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Steroid May Be Safe, Effective Gout Treatment, Study Finds

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 – A steroid pill may be as good as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for treating painful gout, new research suggests. Researchers who compared the steroid prednisolone with the arthritis medication indomethacin found both drugs offered a similar degree of pain reduction. And while indomethacin (Indocin) appeared to cause more minor side effects, neither treatment prompted serious complications, the researchers said. Smaller investigations have pointed in the same direction, said study lead author Dr. Timothy Rainer, a professor of emergency medicine at Cardiff University in Wales. But because the new findings are the product of a "larger and better-designed" effort, Rainer said steroid pills may gain standing among gout experts who usually stick with NSAIDs as their first-line treatment. The bottom line is that there are choices, said Dr. Philip ... Read more

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High Uric-Acid Levels, Lower Risk of Parkinson's?

Posted 13 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 – Men with high levels of uric acid in their blood may be less likely to develop Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests. Researchers compared about 400 people in ongoing studies who developed Parkinson's disease and more than 1,200 people in the same studies who did not develop the movement disorder. Men with the highest levels of uric acid (also called urate) were nearly 40 percent less likely to develop Parkinson's disease than those with the lowest levels, according to the study published online Jan. 13 in the journal Neurology. "These results suggest that urate could protect against Parkinson's or slow the progression of the disease in its very early stages before symptoms are seen," study author Dr. Xiang Gao, of Pennsylvania State University, said in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology. "The findings support more research on whether ... Read more

Related support groups: Gout, Parkinson's Disease, Gout - Acute, Gouty Arthritis, Diagnosis and Investigation, Parkinsonian Tremor, Parkinsonism, Gout - Prophylaxis

Health Tip: Is Arthritis Affecting Your Hands?

Posted 7 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Arthritis in the joints of the hands can be painful and make many daily tasks difficult. The American Academy of Orthopaedics says symptoms may include: Joint pain ranging from dull to burning. Pain tends to be worse after hand and finger use, and in the morning. Swelling of the joints. Sensations of grating, grinding or looseness of hand joints. Development of cysts on the hands and fingers. Read more

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

Posted 28 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 – 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 medication for gout – might affect that risk. Allopurinol causes a potentially fatal reaction in about one of 260 patients who uses the drug, which has made some doctors reluctant to prescribe it, according to background information in the study. The researchers looked at data from over 5,900 gout patients in the United Kingdom who were prescribed allopurinol and compared them to a group of gout patients who did not take the drug. Patients who took allopurinol were 11 percent less likely to die from all causes during the study period than those who did not take the medication. ... Read more

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Enriched Skim Milk Good for Gout, Study Suggests

Posted 24 Jan 2012 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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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