Gout

Gout Increases Atrial Fibrillation Risk in the Elderly

Gout Increases Atrial Fibrillation Risk in the Elderly

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A study of Medicare patients found that atrial fibrillation was nearly twice as likely to develop in those with vs without gout.

Development of Clinically Evident Gout: A Closer Look at Elevated Serum Urate Levels

Development of Clinically Evident Gout: A Closer Look at Elevated Serum Urate Levels

Serum urate level is a strong predictor of incident gout, but only about half of patients with hyperuricemia develop clinically evident gout.

Emergency Department Gout Visits Rise Dramatically

Emergency Department Gout Visits Rise Dramatically

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US study documents a 27% increase in visits to emergency departments for a primary diagnosis of acute gout from 2006 to 2014.

Mortality Risks Higher With Febuxostat vs Allopurinol

Mortality Risks Higher With Febuxostat vs Allopurinol

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All-cause and cardiovascular mortality risks were 22% and 34% higher among febuxostat-treated patients vs allopurinol recipients.

FDA Issues Safety Alert for Gout Medication

FDA Issues Safety Alert for Gout Medication

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Febuxostat may increase the risk for heart-related death.

Erectile Dysfunction Risk Higher in Gout Patients

Erectile Dysfunction Risk Higher in Gout Patients

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The risk for developing erectile dysfunction is 15% higher among men with than without gout.

Gout Patient Hospitalizations Soar

Gout Patient Hospitalizations Soar

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All-cause hospitalizations in the US increased 410% from 1993 to 2014 among gout sufferers compared with 4.8% in the general population.

Gout Risk Is Lower Among Healthier Eaters

Gout Risk Is Lower Among Healthier Eaters

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A DASH-style diet is associated with a reduced risk of gout, whereas a Western diet is associated with a higher risk.

Most US Gout Sufferers Not Taking Urate-Lowering Drugs

Most US Gout Sufferers Not Taking Urate-Lowering Drugs

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Gout is uncontrolled in the majority of individuals with the condition, data show.

Women With Gout at Greater Risk for Hip Fracture

Women With Gout at Greater Risk for Hip Fracture

The multivariable-adjusted relative risk of hip fracture was 1.38 in women with history of gout.

Black Gout Sufferers Have Worse HRQoL

Black Gout Sufferers Have Worse HRQoL

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Blacks had significantly higher median baseline serum urate levels compared to whites.

ACP Releases New Gout Guidelines

ACP Releases New Gout Guidelines

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The guidelines recommend treatment strategies and state that evidence is insufficient to support therapy to lower uric acid to target levels.

Lesinurad Improves Uric Acid Lowering in Gout Sufferers

Lesinurad Improves Uric Acid Lowering in Gout Sufferers

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Using the drug together with allopurinol helps more patients achieve target uric acid levels of less than 6 mg/dL.

Gout Found to Increase Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Gout Found to Increase Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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The effect of gout on type 2 diabetes risk was more profound in women than men.

Venous Thromboembolism Linked to High Uric Acid

Venous Thromboembolism Linked to High Uric Acid

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Highest vs lowest uric acid levels associated with a 2-fold increased risk of VTE.

Higher Allopurinol Dose Protects Elderly From Renal Failure

Higher Allopurinol Dose Protects Elderly From Renal Failure

A higher allopurinol dose was protective against renal failure in elderly allopurinol recipients.

Most Gout Inadequately Controlled

Most Gout Inadequately Controlled

Patients with inadequately controlled gout experience lower quality of life and report worse functioning.

Researchers: View Gout as a Warning Sign

Researchers: View Gout as a Warning Sign

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Gout is associated with an elevated risk of comorbid conditions, especially hypertension and alcohol abuse.

Gout Increases Risk of Erectile Dysfunction

Gout Increases Risk of Erectile Dysfunction

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Gout is associated with an elevated likelihood of both organic and psychogenic ED.

 Erectile Dysfunction Linked to Gout

Erectile Dysfunction Linked to Gout

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Gout increased the risk of erectile dysfunction in men by 21%.

Gout Patients Commonly Develop CKD and Stones

Gout Patients Commonly Develop CKD and Stones

Guidelines currently don't recognize gout as a risk factor for CKD and nephrolithiasis.

Study: CKD is a Gout Risk Factor

Study: CKD is a Gout Risk Factor

The incidence of gout among CKD patients was 6.82 per 1,000 persons per year compared to 2.43 for those without the disease.

Many Gout Patients Undertreated

Many Gout Patients Undertreated

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Although 87% of patients met the criteria for urate-lowering treatment within 5 years, only 30% were prescribed the recommended treatment.

Smoking Found to Cut Gout Risk

Smoking Found to Cut Gout Risk

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Analysis found that cigarette smoking was associated with a 24% overall reduction in gout risk.

Gout Increases Risk of Diabetes

Gout Increases Risk of Diabetes

Women with this form of arthritis are more susceptible to diabetes, researchers say.

Gout Risk Linked to Body Mass Index

Gout Risk Linked to Body Mass Index

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Each 5-unit increment in BMI is associated with a 55% increased relative risk of gout.

Allopurinol Offers No Cardiovascular Benefit

Allopurinol Offers No Cardiovascular Benefit

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Allopurinol therapy is not associated with beneficial cardiovascular outcomes in gout patients.

Living Kidney Donors Are At Higher Gout Risk

Living Kidney Donors Are At Higher Gout Risk

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In a study, donors were 60% more likely to be diagnosed with gout than matched healthy controls.

Weather Found to Affect Gout Attack Risk

Weather Found to Affect Gout Attack Risk

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Likelihood of a recurrent gout attack is greater under conditions of high temperature and/or low relative humidity.

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