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Understanding Gout: How to confirm Gouty Arthritis

What is Gout?

Gout is an inflammatory disorder which is caused by excessive deposition of MSU or monosodium urate crystals. The MSU’s are commonly deposited in the:

  • Bones
  • Cartilage
  • Subcutaneous tissue
  • And even in the aortic and mitral valves.

The main cause of gout is hyperuricemia or too much uric acid levels in the body.   This normally happens when the human body does not produce uricase, an enzyme that metabolizes uric acid. So, the Uric acid is accumulated in the body. But did you know that only 70 to 80% of patients with gout have hyperuricemia?

Pregnancy and Zika Virus: What you need to know and What to do if you suspect a Zika Infection

One of the worrying diseases right now is a Zika infection. This is especially worrisome to women who are pregnant or who suspect they are pregnant because the virus causes devastating birth defects to the fetus. The virus is spread through a mosquito bite, specifically a bite from the Aedes aegypti and Albopictus species, a daytime biter. These mosquitoes are also the same type that spread dengue as well as chikungunya viruses.