Demystifying Gout

Common misunderstandings about gout can result in inadequate care. Learn the truth.

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Gout, once known as the disease of kings because of an association with royalty gorging on rich foods and alcohol, is widely misunderstood. A study published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research (May 2016) found that the media does not always help. The researchers found 114 newspaper articles on gout, 72 of which blamed certain foods and alcohol for causinggout. We asked Cleveland Clinic rheumatologist Brian Mandell, MD, PhD, to correct some common misperceptions about gout.
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