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Date:4/6/2013

portant to nanoparticle formation. "Zinc is present throughout the body, and is very important for a number of physiologic processes. We are NOT saying that making the whole body zinc deficient could be an effective approach to treating kidney stones. But if we could somehow control the microenvironmental zinc levels at the key stage in stone development, that approach might offer us an effective new therapy," Dr. Chi explained.

The researchers hope that their findings will lead to new options for kidney stones. "If we can get to them before they form, we'd cut way back on the number of people needing surgery every year, which is our goal," Dr. Chi said.


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