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December 7, 1997 | LINDA A. JOHNSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Getting married, divorced, demoted or sued could hurt more than your wallet. Such changes also may trigger kidney stones, according to a study that, for the first time, links the painful ailment with stress. The study, comparing 200 kidney-stone patients with 200 similar people without the affliction, found the patients were more likely to have endured major stress in the previous two years, said lead researcher Dr. G. Reza Najem of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
"Jersey Shore" star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro has been hospitalized for kidney stones.  Ortiz-Magro, 27, the MTV reality series' resident "juicehead" who rose to stardom because of his tumultuous relationship with Sammie "Sweetheart" Giancola, tweeted about his illness Saturday with just one word: "Hospital. " His rep confirmed to People that he was indeed suffering from kidney stones and was admitted to an Orlando, Fla.-area hospital Saturday night. He was there promoting his new beverage, Smush Cocktails, at the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America convention.
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HEALTH
March 29, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
Q: The other day, someone wrote asking about kidney stones. To cut down on kidney stones, I drink several glasses of lemonade a week. A: There is some scientific basis for your observation. Doctors often prescribe potassium citrate to disrupt kidney-stone formation. Lemonade also contains citrate, and some research shows that lemonade therapy reduces the rate of kidney-stone formation (Journal of Urology, April 2007). Three or four glasses of lemonade per week are probably not enough to do much good, however.
SPORTS
April 26, 2013 | By David Wharton
Forget about the thrill of hoisting a national championship trophy or cutting down the nets. The players on the Louisville basketball team wanted to win an NCAA title to make their coach, Rick Pitino, follow through on a promise: The 60-year-old known for his dapper suits had vowed to get a tattoo if his squad finished on top. Pitino got inked on Friday morning, according to  a Darren Rovell story for ESPN . The simple design featured an...
HEALTH
May 25, 2009 | Tammy Worth
When pediatric urologist Barry Duel began practicing 11 years ago, it was rare to see a healthy child with kidney stones. These days, he sees two to three new children with stones a month. Craig Langman, head of the department of kidney diseases at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, has 800 pediatric patients in his files with kidney stones. More than half of them are from the past five years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1985
The Food and Drug Administration has announced its approval of the electrohydraulic shock-wave lithotripter for the treatment of kidney stones. The article in The Times (Dec. 20) accurately described this new machine as an "authentic medical miracle," which destroys stones without the need for surgery. The article also indicates that Dr. George M. Drach has been testing one of the machines at the University of Arizona. Dr. Drach, a personal friend and an authority on stone disease, functioned as a consultant to the FDA committee reviewing the lithotripter machine's efficacy and safety.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
"Jersey Shore" star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro has been hospitalized for kidney stones.  Ortiz-Magro, 27, the MTV reality series' resident "juicehead" who rose to stardom because of his tumultuous relationship with Sammie "Sweetheart" Giancola, tweeted about his illness Saturday with just one word: "Hospital. " His rep confirmed to People that he was indeed suffering from kidney stones and was admitted to an Orlando, Fla.-area hospital Saturday night. He was there promoting his new beverage, Smush Cocktails, at the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America convention.
NEWS
September 27, 1987 | United Press International
Sen. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. (R-Conn.) was hospitalized Friday with kidney stones, aides said. Spokesman Steve Snider said the senator will remain hospitalized while undergoing a fluid treatment, but he did not say for how long.
NEWS
February 13, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert was released from Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora after kidney stone surgery, and aides said he planned to spend a few days recuperating at his Illinois home before returning to Washington. The hospital said the 59-year-old Republican was discharged in good condition about 17 hours after he entered the facility Sunday night. Hastert underwent the surgery after tests showed he had developed kidney stones.
NEWS
August 14, 1996 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
Call these the dog days of summer if you must. But urologists have a catchier name: stone season. The incidence of kidney stones peaks in August and September, according to reports in the medical literature and observations by urologists. The most likely candidates for summer "stone events," as urologists call these sometimes-more-painful-than-childbirth episodes, are men in their 30s to 50s, especially if they guzzle iced tea and eat lots of ice cream.
NEWS
January 22, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
Even during the coldest time of the year, gardener Suky Sung Lee enjoys her taro, the “potato of the tropics.” She doesn't eat the tennis-ball-size tubers, but rather the strips of the fibrous stems, which she peeled and dried in the sun last summer to make torandae , dried taro strips. She also uses them for yukgaejang , a spicy beef and vegetable soup. She could harvest her taro roots as well, but those are already available in ethnic markets. Dried taro strips for soup are much harder to find.
