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Social media activist Tariq Nasheed revealed he suffers from chronic gout. Gout is a common form of arthritis that causes intense pain, inflammation and swelling in the joints.

In a video, Tariq shared that he recently underwent surgeries on his foot to debride an infected wound caused by uric acid deposits in his toe joint. He said his gout is hereditary since his father also has "very bad" gout in his foot and had to have a toe amputated.

What Causes Gout?

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Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid in the bloodstream. Uric acid is a normal waste product from the digestion of foods that contain high levels of purines.

Purines are normally produced in the body and are also found in foods, particularly organ meats such as liver, kidney and sweetbreads, and seafood, including shrimp, anchovies, herring, sardines, mussels, scallops, trout, tuna, mackerel and haddock.

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These foods should be avoided if you have gout. You should also reduce your alcohol intake.

What are gout attacks?

Gout attacks, also known as flare-ups, occur in waves of sudden, intense pain, redness of the joints and swelling. The pain usually wakes you up at night when the body temperature is lower. The pain intensity peaks at 24 hours and lasts for five to seven days.

After the attack subsides sufferers usually are symptom-free until the next flare up.
Gout can be acute (newly diagnosed) or chronic (longterm). Chronic gout is when people experience 2 or more gout attacks per year. Some people have only short breaks between multiple gout attacks. While others may only have 2 gout attacks per year.

Who is at risk for gout?

1-2% of Americans suffer from gout. Anyone can get gout, but it is more common among older Black men in their 40s and menopausal women. Risk factors include medications, such as diuretics and cyclosporine.

Doctors believe gout is associated with kidney disease which may be undiagnosed. People who suffer from gout are unable to clear the uric acid from their bloodstream via their urine due to kidney disease. Since uric acid is not removed from the body in urine, it builds up in the blood and forms irritating crystals which are deposited in the joints.

Untreated gout can lead to kidney disease and, in rare cases, kidney failure. Some people can have high uric acid levels and never develop gout.

50% of gout attacks occur in the feet, particularly the joint at the base of the big toe, but gout can also be found in other joints, including the ankles, elbows, knees, fingers and wrists.

What are signs and symptoms of gout?

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Joint may feel hot to touch
  • Stiffness in joints
  • Shiny skin over affected area
  • What is treatment for gout?

    Fortunately treatments are very effective in relieving gout pain. Ice packs can make you feel good. Also taking medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including Motrin (ibuprofen), Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen). Colchicine is an alternative for those who suffer from stomach ulcers and are unable to take NSAIDs. Glucocorticoids (steroids) are as effective as NSAIDs. Consult your doctor or healthcare provider for treatment that works best for you.

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    More Info On the Web

    Gout (Gouty Arthritis) - WebMD

    Gout | Arthritis - CDC

    Gout - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic
     

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    As millions of Americans prepare to spend the holidays with their families this holiday weekend, doctors have issued a strong warning not to kiss babies.

    According to Channel 2 Action News, Acworth mom Julie Gamull is still sharing her son John's story from seven years ago. She urges parents to be careful who you let pick up and kiss your baby.

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    "People don't want to hurt great granny's feelings or uncle so and so's feelings. It's about protecting the baby. It's not about getting your snuggles and stuff," Gamull told Channel 2 Action News.

    She says John almost died from a respiratory virus he caught from a family member one Thanksgiving.

    "He was born November 13, so we already had friends and relatives in for Thanksgiving not thinking anything of it. Nobody looked like they were sick."

    In fact, Gamull didn't even know John was sick until she took him in for a checkup. That checkup turned into a Life Flight to Egleston Hospital. John was having trouble breathing.

    "We almost thought he couldn't make it. We had a priest come in and give him last rites."

    Jon was diagnosed with a respiratory infection caused by the RSV virus.

    "RSV is really common, especially this time of year," said Dr. Matt Linam, associate professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Emory and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

    Linam said for adults, RSV can feel like a common cold, but for babies, it can be very serious.

    "Often, these infants come into the hospital and they need IV fluids because they get dehydrated and they need oxygen because they're having trouble keeping it up on their own. So they can be pretty sick," Linam said.

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    He explained that anyone can spread these harmful germs to babies by simply touching them or breathing on them.

    "Often, these infants come into the hospital and they need IV fluids because they get dehydrated and they need oxygen because they're having trouble keeping it up on their own. So they can be pretty sick," Linam said.

    He explained that anyone can spread these harmful germs to babies by simply touching them or breathing on them.

    That's why Gamull shares John's story every holiday as a precautionary tale.

    "Don't be afraid of hurting somebody's feelings because I think that was probably my fault," Gamull said.

    "I didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. 'Of course you can hold the baby.' But now that I've been unfortunately on this other side, I would definitely use a lot more caution."

    Thankfully, John is now a healthy and happy 7-year-old, according to WSB-TV.

