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ED & Prostate Cancer Surgery

Men who undergo a nerve-sparing prostatectomy (prostate removal) by robot-assisted laparascopy may be more likely to regain their erectile function than men who undergo the ‘open’ surgery, say German researchers at the University Hospital Leipzig. Laparascopic prostate removal is performed through small, keyhole-sized incisions. Traditional ‘open’ prostate removal requires a long incision down the abdomen.

Got CKD?

High-acid diets linked with kidney failure. People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who consumed high-acid diets were three times more likely to develop kidney failure than those patients with CKD who consumed a low-acid diet, reports a study that will appear in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. A low-acid diet is rich

Bladder cancer & smoking

Are smokers in denial? Smoking is not only bad for your lungs it’s bad for your kidneys too. ‘Lighting up’ more than doubles your risk of developing kidney cancer and increases your likelihood of the deadliest form of renal (kidney) cancer. Smoking produces toxins that can languish in the urine. Active smokers repeatedly expose their

Kidney stone relief

Kidney stone sufferers need a new drug, and drugs used to treat leukemia may help one day. A class of drugs used to treat leukemia and epilepsy may also be effective against kidney stones, says a researcher at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The drugs are a type of enzyme called HDAC

A better way to biopsy prostate cancer?

Targeted biopsy allows for more accuracy. The new method fuses or combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with ‘real-time’ ultrasound.  ‘Real-time’ means the image is acquired as the exam is being performed. It’s not a stored image obtained days or weeks earlier. ‘Targeted biopsy’ allows the physician to zero in on suspicious areas as opposed to

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