The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Acid Reflux

PPIs and Kidney Damage | Nephrologist Spanks GI Doc

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are popular with GI doctors. But is there a link between PPIs and kidney damage? What about PPIs and kidney stones?

Calcium oxalate kidney stone

Show 1148: What Can You Do About Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are relatively common and extremely painful. The biomineralization processes that create them have a lot in common with coral reef building.

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Kidney Stones

How Can You Prevent a Kidney Stone?

Drinking seltzer water with lemon or lime should not trigger a kidney stone. Instead, it might help prevent a recurrence.

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Colorectal Cancer

Do You Need to Take Calcium Supplements?

Older people who take calcium supplements may be getting more calcium than they need.

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Kidney Stones

Painful Kidney Stones Are Becoming More Common

A Mayo Clinic study shows an increase in the incidence of painful kidney stones. Changing dietary patterns and medications may be contributing.

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Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPH)

Is It Safe to Take Off Label Drugs for Unapproved Purposes?

There is a good chance you are taking off label drugs. Do you know the risks and benefits? Doctors may not reveal they are prescribing without FDA approval.

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Kidney Stones

How to Pass a Kidney Stone Riding a Roller Coaster

Sliding up and down and whipping around corners on a thrilling roller coaster ride has been shown to help pass a kidney stone.

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Drug Side Effects

Is Prostate Drug – Tamsulosin – Safe for Women?

Millions of men and women take alpha blockers like tamsulosin to limit nighttime urination. But some serious side effects may not be mentioned.

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Kidney Stones

Be Wary of Too Much Green Juice

Drinking green juice made of oxalate-rich foods like beet greens, kale or parsley could overwhelm the kidneys and result in painful kidney stones.

High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Are You in Danger of Kidney Stones if You Love Beets?

Beets increase levels of nitric oxide and lower blood pressure, but beets are high in oxalates that could increase the risk for kidney stones

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Kidney Stones

Summertime and Kidney Stones

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Home Remedies

Iced Tea, Kidney Stones & Summer Suffering

There may be a very good reason why kidney stones are more common in the summer, especially in the south. (Think sweet ice tea). Switch to lemonade!

Kidney Stones

Do Supplements Cause Kidney Stones?

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