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By Richard Gorelick | March 22, 2012
Former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni has gout. In this Wednesday blog post , Bruni discusses how his diagnosis has changed his eating habits. Bruni admits that "there are times, crazily, when I'm almost happy about the gout ... it provided a dietary shove where the gentle pushes of a vague desire for self-improvement hadn't sufficed. " He talks about the change in his eating habits, which for the most part has been easier than he thought. Still, Bruni wonders, "Why must it take something like that for so many of us to pivot in a healthier direction?"
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By Richard Gorelick | March 22, 2012
Former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni has gout. In this Wednesday blog post , Bruni discusses how his diagnosis has changed his eating habits. Bruni admits that "there are times, crazily, when I'm almost happy about the gout ... it provided a dietary shove where the gentle pushes of a vague desire for self-improvement hadn't sufficed. " He talks about the change in his eating habits, which for the most part has been easier than he thought. Still, Bruni wonders, "Why must it take something like that for so many of us to pivot in a healthier direction?"
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By Dr. Simeon Margolis and Dr. Simeon Margolis,Contributing Writer | April 27, 1993
Last week I developed a painful swollen knee and went to my doctor, who did some tests and said I had pseudogout. What is the difference between gout and pseudogout?In both pseudogout and gout, the accumulation of crystals within a joint produces an acute inflammation and arthritis. The two disorders, however, differ in a number of important ways. The crystals in gout are composed of sodium urate and are associated with elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. In seudogout the crystals are made up of calcium pyrophosphate, and blood uric acid levels are usually normal.
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By Mike McGrew | April 10, 2011
Four miles, four times a week. For almost 40 years, I was hooked on the exhilaration, perspiration and relaxation of running. Despite knee and gout flare-ups that repeatedly suspended my regimen, I'd always return to the trail ASAP. Then, several summers ago, I severed my hamstring water-skiing after an extra-long run and hobbled through autumn. I was just beginning to jog that winter when I was diagnosed with three abdominal aneurysms. Following stent implantation surgery, I spent another six months champing at the bit. I was cleared to walk as much as I wanted and pushed myself vigorously.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 19, 2004
For the first time, scientists have documented the age-old belief that alcohol intake strongly increases the risk of developing gout, and that the risk is related to the type of alcoholic beverage consumed. Drinking beer is more likely to lead to gout, but moderate wine consumption does not appear to raise the risk, according to a study reported in The Lancet this week. People have long suspected a link between alcohol and gout. But the authors of the study, who are from Harvard-affiliated institutions, said it was the first to document the link systematically and to assess the risk according to the types of alcohol ingested.
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By Dr. Simeon Margolis and Dr. Simeon Margolis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 4, 1996
Several weeks ago, after an attack of severe pain in my right big toe, my doctor told me that I have gout. I am otherwise completely healthy and would like to know what can be done to prevent another attack.Gout is a generalized disorder that is due to elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. The most prominent manifestations of gout are painful episodes of acute arthritis, often first involving the great toe, due to the deposition of uric acid crystals in the joints. These crystals trigger the entry of white blood cells into the joint, where they engulf the crystals and release substances that cause the arthritis attack.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1996
OAKLAND, Calif. -- David Wells' bout with gout in his right big toe continues, and yesterday the Orioles had the left-hander go through a series of X-rays to determine if something else might be exacerbating the problem.The X-rays showed no abnormalities, so all Wells can do is sit and wait, in pain. His pain was so acute Saturday that he went to a Milwaukee-area hospital to have a shot to reduce the inflammation."Last night [Sunday] was the only night I've been sleeping since last Tuesday," Wells said.
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By Joe and Teresa Graedon | September 14, 2009
Question: : I was at a child's birthday party, and wasps and bees were flying all over while the food was out. Someone said to get self-sealing plastic bags (sandwich size is fine), fill them with water and put them on the table. The wasps disappeared. If I hadn't seen this with my own eyes, I never would have believed it. I went to another party, and the host had put plastic bags of water all along her deck and anywhere people were sitting. There were no bees or wasps, and she lives out in the country.
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October 13, 1990
Dr. John H. Talbott, an expert on gout, arthritis and environmental stress, who served as editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, died Wednesday of cancer in the health care center of a retirement community in Delray Beach, Fla.Dr. Talbott, 88, was well known for his studies on gout suggesting that dietary restrictions for people with the disease could be relaxed.He was editor of the medical journal from the late 1950s until the early 1970s, a period in which he also directed other scientific publications for the association.
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By Dr. Simeon Margolis and Dr. Simeon Margolis,Contributing Writer | September 7, 1993
Q: Because my weight is more than 300 pounds, my wife has urged me to go to one of the programs that advertises weight loss with the use of a special liquid diet over a period of 12 weeks. I would like to know whether such weight loss programs are safe and effective.A: The National Task Force on the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity, organized by the National Institutes of Health, has published a report on the very low-calorie diets (VLCD) used in the type of weight-loss programs you describe.
