Gout Resource Includes Educational Slideshow and Quiz

June 17, 2011 by Lynn.

EmedicineHealth.com has created a comprehensive and easy to understand 14-page online gout guide. Written by medical doctors, the educational resource provides comprehensive information on gout signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, gout medications, gout prevention, gout prognosis, and more.

The consumer health information site, part of the WebMD network, features an informative gout quiz, and a helpful gout slideshow illustrating typical gouty arthritis attacks.

To visit the eMedicineHealth.com gout guide, >CLICK HERE<.


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Scientists Eradicate Gout in Mice

June 27, 2011 by Lynn.

Researchers from the Swiss natural science and engineering university ETH Zurich have developed a self regulating biological gene network that they believe will make gout and kidney stones a thing of the past.

As humans evolved, we lost an enzyme that helps control levels of uric acid in the body. The enzyme, urate oxydase, is still present in most mammals, working to keep their uric acid in check. Uric acid is a chemical created when the body breaks down purines. Purines are natural substances found in all cells and almost all foods.

In the right quantity, uric acid is a powerful anti-oxidant and an important part of the detoxification process. But when blood levels get too high (over 6.8 mg/dl), the excess uric acid crystallizes into needle sharp crystals in the joints and tissues surrounding the joints, causing a painful form of arthritis known as gout. Excess uric acid can also be deposited in the kidneys as kidney stones.

Determined to reconstruct a system to keep uric acid in check in humans, the ETH researchers put together a biological network of genes they call UREX. The network has three components: a uric acid sensor that constantly monitors uric acid levels, a genetic circuit, and a component that releases urate oxydase into the blood.

The three components are programmed to perform certain functions both independently and in synch with each other, without any outside assistance. When the sensor detects high concentrations of uric acid, it automatically relays that information to the genetic circuit, which triggers the third component to release urate oxydase to lower uric acid levels to a healthy balance.

Amazingly, the gene network is contained in a single cell. Roughly two million of these cells are enclosed in a tiny implantable porous gelatin capsule for protection against an immune system attack. The implant can be removed at any time with no consequence.

ETH Zurich Professor Martin Fussenegger says the "molecular prosthesis" is a prime example of what can be achieved using synthetic biology. "Many medical problems are solved by introducing chemical substances [like gout medication] into the body from outside," he explains, "In our method, we repair a defective metabolic pathway and help the body to treat itself in the best possible way."

UREX has been successfully tested in mice, and the research team has filed a patent application for the gene network. Other partners are now responsible for bringing UREX to market. Fussenegger is confident that UREX will successfully complete the necessary testing in the near future, clearing the way for a finished product to hit the world market - a major development with potential to bring relief to millions of gout sufferers around the world who now rely on gout medication.


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Everything You Need to Know About Gout - Free Gout E-Course

July 5, 2011 by Lynn.

Carol Eustice was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 19. Now a writer and an advocate for people living with arthritis, she has written a book called The Everything Guide to Arthritis, started an online rheumatoid arthritis chat room and support group, and has been an About.com arthritis guide for almost 15 years.

Eustice is also a wealth of information on gouty arthritis, or gout, which she describes as one of the most painful forms of arthritis. As an About.com Guide, she has created a comprehensive free online newsletter e-course called Gout 101 to help those with gout understand and manage their condition.

Filled with information and advice on gout symptoms, gout prevention, gout diet, gout treatment, gout medication, gout pain relief and more, Gout 101 is an invaluable resource for both long time gout sufferers and the newly diagnosed. CLICK HERE to subscribe to this helpful and informative gout guide and/or Eustice's weekly newsletter.


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Free Monthly Gout Newsletter

July 25, 2011 by Lynn.

John Mepham, creator of the gout information website best-gout-remedies.com, publishes a free monthly newsletter called The Gout Dugout. Both the website and the newsletter are rich sources of interesting and often unconventional information and opinions on gouty arthritis, gout treatment, gout medication, and gout research.

The July issue of the Dugout discusses the use of stinging nettle for gout, the recent FDA rejection of the gout drug Ilaris, and the possible connection between gout and fructose. >CLICK HERE< to read issues of the Gout Dugout online.


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Gout Pictures Slideshow

October 19, 2011 by Lynn.

Want to see what gout looks like? Visit WebMd to see a gout picture slideshow with information on the causes, symptoms and treatment of gouty arthritis. The 14-slide show begins with a black and white picture of actor John Barrymore resting his obviously swollen gouty foot in the early 1940s.

The slideshow provides valuable information on gout prevention and treatment, including dietary changes. The educational tool covers the use of gout medication such as anti-inflammatories, corticosteroids and colchicine for gout pain, and uric acid lowering medication such as allopurinal and febuxostat for gout prevention.

It ends with up-to-date information on gout research. To view the gouty arthritis slideshow on WebMD, >Click Here.<


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The Story of Colchicine

April 13, 2012 by Julia.

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Check out this awesome article from the Lancet about the history of gout and the rise of colchicine! It came into use over 200 years ago! Gout also used to be considered a sign of status - only those who ate more expensive foods and lived more sedentary lifestyles would develop gout.

Once gout was seen often in the population, 18th century doctors began mixing cocktails reputed to stop or prevent gout. Most of them were made with an alcohol base, which we know now must have made the flare-ups worse! Luckily for 18th century gout sufferers, eventually an American colonial doctor added a local plant to his tonic...that plant turned out to contain colchicine.

If your doctor prescribes colchicine for gout, consider buying online at a Canadian pharmacy. You can buy Colcrys for significantly less online than you would pay at an American pharmacy.

View "Bitter medicine: gout and the birth of the cocktail" on the Lancet's website here.


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