Steroid May Be Safe, Effective Gout Treatment, Study Finds

February 23, 2016

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — 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 […]

Uric Acid May Limit Stroke Disability In Women

July 9, 2015

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?

March 5, 2015

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

December 11, 2014

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

October 3, 2014

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

March 28, 2014

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

March 26, 2014

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

November 7, 2013

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 […]

Will New Gout Findings Get a Toehold?

June 12, 2013

WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) — The big toe is not the biggest culprit in gout flare-ups, contrary to popular belief, a new study reports.
Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found that people with the highest risk of repeated cases of gout are those whose gout first appears in other joints, such […]

Painful Gout Afflicting More Americans: Study

July 28, 2011

THURSDAY, July 28 (HealthDay News) — 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 — […]

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