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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 mortality among patients with chronic kidney disease," said lead researcher Dr. Miguel Bigotte Vieira, from the Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte, in Lisbon, Portugal. "However, our observational study cannot prove that caffeine reduces the risk of death, but only suggests the possibility of such a protective effect," he said. Moreover, the reasons that caffeine might be protective aren't clear, and how much caffeine is too little and how much might be too much also isn't known, Bigotte Vieira added. The ... Read more

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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 continued with machines. Organs donated by DCD must undergo a controlled cooling process (called "cold ischemia") after the organ loses its original blood supply. The organ is then re-warmed when blood supply is renewed at the time of transplant. This process leads to a heightened risk for tissue damage. But a team led by Dr. John Gill of the University of British Columbia and Vancouver's Providence Health Care found that by limiting the cooling process to a period of no more than 12 hours, DCD ... Read more

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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 patients in the United States in 2013. Within 30 days after leaving the hospital, 22 percent of the patients had unplanned readmissions. Only 20 percent of those readmissions were for the same diagnosis as the first admission, the findings showed. Just 2 percent of all patients accounted for 20 percent of all readmissions. Women and younger people were more likely to be readmitted, the researchers found. In addition, people who were depressed, had liver disease, heart failure or who abused drugs ... Read more

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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 failing kidneys can't process them. This makes pain control difficult. For the new study, researchers reviewed Medicare data from 2006 through 2010. The investigators found that nearly two-thirds of dialysis patients received at least one opioid prescription every year. More than 20 percent received repeated prescriptions. In addition, more than 25 percent of patients given opioid prescriptions received higher-than-recommended doses. The use of opioids was associated with increased risks of ... Read more

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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 adults who were followed for up to 15 years. "Results from our observational study in young adults with normal kidney function may not translate into a clinically meaningful difference and may be insufficient to inform decision-making concerning marijuana use," said Dr. Julie Ishida, who worked on the study. She's with the University of California, San Francisco, and San Francisco VA Medical Center. The researchers used data from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) ... Read more

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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 nephrology at the University of Washington's Kidney Research Institute, in Seattle. The risk of atrial fibrillation increases as kidney function declines, Bansal said. "We saw the worse your kidney function, the greater your risk of developing atrial fibrillation. Even mild changes in kidney function were strongly linked to atrial fibrillation," Bansal noted. The study included data gathered from three separate research projects focused on heart health in the United States. The three projects created a ... Read more

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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 blood of wastes, salts and extra fluids. This study included 450 dialysis patients who completed questionnaires every six months and had their thyroid function assessed. Poor thyroid function was associated with poorer health-related quality of life, including low energy, increased fatigue, reduced physical function and greater pain. "Given the high prevalence of thyroid dysfunction and low levels of quality of life in dialysis patients, future research is needed to determine the underlying ... Read more

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Are Doctors Discarding Donor Kidneys That Could Save Lives?

Posted 7 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

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 Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. About 73 percent of lower-quality kidneys received by Columbia patients were still functioning five years after transplant, Mohan and his colleagues found. "To our surprise, yes, they did worse than the best-quality kidneys, but they didn't do that poorly," Mohan said. By comparison, the five-year survival rate for kidney patients on dialysis is about 35 percent, Mohan said. "If I don't get a kidney, my alternative is to stay on dialysis," ... Read more

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1 in 7 Americans Has Kidney Disease: CDC

Posted 9 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

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 of our eyes and more must be done to address it," Kevin Longino, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation, said in a news release from the group. Chronic kidney disease occurs when the kidneys are damaged or can't filter blood as well as healthy kidneys. As a result, the body retains excess fluid and waste from the blood, which can cause other health problems. About 96 percent of those with early kidney disease don't know they have it. The same is true of nearly half who have severely reduced ... Read more

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

Posted 15 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

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 nearly 1 million were caused by kidney failure, according to the report. The findings provide new insight into the significant impact of kidney disease, also called "renal" disease, and highlight the importance of screening for kidney problems, the study authors said. "Understanding the true health impact of kidney disease on society necessitates considering cardiovascular as well as end-stage renal disease deaths and disability," said Dr. Bernadette Thomas, of the University of Washington in ... Read more

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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 have a limited life expectancy and no signs or symptoms of colon cancer shouldn't undergo screening for the disease, according to the American Society of Nephrology. "Physicians should carefully evaluate patients' prognoses and consider the likelihood that they will truly benefit before ordering screening tests," said study co-leader Dr. Christopher Carlos, from the University of California, San Francisco. In this study, researchers reviewed data from more than 469,000 Medicare beneficiaries. They ... Read more

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Cutting Salt a Health Boost for Kidney Patients

Posted 17 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

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 (about one-quart) from their bodies, on average, by slashing salt in their diets, researchers said. Having high blood pressure and retaining excess salt and water in the body stresses the heart and blood vessels, explained lead author Dr. Rajiv Saran of the University of Michigan. For kidney disease patients, high blood pressure (or "hypertension") and excess fluid in the body can be a toxic combination. "They die predominantly of cardiovascular disease," said Saran, a professor of internal ... Read more

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Undocumented Immigrants Often Face Tough Health Care Choices

Posted 6 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

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 of toxins when the kidneys don't work properly. The laws limiting dialysis for immigrants who are in the country illegally "have a profound impact," said Dr. Lilia Cervantes, a Colorado researcher who interviewed 20 kidney failure patients about their experiences. "They have immense distress," she said. At issue: The limitations of publicly funded health care for poor undocumented immigrants for routine dialysis and hospice care. The Medicaid programs in some states like California and New York ... Read more

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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 chronic hemodialysis have depressive symptoms but do not wish to receive aggressive treatment to alleviate these symptoms," said study co-leader Dr. Steven Weisbord. "We also noted that when patients are willing to accept treatment, renal [kidney care] providers commonly do not prescribe treatment," said Weisbord, who's with the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. When kidneys fail, dialysis treatment is needed to remove wastes and salt from the blood. It's often done at a hospital, dialysis ... Read more

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Native Americans Make Progress Against Diabetes Complication

Posted 10 Jan 2017 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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