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February 7, 2016

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February 7, 2016

Report Identifies Positive News on Kidney Disease in the US, Yet Challenges Remain

Jan. 18, 2016 — The annual data report from the United States Renal Data System reveals both positive and negative trends in kidney disease in the US. Medicare spending for patients with chronic kidney disease aged ... read more

Kidney Failure Risk Equations Show Accuracy in Geographically Diverse Patient Population

Jan. 12, 2016 — Kidney failure risk equations developed in a Canadian population showed accuracy in predicting the two-year and five-year probability of kidney failure in patients with chronic kidney disease from ... read more

Dietary Cocoa Flavanols Improve Blood Vessel Function in Patients With Kidney Dysfunction

Dec. 18, 2015 — Individuals with failing kidneys are at increased risk of developing heart problems, and they're more likely to die from cardiovascular causes than from any other cause. Now investigators ... read more

Nutritional Vitamin D Supplements Do Not Help Treat Anemia in Dialysis Patients

Dec. 18, 2015 — Vitamin D2 supplements taken for 6 months did not reduce dialysis patients’ need for anemia drugs that stimulate red blood cell production, report investigators at conclusion of the largest ... read more

Dec. 16, 2015 — Researchers have identified the cells that give rise to the blood vessels within the kidney. It's a discovery of critical importance, as efforts to grow kidneys have long been frustrated by the ... read more

Dec. 15, 2015 — A class of drugs used increasingly to help fight cancer may have the additional benefit of protecting the kidneys when packaged with the powerful chemotherapy agent ... read more

New Gene Editing Technique Turns Human Pluripotent Stem Cells Into a Model System for Polycystic Kidney Disease

Dec. 11, 2015 — By linking CRISPR/Cas9 with another cutting edge technology—human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs)—researchers have used CRISPR/Cas9 to guide hPSCs into becoming a human cell-based lab model system ... read more

Dec. 9, 2015 — Inspired by the mangrove plant and human kidney, this novel biomimetic membrane is mechanically stronger and allows only water molecules to pass ... read more

Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Benefit from Pacing Left and Right Ventricles

Dec. 7, 2015 — Patients with moderate-to-severe chronic kidney disease who received cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator had a lower risk of hospitalization for heart failure or death from this ... read more

Cadmium Increases Risk of Fractures

Dec. 7, 2015 — People who are exposed to higher levels of cadmium have an increased risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Cadmium also affects the kidneys. New research explored this issue in a study of over 900 ... read more

Study Reveals Non-Invasive Warning Sign of Kidney Disease Progression

Dec. 3, 2015 — Researchers have identified an accessible, non-invasive way to identify patients at risk for progression of kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease is a condition in which damaged kidneys cannot ... read more

Nivolumab Becomes First FDA-Approved Checkpoint Blockade for Kidney Cancer

Dec. 2, 2015 — New hope now exists for patients with advanced kidney cancer. Yesterday, the FDA approved the immunotherapy drug nivolumab (Opdivo®, Bristol-Myers Squibb) to treat metastatic renal cell carcinoma ... read more

Pharmacists' Study Helps Prevent Antibiotic-Induced Kidney Failure

Dec. 1, 2015 — When researchers noticed that some hospital patients given two common antibiotics developed kidney failure, they decided to take a closer look. Their study led to closer monitoring of patients ... read more

Native Americans Have Decreased Access to Kidney Transplants

Nov. 24, 2015 — Native Americans have decreased access to kidney transplants and are more likely to die while waiting for a kidney than whites according to new research. Long-term survival outcomes in Native ... read more

Scientists Identify Strategy to Prevent Renal Failure, Also Hit on Opportunities to Improve Cancer Treatment

Nov. 24, 2015 — Researchers have identified 10 genes whose inhibition appears to protect kidney cells. The findings point the way to strategies for preventing acute kidney injury and may also help to evade drug ... read more

Global Effort to Standardize Diagnosis of Kidney Disease

Nov. 23, 2015 — Kidney disease is a major health concern worldwide. It's estimated that 1 in 3 American adults are at risk of developing kidney disease, and 26 million adults already have kidney disease. Now, ... read more

Common Cause for Complications After Kidney Transplantation Identified

Nov. 23, 2015 — The BK polyomavirus often causes complications after kidney transplantation. A research group has now been able to show, that the immunosuppressive drug Tacrolimus directly activates the replication ... read more

Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease May Help Protect Patients' Kidney Function

Nov. 19, 2015 — After six months of treatment with hydroxyurea, sickle cell disease patients' kidney function, as measured by the urinary albumin/creatine ratio, improved significantly, report investigators at ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — A significant step forward has been taken in the area of kidney regenerative medicine! Researchers at Kumamoto University in Japan transplanted kidney tissue made from human induced pluripotent stem ... read more

Is Testosterone Therapy Safe?

Nov. 18, 2015 — The increasing use of testosterone replacement therapy to treat reduced testosterone level in older men has been accompanied by growing concerns over its long-term safety. The findings of two studies ... read more

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