Bookmarks for April 19th

  • Kidney stone mystery solved: Why some people are more prone to develop kidney stones – Most kidney stones form when the urine becomes too concentrated, allowing minerals like calcium to crystallize and stick together. Diet plays a role in the condition — not drinking enough water or eating too much salt (which binds to calcium) also increases the risk of stones.

    It goes on to say they maybe able to develop a drug that takes care of this. How about having doctors recommend drinking more water, eating less salt, and cutting down on calcium (dairy products, etc.) in your diet?

    But genes are partly to blame. A common genetic variation in a gene called claudin-14 recently has been linked to a substantial increase in risk — roughly 65 percent — of getting kidney stones. In the new study, the researchers have shown how alterations in the gene's activity influence the development of stones.
    Tags: research health

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