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2009-07-23 11:01:48

Researchers at The University of Nottingham are hoping to find out if inflammation of the knee could be an early sign of osteoarthritis "” a condition which leads to pain, stiffness, swelling and disability.Up to six million people in the UK suffer from osteoarthritis in the knee.  Now 200 patients, over the age of 55, from GP practices across Nottingham are to take part in a study led by research physiotherapist Michelle Hall in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and...

2009-06-24 13:13:56

U.S. scientists say a gene previously identified as causing gout can lead to high concentrations of blood urate that forms crystals in joint tissues. Johns Hopkins University researchers were part of an international team that surveyed the genomes of 12,000 individuals to find the genetic cause for gout. Now the Johns Hopkins scientists have shown the malfunctioning gene, ABCG2, can lead to high concentrations of blood urate that causes joint inflammation and pain -- the hallmark of the...

2009-06-18 00:02:19

Researchers in Britain say marijuana damages DNA in ways that could potentially increase the risk of cancer development in humans. University of Leicester researchers used a newly developed, highly sensitive, liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method and found clear indication that cannabis smoke damages DNA, under laboratory conditions. Researchers Rajinder Singh, Jatinderpal Sandhu, Balvinder Kaur, Tina Juren, William P. Steward, Dan Segerback and Peter B. Farmer say there...

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2009-06-10 11:50:00

 Osteoarthritis is commonly diagnosed in the late and irreversible stages, when treatment can only be expected to decrease pain and slow progression of disease. Because osteoarthritis is a widespread problem in dogs, horses and humans, doctors and veterinarians need a precise way to diagnose the disease early and accurately. Now, University of Missouri researchers are investigating potential biomarkers in dogs for early diagnosis of osteoarthritis, which could help identify patients at...

2009-06-03 14:22:15

A Washington state high school student was arrested for allegedly lighting a marijuana cigarette during his English class, authorities said. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said the 17-year-old Gig Harbor student lit the joint after reading an essay on legalizing marijuana to his Peninsula High School class and proceeded to swallow the cannabis after taking a few puffs, Seattlepi.com reported Wednesday. The student was arrested by deputies and taken to juvenile detention.

2009-05-22 08:00:00

New Findings Released on the Third Annual Gout Awareness Day (May 22) NEW YORK, May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society announced today that new survey results reveal alarming gaps in the public's awareness of gout, a painful and potentially debilitating form of arthritis that affects three to five million Americans. In a survey of more than 2,000 Americans, 65% of adults admitted to being "not at all knowledgeable" about gout and just over 70% did not know that...

2009-05-20 14:08:53

The ceremonial torch for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada, resembles a hand-rolled marijuana joint, observers say. Unofficially designated British Columbia's largest cash crop, marijuana is popular in Canada's westernmost province, and the Toronto Star's bureau there said there's a lot of nudging and winking about the torch's similarity to a spliff. I'm sure the organizers didn't intend for it to look like a joint, but that's what a lot of people are seeing, said Jodie...

2009-04-16 11:35:00

FERNDALE, Wash., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Wellesse(R), a division of Botanical Laboratories, Inc., recently received the Corporate Sponsor of the Year award from the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. The company, which manufactures liquid nutritional supplements that promote health and wellness, was honored for its ongoing support of the Foundation's efforts to support people living with arthritis and other related conditions. The award ceremony took place at the...

2009-03-13 09:38:35

 New research reveals men who get more vitamin C lower their chances of developing gout, a painful type of arthritis.A 20-year study of nearly 47,000 men revealed vitamin C appears to reduce the levels of uric acid in the blood.  Uric acid is a naturally occurring compound.  If it builds up, crystal deposits form in and around joints.  That leads to pain, inflammation and swelling associated with gout.Study authors identify gout as the most common type of inflammatory...

2009-03-04 10:19:04

British doctors say they're seeing an increase in the number of gout cases among younger people because of diets rich in meat and alcohol. Gout is caused by a build-up of uric acid in the blood and results in acute attacks of arthritis in the joints. The metabolic disorder, once lampooned as a disease of the idle rich, increased by about 17 percent between 2007 and 2008, the Daily Telegraph reported. Doctors attribute the increase to the country's growing obesity rate. Dr. Kelsey Jordan of...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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