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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Drinking water lowers the risk of gout attacks

    gout-footThat’s the finding by researchers from Boston University School of Medicine reported during the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting.

    First, the details.

    • 535 adults with gout who had an attack in the past year were recruited over the Internet.
    • They were asked to provide access to medical records pertaining to their gout diagnosis.
    • Data were obtained on the amount of water consumed during the day before a gout attack and during periods when they were not having an attack.
    • The relationship between the amount of water consumed — recorded as zero to 1, 2 to 4, 5, to 8, and more than 8 glasses per day — and the risk of recurrent gout attacks were evaluated.

    And, the results.

    • Those who drank 2 to 4 glasses of water a day tended to reduce their risk of gout attack by 18% — not significant compared with the lowest water consumption level.
    • Those who drank 5 to 8 glasses of water a day achieved a 43% reduction in gout attacks, and drinking more than 8 glasses of water a day achieved a 48% reduction in gout episodes — a significant difference vs the lowest water consumption.

    The bottom line?
    According to the authors, “Drinking adequate water may be a simple, safe, and effective way for individuals with gout to prevent recurrent gout attacks, and can easily be recommended to patients with gout by healthcare providers.”

    10/25/09 22:57 JR

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