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Kidney Stone? Try a Roller Coaster Ride

Posted 27 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 – Anyone who's suffered a kidney stone just wants the urinary obstruction gone. Now, preliminary research suggests relief might even be fun: a roller coaster ride. There's been anecdotal evidence from patients that these amusement park rides can help pass a small stone, explained Dr. David Wartinger, a professor of urology at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, in East Lansing. His team's new research – conducted on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Space Mountain roller coasters at Orlando's Walt Disney World – seems to support that view. In the study, Wartinger's group used 3D printing to create a clear silicone model of a kidney that contained urine, plus three different-sized kidney stones. They placed the kidney model in a backpack and took it on 60 roller coaster rides. "A ride on a moderate-intensity roller coaster could ... Read more

Related support groups: Renal Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease, Renal Osteodystrophy, Hypercalciuria, Calcium Oxalate Calculi with Hyperuricosuria

For Women, No Link Between Kidney Stones, Osteoporosis

Posted 28 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 – Kidney or bladder stones do not increase a postmenopausal woman's risk of osteoporosis, a new study finds. "We know in men that if you have a kidney stone, you are more likely to have osteoporosis," said corresponding author Dr. Laura Carbone, chief of rheumatology at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta. "We were trying to find out if that is also the case for women. We found that, unlike what has been reported in men, a woman having a kidney stone is not a risk factor for osteoporosis," she explained in a college news release. "However, having one urinary tract stone does put women at increased risk for a second stone," Carbone added. In this study, researchers analyzed data from about 150,000 postmenopausal women in the U.S. National Institutes of Health's Women's Health Initiative study. While there was no link between kidney/bladder stones and ... Read more

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