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Watch goutBoston University School of Medicine has discovered a link between orange juice and gout.

They found that women consuming one serving per day had a 41 per cent higher chance of developing gout than those who had less than one glass per month. According to boffins, this may be down to the fructose content of this beverage, which increases serum uric acid levels.

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Boasting a silver effect lid, Creme de la Mer is the Rolls Royce of lip balms. It doesn't come cheap, but will last months and it keeps its promise to soothe chapped lips thanks to its potent concentration of "Miracle Broth". It's not odourless and flavourless, but the minty scent isn't overpowering

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