Skip to Content

Join the 'Chronic Kidney Disease' group to help and get support from people like you.

Chronic Kidney Disease News

Related terms: CKD, Chronic Renal Disease, CRD

Thanksgiving Overeating Could Spell Kidney Problems

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 23, 2017 – Holiday overeating can harm your kidneys, a kidney expert warns. "The body absorbs nutrients from the gut and then the liver metabolizes them. Whatever is left that can't be used by the body is excreted by the kidneys," Dr. Sreedhar Mandayam, a specialist in nephrology at Baylor College of Medicine, said in a college news release. "The more you eat, the more you deliver to your kidneys to excrete," he explained. "So, eating a lot of substances that are very high in proteins or toxins can put a strain on your kidneys because they now have to handle the excess calories, toxins or proteins you've eaten." During the holiday season, people tend to eat heavy meals with lots of proteins and carbohydrates. Along with affecting the kidneys, this can also impact the liver, pancreas and heart. People with chronic kidney disease and kidney stones need to be especially ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Chronic Kidney Disease

FDA Approves Auryxia (ferric citrate) Tablets as a Treatment for People with Iron Deficiency Anemia and Chronic Kidney Disease, Not on Dialysis

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

BOSTON, Nov. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:KERX), a company focused on bringing innovative medicines to people with kidney disease, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Auryxia for an additional indication. The approval is for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD), not on dialysis. Auryxia was originally approved in September 2014 for the control of serum phosphorus levels in people with chronic kidney disease who require dialysis. With the new indication, millions of people living with chronic kidney disease have the potential to benefit from treatment with Auryxia. This medication is available today in pharmacies and covered broadly by Medicare Part D and commercial insurance providers in the United States. “More than half of the approximate 30 million people i ... Read more

Related support groups: Iron Deficiency Anemia, Chronic Kidney Disease, Anemia Associated with Chronic Renal Failure, Auryxia, Ferric Citrate

Common Heartburn Meds Show Ties to Kidney Trouble

Posted 5 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Nov. 4, 2017 – If you're one of the millions of Americans who takes one of a class of anti-reflux meds such as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid, take heed: These drugs have been linked to higher odds of kidney trouble. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect – it's possible that folks who need these heartburn medicines are simply more prone to kidney disease for other reasons. But the review of data did show a link. The medicines in question are called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They reduce stomach acid production and are among the most widely prescribed medications in the world. According to a team led by Dr. Charat Thongprayoon, of Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, N.Y., recent research has suggested an increased risk of kidney problems for people who take the drugs, but those findings were inconsistent. Probing deeper, the researchers reviewed data from five ... Read more

Related support groups: GERD, Omeprazole, Nexium, Prilosec, Indigestion, Renal Failure, Lansoprazole, Prevacid, Barrett's Esophagus, Duodenitis/Gastritis, Chronic Kidney Disease, Esomeprazole, Vimovo, Prevpac, Zegerid, Prilosec OTC, Amoxicillin/Clarithromycin/Lansoprazole, NSAID-Induced Ulcer Prophylaxis, Zegerid OTC, Omeprazole/Sodium Bicarbonate/Magnesium Hydroxide

Coffee May Be Kind to Your Kidneys

Posted 3 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 – Can caffeine help people with chronic kidney disease live longer? That's the suggestion of a new study that found that among more than 2,300 Americans with chronic kidney disease, those who drank the most caffeinated drinks reduced their risk of premature death by 24 percent. "Our study showed a dose-dependent protective effect of caffeine consumption on all-cause mortality among patients with chronic kidney disease," said lead researcher Dr. Miguel Bigotte Vieira, from the Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte, in Lisbon, Portugal. "However, our observational study cannot prove that caffeine reduces the risk of death, but only suggests the possibility of such a protective effect," he said. Moreover, the reasons that caffeine might be protective aren't clear, and how much caffeine is too little and how much might be too much also isn't known, Bigotte Vieira added. The ... Read more

Related support groups: Caffeine, Renal Failure, Fioricet, Excedrin, Alert, Chronic Kidney Disease, Fiorinal, Excedrin Migraine, Cafergot, Keep Going, Peritoneal dialysis, Fiorinal with Codeine, Fioricet with Codeine, Esgic, Valentine, Acetaminophen/Butalbital/Caffeine, Stay Awake, Norgesic, Headache Relief, Trezix

