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Kidney Disease

Slower recovery from kidney removal for donors

People who have a healthy kidney removed in order to donate may take a bit longer to fully recover than people who have the surgery due to kidney disease, a new study suggests. Expectations may play an important role in the differences.

The research involving 149 patients at one Canadian medical center looked at… Slower recovery from kidney removal for donors   



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   



Specific kidney cell could be key in the treatment of kidney failure in diabetes

Diabetes is the leading reason for kidney failure in the world, resulting in patients requiring dialysis or kidney transplantation. New research has found a cell in the kidney called the podocyte could be the key to understanding why this happens.

The study led by Dr Richard Coward, in the School of Clinical Sciences at… Specific kidney cell could be key in the treatment of kidney failure in diabetes   



Kidney Disease Patients Require Individualized Care

1. One-Size-Fits-All Blood Pressure Recommendations Won’t Suit All Dialysis Patients

Age, Race, and Diabetes Status Affect Blood Pressure’s Link to Premature Death

Previous research indicates that mild to moderate hypertension may not increase dialysis patients’ risk of dying prematurely. These findings contrast with those found in the general population and are generalized to diverse… Kidney Disease Patients Require Individualized Care   



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   



Protein in the urine: A warning sign for cognitive decline

1. Small Amounts of Urinary Protein Predict More Rapid Cognitive Decline in Elderly Women Screening Efforts in Older Individuals May Be Warranted

A new study has found that low amounts of albumin in the urine, at levels not traditionally considered clinically significant, strongly predict faster cognitive decline in older women. The study involved more… Protein in the urine: A warning sign for cognitive decline   



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   



Protein offers new clue to cause and treatment for kidney disease

University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have pinpointed a protein that compromises the kidney’s filtering ability, causing nephrotic syndrome, and demonstrated that a naturally occurring precursor of an acid in the body offers potential for treating some forms of the condition.

The research was published online Dec. 12 in Nature Medicine.

“This is a… Protein offers new clue to cause and treatment for kidney disease   



Children with Lupus Have More Lethal Form of Kidney Disease

Kidney disease caused by the autoimmune disease lupus may be twice as lethal in children as kidney disease caused by other disorders, according to research led by Johns Hopkins Children’s Center investigators.

The findings, published online in the journal Pediatric Nephrology, are based on analysis of records of more than 98,000 children and adults… Children with Lupus Have More Lethal Form of Kidney Disease   



Simple blood test identifies persons at highest risk for kidney disease complications

An infrequently used blood test can effectively identify individuals at increased risk of developing complications associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN). Use of this simple test might help physicians identify persons with CKD who are at… Simple blood test identifies persons at highest risk for kidney disease complications   



New test can predict complications from kidney disease

Cystatin C, a blood marker of kidney function, proved significantly more accurate than the standard blood marker, creatinine, in predicting serious complications of kidney disease, in a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

Among adults who were identified as having chronic kidney disease… New test can predict complications from kidney disease   



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   



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   



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   



Radiation increases cancer risk for dialysis patients

High radiation doses put a significant number of dialysis patients at increased risk of cancer, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN). The results suggest that clinicians should consider scaling back on radiation for purposes of diagnosis in this patient population.

Many kidney… Radiation increases cancer risk for dialysis patients   



Gene Variant Influences Chronic Kidney Disease Risk

A team of researchers from the United States and Europe has identified a single genetic mutation in the CUBN gene that is associated with albuminuria both with and without diabetes. Albuminuria is a condition caused by the leaking of the protein albumin into the urine, which is an indication of kidney disease.

The research… Gene Variant Influences Chronic Kidney Disease Risk   



NIH study finds genetic clues to major cause of kidney disease worldwide

For the first time, researchers have found five regions in the human genome that increase susceptibility to immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephropathy, a major cause of kidney failure worldwide — systematically identifying those that point to a tendency for IgA nephropathy, or a protection against it.

“The study is unique in identifying the biological pathways… NIH study finds genetic clues to major cause of kidney disease worldwide   



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