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Diet Supplement May Help Prevent Kidney Stones: Study

Posted 8 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 – A dietary supplement may hold the power to dissolve a key component of kidney stones, potentially offering a new prevention tool against this painful condition, researchers say. It's too early to be sure if the compound hydroxycitrate will become a preventive treatment for kidney stones, since extensive research in people hasn't begun. Still, it could offer an alternative to potassium citrate, which treats kidney stones but has side effects, the study authors explained. At issue: the calcium oxalate crystals that are the most common component of kidney stones, mineral deposits that form inside the kidneys. They may get stuck in the urinary tract, blocking urination and causing great pain. Kidney stones affect an estimated 12 percent of men and 7 percent of women. High blood pressure, diabetes and obesity can increase the risk. Physicians often urge people who are ... Read more

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Rise in Kidney Stones in Teens a Cause for Concern: Study

Posted 15 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2016 – A growing number of teens, women and blacks are being diagnosed with kidney stones, and the trend is cause for alarm, researchers report. Historically, middle-aged white men have been most likely to develop the painful condition, which involves small, hard mineral deposits that form in the kidneys, often when urine becomes concentrated. The researchers analyzed data from South Carolina from 1997 to 2012, and found that the annual incidence of kidney stones among children and adults rose 16 percent during that time. The largest increases were among teens (4.7 percent a year), females (3 percent a year), and blacks (nearly 3 percent a year). During the study period, the risk of kidney stones doubled among children, and there was a 45 percent increase in the lifetime risk for women. Teen girls had the highest rate of increase in kidney stones, and they were more ... Read more

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Prompt Treatment of Kidney Stones Keeps Costs Down: Study

Posted 17 May 2015 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, May 16, 2015 – Delaying surgery for kidney stones can increase the risk of complications, raising health care costs, a new study finds. "These data underscore the importance of prompt attention and treatment of patients presenting with kidney stones," Dr. Howard Adler, associate professor of urology at Stony Brook University in New York, said in a news release from the American Urological Association. Surgery to remove these small, hard mineral deposits that form inside the kidney has become more common in the United States as prevalence of kidney stones has increased, Adler said. More than one million Americans are expected to be diagnosed with kidney stones this year. In this study, researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern looked at 795 people who had surgery for kidney stones over two years. A longer time between diagnosis and surgery was associated with a ... Read more

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Drinking Water Helps Prevent Kidney Stones

Posted 27 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 – Drinking plenty of water will lower your risk of kidney stones, researchers report. "This analysis shows that drinking water is an effective way to cut one's risk for developing kidney stones in half," Kerry Willis, chief scientific officer at the National Kidney Foundation, said in a foundation news release. "Kidney stones cause significant discomfort and cost, along with a potential to contribute to the development of kidney disease, so confirmation of reducing risk through improved hydration is an important finding," Willis added. The current research looked at nine previous studies that included nearly 274,000 people. More than 550 people had a history of kidney stones. The review found that people who produced 2 to 2.5 liters of urine were 50 percent less likely to form kidney stones than those who produced less urine. That amount of urine production is ... Read more

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Some With Kidney Stones Might Have Calcium Buildup in Blood Vessels: Study

Posted 30 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 – Some people who develop recurring kidney stones may also have high levels of calcium deposits in their blood vessels, and that could explain their increased risk for heart disease, new research suggests. "It's becoming clear that having kidney stones is a bit like having raised blood pressure, raised blood lipids [such as cholesterol] or diabetes in that it is another indicator of, or risk factor for, cardiovascular disease and its consequences," said study co-author Dr. Robert Unwin, of University College London. Unwin is currently chief scientist with the AstraZeneca cardiovascular & metabolic diseases innovative medicines and early development science unit, in Molndal, Sweden. The main message, Unwin said, "is to begin to take having kidney stones seriously in relation to cardiovascular disease risk, and to practice preventive monitoring and treatments, ... Read more

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Study Finds Kidney Stones Linked to Weakened Bones

Posted 24 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 – Kidney stone patients may be at increased risk for broken bones and may require treatment to protect their bone health, a new study suggests. Researchers led by Dr. Michelle Denburg, of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, analyzed data from nearly 52,000 British kidney stone patients and more than 517,000 people without kidney stones. During a median follow-up of nearly five years, kidney stone patients were at significantly higher risk for fractures, and this increased risk affected all bones, Denburg's team found. Overall, males with kidney stones were 10 percent more likely to suffer broken bones than those without kidney stones. The risk was highest among male teens – those with kidney stones had a 55 percent higher risk for fractures than those without kidney stones. Among women, those with kidney stones had a 17 percent to 52 percent increased risk ... Read more

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Will Kidney Stones Recur? New Test Might Tell

Posted 8 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 – A new tool appears to accurately predict whether someone who's had a kidney stone will have another one in the future, researchers report. They said the tool could help patients and their doctors decide whether preventive steps are needed. The tool uses 11 questions to assess kidney stone patients' risk of developing another kidney stone within two, five or 10 years. Characteristics associated with a higher risk include: being younger, male and white; a family history of kidney stones; blood in the urine; a kidney stone made of uric acid; having an obstructing stone in the kidney pelvis, or additional non-obstructing stones; and a past history of kidney stone-related pain from a stone that was not actually seen. The tool was developed using data from more than 2,200 adults in Olmsted County, Minn., who experienced their first symptomatic kidney stone between ... Read more

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Will a Warmer Climate Mean More Kidney Stones?