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By Joe and Teresa Graedon | September 14, 2009
Question: : I was at a child's birthday party, and wasps and bees were flying all over while the food was out. Someone said to get self-sealing plastic bags (sandwich size is fine), fill them with water and put them on the table. The wasps disappeared. If I hadn't seen this with my own eyes, I never would have believed it. I went to another party, and the host had put plastic bags of water all along her deck and anywhere people were sitting. There were no bees or wasps, and she lives out in the country.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Peoplespharmacy.com | November 10, 2006
You have suggested that people should check prescriptions carefully to avoid pharmacy errors. How many people read Latin? Why aren't prescriptions written in English? We have been campaigning against Latin abbreviations in prescriptions for nearly 30 years. There is no excuse for physicians to use this archaic system in the 21st century. This idea makes some doctors angry, though. One took us to task after we wrote a column calling for prescriptions to be written in legible English: "You do not have a right to tell us to change the standard format in which pharmacists provide service to physicians by saying that we should change the way prescriptions are written and have been forever.
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August 4, 2006
Psychology Soldiers showing effects of war Two months after returning from Iraq, some U.S. Army soldiers displayed subtle signs of confusion, reduced attention spans and impaired memories that suggest a slow readjustment to civilian life, according to a study published this week. Researchers also found an increase in reaction speed and a heightened level of tension among the soldiers, said lead author Jennifer J. Vasterling, a psychologist with the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 19, 2004
For the first time, scientists have documented the age-old belief that alcohol intake strongly increases the risk of developing gout, and that the risk is related to the type of alcoholic beverage consumed. Drinking beer is more likely to lead to gout, but moderate wine consumption does not appear to raise the risk, according to a study reported in The Lancet this week. People have long suspected a link between alcohol and gout. But the authors of the study, who are from Harvard-affiliated institutions, said it was the first to document the link systematically and to assess the risk according to the types of alcohol ingested.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | June 23, 2002
Q. My 12-year-old son will be going back to camp this summer. He came home last year with chigger bites all over his legs. A year later, you can still see where the bites were. Is there something he can put on his legs to deter these nasty pests? A friend recommended sulfur, but the pharmacist said this was not a good idea because sulfur can burn. Can you help? A. Chiggers are the bane of campers, gardeners and berry pickers. These critters are also known as red bugs or harvest mites.
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By Dr. Simeon Margolis and Dr. Simeon Margolis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 4, 1996
Several weeks ago, after an attack of severe pain in my right big toe, my doctor told me that I have gout. I am otherwise completely healthy and would like to know what can be done to prevent another attack.Gout is a generalized disorder that is due to elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. The most prominent manifestations of gout are painful episodes of acute arthritis, often first involving the great toe, due to the deposition of uric acid crystals in the joints. These crystals trigger the entry of white blood cells into the joint, where they engulf the crystals and release substances that cause the arthritis attack.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | June 23, 2002
Q. My 12-year-old son will be going back to camp this summer. He came home last year with chigger bites all over his legs. A year later, you can still see where the bites were. Is there something he can put on his legs to deter these nasty pests? A friend recommended sulfur, but the pharmacist said this was not a good idea because sulfur can burn. Can you help? A. Chiggers are the bane of campers, gardeners and berry pickers. These critters are also known as red bugs or harvest mites.
NEWS
August 4, 2006
Psychology Soldiers showing effects of war Two months after returning from Iraq, some U.S. Army soldiers displayed subtle signs of confusion, reduced attention spans and impaired memories that suggest a slow readjustment to civilian life, according to a study published this week. Researchers also found an increase in reaction speed and a heightened level of tension among the soldiers, said lead author Jennifer J. Vasterling, a psychologist with the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1996
OAKLAND, Calif. -- David Wells' bout with gout in his right big toe continues, and yesterday the Orioles had the left-hander go through a series of X-rays to determine if something else might be exacerbating the problem.The X-rays showed no abnormalities, so all Wells can do is sit and wait, in pain. His pain was so acute Saturday that he went to a Milwaukee-area hospital to have a shot to reduce the inflammation."Last night [Sunday] was the only night I've been sleeping since last Tuesday," Wells said.
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By Dr. Simeon Margolis and Dr. Simeon Margolis,Contributing Writer | September 7, 1993
Q: Because my weight is more than 300 pounds, my wife has urged me to go to one of the programs that advertises weight loss with the use of a special liquid diet over a period of 12 weeks. I would like to know whether such weight loss programs are safe and effective.A: The National Task Force on the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity, organized by the National Institutes of Health, has published a report on the very low-calorie diets (VLCD) used in the type of weight-loss programs you describe.
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