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Research Sheds Light on Analyzing Kidney Stones for Proper Drug Therapy

by Kathy Jones on April 22, 2014 at 8:23 PM
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 Research Sheds Light on Analyzing Kidney Stones for Proper Drug Therapy

French researchers have used scanning electron microscopy and powder neutron diffraction analysis to assess the texture of cystine kidney stones, which are a characteristic of the genetic disease cystinuria.

Cystinuria has a variety of treatment options, but choosing a right drug is a nightmare for physicians. Hence, Dominique Bazin, Director of Research at Université Paris-Sud 11, France (now at LCMCP-College de France), and co-workers used crystallographic techniques to understand how different treatments affect the stones.

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The researchers also revealed that following the prescribed regimen also plays a vital role in the disease outcomes.

The study details appear in Journal of Applied Crystallography.



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