuricemia – a "pre-gout" condition associated with high levels of uric acid in the blood – affects 43.3 million U.S. adults, or 21 percent of the population, the researchers said. Researchers analyzed U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data on nearly 6,000 adults from 2007 and 2008, and compared it to data from 1988 ... Read more

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FDA Approves Colcrys (colchicine, USP) for Prevention of Gout Flares

Posted 2 Dec 2009 by

New Colchicine Formulation Significantly Reduces Side Effects, Maintains Full Efficacy; Now Indicated for Both Prophylaxis and Treatment of Gout Flares PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ – URL Pharma, Inc., today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Colcrys (colchicine, USP) for the prophylaxis (prevention) of gout flares. Colcrys was first approved by the FDA on July 30, 2009 for the treatment of acute gout flares when taken at the first sign of a flare. Colcrys is an oral, branded form of colchicine that has been formulated for optimal efficacy and tolerability. It is the only single-ingredient colchicine to be approved by the FDA for the prophylaxis and treatment of gout flares. Colcrys provides a formulation with the efficacy of colchicine while avoiding most of the toxicity of the unapproved products historically on the market. Colcrys is also ... Read more

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Uloric Approved for Gout

Posted 16 Feb 2009 by

MONDAY, Feb. 16 – Takeda Pharmaceuticals' Uloric (febuxostat) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat gout, a painful condition characterized by elevated levels of uric acid that can build up in the blood, joints and soft tissue. Uloric is the first new treatment option in more than four decades for gout, a chronic condition affecting more than 5 million Americans, the Japanese drug maker said in a news release. It's the most common inflammatory arthritis in men 40 and older. The FDA approved the drug in 40 mg. and 80 mg. strengths. Takeda initially requested approval for 80 mg. and 120 mg versions, but the agency was concerned about possible cardiovascular side effects stemming from the higher doses, the Bloomberg news service reported. Uloric was evaluated in clinical trials involving more than 4,000 people. The most common side effects reported were liver ... Read more

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More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout

Posted 9 Mar 2009 by

MONDAY, March 9 – Consuming more vitamin C may help reduce a man's risk of gout, according to researchers who studied almost 47,000 men over a 20-year span. During that time, more than 1,300 of the men developed gout. Compared with those whose vitamin C intake through food and supplements was less than 250 milligrams a day, the risk for gout was 17 percent lower among men with a daily intake of 500 to 999 milligrams, 34 percent lower for those who took in 1,000 to 1,499 milligrams, and 45 percent lower with a daily intake of 1,500 milligrams or more. For every 500 mg increase in vitamin C intake, the risk for gout fell 17 percent, the researchers calculated. Risks were similar when comparing men who did and did not take supplements. Those who took 1,000 to 1,499 supplemental milligrams a day had a 34 percent lower risk of gout than men who did not take vitamin C supplements. The risk ... Read more

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