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What Protects the Heart May Also Ward Off Kidney Stones
Date:5/17/2011

dd "ammunition" to advice he already gives his kidney stone patients about how to avoid future episodes.

"These are little things we do over time to stack the deck in the patient's favor," said Palese, who was not involved in the research presented. "I think this is an interesting addition to what we already know."

The studies presented at the meeting demonstrated an association with the assorted lifestyle factors and kidney stones, but did not prove a cause-and-effect. And experts note that research presented at medical meetings doesn't receive the same level of scrutiny given to studies published in peer-reviewed journals.

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For more on kidney stones, visit the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Diseases.

SOURCES: Marshall L. Stoller, M.D., professor and vice chair, department of urology, University of California, San Francisco; Roger L. Sur, M.D., assistant professor, director, UC Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center, division of urology, department of surgery, University of California, San Diego; Michael A. Palese, M.D., associate professor, urology, and director, minimally invasive urology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City; May 17, 2011, presentations, American Urological Association annual meeting, Washington, D.C.


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