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Tamsulosin works better on large kidney stones

Tamsulosin works better on large kidney stones

Tamsulosin works no better than placebo on small kidney stones, but does improve passage of more large kidney stones than placebo does. The results of this large clinical trial evaluating tamsulosin versus placebo were published online Friday in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Distal Ureteric Stones and Tamsulosin: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Randomized, Multi-Center Trial (The DUST Trial)"). [More]
Postmenopausal women with kidney, bladder stones not at increased risk for osteoporosis

Postmenopausal women with kidney, bladder stones not at increased risk for osteoporosis

Postmenopausal women with kidney or bladder stones are not at increased risk for osteoporosis, but they do have about a 15 percent increased risk of another painful stone, physician-scientists report. [More]
The Miriam Hospital offers new surgical treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia

The Miriam Hospital offers new surgical treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia

The Minimally Invasive Urology Institute at The Miriam Hospital is offering UroLift as one of the newest surgical treatments available for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), an enlarged prostate condition. [More]
Zinc levels linked to formation of kidney stone

Zinc levels linked to formation of kidney stone

New research on kidney stone formation reveals that zinc levels may contribute to kidney stone formation, a common urinary condition that can cause excruciating pain. The research found that zinc may be the core by which stone formation starts. [More]
Olympus becomes exclusive distributor of Terumo's GLIDEWIRE Urologic Guidewire in the U.S.

Olympus becomes exclusive distributor of Terumo's GLIDEWIRE Urologic Guidewire in the U.S.

Olympus, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedures, among other core businesses, announced today that it has partnered with Terumo Corporation to be the exclusive distributor of the GLIDEWIRE Urologic Hydrophilic Coated Guidewire, a device cleared by the FDA for urological use. [More]
Delaying kidney stone treatment could lead to increased costs, patient morbidity

Delaying kidney stone treatment could lead to increased costs, patient morbidity

Delaying treatment of kidney stones could lead to increased costs and patient morbidity, according to a new study presented during the 110th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association. [More]
Good Samaritan Hospital's Stroke Program certified as primary stroke center

Good Samaritan Hospital's Stroke Program certified as primary stroke center

Good Samaritan Hospital's Stroke Program has attained The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check mark as a certified primary stroke center. The recognition means the Stroke Program has met The Joint Commission's standards for providing stroke care. [More]
Duke researchers identify factors that correlate with repeat ER visits for kidney stones

Duke researchers identify factors that correlate with repeat ER visits for kidney stones

One in nine patients released from the emergency department after treatment for a kidney stone will face a repeat visit, according to findings by Duke Medicine researchers. [More]
Today’s “World Kidney Day” promotes kidney health for all

Today’s “World Kidney Day” promotes kidney health for all

Recent surveys have shown that the general public’s understanding about what our kidneys do and what the risk factors for kidney disease are, is astoundingly poor. In the UK, five leading kidney charities are joining forces in the campaign “Kidney Charities Together,” which calls for urgent action to be taken to raise awareness of kidney disease. [More]
Good Samaritan Hospital receives $417,560 grant to implement telemedicine program

Good Samaritan Hospital receives $417,560 grant to implement telemedicine program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development awards Good Samaritan Hospital, a prominent downtown Los Angeles hospital, a $417,560 grant to implement a telemedicine program that will connect members of the medical staff at Good Samaritan Hospital with public health and primary care providers and their patients at six Public Health sites on the island of Guam. [More]

Perc NGage® and Perc NCompass® nitinol stone extractors launched by Cook Medical

Urologists now have new options for stone extraction devices when performing percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL), as Cook Medical is launching the Perc NGage® and Perc NCompass® nitinol stone extractors today. The new products complement the Perc NCircle®, which has been on the market since 2002 and was the first nitinol extraction device for percutaneous procedures. Cook Medical was the first company to incorporate nitinol into its stone extraction devices. [More]
Oxabact now recognized as potential treatment for Short Bowel Syndrome

Oxabact now recognized as potential treatment for Short Bowel Syndrome

SBS is a highly disabling malabsorptive condition. SBS is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, reduced quality of life and high healthcare costs. [More]
Daily temperatures increase number of patients seeking treatment for kidney stones

Daily temperatures increase number of patients seeking treatment for kidney stones

As daily temperatures increase, so does the number of patients seeking treatment for kidney stones. In a study that may both reflect and foretell a warming planet's impact on human health, a research team found a link between hot days and kidney stones in 60,000 patients in several U.S. cities with varying climates. [More]
FDA grants Thermedx 510(k) clearance for optional fluid warming in arthroscopic, hysteroscopic procedures

FDA grants Thermedx 510(k) clearance for optional fluid warming in arthroscopic, hysteroscopic procedures

Thermedx, LLC, an innovative designer and manufacturer of "smart" surgical irrigation products, received FDA 510(k) clearance for optional fluid warming in arthroscopic and hysteroscopic procedures. [More]
TERUMO announces U.S. launch of new GLIDEWAY Ureteral Access Sheath

TERUMO announces U.S. launch of new GLIDEWAY Ureteral Access Sheath

TERUMO, a leading global medical device company, today announced the U.S. launch of its new GLIDEWAY Ureteral Access Sheath. [More]

OxThera granted new patents for treatment of hyperoxaluria

OxThera AB announced today that it has been granted two new US patents and one new Australian patent during the last year. [More]
Research roundup: Compounding pharmacies; marketplace details; changes in insurance coverage

Research roundup: Compounding pharmacies; marketplace details; changes in insurance coverage

Outraged over a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak traced back to Framingham, Massachusetts-based drug compounder New England Compounding Center (NECC) that left sixty-four people dead and more than 700 sickened, Congress passed the Compounding Quality Act . [More]
Novel method could help kidney stone sufferers receive correct, effective treatment

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]
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