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  1. Caffeine May Trigger Gout Attacks

    Nov. 11, 2010 (Atlanta) -- An extra jolt or two of caffeine may trigger a gout attack in people with the painful and often disabling arthritic condition, preliminary research suggests. "We found that overall, as the number of servings of caffeinated beverages increased, so too did the chance of havi

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  2. Gout Cases on the Rise in U.S.

    Nov. 10, 2010 (Atlanta) -- The latest figures on gout are in, and they’re disappointing, researchers say. Following a doubling of cases of the painful and often disabling arthritic condition from the 1960s to the 1990s, gout rates continued to rise through 2008, the most recent year studied. In a na

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  3. Cherries May Cut Risk of Gout Flare-ups

    Nov. 11, 2010 (Atlanta) -- People with gout may be able to cut in half their risk of recurrent attacks by eating about 20 cherries a day, preliminary research suggests. The findings support years of anecdotal reports from patients that cherries help keep the inflammatory arthritic condition in check

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  4. Water Exercise for Fibromyalgia: Easing Deep Muscle Pain

    If you have fibromyalgia pain, you're likely clenching right now. "Clenching is an involuntary reaction to stress," says Doris Cope, MD, director of Pain Management at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "People tense their muscles, and probably don't even realize they're doing it. That red

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  5. Study: Sugary Soda, OJ Raise Gout Risk in Women

    Nov. 10, 2010 -- Women who drink one or more servings of sugary soda or orange juice a day may be increasing their risk for developing gout. That’s according to new research presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta. The findings will also be published in

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  6. Fibromyalgia Pain at Night

    Do you toss and turn at night because of fibromyalgia pain or discomfort? "People with fibromyalgia tend to have very disturbed sleep," says Doris Cope, MD, director of Pain Management at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "Even if they sleep 10 hours a night, they still feel fatigued,

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  7. Top Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia

    “It would be great if we could just give people a pill to fix their fibromyalgia,” says Mark J. Pellegrino, MD, of Ohio Pain and Rehabilitation Specialists and author of 13 books on fibromyalgia. “But there’s no magic pill. A balanced approach is important.” For some people with fibromyalgia, that b

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  8. Vitamin D Fails Osteoarthritis Test

    Nov. 9, 2010 (Atlanta) -- In a two-year study, vitamin D supplements failed to reduce pain or slow the progression of joint damage in people with osteoarthritis of the knee, researchers report. Based on previous research, "I was optimistic," says Timothy McAlindon, MD, MPH, associate professor of me

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  9. Statins May Not Benefit Kids With Lupus

    Nov. 9, 2010 (Atlanta) -- The routine use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs in children and adolescents with systemic lupus is not warranted, a new study suggests. Researchers say the findings surprised them, as children with systemic lupus are at increased risk of early-onset atherosclerosis tha

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  10. Lupus Linked to Increased Risk of Cancer

    Nov. 9, 2010 (Atlanta) -- People with systemic lupus are 15% times more likely to develop cancer compared with the general population, suggest findings of a study involving nearly 13,500 people with systemic lupus. The higher malignancy rate among people with systemic lupus is driven mainly by an in

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