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Gout pushes up kidney failure risk by 200 percent for those on dialysis, study says

Gout pushes up kidney failure risk by 200 percent for those on dialysis, study says

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Aug. 28 (UPI) -- People with gout have nearly a 30 percent higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease than people without gout, a new study says. In addition, those with gout who receive dialysis or need a kidney transplant have more than a 200 percent higher chance of kidney failure than those without gout, according to research published Wednesday in BMJ Open. Gout is inflammatory arthritis that causes uric acid to build up in the joints, often leading to extreme pain and even debilitation for some. "While we always believed that high levels of uric acid might be bad for kidneys and that patients with gout may have a higher risk of kidney failure, we were quite surprised by the magnitude of the risk imposed by gout in these patients," study author Austin Stack, a researcher at Un...
Study: 90 percent of youth gun deaths are assault, suicide

Study: 90 percent of youth gun deaths are assault, suicide

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Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Although more children are dying from gun violence than ever, not enough research exists to address the problem, researchers say in a new metanalysis of previous research. About 90 percent of firearm deaths among young people up to age 17 are classified as assault or suicide, according to research published Thursday in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine. To address the lack of coverage on this topic, researchers at the University of Michigan and National Institutes of Health examined previous research on five key areas associated with Firearm Injury Prevention among children and adolescents. "Firearm injuries and deaths have the potential to be understood much the same way as many other public health threats have been understood -- using scientific methods," Rebecca M. Cu...
Study: 40 percent of medical clinics refuse to treat regular opioid users

Study: 40 percent of medical clinics refuse to treat regular opioid users

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July 12 (UPI) -- People who take opioids for chronic pain have a harder time finding a doctor than non-opioid taking patients, a new study. About 40 percent of primary care clinics refuse to take patients who regularly use Percocet, regardless of what type of health insurance they have, according to research published Friday in JAMA Network Open. "Anecdotally, we were hearing about patients with chronic pain becoming 'pain refugees,' being abruptly tapered from their opioids or having their current physician stop refilling their prescription, leaving them to search for pain relief elsewhere," Pooja Lagisetty, a researcher at the University of Michigan and study lead researcher, said in a news release. "These findings are concerning because it demonstrates just how difficult it may be for...
Genetic risk at fault for 30 percent of heart disease cases

Genetic risk at fault for 30 percent of heart disease cases

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June 18 (UPI) -- While diet and lifestyle play a big part in developing heart disease, a new study shows genetics may have a bigger role than researchers thought. In fact, over 30 percent of heart disease cases are caused by genetic factors, according to research published this month in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "The results of this study demonstrate that the risk of heart disease is a concerted result of interactions between genetic variants and biological environment," Johan LM Björkegran, a researcher at Mount Sinai and study author, said in a news release. "By understanding the complex relationship between the two, we've created a framework for identifying new risk genes in disease-relevant tissues leading to heart disease, which in turn will allow for more e
F-35s grounded 30 percent of the time, GAO says in parts supply chain analysis

F-35s grounded 30 percent of the time, GAO says in parts supply chain analysis

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April 26 (UPI) -- The lower-than-desired performance of the F-35 fighter plane is the result of supply chain issues, the General Accounting Office said in a report. The 59-page report, released on Thursday, noted that the plane is unable to fly as often as required because of spare parts shortages and logistical problems in moving parts around the world. GAO said that in the time period analyzed, May to November of 2018, F-35s were unable to fly 30 percent of the time because of shortages and mismatched parts, and that the Defense Department has an order backlog of about 4,300 parts. Parts for the aircraft are made largely in the United States, but also in other NATO countries, and the report said the Defense Department has not fully determined which actions are required to close the pip...