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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Native Americans Make Progress Against Diabetes Complication

Posted 10 Jan 2017 by

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 ...

Healthy Diet May Mean Longer Life for Kidney Patients

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by

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 ...

Kidney Cancer Drug Shows Promise in Early Trial

Posted 30 Nov 2016 by

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 ...

Kidney Stone? Try a Roller Coaster Ride

Posted 27 Sep 2016 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 – Anyone who's suffered a kidney stone just wants the urinary obstruction gone. Now, preliminary research suggests relief might even be fun: a roller coaster ride. There's been anecdotal evidence from patients that these amusement park rides can help pass a small stone, explained Dr. David Wartinger, a professor of urology at the Michigan State University College of ...

Coming Soon: A Wearable Artificial Kidney?

Posted 7 Jun 2016 by

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 ...

Study Links Climate Change to Kidney Disease

Posted 5 May 2016 by

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 ...

Medicare Spends Billions on Chronic Kidney Disease, Study Finds

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by

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 ...

Paying for Kidneys Might Boost Donor Rate, Study Says

Posted 23 Mar 2016 by

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 ...

Poor Leg Circulation Hits Women With Kidney Disease Earlier Than Men

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 – Compared to men, women under the age of 70 who have kidney disease are at higher odds for peripheral arterial disease (PAD), an often disabling impairment of blood flow in the legs. That's the finding from a new study of almost 3,200 people with chronic kidney disease. Researchers led by Dr. Grace Wang, of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, ...

Severe Gum Disease May Boost Death Rate of Kidney Disease Patients

Posted 18 Feb 2016 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 – Severe gum disease increases the risk of death in chronic kidney disease patients, a new study suggests. The findings add to growing evidence that poor oral health is associated with other chronic diseases, according to the researchers at the University of Birmingham in England. They analyzed data from more than 13,700 Americans who took part in a federal government ...

Anemia Drugs May Not Boost Kidney Patients' Well-Being: Study

Posted 16 Feb 2016 by

MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 – The pricey anemia drugs often given to people with chronic kidney disease may make no difference in how they feel day to day, a new research review confirms. Researchers said the study results back up current guidelines on how to use the drugs, called erythropoietin-stimulating agents (ESAs). These include the injection drugs marketed under the names Procrit, Epogen and ...

Racial Disparity in Kidney Transplant Outcomes Narrows: Study

Posted 5 Feb 2016 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 – Racial disparities in kidney transplant outcomes are shrinking, new research indicates. Previous studies had shown that black patients who received kidney transplants had worse outcomes compared with white patients. But a new analysis of roughly 200,000 kidney transplants revealed that the success of surgeries involving black people improved between 1990 and 2012, with ...

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