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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 ...

Too Many Kidney Disease Patients in the Dark About Diet

Posted 1 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – The right diet can slow chronic kidney disease, but 90 percent of patients who do not require dialysis never see a dietitian, new research finds. "Most adults with chronic kidney disease remain poorly informed of how diet influences disease management and progression," explained study author Dr. Holly Kramer, from Loyola University in Chicago. The National Kidney ...

Fewer Dialysis Patients Facing Leg Amputations

Posted 31 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 – Losing a leg is one of the most traumatic consequences of advanced kidney disease, but the risk of amputations has dropped significantly since 2000, a new study finds. Between 2000 and 2014, amputations among U.S. patients with end-stage kidney disease who were receiving dialysis were cut by 51 percent. Despite the decrease, however, almost half of patients who had ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Kidney Disease May Boost Risk of Abnormal Heartbeat

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 – People with failing kidneys are at increased risk of developing a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm, a new report suggests. Chronic kidney disease can as much as double a patient's risk of atrial fibrillation, a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke or heart failure, said lead researcher Dr. Nisha Bansal. She is an associate professor of ...

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 ...

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