Musculoskeletal Network Features Coverage of New Gout Guidelines

Oct 19, 2012, 11:11 ET from UBM Medica US

NORWALK, Conn., Oct. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Medica US announces that Musculoskeletal Network features special coverage of new gout guidelines from the American College of Rheumatology, including the first recommendations on genetic testing for adverse reactions to a drug commonly used to treat the condition.

The prevalence of gout has risen substantially over the last 20 years in the United States, and now affects 8.3 million Americans, or about 4% of the US population. Increasing rates of hypertension and obesity, which are associated with gout, may help to explain why gout incidence in the US more than doubled from the 1960s to the 1990s.

In guidelines released on September 29, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) recommends the most effective steps for early detection and treatment of this increasingly important medical problem. Two podcasts now available on Musculoskeletal Network  feature the chair and co-chair of the guidelines committee providing important insights on the new recommendations:

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