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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   



Jefferson Offers Adult Kidney Transplant Patients the Lowest Wait Times in City, Per National Databa

A recent listing* of Philadelphia adult kidney transplant programs by The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) has listed the transplant program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as having the shortest wait times for patients seeking a transplant among programs that have a three-year survival rate of greater than 90 percent. The median wait… Jefferson Offers Adult Kidney Transplant Patients the Lowest Wait Times in City, Per National Databa   



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   



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   



Survival Matching Should be Used to Allocate Kidneys to Transplant Recipients

Providing kidney transplants to patients with the best probability of longer survival would reduce repeat transplant operations and improve life span after kidney transplant, says a U-M researcher in a commentary published in the New England Journal of Medicine March 16.

Alan B. Leichtman, M.D., professor of Internal Medicine at U-M and his co-authors… Survival Matching Should be Used to Allocate Kidneys to Transplant Recipients   



Genes, not race, determine donor kidney survival

A new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center sheds light on what causes certain kidneys to do better than others after being transplanted, providing doctors with an easy way to screen for donor kidneys that have the best chance of survival.

“It’s been long observed that kidneys taken from some black… Genes, not race, determine donor kidney survival   



Aboriginal children less likely to receive kidney transplants

Aboriginal children with kidney failure were less likely to receive a kidney transplant compared to white children, found an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only).

Compared with non-Aboriginal people, Aboriginal adults with kidney failure in Canada have lower rates of kidney transplantation, the best treatment for kidney failure.… Aboriginal children less likely to receive kidney transplants   



Elimination of national kidney allocation policy improves minority access to transplants

A new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation reveals that since the elimination of the kidney allocation priority for matching for HLA-B on May 7, 2003, access to kidney transplantation for minorities has been improved. Improvement is a result of a policy that reduced the requirements for tissue matching.

Prior national kidney… Elimination of national kidney allocation policy improves minority access to transplants   



Racial inequalities exist for kids with kidney disease

Among children with kidney disease, certain races are less likely to get kidney transplants and are more likely to die than other races, according to two studies from Emory University that were presented during the American Society of Nephrology’s Annual Kidney Week.

Kidney transplantation is the optimal treatment for patients with kidney failure, but… Racial inequalities exist for kids with kidney disease   



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