    Doctors caution travelers to wash your hands frequently, and avoid kissing babies.

    Moms say ask for permission to hold their child and if you think you may be sick, stay home.

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    Actress Gabrielle Union, 47, celebrated Halloween by posting images of herself in a cheerleading uniform from her Bring It On movie days.

    Many of you pointed out a noticeable lump above Union's bellybutton. Your auntie is not a doctor, but the lump appears to be a supraumbilical hernia, which simply means a hernia above the bellybutton. A supraumbilical hernia should not be confused with an umbilical hernia.

    What is a supraumbilical hernia?

    According to Doctors NDTV, a supraumbilical hernia is a type of ventral or abdominal wall hernia. A supraumbilical hernia is less common than umbilical hernias that spontaneously close in some babies by age 3.

    What causes a supraumbilical hernia?

    A supraumbilical hernia is the result of a defect just above the umbilical ring muscle. The umbilical ring muscle weakens and allows fat or part of internal organs to protrude through the small hole.

    The muscle defect combined with increased intra-abdominal pressure causes the hole to increase and allows more of the organ to protrude through. Increased intra-abdominal pressure can be caused by excessive or high-intensity exercises.

    Unlike spontaneous umbilical hernias that may or may not require surgery to close, a supra-umbilical hernia usually always requires surgery to close.

    There is usually no pain or discomfort at the hernia site. Surgery can wait a few months, unless the hernia begins to grow or causes discomfort.

    How is a supraumbilical hernia treated?

    A doctor will perform routine surgery under a general anesthetic to push the protrusion back inside the abdomen and close the hole. Stitches are used to strengthen the weakness in the muscle wall.

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    Beyonce's dad, Mathew Knowles, revealed he is battling breast cancer. Knowles, 67, revealed his cancer diagnosis in an interview with "Good Morning America" that's set to air on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

    Knowles, who is the former manager of Destiny’s Child, sat down with Michael Strahan to discuss his diagnosis, his treatment and the implications for his family.

    Breast cancer is rare in males. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, only 1 in 1,000 males are diagnosed with breast cancer.

    Breast cancer usually occurs in males who have inherited a mutation on the BRCA genes that suppresses cancerous tumors.

    Not all breast tumors are cancerous. Noncancerous breast tumors are called benign tumors or fibrocystic breasts.

    The most common type of breast cancer in males is called infiltrating ductal carcinoma, which means invasive cancer in the ducts near the nipples.

    Symptoms

    Signs and symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • A painless lump or thickening in your breast tissue
  • Skin changes on your breast, such as dimpling, puckering, redness
  • Changes to your nipple, such as redness or scaling
  • A nipple that begins to turn inward
  • Discharge from your nipple
  • If you have any of the signs and symptoms, notify your doctor or healthcare provider immediately for an evaluation.

    If not caught early breast cancer may invade the nearby lymph nodes and spread rapidly around the body (metastatic cancer).

    Diagnosis

    Diagnosis of breast cancer is made after an abnormality of the breast is found. Diagnostic tests include mammography, ultrasound, and a biopsy of part or all of the mass for further analysis under a microscope.

    The doctor performs a biopsy of the breast tumor and/or the lymph nodes with a needle and a local anesthetic. Sometimes the biopsy requires more than a fine needle. An incision is made and more of the mass is removed for testing.

    Treatment for male breast cancer depends on the size of the tumor and other factors such as cancer staging (1-4), the general health of the patient and the patient's age.

    Treatment

    Treatment includes chemotherapy, radiation, hormones (Estrogen) and surgery to remove the tumor. Treatment is individualized for every patient.

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    More Info On the Web

    What Is Breast Cancer in Men? - Cancer.org

    Male breast cancer, Symptoms and Causes - Mayo Clinic

    Male Breast Cancer Treatment - Cancer.gov
     

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    Toni Braxton broke Instagram when she posted a photo of her hysterectomy scars over the weekend. The mother-of-2 is seen in her bathroom mirror, wearing a skimpy jersey and black panties. The 51-year-old pop singer captioned the image:

    "Embracing my WHOLE body...hysterectomy scars and all...@orangetheory making me feel 29 again! [eye] love me some me!"

    What is a hysterectomy?

    A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, aka the womb, for medical or cosmetic reasons. The uterus is part of the biological woman's reproductive system. It is where a baby grows when a female is pregnant.

    Why is a hysterectomy performed?

    A hysterectomy is performed for medical reasons when a woman's quality of life is affected by cancer or painful medical disorders such as endometriosis and uterine fibroids.

    Painful medical conditions that may result in a hysterectomy include:

  • Chronic vaginal bleeding
  • Uterine cancer
  • Cancer of the cervix
  • Cancer of the ovaries
  • Fibroids
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Uterine prolapse (when uterus drops into vagina)
  • Endometriosis (painful condition when lining grows outside uterus)
  • Adenomyosis (uterus lining grows into the uterus muscles)
  • What are the types of hysterectomies?

