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Novel method could help kidney stone sufferers receive correct, effective treatment

Researchers in France have hit on a novel method to help kidney stone sufferers ensure they receive the correct and most effective treatment possible. [More]
Engineers design modified lens to improve efficiency of lithotripsy

Engineers design modified lens to improve efficiency of lithotripsy

​Duke engineers have devised a way to improve the efficiency of lithotripsy -- the demolition of kidney stones using focused shock waves. After decades of research, all it took was cutting a groove near the perimeter of the shock wave-focusing lens and changing its curvature. [More]
Researchers reveal effectiveness of web-based weight-loss programs

Researchers reveal effectiveness of web-based weight-loss programs

Researchers from The Miriam Hospital have found that DietBet, a web-based commercial weight loss program that pairs financial incentives with social influence, delivers significant weight losses. The study and its findings have been published in the current issue of the open access publication JMIR Serious Games. [More]
Researchers find definitive link between intimate partner violence and HIV risk

Researchers find definitive link between intimate partner violence and HIV risk

Researchers from The Miriam Hospital and the University of Rochester have found a definitive link between violence among intimate partners and an increased risk of HIV infection. The study is online in the journal Women & Health. [More]

University of Washington develops new device to move kidney stones inside body

Almost one in 10 people will someday experience a kidney stone, which creates what is described as the most intense pain imaginable. This increasingly common condition leads to hundreds of thousands of surgeries in the United States each year. [More]

Study finds no relevant association between Vitamin D serum level and incidence of kidney stones

Increased vitamin D levels may prevent a wide range of diseases, according to recent studies. However, some previous studies led to a concern that vitamin D supplementation could increase an individual's risk of developing kidney stones. [More]

Chemists discover mystery of how organic crystals form

New York University chemists have discovered crystal growth complexities, which at first glance appeared to confound 50 years of theory and deepened the mystery of how organic crystals form. But, appearances can be deceiving. [More]
Research deals with important issues in the field of urolithiasi

Research deals with important issues in the field of urolithiasi

A balance between the activation of the inflammatory macrophages and suppression of the anti-inflammatory macrophages in the kidney may play a pivotal role in kidney stone formation. These macrophage-derived mediators may have potential as biomarkers to reflect the urinary stone risk, according to a new study from Japan, which was recently presented at the recent 2nd Meeting of the EAU Section of Urolithiasis and received Clinical Research Award. [More]

Cook Medical simplifies PCNL procedures with new LithAssist device

Cook Medical has a new device to simplify percutaneous nephrolithotomy procedures, during which physicians break up and remove large kidney stones, or can use it in the bladder to break up large bladder stones. [More]
Research roundup: Assessing new hospital observation rule; doctors' view of DNR orders for kids

Research roundup: Assessing new hospital observation rule; doctors' view of DNR orders for kids

Hospitalized patients in the United States are increasingly placed on "observation status." The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) state that observation should rarely exceed 48 hours. [More]

New technique using ice slush and robotic surgery to remove large kidney stone

A first-ever technique using ice slush and minimally invasive robotic surgery to remove a particularly large type of kidney stone has been reported by urologists at Henry Ford Hospital. [More]
Risk of kidney stones increasing among women

Risk of kidney stones increasing among women

The risk of women developing kidney stones is rising, as is the number of cases being seen in U.S. emergency departments, while the rate of hospitalization for the disorder has remained stable. [More]
Study: Kidney stones linked with increased risk of CHD among women, but not men

Study: Kidney stones linked with increased risk of CHD among women, but not men

An analysis of data from three studies that involved a total of more than 240,000 participants found that a self-reported history of kidney stones was associated with a statistically significant increased risk of coronary heart disease among women but no significant association was evident for men, according to a study in the July 24/31 issue of JAMA. [More]
Robotic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) for testicular cancer: an interview with Dr. Stephen Williams of St. Joseph Hospital in Orange

Robotic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) for testicular cancer: an interview with Dr. Stephen Williams of St. Joseph Hospital in Orange

Robotic RPLND utilizes laparoscopy combined with robotic technology to perform dissection and removal of lymph node tissue in the retroperitoneum both as a staging as well as therapeutic procedure for patients with testicular cancer. [More]

OxThera granted Japanese patents for treating oxalate-related disease

OxThera AB has been granted three Japanese patents during 2012 and 2013. The patents will secure the pharmaceutical composition and the method for treating and preventing oxalate-related disease with micro-organisms and enzymes and will further strengthen the Company's patent estate for this unmet medical need. [More]

Cost-effective endoscopic system for urological procedures launched by Cook Medical

A new, cost-effective endoscopic option is now available to urologists. Physicians can use the Flexor® Vue™ Deflecting Endoscopic System during urological procedures to access and visualize body cavities or organs. [More]
Obstructive salivary gland disease treatment: an interview with Thomas Cherry, Cook Medical

Obstructive salivary gland disease treatment: an interview with Thomas Cherry, Cook Medical

Everyone is familiar with urinary stones (kidney stones). The same thing can actually happen in your salivary ducts. These types of stones and strictures occur not nearly as frequently as kidney stones but they still occur quite often. The latest data we have seen showed about 1 in 5,000 patients actually have some type of obstructive salivary duct disorder. [More]
Research identifies important role of zinc in kidney stone formation

Research identifies important role of zinc in kidney stone formation

Kidney stones usually make their presence known suddenly, often sending a person to the hospital in excruciating pain. Each year in the U.S. more than a million people seek medical attention for kidney stones, technically called nephrolithiasis. [More]

Research roundup: Looking at CHIP to gauge effect of health law on doctors; Insurers' spending on quality improvements

In this study published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, researchers analyzed the 1997 Children's Health Insurance Program to evaluate the potential changes in physicians' work hours in response to a large expansion in coverage. [More]
Complementary medicine risks: an interview with Dr Andrew Boyden, NPS MedicineWise

Complementary medicine risks: an interview with Dr Andrew Boyden, NPS MedicineWise

Complementary medicines include products containing herbs, vitamins, minerals, nutritional supplements, homoeopathic medicines, certain aromatherapy products and traditional Chinese medicines. For this reason they are also called herbal, natural or alternative medicines. [More]