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Wednesday 9 April 2014 3:27pm

Associate Professor Tony Merriman discusses the evidence that high rates of gout in Māori and Pacific people may be linked to protection from malaria. Gout causes severe pain and results from high levels of uric acid, which  can form crystals that lodge in joints. The disease is linked to high  intakes of sugary drinks and alcohol.

Read the article in the New Zealand Herald:

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