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Learning Problems May Accompany Kidney Disease

Posted 23 Feb 2018 by

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

-- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Are Doctors Discarding Donor Kidneys That Could Save Lives?

Posted 7 Jul 2017 by

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – U.S. doctors are discarding donated kidneys that could keep people alive for years, simply because the organs are not top-quality, a new study claims. "Suboptimal" kidneys from older donors with health problems perform much better than expected, and would preserve a patient's life much longer than dialysis, said lead researcher Dr. Sumit Mohan, an assistant professor at ...

1 in 7 Americans Has Kidney Disease: CDC

Posted 9 Jun 2017 by

FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 – Thirty million American adults have chronic kidney disease – but many don't know it. That rate – one in seven – is higher than previously estimated, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings, based on 2011-2014 statistics, should "serve as a warning bell that a major public health challenge is right in front ...

Kidney Disease a Big Contributor to Heart-Related Deaths: Study

Posted 15 Apr 2017 by

THURSDAY, April 13, 2017 – Kidney disease is a major cause of heart-related deaths worldwide, a new study reports. Based on data from 188 countries at six time points between 1990 and 2013, the researchers estimated that in 2013, reduced kidney function was associated with 4 percent of deaths worldwide, or 2.2 million deaths. More than half of these deaths (1.2 million) were heart-related, while ...

Many Dialysis Patients Get Unnecessary Colonoscopies

Posted 24 Mar 2017 by

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 ...

Cutting Salt a Health Boost for Kidney Patients

Posted 17 Feb 2017 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – Encouraging people with kidney disease to reduce their salt intake may help improve blood pressure and cut excess fluid retention, at least for a while, a new study suggests. Study participants lowered their systolic blood pressure (the top number) by almost 11 points, on average, on a salt-restricted diet versus their usual diet. They also flushed out a liter of water ...

Undocumented Immigrants Often Face Tough Health Care Choices

Posted 6 Feb 2017 by

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 – Two new studies offer insights into the medical plights facing undocumented immigrants in the United States. One finds that some hospice programs often refuse to accept these immigrants in the final days of their lives. The other reveals the hardships faced by those suffering from kidney failure who can't get regular dialysis, the study authors said. Dialysis rids the body ...

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