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Native Americans Make Progress Against Diabetes Complication

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – Diabetes-related kidney failure among Native American adults fell by more than half over almost 20 years, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows. The change is due to improvements in diabetes and kidney care, according to the report. The new research also found that among these patients, blood sugar control improved 10 percent between 1996 and 2014, and the use of medicine to protect kidneys rose from 42 percent to 74 percent over 5 years. Average blood pressure in Native Americans with diabetes and high blood pressure was well controlled (133/76 in 2015), the findings showed. In addition, more than 60 percent of Native Americans aged 65 and older with diabetes had a urine test for kidney damage in 2015, compared with 40 percent of Medicare patients with diabetes in 2013, the researchers said. "The Indian Health Service (IHS) has made ... Read more

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Past Kidney Damage Linked to Pregnancy Problems

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 – Women with prior kidney damage may have an increased risk for pregnancy complications, a new study suggests. "We believe that this study highlights an important finding that will be useful for medical providers caring for reproductive-age women," said study author Dr. Jessica Sheehan Tangren, a nephrologist from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The researchers reviewed data from almost 25,000 women who gave birth at Massachusetts General Hospital between 1998 and 2007. Just over 100 of the women had previously experienced acute kidney injury. This is a sudden decrease in kidney function. All of the women had recovered normal kidney function before they were pregnant. Women in the kidney damage group had much higher rates of a condition called preeclampsia that causes high blood pressure and other problems during pregnancy – 23 percent compared to 4 ... Read more

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Don't Rule Out Kidneys From Elderly Donors

Posted 16 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 – Healthy kidneys from elderly donors are often rejected, but even kidneys from donors 80 and older can function for years after transplantation, Italian researchers report. The results were published online Dec. 15 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. "The results of this study support the use of extended criteria donors, even donors older than 80 years, but they have to be accurately selected and managed with dedicated protocols," Dr. Luigi Biancone, of the University of Turin, said in a journal news release. Researchers analyzed results of deceased donor kidney transplants performed at the Turin University Renal Transplant Center between 2003 and 2013. They focused on almost 650 transplants from so-called "extended criteria" donors – donors older than 60 and those aged 50 to 59 with certain risk factors. After a follow-up of nearly ... Read more

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Healthy Diet May Mean Longer Life for Kidney Patients

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 – A healthy diet may help people with kidney disease live longer, researchers report. They analyzed seven studies that included more than 15,000 people with chronic kidney disease, to assess the effects of a diet high in fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes, cereals, whole grains and fiber. In six of the studies, a healthy diet was consistently associated with a 20 percent to 30 percent lower rate of early death, and with 46 fewer deaths per 1,000 people over five years. But the study did not directly prove that a healthy diet would lengthen life. The international team of researchers found no significant association between a healthy diet and risk of kidney failure. The findings were published Dec. 8 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. "Chronic kidney disease now affects about 10 percent to 13 percent of the adult population and ... Read more

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Dialysis Patients May Walk Their Way to Better Health

Posted 2 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – Improved mental and physical health may just be steps away for people on kidney dialysis, a new study suggests. A simple program that includes a few minutes of walking a day appears to benefit these patients, a team of Italian researchers concluded. One kidney disease expert in the United States applauded the new research. "It is encouraging to see that our minds and bodies can still be adaptable to physical effort," even when dialysis is needed, said Dr. Maria DeVita, associate chief of nephrology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "This program should be immediately implemented in all our patients," she added. "What's there to lose? Just do it!" According to the study authors, prior research has shown that exercise has a positive impact on dialysis patients. In the new study, researchers led by Dr. Carmine Zoccali wanted to see if that was true for even ... Read more

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Kidney Cancer Drug Shows Promise in Early Trial

Posted 30 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – An experimental drug may show promise in treating kidney cancer, researchers say. The drug CB-839 is the first to target an enzyme that cancer cells require to stay alive, researchers said. This stage 1 clinical trial found that the drug was effective in most patients with advanced kidney cancer when used in combination with another cancer drug called everolimus (Afinitor, Zortress). In the 15 patients in the study, the dual treatment controlled tumors in 93 percent of the patients, who had either clear cell or papillary renal cell cancer. Tumors shrank by more than 30 percent in one patient, were stable in 13 patients, and grew by more than 20 percent in one patient. Clear cell is the most common form of kidney cancer, accounting for 75 percent of cases, the researchers said. All 12 patients with this type of kidney cancer had their disease controlled. ... Read more

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Poor Sleep Linked to Worsening Kidney Disease

Posted 20 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Nov. 19, 2016 – For people with chronic kidney disease, poor sleep may boost the chances that their illness will worsen, new research suggests. "Short sleep and fragmented sleep are significant yet unappreciated risk factors for chronic kidney disease progression," said study author Dr. Ana Ricardo, of the University of Illinois at Chicago. "Our research adds to the accumulating knowledge regarding the importance of sleep on kidney function, and underscores the need to design and test clinical interventions to improve sleep habits in individuals with chronic kidney disease," she said in a news release from the American Society of Nephrology. However, it's not clear from the study that a lack of sleep is what caused the worsening kidney failure. The study was only able to find an association between these factors. The research included 432 adults with chronic kidney disease. ... Read more

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Can Time-Release Capsules Replace Daily Pills?