Kidney Failure Declining Among U.S. Diabetics: CDC

Posted 3 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – While diabetes cases continue to rise in the United States, one potential outcome – kidney failure – has decreased by one-third, health officials report. The rate of kidney failure requiring dialysis or transplantation among people with diabetes fell 33 percent from 2000 to 2014, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. This continued a trend begun in the 1990s. "Continued awareness of risk factors for kidney failure and interventions to improve diabetes care might sustain and improve these trends," wrote researchers led by Nilka Rios Burrows. She's an epidemiologist in the CDC's division of diabetes translation. The survey data reflects all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. It's likely that people with diabetes have better control of blood pressure and blood sugar, two risk factors for kidney failure, ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Insulin, Renal Failure, Insulin Resistance, Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

Kidney Failure Can Isolate Young Patients

Posted 23 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 – Kidney failure takes an especially tough toll on young adults, affecting their employment and relationships, researchers report. Young people with kidney failure are less likely to have jobs or be in long-term relationships than others their age, according to a new British research review. "It is vital to understand how kidney failure affects social goals, because by defining these we can seek interventions to improve areas of deficit," said Dr. Alexander Hamilton, of the University of Bristol in England. His team analyzed 60 published studies that included nearly 16,000 kidney failure patients aged 16 to 30. They were either on dialysis or had received a kidney transplant. Compared to their healthy peers, these young people had a worse quality of life and were more likely to be unemployed and to live in their parents' home, the study found. They also were less ... Read more

Related support groups: Renal Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease, Hyperphosphatemia of Renal Failure

Limiting 'Cold Time' Could Make More Organs Available for Transplant

Posted 6 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 – By improving the way certain donated organs are handled before a transplant, more organs could end up being used, new research suggests. The concern centers on organs donated following "circulatory death" (DCD). That means a patient's heart, breathing and circulation stop functioning. Most donated organs come from people who are brain dead, but their circulation is continued with machines. Organs donated by DCD must undergo a controlled cooling process (called "cold ischemia") after the organ loses its original blood supply. The organ is then re-warmed when blood supply is renewed at the time of transplant. This process leads to a heightened risk for tissue damage. But a team led by Dr. John Gill of the University of British Columbia and Vancouver's Providence Health Care found that by limiting the cooling process to a period of no more than 12 hours, DCD ... Read more

Related support groups: Renal Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease, Organ Transplant - Rejection Prophylaxis, Peritoneal dialysis, Organ Transplant, Kidney Transplant, Organ Transplant - Rejection Reversal, Rejection Reversal, Hyperphosphatemia of Renal Failure, Rejection Prophylaxis

Dialysis Patients Often End Up Back in the Hospital

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 – Nearly one-quarter of kidney dialysis patients admitted to the hospital are readmitted within 30 days after discharge, a new study finds. In many cases, the readmissions are for a different problem than the one that led to the first hospitalization, according to the report. For the study, researchers reviewed data from nearly 391,000 initial hospitalizations of dialysis patients in the United States in 2013. Within 30 days after leaving the hospital, 22 percent of the patients had unplanned readmissions. Only 20 percent of those readmissions were for the same diagnosis as the first admission, the findings showed. Just 2 percent of all patients accounted for 20 percent of all readmissions. Women and younger people were more likely to be readmitted, the researchers found. In addition, people who were depressed, had liver disease, heart failure or who abused drugs ... Read more

Related support groups: Renal Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease, Hemodialysis, Peritoneal dialysis, Renal and Genitourinary Disorders

Addictive Opioids Common for People on Dialysis

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – Kidney dialysis patients in the United States have high rates of prescriptions for opioid painkillers and many also receive high doses of the potentially addictive drugs, a new study finds. Pain is common in dialysis patients, the study authors explained in a news release from the American Society of Nephrology. But these patients can't take certain drugs because their failing kidneys can't process them. This makes pain control difficult. For the new study, researchers reviewed Medicare data from 2006 through 2010. The investigators found that nearly two-thirds of dialysis patients received at least one opioid prescription every year. More than 20 percent received repeated prescriptions. In addition, more than 25 percent of patients given opioid prescriptions received higher-than-recommended doses. The use of opioids was associated with increased risks of ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Suboxone, Oxycodone, Tramadol, Hydrocodone, Methadone, Percocet, OxyContin, Vicodin, Norco, Fentanyl, Morphine, Chronic Pain, Codeine, Lortab, Opana, Subutex, Dilaudid, Opana ER, MS Contin

