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Is Kidney Dialysis Always Needed When Septic Shock Strikes?

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 – When serious infection gives rise to septic shock, the resulting plunge in blood pressure can cripple kidney function, necessitating immediate dialysis. But clinicians know that not all patients need it, because in the first two days after septic shock strikes, a significant number who are treated with antibiotics and fluids alone can experience a "spontaneous" ...

Common Heartburn Drugs, PPIs, Linked to Broken Hips in Dialysis Patients

Posted 28 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 – Drugs commonly used to treat heartburn and acid reflux may raise the risk for hip fractures among dialysis patients by nearly 20 percent, a new study suggests. Many people with kidney failure take medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which curb production of stomach acid. "Proton pump inhibitors are the sixth most common type of medication prescribed among ...

Health Tip: Maintain a Healthy Heart While on Dialysis

Posted 6 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Heart disease is the leading cause of death in people with kidney failure, the National Kidney Foundation says. If you need dialysis and also have heart issues, your heart treatment may be changed somewhat to accommodate your need for dialysis. The Foundation suggests these tips to protect your heart: Eat a heart-healthy diet Get regular exercise. Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol ...

Dialysis Linked to Dementia in Seniors

Posted 14 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 – Older kidney failure patients on hemodialysis have high rates of dementia, which is associated with an increased risk of early death, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 357,000 dialysis patients aged 66 and older and found their risk of being diagnosed with dementia one and five years after starting dialysis was 4.6 percent and 16 percent among ...

Obamacare May Have Boosted Kidney Transplant Outcomes

Posted 22 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 – Medicaid patients with kidney disease are more likely to be placed on a kidney transplant waiting list before they need dialysis if they live in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a new study shows. The researchers examined United Network of Organ Sharing data on low-income adults who were put on kidney transplant waiting lists before dialysis ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Thyroid Problems May Make Things Worse for Dialysis Patients

Posted 14 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 – Poor thyroid function may diminish kidney dialysis patients' health and quality of life, a new study suggests. Hypothyroidism – a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone – is common in dialysis patients, but how it affects them has been unclear. Dialysis is treatment for kidney failure, where patients need a machine to filter their ...

Many Dialysis Patients Get Unnecessary Colonoscopies

Posted 24 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – Older Americans on kidney dialysis have high rates of colonoscopy screening for colon cancer, but most get little benefit from the screening, a new study suggests. Dialysis patients have high rates of death, so routine colon cancer screening doesn't improve survival for most dialysis patients who don't qualify for a kidney transplant. Therefore, dialysis patients who ...

FDA Approves Amgen's Parsabiv (etelcalcetide) for Secondary Hyperparathyroidism in Adult Patients on Hemodialysis

Posted 8 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Feb. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Parsabiv (etelcalcetide) for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism (HPT) in adult patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on hemodialysis. Parsabiv is the first therapy approved for this condition in 12 years and the only calcimimetic ...

Depression Often Untreated in Dialysis Patients

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Depression is common among kidney failure patients undergoing dialysis. But efforts to get them on antidepressants often fail, a new study finds. Many patients refuse to start or modify depression treatment. And in some cases kidney specialists don't want their patients taking antidepressant medication, researchers reported. "Our study demonstrated that many patients on ...

Concern About Dialysis Safety Spurs CDC Action

Posted 29 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 – Steps to reduce bloodstream infections in dialysis patients will be mapped out Thursday at a meeting of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a coalition of kidney and dialysis groups. Dialysis treatment – either in a hospital, a dialysis unit or at home – is needed when the kidneys cannot filter wastes from the body sufficiently. Each year, about ...

Coming Soon: A Wearable Artificial Kidney?

Posted 7 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 - Someday, dialysis patients might free themselves of clunky machines, moving about with a "wearable artificial kidney" instead. That's the promise of a new clinical trial that suggests this type of technology is finally within reach. "This would be a game changer," said one kidney specialist, Dr. Maria DeVita. "The fact that clinical trials are beginning gives us all hope ...

High-Salt Diets May Raise Heart Risks for Kidney Patients

Posted 24 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – People with chronic kidney disease face higher odds of heart attack or stroke if they have high-salt diets, a new study suggests. "Moderate sodium reduction among patients with chronic kidney disease and high sodium intake may lower [heart] risk," concluded a team led by Dr. Jiang He, of Tulane University in New Orleans. About one in every 10 Americans is affected by ...

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