Diagnosis & Disease Information

Urinalysis Not Helpful

Researchers have found that the absence or presence of microhematuria does not accurately predict whether a distal ureteral stone is still present or has passed, according to a report in the Journal of Endourology (2008;22:1233-1236).

Target Microalbuminuria Aggressively

NEW ORLEANS—Microalbuminuria is a biomarker for vascular disease and warrants aggressive treatment, which may prevent progression to overt nephropathy and reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, said Debjani Mukherjee, MD, at the 23rd scientific meeting of the American Society of Hypertension.

Study Probes Costs of Diabetic Neuropathy

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Diabetics with neuropathy use more health- care resources than diabetics without this complication. In addition, among patients with diabetic neuropathy, those with comorbid depression or anxiety incur higher health-care costs than patients without these psychological problems.

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