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2009-06-19 09:18:07

Having partnered last year with an international team that surveyed the genomes of 12,000 individuals to find a genetic cause for gout, Johns Hopkins scientists now have shown that the malfunctioning gene they helped uncover can lead to high concentrations of blood urate that forms crystals in joint tissue, causing inflammation and pain "” the hallmark of this disease. The ABCG2 gene, they found, makes a protein that normally transports urate out of the kidney and into urine before the...

2009-06-13 13:40:26

Pharmaceutical companies are working on new medications for gout as experts say up to six million U.S. residents may have the disease. The New York Times said Saturday that a new gout medication was approved by the Food and Drug Administration this year for the first time in more than four decades. Ardea Biosciences chief executive Barry Quart, whose San Diego company is attempting to create similar gout medications, said the extremely painful affliction has essentially become forgotten in...

2009-05-25 15:12:25

A U.S. urologist reports seeing an increase in young children with kidney stones -- something more often seen in middle-aged men. Dr. Gary Faerber of the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor says modern diet and lifestyle are probably at fault. I am seeing more and more children who have kidney stones, Faerber says in a statement. It's a real phenomenon. Family history of kidney stones is a significant risk factor, but Faerber says consuming sugar-filled drinks and fast-food...

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...

2009-05-05 08:00:00

New Study Published in the Journal of Rheumatology Examines Quality of Life and Disability in Treatment Failure Gout Patients EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J., May 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: SVNT) announced today the print publication of the Savient-supported longitudinal observational (non-interventional) study of patients with treatment failure gout (TFG). The objective of the study was to determine the baseline characteristics and natural history of the disease...

2009-05-04 07:10:00

High sodium diets, sedentary lifestyles and not drinking enough water are to blame. ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When Lisa Garnes received a call from her daughter's daycare saying that 3-year-old Emma was complaining of back pain, she never dreamt the cause would be a condition often associated with middle aged men: kidney stones. "They said that Emma was doubled over in pain and saying that her back hurt her," says Garnes. Garnes took her to the pediatrician, who...

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...

2009-03-12 13:57:00

First new treatment option in 40 years for chronic management of condition DEERFIELD, Ill., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. announced today that ULORIC(R) (febuxostat) is now available by prescription in pharmacies across the United States for the chronic management of hyperuricemia in patients with gout. Gout is a chronic condition that affects more than five million Americans. This once-daily oral medication, available in 40-mg and 80-mg tablets, is the...

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...

2009-02-26 08:01:00

BOSTON, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- SaltCheck, Inc. announced the completion of a 100 subject study demonstrating successful use of a new simplified test for monitoring sodium intake. The test, which can be used either for self-monitoring by people with hypertension, or for point-of-care testing at the physician's office, is revolutionary in providing immediate feedback on urine sodium excretion, which closely mirrors sodium intake. It involves dipstick testing, with results refined by...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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