Gout May Be Able to be cured by Dinosaurs

gout8In a fascinating discovery, scientists are making use of ancient dinosaur DNA to develop a potential cure for gout. The scientists tested the DNA’s effectiveness as a treatment by resurrecting a prehistoric protein via E. coli and were able to convert the ancient DNA into workable, live proteins. The scientists then built a reversed timeline between the differences in DNA sequences from modern to ancient mammals, allowing them to achieve a desired result.

The DNA, 90 million years old, performed best at eliminating the uric acid build up, the cause of the inflammation characterized by gout. A patent has been filed for the protein with the company starting the drug’s production. The FDA is in the process of providing approval for clinical trials.

Gout is a serious medical condition. If you have gout, see podiatrist Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, DPM of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever. 

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

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If you have any questions, please contact our office in Havertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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