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February 3, 2004 | Jim Rossi, Special to The Times
Las Vegas means gambling. And as somebody who regularly travels the desert as a writer, naturalist and occasional vagabond, I've come to realize that my entire existence is a bit of a gamble. But the last time I hit the Strip, after three solid weeks in the backcountry, handing over my hard-earned cash to an overweight blackjack dealer with a bad toupee just didn't feel like living dangerously. After all, this was Caesars Palace. Where were the lions and gladiators?
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.
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.
It takes more nail polish than any of the others and is a target for gout, ingrown nails and some fairly disgusting fungi. And it is ignored. Oh, how it is ignored. Be honest: How often do you pay any heed (much less homage) to the big toe--the digit that helps propel you to work and play? "It's the pushy guy of the group," says Dr. Don Hovancsek, chairman of the public affairs committee for the American Podiatric Medical Assn.
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.
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.
November 12, 1992 | Associated Press
Agriculture Department researchers have found that a gout medicine called allopurinol wipes out cockroaches. Agricultural Research Service entomologists say the medication prevents the manufacture of uric acid in humans and roaches. In humans, the acid contributes to the painful joint condition. Roaches need it in order to produce offspring, however. ARS and the University of Florida share a patent on the new use for allopurinol.
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.
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.
June 30, 1988 | From Times Wires Services
A widely used anti-gout medication may prolong the survival of some people with cirrhosis of the liver, according to a new study by researchers in Mexico City. The findings, being published in the New England Journal of Medicine today, document what the researchers called a "striking, consistent" benefit of the inexpensive drug colchicine. The five-year survival rate was 75%in the 54 patients who received the drug, more than twice the survival rate in the 46 patients who took placebos.
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