SPORTS
May 24, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Phillip Phillips won "American Idol" on Wednesday night. Jeremy Lin is the point guard for the New York Knicks. They seemingly don't have a lot in common. But do they? Lin became an Internet sensation after moving into the Knicks' starting lineup after a Carmelo Anthony injury. Phillips became an Internet sensation after channeling Dave Matthews and never finishing in the bottom three during his entire "American Idol" stay. Lin was injured late in the season, tearing a meniscus in his knee.
HEALTH
June 28, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
I have taken naproxen regularly for several years, having had knee replacement and shoulder surgery. When I take naproxen, my blood pressure goes up from 115/70 to about 145/94. I was told my blood pressure problem was unrelated to the drug, but when I quit taking naproxen, my blood pressure went back down to 115/70. A recent report from Denmark (Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, July 2010) involved reviewing the health records of more than 1 million people taking NSAID pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.)
HEALTH
March 29, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
Q: The other day, someone wrote asking about kidney stones. To cut down on kidney stones, I drink several glasses of lemonade a week. A: There is some scientific basis for your observation. Doctors often prescribe potassium citrate to disrupt kidney-stone formation. Lemonade also contains citrate, and some research shows that lemonade therapy reduces the rate of kidney-stone formation (Journal of Urology, April 2007). Three or four glasses of lemonade per week are probably not enough to do much good, however.
HEALTH
February 22, 2010 | By Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
Is there a way to make passing a kidney stone less painful? I went from uncomfortable to unbearable pain within hours. The ER doctors gave me narcotic pain relievers but nothing to speed the stone out. If surgery is not needed to remove the stone, Flomax (tamsulosin), the drug used to ease symptoms of prostate enlargement, may facilitate passage of kidney stones (Current Opinion in Urology, March 2008). Shock-wave treatment (lithotripsy) is sometimes used to break kidney stones into smaller pieces.
HEALTH
May 25, 2009 | Tammy Worth
When pediatric urologist Barry Duel began practicing 11 years ago, it was rare to see a healthy child with kidney stones. These days, he sees two to three new children with stones a month. Craig Langman, head of the department of kidney diseases at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, has 800 pediatric patients in his files with kidney stones. More than half of them are from the past five years.
HEALTH
February 12, 2007 | Janet Cromley, Times Staff Writer
I have bouts of kidney stones every five to seven years. I am white, male, 60 years old and in otherwise good health. Will folic acid, vitamin B-12 and water reduce these bouts? CLIVE Hubertus, Wis. There's no evidence that folic acid or vitamin B-12 will reduce occurrence of kidney stones, but certain dietary adjustments, such as boosting water intake, might help, says urologist Dr. Gary Bellman, director of Kaiser Permanente's urology residency program in Los Angeles.
SPORTS
August 11, 1997 | Associated Press
San Diego Padre outfielder Tony Gwynn, the seven-time NL batting champion, had arthroscopic surgery to remove kidney stones Sunday. Team trainer Larry Duensing said the stones were removed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in suburban Chicago. After missing two games, Gwynn wanted to return to San Diego with the team Sunday night but was to remain hospitalized overnight as a precaution. Gwynn's wife, Alicia, was with her husband. "He lobbied to go on the plane home," Duensing said.
NEWS
January 25, 2009 | Deanna Martin, Martin writes for the Associated Press.
Beth Flanders was on her way to China to adopt her 17-month-old daughter in September when she received a warning from her adoption agency: An industrial chemical that can cause kidney stones had been found in Chinese baby formula, and parents should not feed it to their new children. Flanders' daughter had no symptoms. But in November, an ultrasound revealed two kidney stones, which are unusual in children. Now the Los Angeles-area nurse wonders if melamine is to blame. China's worst product-safety scandal in years has hit home for thousands of adoptive parents, who are seeking answers about the potential effects of melamine in tainted formula and other foods.
NATIONAL
November 22, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Japanese millionaire Daisuke Enomoto spent $21 million to become a space tourist but accuses the company that was supposed make it happen of brushing him aside with little more than "sorry, no refunds." A federal judge in Alexandria heard arguments in Enomoto's lawsuit against Space Adventures, which made its name brokering deals with the Russian space agency to put half a dozen "space tourists" in orbit for $20 million or more. Space Adventures wants the lawsuit thrown out, saying Enomoto was disqualified in 2006 because of a chronic kidney-stone condition.
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