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Study suggests 'disease of kings' gout is on the rise

The number of cases of gout, once known as "the disease of kings", are on the rise according new figures.

Far from being consigned to the history books, hospital admissions in England for the painful condition have risen by a fifth in the last five years, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has said.

Henry VIII was thought to have suffered from gout - once known as 'the disease of king'.
Henry VIII was thought to have suffered from gout - once known as 'the disease of king'. Credit: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

Gout is a type of arthritis where crystals of sodium urate form around the joints. The most common symptoms are a sudden and severe pain in the joint along with swelling and redness.

Seven in 10 patients admitted primarily for gout were above the age of 60 and two thirds of those admitted were male. People living in the poorest areas are more likely to be affected, HSCIC said.

Lib Dems condemn ex-MEP 'disputatious Jews' tweet

The Liberal Democrats have distanced themselves from the comments made by former MEP, Ed McMillan-Scott, who labelled a Jewish community group "disputatious Jews".

Read: Ex-MEP apology after 'disputatious Jews' slur

In a statement to ITV News, a party spokesperson said:

The Liberal Democrats have the utmost respect for the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Chronicle, and do not endorse these comments in anyway. Edward has since removed the tweet and has rightly apologised for his comments.

– Liberal Democrats spokesman

Peaches' death 'not entirely' history repeating itself

The death of Peaches Geldof was "not entirely" a case of history repeating itself, the coroner has told an inquest.

North West Kent Coroner Roger Hatch said: "By November last year she had ceased to take heroin as a result of the considerable treatment and counselling that she had received.

Peaches Geldof pictured with her mother Paula Yates in 1993.
Peaches Geldof pictured with her mother Paula Yates in 1993. Credit: Robin Kennedy/EMPICS Entertainment

"This was a significant achievement for her, but for reasons we will never know prior to her death she returned to taking heroin."

Ms Geldof's mother, Paula Yates, died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2000 at the age of 41.

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Boris: Carry out checks on Russian tennis match donor

Boris Johnson says checks should be made on the Russian banker who bid £160,000 for a tennis match involving the London Mayor and David Cameron.

A tennis match involving Boris Johnson and David Cameron has come under scrutiny.
A tennis match involving Boris Johnson and David Cameron has come under scrutiny. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Johnson appeared to suggest the match might not go ahead if her husband - Russian ex-finance minister Vladimir Chernukhin - turned out to be "an intimate or a crony" of Mr Putin's.

"I think you have to do stuff that actually hits Putin and his government where it hurts," he said.

"I know about this tennis match they volunteered me for with some geezer. It is very important full checks are carried out to make sure this is not someone who is an intimate or a crony."

Actor Daniel Radcliffe celebrates 25th birthday

Daniel Radcliffe, famous for his role as the young wizard in the Harry Potter films, marks his 25th birthday today.

With estimated annual earnings of around £12.5m, the London-born actor is worth a staggering $110m (£65m), according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Daniel Radcliffe turns 25-years-old today.
Daniel Radcliffe pictured at an awards ceremony in New York last month. Credit: PA

At 11-years-old, the star first hit our screens as Harry Potter in 2001, playing his wizard role for ten years, before hanging up his cloak for good.

Daniel Radcliffe in 2001 before his debut as Harry Potter in the fantasy film franchise.
Daniel Radcliffe in 2001 before his debut as Harry Potter in the fantasy film franchise. Credit: PA

Since the release of the franchise’s final film, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Daniel has continued his success, starring in a variety of films including The Woman In Black.

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Peaches inquest: Drug equipment found next to body

The initial assessment of the scene found that Peaches had taken heroin and collapsed and died on the bed.

Detailed searches of the whole premises took place and located heroin and various items used for the preparation and consumption of heroin.

Next to the bed was a box containing a capped syringe with a small amount of a brown fluid left in the main chamber and some residue/fluid inside the cap - which forensics have found to contain traces of heroin.

Persons taking heroin on a regular basis develop a tolerance to the drug, and such individuals can use doses that would be toxic, or fatal, to people with no tolerance. However, tolerance to heroin (and other opiate drugs) appears to be lost fairly rapidly when users cease to use the drug, and deaths commonly occur in people who have previously been tolerant and have returned to using heroin”

– Dr Harris

Police found 79 syringes at Peaches Geldof's home

Police found 79 syringes hidden inside a black cloth bag with "importation quality" heroin at Peaches Geldof's home, an inquest has heard.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham, who led the investigation into Ms Geldof's death, said: "The black bag also contained 34 medical syringes, some were with needles and some without, some were sealed in original packaging and some contained traces of a brown coloured residue.

Peaches Geldof died at her family home in Wroxham, Kent.
Peaches Geldof died at her family home in Wroxham, Kent. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

"There were also 45 packaged and sealed syringes, alcohol wipes and cotton buds."

Police also found a pair of knotted black tights under Ms Geldof's body and two other pairs of tights with knots in them elsewhere in the property, likely to have been used while she took the drug.

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