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article imageSurge in Kidney Stones Found in Chinese Children

By Debra Myers     Feb 20, 2009 in Health
The rising number of children having kidney stones has China's Health Ministry launching an investigation to find out the reason. So far, the authorities have ruled out melamine poisoning, which was found last year in milk products made for babies.
Beijing - In the wake of last year's tainted milk scandal, China is 'baffled' by the severe rise in infants and children having kidney stones. Despite the recent influx of kidney ailments the one thing the Health Ministry is sure of is that it is not caused from melamine that was found in milk products for babies.
Health Ministry spokesman, Ma Yangchen said, "We're trying to find out why the number of kidney ailments among babies has risen drastically ... it could be related to feeding habits or families' living environment."
After complaints from parents of children developing kidney stones, the Chinese authorities tested Dumex brand of milk formula and found that it was free of melamine. In fact, the China Daily reported that 5.6 percent of the children found with kidney stones had not consumed any milk formula at all.
Although commonly found in adults who are susceptible, infants and children are rarely found to have kidney stones.
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