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The study, the first to examine the relationship between uric acid levels and gout risk in women, also evaluated purported risk factors for gout and found that increasing age, obesity, hypertension, alcohol use, and diuretic use to be among leading contributors for women.
Gout is a common and excruciatingly painful inflammatory arthritis caused by elevated uric acid levels in the blood.
When too much uric acid builds up in joint fluid, uric acid crystals form and cause joint swelling and inflammation.

Why people forget to take their medicines
Remembering to take a daily medication is apparently a tough task for many. Now, researchers have pointed out the reason behind the forgetfulness.
The landmark study from North Carolina State University has found that changes in daily behaviour have a significant effect on whether we remember to take our medication - and that these changes influence older and younger adults differently.
“We’ve found that it is not just differences between people, but differences in what we do each day, that affect our ability to remember to take medication,” says Dr Shevaun Neupert, an assistant professor of psychology at NC State and lead author of a paper describing the research. “This is the first time anyone has looked at the effect daily changes in how busy we are affects our ability to remember medications. We also learned that these changes in daily behaviour affect different age groups in different ways.”
“For example, young people do the best job of remembering to take their medication on days when they are busier than usual," Neupert says. "But older adults do a better job of remembering their medication on days when they are less busy.”

A good breakfast prevents metabolic syndrome
Higher fat at breakfast may be healthier than you think, concludes a new University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) study.
According to researchers, the adage “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper” can be the best advice to follow to prevent metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is characterised by abdominal obesity, high triglycerides, insulin resistance and other cardiovascular disease-risk factors.
The study has been published online March 30 in the International Journal of Obesity.
To reach the conclusion, boffins examined the influence exerted by the type of foods and specific timing of intake on the development of metabolic syndrome in mice.
The UAB research revealed that mice fed a meal higher in fat after waking had normal metabolic profiles. In contrast, mice that ate a more carbohydrate-rich diet in the morning and consumed a high-fat meal at the end of the day saw increased weight gain, adiposity, glucose intolerance and other markers of the metabolic syndrome.

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