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Gout is an inflammatory arthritic disease affecting an increasing proportion of the Australian population. Along with its debilitating impact on individuals, gout is linked with comorbidities including cardiovascular and kidney diseases, obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.[
The ancient wisdom of Hippocrates who believed that ‘all disease begins in the gut’ is being validated by modern science, with poor gastrointestinal (GIT) health linked to an increasing number of diseases.
Herbal substances such as echinacea, andrographis, astragalus, elecampane, olive leaf, elder and thyme are often used to support immunity. Just like the complexity of the immune system, the specific mechanisms of action of these herbs on immune activity is heterogeneous and complex.
The United Kingdom Selenium in PRegnancy INTervention (SPRINT) study recently investigated the impact of several polymorphisms on selenium status during pregnancy.
Studies indicate that low levels of the thyroid hormone fT3 are associated with poorer outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease and may be a useful risk analysis tool in this population.
This study provides strong evidence of the efficacy of folic acid and methylcobalamin for the treatment of common folic acid and vitamin B12 deficiency signs and symptoms.
One potential mechanism proposed for the pathogenesis of preeclampsia is elevated homocysteine levels adversely affecting placental functionality, with various data finding a three- to eightfold increase in risk of disease onset associated with hyperhomocysteinaemia.