News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Hospital joins international gout study

22 November 2012

Hospital joins international gout study

Waikato Hospital staff members are joining an international study on gout and its causes.

Rheumatologist Dr Douglas White and laboratory senior scientist Sean Munroe are leading the hospital’s involvement, which they hope will see better diagnosis and treatment of gout. The painful joint disease affects 1-2 per cent of the population.

Gout is usually characterised by attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis – a red, tender, hot, swollen joint, often in the big toe.

It is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. The uric acid crystallises, and the crystals deposit in joints, tendons, and surrounding tissues.

Mr Munroe this week said the Waikato Hospital laboratory and staff had passed a qualifying test – confirming they were up to international standard – and he expected they would start collecting samples for the study early next year.

“This really is a big study and to be involved in worldwide collaboration is quite exciting,” said Mr Munroe, who is involved in a quality control programme for other New Zealand labs. Teams from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are also involved.

He has worked in the hospital lab – a sea of gowned-up technicians, testing equipment and screens – for 10 years and has a special interest in microbiology.

“We are relishing our role in this study. It’s really good to get into studies like this – you have to have a level of expertise to be invited.”

Waikato’s role involves the study of synovial fluids taken from joints, and will include looking at genetic markers and biochemical issues.

Dr White and Mr Munroe recently had a paper published internationally on their observations of an unusual arthritic knee, and have jointly presented on synovial fluid crystals at a national meeting.

About Waikato District Health Board and Health Waikato:

Waikato DHB is responsible for planning, funding and providing quality health and disability support services for the 372,865 people living in the Waikato DHB region. It has an annual turnover of $1.2 billion and employs more than 6000 people.

Health Waikato is the DHB’s main provider of hospital and health services with an annual budget of more than $701 million and 5238 staff. It has six groups across five hospital sites, three primary birthing units, two continuing care facilities and 20 community bases offering a comprehensive range of primary, secondary and tertiary health services.

A wide range of independent providers deliver other Waikato DHB-funded health services - including primary health, pharmacies and community laboratories.

www.waikatodhb.health.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Music: Lorde NZ Tour Confirmed In Four Major Cities!

In what will be her first ever New Zealand headline tour, Frontier Touring and Brent Eccles Entertainment are stoked to bring you four epic shows across the country! The all ages concerts take place late October/ early November in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Poor Economics

A review of and excerpt from Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple’s Child Poverty in New Zealand. Review by Marlene Ware. More>>

Head Count: Highest Population Growth Since 2003

The country’s population grew by 67,800 people, or 1.5 percent, in the year to 30 June 2014. This came from natural increase (births minus deaths) of 29,500 and net migration (arrivals minus departures) of 38,300. New Zealand's estimated resident population was 4.51 million at 30 June 2014. More>>

Fun-Enhancement: Research To Ensure Even Game For Less Skilled Players

A University of Canterbury engineering PhD student is researching sports, such as table tennis, to ensure closer games for both better and less skilled players. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news