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Length of Stay Predictors for Infants Hospitalized with Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Length of Stay Predictors for Infants Hospitalized with Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Younger age, preterm birth among clinical factors that predict a longer length of stay (LOS) for infants hospitalized with an urinary tract infection (UTI).

Vitamin D May Protect Against Bladder Cancer

Vitamin D May Protect Against Bladder Cancer

High serum levels of vitamin D may have a protective effect against bladder cancer.

Low Sodium Levels at Hospital Admission Increase Mortality Risk

Low Sodium Levels at Hospital Admission Increase Mortality Risk

Hyponatremia at time of hospital admission also increases patients' length of stay.

Bariatric Surgery Ups Kidney Stone Rates

Bariatric Surgery Ups Kidney Stone Rates

During 6 years of follow-up, new stone formation increased significantly in the surgery patients.

Stone Removal by f-URS Okay for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Patients

Stone Removal by f-URS Okay for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Patients

Flexible ureterorenoscopy (f-URS) is safe and effective for removing kidney stones in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Pre-Treatment Statins Reduce Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) Risk

Pre-Treatment Statins Reduce Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) Risk

Review shows reduction in acute kidney injury with high-dose statins versus low-dose or placebo.

Aspirin May Lower Non-Metastatic Prostate Cancer Mortality

Aspirin May Lower Non-Metastatic Prostate Cancer Mortality

Significant association observed for high-risk prostate cancers with no difference according to daily dose.

Smoking Found to Cut Gout Risk

Smoking Found to Cut Gout Risk

Analysis found that cigarette smoking was associated with a 24% overall reduction in gout risk.

Transurethral Resection (TUR) Bladder Perforation May Worsen Outcomes

Transurethral Resection (TUR) Bladder Perforation May Worsen Outcomes

Investigators report earlier bladder tumor relapse and higher risk of T-stage progression.

Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) Common in Intensive Care Units

Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) Common in Intensive Care Units

Acute kidney injury is common in critically ill surgical patients and is associated with worse survival.

Radical Prostatectomy Outcomes Similar for Obese, Non-Obese

Radical Prostatectomy Outcomes Similar for Obese, Non-Obese

Outcomes of robot-assisted radical prostatectomy in obese patients are mostly comparable to non-obese patients.

Mortality in Lupus Patients Does Not Differ By Dialysis Type

Mortality in Lupus Patients Does Not Differ By Dialysis Type

Large study looked at matched pairs of lupus patients with renal disease starting dialysis with hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Drug Taken 15 Minutes Before Sexual Activity Approved

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Drug Taken 15 Minutes Before Sexual Activity Approved

FDA has approved a supplemental new drug application for Stendra (avanafil) taken early as ~15 minutes before sexual activity.

Ferric Citrate Approved for Phosphorus Control in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Patients

Ferric Citrate Approved for Phosphorus Control in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Patients

In addition to reducing serum phosphorus levels to within the recommended range, ferric citrate increases iron stores.

Kidney Stone Burden Predicts Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Risk

Kidney Stone Burden Predicts Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Risk

A study revealed an increased risk of chronic kidney disease in patients with a cumulative stone size less than 20 mm.

BRCA2 Mutation Ups Prostate Cancer Death Risk

BRCA2 Mutation Ups Prostate Cancer Death Risk

In a study, the 12-year prostate cancer survival rate was 61.8% for men with the mutation versus 94.3% for those without it.

Two-Drug Pill Okayed for Treating Diabetes

Two-Drug Pill Okayed for Treating Diabetes

Invokamet combines in a single table canagliflozin and metformin.

Diabetic Nephropathy Linked to Hypothyroidism

Diabetic Nephropathy Linked to Hypothyroidism

Researchers find an independent association in a study of Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes.

Reasons for Alpha Blocker Switch ID'd

Reasons for Alpha Blocker Switch ID'd

Lack of efficacy is the main reason for the switch.

Urodynamic Studies On the Upswing

Urodynamic Studies On the Upswing

Urodynamic studies for female Medicare patients increased by 29% from 2000 to 2010.