The number of children who were treated for kidney stones at 42 pediatric hospitals in the country jumped from 125 in 1999 to 1,389 in 2008. Children with unhealthy diet and who have a family or medical history of kidney stones are more likely to get them, the lead researcher said.
Researchers found that the risk of a secondary stroke, heart attack or death was no different in stroke patients who received vitamin B supplements than in those who received a placebo. However, the vitamins proved to be well-tolerated and effective in reducing homocysteine levels in stroke patients, the study found.
Some provisions of the health reform law are set to take effect next month, including the expansion of insurance coverage for young adults and restrictions on annual coverage limits. These provisions will apply to plans that begin coverage on or after Sept. 23.