New rheumatoid arthritis criteria aim to recognise RA early

New rheumatoid arthritis criteria to stave off disabling disease for thousands of people — 2010 Rheumatoid arthritis classification criteria: an American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism collaborative initiative – New criteria for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, could prevent thousands of people from developing disabling late stage disease, by redefining how RA should be classified.

Women who drink beer may develop psoriasis

Women who drink beer more likely to develop psoriasis – Regular beer – but not light beer or other types of alcohol – appears to be associated with an increased risk of developing psoriasis, revealed by researchers.

Women with gout at greater risk of heart attack

Women with gout at greater risk of heart attack than men — Independent risk of gout on the risk of acute myocardial infarction among elderly women: A population-based study – Women with gout are at greater risk of a heart attack than men with the disease, indicates research published ahead of print in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Shoe choice may cause foot pain

Women who make poor shoe choices at risk for foot pain later in life – Women who make poor shoe choices early in life suffer with foot pain in later years, revealed by researchers. The new study is published in the October issue of Arthritis Care & Research, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology.

ABCG2 gene mutation causes gout

ABCG2 gene mutation is responsible for causing the joint inflammation and pain that are symptoms of gout — Johns Hopkins scientists out a gene for gout. – Johns Hopkins scientists out a gene for gout – ABCG2 gene mutation is responsible for causing the joint inflammation and pain that are symptoms of gout.

Vitamin C lowers gout risk in men

Higher vitamin C intake is independently associated with a lower risk of gout. Supplemental vitamin C intake may be beneficial in the prevention of gout. – Men with higher vitamin C intake appear less likely to develop gout, a painful type of arthritis, according to a report in the March 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Takeda’s Uloric febuxostat approved for hyperuricemia in gout

ULORIC (TMX-67, febuxostat) Receives FDA Approval for the Chronic Management of Hyperuricemia in Patients with Gout – Teijin Pharma Limited and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited announced that on February 13, 2009, Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc., received FDA marketing approval for ULORIC (febuxostat) for the chronic management of hyperuricemia in patients with gout.

New genes linked to gout

Three genes are associated with increased risk of higher levels of uric acid in the blood, which can lead to gout. – Researchers have identified two new genes ? and confirmed the role of a third gene ? associated with increased risk of higher levels of uric acid in the blood, which can lead to gout, a common, painful form of arthritis.

Sugary soft drinks linked to gout in men

Consumption of sugar sweetened soft drinks and fructose is strongly associated with an increased risk of gout in men, finds a study published on bmj.com. – Consumption of sugar sweetened soft drinks and fructose is strongly associated with an increased risk of gout in men. Gout is a joint disease which causes extreme pain and swelling. It is most common in men aged 40 and older. It is caused by excess uric acid in the blood (hyperuricaemia) which leads to uric acid crystals collecting around the joints.

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