Posted 16 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, 2016 – A new type of drug capsule might one day replace the need to take medicines every day, but so far it has only been tested in pigs, researchers report. A capsule that contains a six-armed star containing drugs can remain in the stomach and release its medication over time. That means instead of taking daily medication, patients would only have to swallow one capsule weekly or monthly, the researchers said. "We have the potential for an ultra-long capsule for medications that folks are currently taking once or twice or three times a day – that can now be given once a week or once a month," said researcher Dr. Giovanni Traverso. He is an instructor in the division of gastroenterology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "This can make life a lot easier, because patients are more likely to take a medication when it's dosed once a week versus once a day," ... Read more

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3-D Printed Model Helps Delicate Kidney Surgery

Posted 9 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 8, 2016 – Cutting-edge 3-D technology is making more inroads in medicine, this time helping doctors save a patient's kidney during difficult tumor-removal surgery. Patient Linda Green's tumor was located in a challenging location next to vital arteries and veins, explained doctors at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City. To prepare for the surgery, CT scans were used to produce an exact 3D-printed model of the patient's kidney. The model had two halves, which enabled the doctors to determine exactly how the tumor was attached to the patient's kidney. Based on this information, the patient's surgical team was able to work around the sensitive areas, successfully remove the tumor, and save the kidney. The model helped them spot a small "nub" of the tumor that had grown up into a pocket of the kidney. "Without the 3D model, the visual images of the CT scans would ... Read more

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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 that we will have a significant improvement in the care of those patients requiring ongoing hemodialysis." DeVita is associate director of nephrology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. People with advanced kidney disease must often resort to spending hours a day at dialysis centers, with special machines cleansing their blood as their kidneys once did. The dream has long been a small portable device that could perform dialysis as patients went about their usual day. That dream may be ... Read more

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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 chronic kidney disease, and more than one-third of U.S. adults have heart disease, the researchers noted. The role of daily salt intake in kidney patients – and its effect on heart risk – hasn't been clear, however. To learn more, the investigators looked at outcomes for almost 3,800 patients with chronic kidney disease at seven locations across the United States. The patients provided urine samples to researchers at the beginning of the study in 2003, and then once a year over the next two years. ... Read more

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Study Links Climate Change to Kidney Disease

Posted 5 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 – Climate change may boost rates of chronic kidney disease worldwide as rising temperatures and heat stress harm kidneys, researchers report. They analyzed global data and found that heat stress-related chronic kidney disease appears to be on the rise in rural communities in hot regions. The risk of heat stress-related chronic kidney disease has increased due to global warming and an increase in extreme heat waves, and is highest for certain groups of people, such as agricultural workers, according to the study authors. The authors also noted that decreasing amounts of rain contribute to the growing epidemic of heat stress nephropathy – or chronic kidney disease consistent with heat stress – by reducing water supplies and quality as temperatures rise. The study findings will be published in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of ... Read more

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Medicare Spends Billions on Chronic Kidney Disease, Study Finds

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 – Chronic kidney disease affects nearly 14 percent of Americans and costs Medicare billions of dollars a year, a new study reveals. In 2013, Medicare spent $50 billion on chronic kidney disease among people 65 and older, and $31 billion on those with kidney failure, the researchers found. "This report is a one-stop shop to try to understand the prevalence of kidney disease, how it's being treated and how the burden affects various populations," researcher Rajesh Balkrishnan, a professor of public health sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, said in a university news release. "If we can identify which treatment modalities are working and how they're used and link these treatments to outcomes, we can inform the government of the most cost-effective ways to manage and treat the growing burden of kidney disease in the U.S.," he added. The study ... Read more

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Paying for Kidneys Might Boost Donor Rate, Study Says

Posted 23 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 – If offered $50,000, nearly three out of five Americans would part with a kidney, a new study finds. "It appears that American society is ready to accept the concept of paying kidney donors," said lead researcher Dr. Thomas Peters, an emeritus professor of surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine, in Jacksonville. However, Peters isn't suggesting that a paid market for kidneys start anytime soon, only that the idea be studied to see if it might increase the supply of kidneys. Paying for organs is illegal under the U.S. National Organ Transplant Act. When the law was enacted, "the feeling was that altruism should prevail," Peters said. "Organs should not become a commodity, and the giving was as important as receiving. "Laws should be amended or changed, so at least pilot studies regarding this question could be carried out to see if kidney ... Read more

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Kidney Dialysis Might Not Extend Survival of Elderly

Posted 18 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 – Dialysis does not significantly improve survival for elderly kidney failure patients, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that conservative care may be a reasonable option for some kidney failure patients over 80. The researchers don't say that dialysis treatment should not be given to anybody older than 80 or with severe co-occurring conditions. "But we show that the treatment is on average of little advantage regarding survival," said study co-leader Dr. Wouter Verberne of St. Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. The findings were published online March 17 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. "Our next task is to predict who benefits and who does not," Verberne said in a journal news release. "Until we are able to give a better prediction of the results of dialysis treatment at high age, we can merely suggest ... Read more

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