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Kidney Disease May Not Prevent Positive Outcomes of EVAR

Patients at high-risk for surgery can benefit from surgical repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, according to results of a recent study reported in Medical News Today. Risk factors examined in the study included advanced age, diabetes, smoking, and kidney disease. The study assessed the risks associated with endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), a minimally invasive procedure. Study results were reported ... Read More »

Researchers Find Viability in Injured Kidneys for Transplant

In the face of a growing demand for organ transplants, a recent study has found that injured kidneys from deceased donors may be more viable for transplant than previously thought. Researchers at Yale University conducted the multicenter observational study that included 1600 deceased donors. The study examined associations between acute kidney injury (AKI)  in donors and rates of kidney discard, ... Read More »

Repeat ED Visits for Kidney Stone

In a retrospective study conducted by researchers are Duke Medicine, of patients released from the emergency department (ED) following treatment for a kidney stone, one in nine will have a repeat visit, according to a story on ScienceDaily.com. The researchers identified factors that are association with repeat ED visits for kidney stones. Study results were reported in Academic Emergency Medicine. ... Read More »

CKiD Results Include Modifiable Risks

Factors that include high blood pressure, loss of protein from the kidneys, and anemia, have been identified as associated with predicted worsening of chronic kidney disease in children. Bradley Warady, MD, and colleagues recently conducted the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) study, the largest of its kind in North America. CKiD is funded by the National Institutes of Health. ... Read More »

Noninvasive Screening for Kidney Cancer

Eighty percent of patients who receive an early diagnosis of kidney cancer survive; however, early detection has been a challenge. Researchers of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a noninvasive screening method to detect kidney cancer in early stages. The screening involved measurement of the presence of proteins in the urine. Protein biomarkers have been found ... Read More »

Outcomes among HIV+ Kidney Transplant Recipients Are Good

Findings from a recent study suggest that excellent results are possible among kidney transplant recipients infected with HIV. Compared with uninfected (HIV-/HCV-) kidney transplant recipients, mono-infected recipients (HIV+/HCV-) had similar kidney survival rates at 5 and 10 years. HIV+ recipients also infected with HCV (HIV+/HCV+) had worse kidney survival rates in a study reported in the Journal of the American ... Read More »

Use of Analgesics for Chronic Pain in Patients with CKD

Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2015 Feb. doi:10.2215/CJN.06520714 [Epub ahead of print] Screening for chronic pain may be useful in understanding the roe of drug-related problems in delivering safe care for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). That was one of the findings of a study conducted recently by Jeffrey Fink, MD, MS, and Juliana Wu, BS, ... Read More »

Peripheral Artery Disease Associated with Low Bone Turnover

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2015;26(2):476-483. In prevalent nondiabetic patients with end-stage renal disease, peripheral artery disease is associated with low bone turnover and pronounced osteoblast resistance to parathyroid hormone. That was the primary finding of a study conducted by Gérard M. London, MD, and colleagues. The study was designed to examine the possible interaction of systemic bone ... Read More »

Ferric Citrate and Phosphorus in Dialysis Patients

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2015; 26(2):493-503. Ferric citrate is an efficacious and safe phosphate binder that increases stores of iron and reduces the use of intravenous iron and erythropoietin-stimulating agents while maintaining hemoglobin. That was the primary finding of a sequential, randomized trial conducted recently by Julia B. Lewis, MD, and colleagues. The trial compared mean change ... Read More »

Trends in Timing of Maintenance Dialysis Initiation

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. February 2015. doi:10.1681/ASN.2013050531 [Epub ahead of print] Trends in eGFR at initiation of dialysis at Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers did not appear to reflect changes in the clinical context in which the dialysis was initiated. That was the primary finding of a review of medical records conducted recently by Ann M. O’Hare, ... Read More »