Dirty Air Might Harm Your Kidneys

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – Air pollution may harm your kidneys, a new study says. "Even levels below the limit set by the [Environmental Protection Agency] were harmful to the kidneys. This suggests that there is no safe level of air pollution," said study leader Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly. Al-Aly is director of clinical epidemiology at the VA Saint Louis Health Care System. He and his colleagues analyzed data from nearly 2.5 million U.S. military veterans who were followed for roughly 8.5 years. They found that as exposure to particulate matter air pollution increased, so did the risk of poorer kidney function, kidney disease and kidney failure. Particle pollution refers to a complex mix of extremely small particles, such as soot, dirt and smoke, and liquid droplets found in the air, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It's already known that inhaling these particles can ... Read more

Related support groups: Cough, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Respiratory Tract Disease, Croup, Renal and Genitourinary Disorders

Exercise May Stem Kidney Damage in Lupus Patients

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Regular exercise may slow kidney damage in people with lupus while stress may prompt the opposite effect, new research suggests. The autoimmune disease causes the body to attack and damage vital organs such as the kidneys. Singer Selena Gomez put lupus in the spotlight last week when she received a kidney transplant because the disease had ravaged her own kidneys. But the new research, which included two mice trials and a slightly different human trial, offers new strategies that might help other lupus patients avoid the same fate. In the first trial, only 45 percent of mice with the disease that did moderate exercise (45 minutes of treadmill walking a day) had severe inflammatory damage to the kidneys, compared with 88 percent of those that did not exercise. In another experiment, mice with lupus that were subjected to daily stress had significant increases ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Renal Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease, Lupus Erythematosus, Renal and Genitourinary Disorders

Selena Gomez's Kidney Transplant Puts Lupus Center Stage

Posted 15 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 – When pop star Selena Gomez revealed Thursday that she had a kidney transplant, she put the autoimmune disease lupus in the spotlight. Lupus turns the body's immune system against itself and attacks vital organs, including the kidneys, which is why it's so devastating. But little is known about what causes the disease, and no real cure exists. Treatments can only keep it at bay. "Selena has a lot of courage to speak out about her condition and call attention to lupus," said Dr. Anca Askanase. She is clinical director of the Lupus Center at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Because Gomez needed a transplant at age 25, she probably developed lupus at an early age, added Askanase, who is also a spokeswoman for the Lupus Research Alliance. The superstar singer first told Billboard in 2015 that she had been diagnosed with lupus and was undergoing ... Read more

Related support groups: Smoking, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Renal Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease, Lupus Erythematosus, Kidney Transplant

Diabetes Threatens Kidneys, Vision of Millions of Americans

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Millions of Americans with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes are at risk for chronic kidney disease, and another 59,000 Americans, 40 and older, are at risk for diabetes-related blindness. That's the sobering conclusion of new research by investigators at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The good news is that, in many cases, these complications can be reversed or their progression slowed, said Dr. Joel Zonszein. He's director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. He wasn't involved with the new study. "When we talk about prevention, we are really talking not about disease prevention, but rather about sustaining good quality of life by delaying more complications," he said. "We can prevent complications by changes in lifestyle and the correct medications," Zonszein added. In fact, many patients with ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Renal Failure, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Hyperphosphatemia of Renal Failure

Pot Won't Harm Healthy Young People's Kidneys, Study Suggests

Posted 25 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 – There's still a lot that scientists don't know about how marijuana affects people's health, but new research suggests that smoking pot doesn't seem to take a toll on healthy young kidneys. Studies with animals had suggested regular pot use could alter kidney function. But the authors of the new study found no evidence to support that claim, at least among healthy young adults who were followed for up to 15 years. "Results from our observational study in young adults with normal kidney function may not translate into a clinically meaningful difference and may be insufficient to inform decision-making concerning marijuana use," said Dr. Julie Ishida, who worked on the study. She's with the University of California, San Francisco, and San Francisco VA Medical Center. The researchers used data from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) ... Read more

Related support groups: Renal Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease, Cannabis, Peritoneal dialysis

Kidney Disease May Boost Odds of Infection

Posted 18 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 – As kidney function declines, infection risk rises, a new study shows. Infections facing people with advanced kidney disease include lower respiratory tract disease, urinary tract infections and blood poisoning, researchers said. The findings were published Aug. 17 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. "Given the fact that chronic kidney disease remains underdiagnosed and unrecognized in most societies, our findings may help patients and clinicians become more aware of chronic kidney disease and its complications," said co-lead author Juan Jesus Carrero, of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. "This in turn may be useful to identify patients at increased risk of infection and inform discussions about prevention strategies, such as vaccination and health service planning," Carrero said in a journal news release. The researchers tracked 12 ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Urinary Tract Infection, Renal Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease, Renal and Genitourinary Disorders

Page 1 2 3 ... Next

Ask a Question

Further Information

Related Condition Support Groups

Renal Failure, Renal and Genitourinary Disorders