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Kidney Disease More Deadly for Men

Posted 12 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 – Chronic kidney disease is more likely to progress to kidney failure and death in men than in women, a new study reveals. "We found that women had 17 percent lower risk of experiencing [kidney failure] and the risk of death was 31 percent lower in women than in men," said study author Dr. Ana Ricardo. She's an associate professor of medicine at the University of Illinois ...

Kidney Disease Claiming More Lives

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 – Although fewer Americans are dying from heart disease and cancer, deaths from chronic kidney disease are on the rise, especially among young adults, a new study finds. "Unfortunately, chronic kidney disease is known as a 'silent epidemic,' because many people don't realize they have it until the disease is at an advanced stage," said senior study author Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly. ...

Fewer Late-Stage Kidney Deaths After Obamacare: Study

Posted 6 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 – End-stage kidney disease patients on dialysis are among those benefiting from Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid, with related deaths declining in states that increased the program's enrollment, research suggests. Researchers followed more than 230,000 non-elderly kidney failure patients undergoing dialysis treatment in the United States between 2011 and 2017. Under the ...

Study Sees No Link Between Gout Drug, Kidney Disease

Posted 9 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 8, 2018 – The gout drug allopurinol may offer some protection from kidney disease, according to a new study that upends traditional beliefs. Some doctors hesitate to prescribe the drug to patients because of concerns it may raise their risk for chronic kidney disease, even though there is a lack of evidence to that effect. As a result, many gout patients are undertreated, the Boston ...

Household Chemicals Tied to Kidney Problems

Posted 16 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 – Widely used household and industrial chemicals may harm the kidneys, researchers say. These manufactured chemicals, called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are not biodegradable. People are exposed to them through contaminated soil, food, water and air. "The kidneys are very sensitive organs, particularly when it comes to environmental toxins that can get in ...

Coffee May Have Another Perk for Kidney Patients

Posted 14 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 – Could that morning cup of joe bring a health boost to people battling kidney disease? According to new research involving nearly 5,000 people with chronic kidney disease, a hike in daily caffeine intake appeared to lower their odds of an early death. The benefit remained "even after considering other important factors such as age, gender, race, smoking, other diseases ...

850 Million People Worldwide Have Kidney Disease

Posted 6 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 – Kidney disease is a "hidden epidemic" affecting more than 850 million people worldwide, renal experts say. That's twice the number of diabetics (422 million) and more than 20 times the number of people with cancer (42 million) or HIV/AIDS (36.7 million). But most people don't realize that kidney disease is a major health issue. "It is high time to put the global spread ...

Kidney Docs Worry Over No Dialysis for Undocumented Immigrants

Posted 22 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 – Undocumented immigrants in the United States are often denied treatment for kidney failure until they have a life-threatening emergency. Now a new study finds that the doctors and nurses who treat them are frustrated and demoralized over it. At issue is access to treatment for end-stage kidney disease – in which the kidneys can no longer perform their job of removing ...

Antibiotics Tied to Higher Kidney Stone Risk

Posted 11 May 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 – If you or your child is taking an antibiotic, new research suggests you might want to watch closely for signs that kidney stones might be developing. "We found that five classes of commonly prescribed antibiotics were associated with an increased risk of kidney stones," explained study author Dr. Gregory Tasian. That increased risk appeared to linger for three to five ...

Marijuana Doesn't Seem to Harm the Kidneys

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – As marijuana use has increased in the United States in recent years, medical experts and users alike have wondered about its health effects. Now, a new study finds there's no link between marijuana use and kidney disease – at least among younger people who use the drug in moderation. "Our research provides some reassuring evidence suggesting that there is no detrimental ...

Learning Problems May Accompany Kidney Disease

Posted 23 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – Chronic kidney disease may affect brain function in children and teens, especially those on dialysis, researchers say. Results of their study review suggest academic assistance may be needed in specific areas, including math and reading. "In translating our findings to clinical practice, this research provides relevant information on the areas of need – for example, ...

Could a Blood Thinner Actually Raise Stroke Risk for Some?

Posted 16 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Taking blood-thinning drugs is typically thought to ward off stroke in people with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation. However, new research out of Britain hints – but cannot prove – that the drugs might actually raise the odds of stroke in seniors with a-fib who also have kidney disease. "Chronic kidney disease is common among older people, and one in ...

Defibrillators May Not Help Kidney Patients With Bad Hearts

Posted 7 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – People with chronic kidney disease often develop heart failure, leading to their having a heart defibrillator implanted to control an irregular heartbeat. But that's not without risk, a new study has found. The chances of being hospitalized for heart failure were 49 percent greater for kidney disease patients with an implanted defibrillator than for those who did not ...

Kidney Donors Could Face Some Long-Term Health Risks

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 – While donating a kidney isn't likely to shorten your life or increase your odds of heart disease or diabetes, you might face a higher chance of some other health risks, new research suggests. Reviewing prior studies encompassing more than 100,000 living kidney donors, scientists found that donors appear at higher risk for worse blood pressure and kidney function than ...

Health Tip: Avoid Kidney Disease

Posted 5 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- The health of your kidneys is directly related to the health of your heart, and vice versa. While the heart pumps blood throughout the body, the kidneys clean it. They remove wastes, assist in maintaining blood pressure and ensure that the blood has the right amount of key nutrients. Kidney disease means the kidneys are damaged. This serious medical problem affects more than 1 in 7 adults in ...

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