Published in Drug Law Weekly, February 8th, 2005
Kidney stones are a major cause of illness. The lifetime prevalence of kidney stones is approximately 10% in men and 5% in women, and more than $2 billion is spent on treatment each year. Researchers believe that larger body size results in increased urinary excretion of calcium and uric acid, thereby increasing the risk for calcium-containing kidney stones. It has been unclear if obesity increases the risk of stone formation, and it has not been known if weight gain influences risk.
Eric N. Taylor, MD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital...
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