Gout may protect brain from Alzheimer’s disease, study finds

March 5, 2015 2:00 PM

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Gout may protect brain from Alzheimer’s disease, study finds

Gout, the most common type of inflammatory arthritis, affects an estimated 8.3 million Americans. People with the condition suffer from intense joint pain and a limited range of motion, but new research suggests a surprising benefit of the diagnosis: protection against Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University Medical Center used medical records from the United Kingdom population, from 1995 to 2013, to analyze a potential link between gout and Alzheimer’s risk. They drew information from The Health Improvement Network (THIN), an electroni...

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