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How to Improve Health and Reduce Risk for Dialysis Patients

1. Depression Symptoms and Low Physical Activity May Keep Dialysis Patients from Working
Efforts to Improve Mood and Activity Might Help Patients Remain Employed

Many patients with kidney failure employed during the year before beginning dialysis are no longer employed early in their first year of treatment. A recent survey… How to Improve Health and Reduce Risk for Dialysis Patients   



Low Birth Weight May Lead to Poor Growth Rate in Children with Kidney Disease

The lower the birth weight, the greater the chance of poor growth rate in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a new study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN).

In the general population, low birth weight is not an important cause of… Low Birth Weight May Lead to Poor Growth Rate in Children with Kidney Disease   



ASN Leads Efforts to Address Growing Crisis in Kidney Care

An estimated 26 million people, 13% of the United States population, are living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), and this number continues to grow. If current trends continue, there will not be enough doctors to serve this expanding patient population.

To help address this crisis, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is convening a… ASN Leads Efforts to Address Growing Crisis in Kidney Care   



Putting the Spotlight on Membranous Nephropathy

The Halpin Foundation and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) proudly highlight the research advances in membranous nephropathy made possible by The Halpin Foundation-ASN Research Grant, created to help young faculty develop independent research careers. This award provides recipients transition funding toward successful application for an NIH RO1 grant.

Elena Torban, PhD (McGill University… Putting the Spotlight on Membranous Nephropathy   



Pomegranate juice: Beyond antioxidants, potential benefits for dialysis patients

Studies in recent years have claimed multiple health benefits of pomegranate juice, including that it is a good source of antioxidants and lowers both cholesterol and blood pressure, especially in diabetic and hypertensive patients. A preliminary study now suggests that it can ward off a number of complications in kidney disease patients on dialysis,… Pomegranate juice: Beyond antioxidants, potential benefits for dialysis patients   



Race impacts declining kidney function

African Americans - along with some groups of Hispanics - have faster rates of decline in kidney function compared to white Americans, according to a study presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s 43rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition.

“Racial/ethnic differences are present early, before chronic kidney disease (CKD) has been established,” comments Carmen… Race impacts declining kidney function   



New Approach May Help Dialysis Patients Fight Anemia

A new drug called FG-2216 can stimulate production of the hormone erythropoietin (EPO) in dialysis patients - possibly offering a new approach to treatment of kidney disease-related anemia, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).

Anemia is a major problem in patients… New Approach May Help Dialysis Patients Fight Anemia   



Kidney disease patients: Eat your veggies, reward your kidneys

Phosphorous levels plummet in kidney disease patients who stick to a vegetarian diet, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN). The results suggest that eating vegetables rather than meat can help kidney disease patients avoid accumulating toxic levels of this mineral in… Kidney disease patients: Eat your veggies, reward your kidneys   



Why Does Dialysis Fail?

A protein implicated in the development of vascular diseases may also contribute to the failure of arteriovenous (AV) fistulas created for vascular access in dialysis patients, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).

“Our findings raise the possibility that monocyte chemoattractant protein-1… Why Does Dialysis Fail?   



Despite the challenges, collaboration is key in kidney disease care

Most primary care physicians (PCPs) and kidney specialists favor collaborative care for a patient with progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD), but their preferences on how and when to collaborate differ, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN). PCPs and kidney specialists need… Despite the challenges, collaboration is key in kidney disease care   



A pounding heart may be dangerous for some kidney patients

Among older adults with a recent heart attack (myocardial infarction), those with lower levels of kidney function are less likely to take their medications as prescribed, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN).

“Several types of medications have proven benefit for… A pounding heart may be dangerous for some kidney patients   



Gene Mutation Play a Major Role in One Cause of Kidney Disease

Mutations in a gene called INF2 are by far the most common cause of a dominantly inherited condition that leads to kidney failure, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN). The results may help with screening, prevention, and therapy.

Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)… Gene Mutation Play a Major Role in One Cause of Kidney Disease   



Mammograms: Detecting More Than Breast Cancer, May Help Assess Heart Risk in Kidney Disease Patients

Routine mammograms performed for breast cancer screening could serve another purpose as well: detecting calcifications in the blood vessels of patients with advanced kidney disease, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN).

Mammograms show calcium deposits in the breast arteries in… Mammograms: Detecting More Than Breast Cancer, May Help Assess Heart Risk in Kidney Disease Patients   



Anti-Aging Hormone Klotho May Prevent Complications In Chronic Kidney Disease

Low levels of the anti-aging hormone Klotho may serve as an early warning sign of the presence of kidney disease and its deadly cardiovascular complications, according to findings by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers.

Using mice, investigators found that soft-tissue calcification, a common and serious side effect of chronic kidney disease (CKD), improves when… Anti-Aging Hormone Klotho May Prevent Complications In Chronic Kidney Disease   



Poor growth, delayed puberty and heart problems plague kids with mild kidney disease

Children with only mildly to moderately impaired kidney function experience poor growth, delays in puberty, and heart problems, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN). Therapies for these conditions might help slow the progression of kidney disease in children.

Heart disease causes… Poor growth, delayed puberty and heart problems plague kids with mild kidney disease   



Dialysis Patients Unprepared for Disasters

Most dialysis patients are not prepared to effectively handle man-made or natural disasters, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN). This puts them in great danger of becoming seriously sick or dying in the face of a disaster.

Patients on dialysis depend… Dialysis Patients Unprepared for Disasters   



Markers Warn of Progressive Kidney Problems After Heart Surgery

Blood and urine markers can indicate which patients with an abrupt kidney injury following heart surgery will experience progressive kidney problems, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN). Testing for these markers soon after surgery could help doctors protect the health of patients’… Markers Warn of Progressive Kidney Problems After Heart Surgery   



Infections may be deadly for many dialysis patients

An infection called peritonitis commonly arises in the weeks before many dialysis patients die, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The findings suggest that peritonitis may be a deadly condition for some kidney failure patients.

Most kidney failure patients on dialysis… Infections may be deadly for many dialysis patients   



Hispanics live longest, whites shortest among dialysis patients

Among kidney failure patients on dialysis, Hispanics tend to live the longest and Whites the shortest, with Blacks’ survival time in between these two, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). Examining the reasons for these survival differences could help improve… Hispanics live longest, whites shortest among dialysis patients   



Low vitamin D linked with lower kidney function after transplantation

Vitamin D deficiency may decrease kidney function in transplant recipients, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The finding suggests that vitamin D supplementation may help improve the health of kidney transplant recipients.

Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in patients with kidney… Low vitamin D linked with lower kidney function after transplantation   



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