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Smoking Harms Black Americans' Kidneys, Study Suggests

Posted 25 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 – Smoking may pose a significant risk to kidney health for black Americans, new research suggests. The study included more than 3,600 black adults, aged 21 to 84, from Jackson, Miss., and the surrounding area. The researchers followed their health for 12 years. During that time, the researchers found that, overall, study participants who were current smokers had an 83 percent greater decline in kidney function than those who never smoked. The more a person smoked, the greater their rate of kidney decline, the findings showed. People who smoked up to 19 cigarettes a day had a 75 percent greater decline in kidney function. People who had 20 or more cigarettes a day had a 97 percent greater decline in kidney function, the study found. Though the study wasn't designed to prove cause-and-effect, the researchers said that current smokers had 38 percent higher ... Read more

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Poor Sleep Might Harm Kidneys, Study Suggests

Posted 5 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 – Lack of sleep may be a gateway to kidney disease, at least for women, a new study suggests. Researchers from Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital evaluated the sleep habits of thousands of women and found too little shuteye was tied to a more rapid decline in kidney function. Women who slept five hours or less a night had a 65 percent greater risk of rapid decline in kidney function, compared with women sleeping seven to eight hours a night, the investigators discovered. "This is concerning because as a general population the amount of sleep we are getting has decreased over the last 20 years," said lead researcher Dr. Ciaran McMullan, an instructor in medicine. Americans used to sleep an average of eight hours a night, but now it's about 6.5 hours and decreasing, he said. It's not known whether sleeping longer improves kidney function or reverses damage ... Read more

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