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Gout sufferers ‘less likely to get dementia’

The risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease drops by 24 per cent if you have a history of gout, according to a study.

In people with gout, the level of uric acid builds up in the blood and can crystallise, collecting in a joint to cause inflammation and pain, but a study, published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, suggests the same chemical could have a protective effect on the brain.

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