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High levels of zinc may lead to kidney stone formation

High levels of zinc may lead to kidney stone formation

David Killilea, PhD, a staff scientist at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute- the research arm of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland - co-authored a study into the causes of kidney stones. [More]
Increased trend of surgical intervention for urinary tract stones in the UK

Increased trend of surgical intervention for urinary tract stones in the UK

Researchers in Oxford who analyzed recent trends related to urinary tract stones in the UK found a sustained and high prevalence of the condition, with an increased trend to treat patients with surgery. [More]
Weekend effect in hospitals affect kidney stone treatment, outcomes

Weekend effect in hospitals affect kidney stone treatment, outcomes

Patients with severe cases of kidney stones are 26 percent less likely to receive timely treatment when they're admitted to the hospital on the weekend, according to a study by researchers at Loyola Medicine and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. [More]
Study: Disparities in pain management may be partly attributed to bias

Study: Disparities in pain management may be partly attributed to bias

Research has documented that black Americans are systematically undertreated for pain relative to white Americans, likely due to both the over-prescription and over-use of pain medications among white patients and the under-prescription of pain medications for black patients. [More]
Doctors now have better tool to assess individual kidney function

Doctors now have better tool to assess individual kidney function

Doctors now have a much-improved tool to assess individual kidney function, thanks to the work of an international team led by University of Saskatchewan medical imaging specialists Drs. Carl and Michal Wesolowski. [More]
Boston Scientific announces European launch of LithoVue Single-Use Digital Flexible Ureteroscope

Boston Scientific announces European launch of LithoVue Single-Use Digital Flexible Ureteroscope

Marlborough, Mass. Boston Scientific Corporation today announced the European launch of the LithoVue Single-Use Digital Flexible Ureteroscope for minimally invasive endoscopic procedures to diagnose and treat stones and other conditions of the kidney, ureter and bladder. [More]
Mount Sinai Roosevelt to be renamed as Mount Sinai West

Mount Sinai Roosevelt to be renamed as Mount Sinai West

The Mount Sinai Health System today announced that Mount Sinai Roosevelt will be renamed as Mount Sinai West. The hospital will continue to be the premier health care provider on the West Side of Manhattan, with all services continuing, the same insurances accepted and the same number of people employed. [More]
Dietary calcium better than supplemental calcium in reducing kidney stone formation

Dietary calcium better than supplemental calcium in reducing kidney stone formation

Calcium supplements may increase the risk of kidney stone recurrence, according to a study that will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3¬-8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. [More]
Fraunhofer researchers developing new system for rapid analysis of urinary stones

Fraunhofer researchers developing new system for rapid analysis of urinary stones

Kidney stones rank among the most common illnesses. Their recurrence might be prevented with the right postoperative care. However, for this to be effective, composition of the stones should be known. Fraunhofer researchers are developing a system for rapid analysis of urinary stones immediately after the surgical procedure. [More]
Study identifies link between kidney stones in children and atherosclerosis

Study identifies link between kidney stones in children and atherosclerosis

A recent study published in The Journal of Pediatrics is the first to examine and identify a link between kidney stones in children and thickened or hardened arteries — precursors to a wide variety of cardiovascular diseases. Understanding the connection between kidney stones and cardiovascular risk factors in children may help physicians and parents implement prevention measures to reduce future risk of stroke, heart attack or other forms of vascular disease for affected children. [More]
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 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]
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