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1. Nanotechnology research in reducing gout pains

Recently, a research team has discovered that integrating timed-release nanotechnology into topical pain relievers can vastly relive gout related pain. The technology features pain relief ingredients all of which are FDA approved. This kind of treatment is more effective in reducing pain than oral medication. The capsaicin element reduces inflammation and pain and also repairs damage in joints. Each nanosphere has a pre-designed release time. Each release secretes a pain relief ingredient that acts upon the affected areas. The process is continuous.


2. Treating gout by curing sleep apnea

Meanwhile, scientists have closed in on a missing link to the cause of gout. Most gout flares are a direct result of sleep apnea. This is because sleep apnea sets up conditions for the precipitation of monosodium urate. This, in turn, causes a sudden rise in uric acid levels in the blood, lowers the rate of elimination, and also brings down the storage capacity. During normal breathing hours, the three causes get dissipated. So, a blood test fails to detect any anomaly. Thus, the disease goes undetected till conditions worsen. Scientists are now working towards finding a cure for sleep apnea in order to cure gout. 


3. Working towards developing an effective NSAID

NSAIDs reduce inflammation by blocking a key inflammation enzyme. However, the efficacy of the NSAID may vary from person to person. This is because NSAIDs are absorbed and metabolized in different ways by different people. For some people it may not work at all. Again, excessive usage of these drugs may also lead to severe side effects. More research is being carried out to develop a drug that works uniformly and does not interfere with medications used to control other ailments.


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