    1. Partial hysterectomy
    When the surgeon removes a part of the uterus but leaves the cervix intact.

    2. Total hysterectomy
    The surgeon removes all of the uterus, including the cervix. Women who have undergone total hysterectomies no longer need Pap smears since the cervix is gone.

    3. Hysterectomy and Salpingo-Oophorectomy
    The surgeon removes the entire uterus, including the cervix and one or both of the ovaries and Fallopian tubes.

    How is a hysterectomy performed?

    Surgeons can remove the uterus in a variety of ways.

    Laparoscopic Hysterectomy - the surgeon inserts a long tube into small incisions below the bikini line. A tool at the end of the tube cuts up the uterus into small pieces and the pieces are suctioned through the tube. Recovery time is about 1-2 weeks. This appears to be the surgery Braxton had done based on the small scars.

    Abdominal Hysterectomy - the surgeon removes the uterus through a large gaping incision in the abdomen above or below the bikini line. This was once considered major surgery. Down time is longer than a laparoscopic hysterectomy, and the pain is more intense.

    Vaginal Hysterectomy - when your uterus is removed through an incision in your vagina. Most women decline this option.

    What are the risks of hysterectomy?

    Risks are rare, but every surgery carries risks from blood clots to serious infections. Follow-up with your doctor is important, as are following post-op instructions and taking all medications on time.

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    Hysterectomy: Purpose, Procedure, and Risks | Healthline.com

    Hysterectomy | Womenshealth.gov

    Hysterectomy, Endometriosis, Fibroids | MedlinePlus
     

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    If you hop on the pony immediately after giving birth, you may not be waiting long enough.

    One doctor says new moms don't give their bodies enough time to recover before having sex after childbirth.

    Wisconsin-based OB-GYN Dr. Sara Swift tells PEOPLE the "general rule" for waiting to have sex after childbirth "is six weeks or until your provider has cleared you."

    This should be common sense, but some moms are hopping back in the saddle too quickly after giving birth. As a result, they develop infections that land them back in the hospital and away from their newborns.

    Dr. Swift tells PEOPLE of the timeline she would normally recommend, saying that "applies to both cesarean [section] and vaginal [delivery]."

    Some couples are eager to get busy after the baby is born, but Dr. Swift says six weeks is necessary to give the body enough time to heal from what she describes as "a big raw wound".

    "Mainly because where your placenta was is a big raw spot (think big wound), which can be a great place for an infection. That, combined with a dilated cervix, is a perfect setup for an infection."

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    Fans are concerned for Atlanta rapper Lil Baby's health after viral video shows him jerking uncontrollably during a radio interview. The "Perfect Timing" rapper exhibited involuntary jerking movements of his head and upper torso during a recent interview with Atlanta's Hot 107.9.

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    Have you been humming a catchy song to yourself and you can't get it out of your head? Does the same song loop endlessly in your head for days or weeks at a time? New research suggests "stuck song syndrome" may be an early sign of dementia. In other words, the longer a song remains stuck in your memory, the higher your risk for dementia later on.

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    Researchers say more lesbians and bisexual women are diagnosed with breast cancer than heterosexual women. According to the National LGBT Cancer Network, lesbians, bisexuals and women who have sex with women are at greater risk for cancer due to certain stereotypical behaviors, stigma, and socioeconomic status.

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    Talk show host Wendy Williams was spotted out and about in NYC on Monday, June 17. The photos show she is suffering from edema (swelling) in both legs. Wendy has Graves' disease, an endocrine disorder that causes hyperthyroidism, also known as an overactive thyroid. Graves' disease does not commonly cause marked edema in both legs. The cause of her edema is unknown.

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    What is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)?

    Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are infections that are spread via sexual contact or close intimate contact with an infected person. The presence of STDs and STIs in children are almost always caused by sexual abuse.

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    Usher Raymond fans were shocked and saddened when a Georgia woman filed a lawsuit in 2018 accusing him of infecting her with the herpes virus.

    Nothing ruins a sex symbol's public image like the knowledge that he has an incurable infectious STD. But all is not lost for Usher and other men and women infected with an STD.

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    About 1 in 3 Americans struggle with eating disorders according to the latest statistics. Eating disorders include binge eating, starvation dieting, purging (vomiting), consuming flat stomach tea (laxative abuse), and more.

    The Rev. Al Sharpton, pictured above, lost 176 pounds (down from 305 lbs.) because he was hurt by people making fun of his weight.

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    According to sources, Kim Porter, mom to 3 of Sean Combs' 5 children, died from a rare case of double pneumonia brought on by the flu. Double pneumonia is an obsolete term to describe an infection in both lungs. The accepted medical term for double pneumonia is bilateral lobar pneumonia.

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