Gout may lessen Alzheimer’s risk: study | The Japan Times

Gout in right big toe, with advanced swelling

Gout in right big toe, with advanced swelling (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an interesting article, published in the Japan Times, citing a French news source, reporting on US and Canadian researchers analyzing large quantities of UK healthcare data. It’s worth a read.

via Gout may lessen Alzheimer’s risk: study | The Japan Times.

In summary, it seems that if you have gout you are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s.

I wonder how US & Canadian researchers get access to such larger quantities of UK data? Why can’t UK researchers analysis UK data?


One response

  1. Dr Alf may well wonder about NHS data and those who access it.

    A relative of mine with terminal cancer was told 15 years ago that he was going to die within 2 years. I did not “buy into their prognosis” and identified 42 alternative cures.3 weeks ago that same relative was told that the prognosis was “hopeless” and that nothing more could be done, other than going home to die or going to a hospice to die.

    Dr Alf makes a good point but the NHS is very good at saying there is no hope and no alternative to their prognoses when in fact their data suggests otherwise. Perhaps this explains why the NHS cannot research their own data?

    Many promising alternative treatments are ignored because they did not originate in this country or because the NHS does not want to spend the money. This is why survival rates for cancer patients are the worst in Western Europe outside of Greece and why the NHS is light years behind Singapore,Germany,France and Italy.

    The NHS based on its own figures kills 120,000 patients a year through botched operations, spends 20% of its budget on lawyers, gagging clauses, litigation and payoffs in order to cover up its shortcomings and GP’s kill 70,000 people a year through misdiagnosis and honest mistakes.

    Part of the reason for this may be disgruntled GP’s who are leaving the UK for good and proceeding to America, Australia and Canada where they are paid more, treated better and do not have to face armies of malingerers drawn from the pensioner community and lazy workers seeking longer holidays and half terms with a bloated sense of entitlement plus as we now know from the recent survey of British woman and their showering habits, an aversion to soap and water.

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