Posted 10 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 – Add another possible woe to the growing list of consequences of climate change: Kidney stones. A new study of American cities suggests that rising temperatures may increase the number of people who develop the painful urinary obstructions. "These findings point to potential public health effects associated with global climate change," study leader Dr. Gregory Tasian, a pediatric urologist and epidemiologist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said in a hospital news release. His team examined the medical records of more than 60,000 adults and children who were diagnosed with kidney stones between 2005 and 2011, and compared that information with daily temperature data. The patients lived in cities with various types of climates: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. As average annual daily temperatures rose above 50 degrees ... Read more

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Ultrasound Trumps CT Scan for Diagnosing Kidney Stones in Study

Posted 21 May 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 – When diagnosing kidney stones, using ultrasound instead of CT scans reduces costs as well as patients' exposure to radiation, according to new research. A separate study also found that people with type 2 diabetes who maintain tight blood sugar control can lower their risk for developing kidney stones – small, solid deposits that form in the kidneys. "Enhancing patient safety and lowering incidence of disease in higher-risk patients are major priorities within the medical community," said Dr. Margaret Pearle, professor of urology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "Understanding how to prevent kidney stones combined with further evaluation of the methods used to detect and treat them can only increase the quality of care we strive to deliver patients every day," she said in an American Urological Association news release. When ... Read more

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Women Increasingly Prone to Kidney Stones

Posted 28 Aug 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28 – More women are being diagnosed with kidney stones, and the obesity epidemic may help explain the increasing number of cases of this painful condition, a new study suggests. "Women are becoming more and more obese. Obesity is a major risk factor for developing a kidney stone," study lead author Dr. Khurshid Ghani, of the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, said in a health system news release. "One fascinating thing about women versus men is obese women are more likely to develop a stone than obese men." In conducting the study, which was published online Aug. 8 in the Journal of Urology, the researchers examined emergency-room visits that occurred between 2006 and 2009. They identified more than 3.6 million visits for upper urinary tract stones. During the four-year study, the prevalence of kidney stones increased from 289 to 306 ... Read more

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Kidney Stones Tied to Raised Heart Disease Risk in Women

Posted 23 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 23 – Women who suffer from kidney stones may also be at raised risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. No such increased risk was seen among men with kidney stones, the researchers noted. "A link between kidney stones and cardiovascular risk factors has been long suspected, however studies on the association with cardiovascular outcomes that take into consideration important aspects such as dietary factors or medications are lacking," said lead researcher Dr. Pietro Manuel Ferraro, a nephrologist at Columbus-Gemelli Hospital in Rome. "Our study suggests that having kidney stones carries a higher risk of developing coronary disease in women independent of known cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes or high blood pressure," he said. However, why the risk is seen only among women is not clear, Ferraro noted. "A possible explanation for the observed differences ... Read more

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Sugary Sodas, Fruit Punches May Raise Kidney Stone Risk: Study

Posted 15 May 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 15 – Drinking large amounts of sugary sodas and fruit drinks might raise your odds for painful kidney stones, a new study finds. Although drinking extra fluids usually helps prevent stones from forming, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston warn that beverages may come with varying risks or benefits. Coffee, tea and orange juice, for example, are associated with a lower risk of kidney stone formation. On the other hand, "we found that higher consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks was associated with a higher incidence of kidney stones," study senior author Dr. Gary Curhan, a physician in the Channing Division of Network Medicine, said in a hospital news release. The study involved more than 194,000 people tracked for more than eight years. The participants were questioned about their medical history, lifestyle and medications. Information on their diet ... Read more

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Exercise May Lower Older Women's Risk for Kidney Stones

Posted 3 May 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 3 – Anybody who's ever had kidney stones knows how painful they can be. Now, a new study suggests that getting more exercise may reduce older women's risk for kidney stones. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, Georgetown University and University of Washington School of Medicine analyzed data from more than 85,000 postmenopausal women in the United States and found that higher levels of physical activity seemed to lower the risk of kidney stones by as much as 31 percent. The amount of exercise – not the intensity – is the key factor in reducing kidney stone risk, according to the study scheduled for Saturday presentation at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association, in San Diego. The researchers also said that reducing the amount of high-calorie foods they consume could cut postmenopausal women's risk of kidney ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Kidney Stones Away

Posted 4 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

-- Kidney stones are small, hard formations of various materials that can be found in the urine. By making some changes in your diet, you may be able to reduce the risk of kidney stones. The U.S. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse lists these dietary changes that may help: Drink 2 to 3 liters of fluid (preferably water and some citrus drinks) a day. Cut back on salt in your diet. Limit the amount of animal proteins you consume. Reduce your intake of oxalate-rich foods, such as wheat bran, nuts, rhubarb and spinach. Get plenty of dietary calcium through foods or supplements. Read more

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Complications From Kidney Stone Surgery Rising, Study Finds

Posted 29 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 29 – As more patients undergo a minimally invasive procedure to remove kidney stones, the rate of complications from the surgery is also rising, according to a new study. The procedure – called percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) – involves making a small incision in the back and using a hollow scope to remove medium to large kidney stones. Although the death rate related to the procedure remained low over the 10-year study period, certain complications, including blood infection, have soared. Patients were at higher risk of developing complications if they were older, sicker and treated in more recent years, the study found. "We believe the broad use of this procedure, especially in older and sicker patients, may be the reason [for the increased rate of complications]," Dr. Khurshid Ghani and colleagues said in a news release from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. For ... Read more

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