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SCIENCE
August 5, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Tests of a 450-year-old pinkie finger confirm that Holy Roman Emperor Charles V was debilitated by gout and the painful joints it produces, Spanish researchers reported Wednesday. Jaume Ordi of the University of Barcelona and colleagues examined the finger, preserved in a red velvet box, and found telltale signs of gout, including the buildup of uric acid crystals. Charles V ruled from 1516 to 1556, controlling lands in Europe, Africa and Asia.
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HEALTH
October 30, 2000
It may sound like a disease that plagued kings in the Middle Ages, but gout still afflicts 2.1 million Americans today. Health spoke to Dr. Rodney Bluestone, a rheumatologist and clinical professor of medicine at UCLA who sits on the board of directors of the Southern California chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. Question: When I think of gout, I picture King Henry VIII at a banquet table, propping up his red, swollen foot on a velvet stool while he eats overly rich foods.
NEWS
August 26, 1989 | From Associated Press
The anti-AIDS drug AZT apparently stays in the body longer when combined with a drug commonly used to treat gout, allowing patients to use less of it, researchers said Friday. If further tests continue to show the combination of AZT and the drug probenecid is safe and effective, AIDS patients may be able to significantly reduce AZT dosages, said Dr. David M. Kornhauser, assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins' Division of Clinical Pharmacology.
NEWS
August 25, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A drug given to gout sufferers could reduce the cost of AIDS treatment by prolonging the effect of the drug AZT, the only licensed medicine for AIDS, a report in the medical journal The Lancet said today. American researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland found that AZT taken in combination with the drug probenecid stays in the blood twice as long. This means that AZT doses can be taken every eight hours instead of every four.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1987
Colchicine, a drug used for treating gout, has also significantly extended the lives of cirrhosis victims and even reversed the dangerous liver disease, researchers working in Mexico told a meeting of specialists in Chicago last week. Researchers said 75% of patients who received the oral medication were alive five years later, compared to 34% of those who received a control substance.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 1987 | JANICE ARKATOV
Around the time former President-for-Life Jean-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier was fleeing Haiti last year, Allan Havis was writing a play about it. "There were a couple of days," the playwright recalled, "when the headlines were running ahead of me. It was a little spooky." The result is "Haut Gout," opening tonight on South Coast Repertory's Second Stage. "I don't know if it's a mistake to use a French title, but it seemed the most appropriate handle for the play," the 35-year-old playwright said.
HEALTH
January 18, 1999 | BARBARA J. CHUCK
Attacks of gout can be intermittent, lasting days or even weeks. Often intensely painful, this inflammatory disease of joints is caused by too much uric acid (a waste product made by the body) in the blood. It usually begins in men after about age 30 and in women after menopause. In about half the people, the initial episode of gout occurs in the first joint of the big toe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1997 | From Times staff and wire reports
Tyrannosaurus rex may have raged across the plains driven by more than ravenous hunger--it also suffered painful gout, U.S. scientists report in the May 22 issue of the journal Nature. The disease, suffered by human tyrants such as England's Henry VIII, causes painful joints and grumpy behavior. Bruce Rothschild of the Arthritis Center of Northeast Ohio in Youngstown and colleagues say they found evidence in the limbs of T. rex that it also had gout.
SPORTS
February 19, 1997 | Associated Press
David Wells, already slowed because a broken left hand, found out Tuesday that he also has gout. The pitcher thought he had turf toe, but tests performed detected gout, a condition caused by excess uric acid in the blood. Diet and alcohol consumption can be a contributing factor to gout. Yankee Manager Joe Torre said team officials will talk with Wells, who weighed in this spring at 248 pounds.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 1987 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
A tip for playwrights: If you've had trouble placing your script at South Coast Repertory, change the setting to Borneo and make the hero an innocent American in the clutches of the CIA. "Rum and Coke" and "Highest Standard of Living" both followed that pattern, and now we have "Haut Gout" by Allan Havis at SCR's Second Stage. The setting is Haiti and the hero is an idealistic American doctor (Charles Lanyer) who thinks he's there on a U. S.
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