July 28, 2011

Got Gout?

1 Prevalence of Gout Rises in US

Henry VIII may be gout’s poster boy but he’s not alone. Cases of gout and hyperuricemia, increased levels of uric acid, have risen over the past 20 years. Gout now affects about 4% of Americans; hyperuricemia affects about 21% of the population. Research finds that higher rates of obesity and hypertension may be to blame. Gout, an inflammatory arthritis, is triggered by crystallization of uric acid within joints and causes swelling and severe pain. Medical experts say it’s associated with obesity, insulin resistance and hypertension. Researchers found that the prevalence of gout was higher in men than women although both suffer equally from hyperuricemia. Researchers say that managing risk factors could prevent further escalation of cases of this painful arthritis.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Gout Drug Prevents Angina

Tags: Arthritis, Gout, High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Hyperuricemia, Insulin Resistance, Inflammatory Arthritis, Henry VIII

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34 Checks a Day

2 Smartphone Users Develop Checking Habit

Smartphone users repetitively check their email and apps like Facebook, say researchers. The "checking habit" is actually an unconscious behavior, says Loren Frank, a neuroscientist from the University of California, San Francisco. In a recent study, the phone checks typically lasted less than 30 seconds and occurred within 10 minutes of each other. On average, the study subjects checked their phones 34 times a day. They didn't really need to check their phones that many times, but they did it out of habit or compulsion. While developing a smartphone checking habit may seem harmless, experts warn that it can be difficult to return to your original task once you're distracted by your phone. The checking habit may also be a way to avoid interacting with people or completing tasks.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Smartphone Habits, Checking Habits, Checking Email on Phone, Obsessive Email Checking, Automatic Smartphone Checking

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Goal Is to Reduce Liver Failure

3 Maximum Dose of ES Tylenol Reduced

In an effort to reduce the risk of liver failure, Johnson & Johnson is lowering the maximum daily dose of acetaminophen (Tylenol) from 4,000 to 3,000 milligrams. Acetaminophen is present in various prescriptions and over the counter medications to treat various kinds of pain and is also the top cause of liver failure which has been linked to about 200 overdose deaths and 56,000 ER visits. Acetaminophen is one of many Johnson & Johnson products that ended up on a recall list over the last couple of years. Earlier this year the FDA halved the maximum amount of acetaminophen in prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Percocet. Similar changes are planned for other Tylenol products and other manufacturers will likely change their labeling to reflect these new recommendations.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: FDA Limits Acetaminophen Dose in Pain Relievers

Tags: Acetaminophen, FDA, Johnson and Johnson, Tylenol, Extra Strength Tylenol, Maximum Daily Dose, Liver Failure Due to Acetaminophen Use, Painkillers

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