Genes, Not Diet, May Be Key to Gout Flare-Ups

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Although many people suffering from painful gout flare-ups point to diet as the culprit, new research suggests DNA plays a much bigger role. The findings challenge the long-held belief that diet is the major factor in gout, a joint disease that causes extreme pain and swelling. Gout is…

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Sit-Stand Desks Good for the Mind. What About the Body?

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — “Sit-stand” desks can get office workers on their feet more often — and improve their well-being along the way, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when they swapped out traditional office desks for sit-stand versions, workers stayed on their feet for an extra 80 minutes on the…

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Could Same-Sex Couples Have Babies With Shared DNA? Study Hints It's Possible

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Lesbian and gay couples might one day be able to produce offspring that share genetic traits from both parents, a study in mice has determined. Researchers with the Chinese Academy of Sciences produced 29 healthy mouse pups from two mothers using stem cells and targeted gene editing, according…

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Study Sees No Link Between Gout Drug, Kidney Disease

MONDAY, Oct. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The gout drug allopurinol may offer some protection from kidney disease, according to a new study that upends traditional beliefs. Some doctors hesitate to prescribe the drug to patients because of concerns it may raise their risk for chronic kidney disease, even though there is a lack of…

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'Broken Heart Syndrome' Warrants Careful Monitoring

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s not a heart attack, but so-called “broken heart syndrome” still puts patients at high risk for hospital readmission and in-hospital death, a new study suggests. Broken heart syndrome — also called Takotsubo syndrome — causes symptoms similar to a heart attack, including chest pain and difficulty breathing.…

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Working Out When Under the Weather

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Every now and then you might not feel well enough to exercise and decide to skip a workout. But if you have a cold that could last a full week, you probably won’t want to find yourself facing a fitness setback once you’ve recovered. Here’s how to stay…

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Brain Scans Suggest Pain of Fibromyalgia Isn't Imaginary

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People with fibromyalgia have widespread inflammation in their brains, new research reveals. “Finding an objective neurochemical change in the brains of people who are used to being told that their problems are imaginary is pretty important,” explained senior study author Marco Loggia. He is associate director of the…

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For Pain Relief, Why Not Try Drug-Free Alternatives?

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Pain sends more people to the doctor than any other ailment. But if you don’t want relief from a medicine bottle — or when that relief isn’t enough — consider complementary and integrative health approaches for their emotional as well as physical benefits. Though certain types of movement…

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Three New Genes Linked to Chronic Back Pain

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — New research pinpoints three genes responsible for skeletal development that appear to be connected to chronic back pain. The study authors said their findings could shed new light on the biological factors involved in the development of the condition and lead to new treatments for back pain, which…

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Exercising With Rheumatoid Arthritis

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Different from osteoarthritis, which is the wear-and-tear breakdown of joint cartilage experienced over time, rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune disease that causes both pain and intense fatigue. When you’re in the throes of a flare, exercise may seem like mission impossible and you might be advised…

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