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New treatment strategies for chronic kidney disease from the animal kingdom
(University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna) Biomimetics offers an innovative approach to solving human problems by imitating strategies found in nature. Medical research could also benefit from biomimetics, as a group of international experts from various fields, including a scientists from Vetmeduni Vienna, point out using the example of chronic kidney disease. In future research, they intend to study the mechanisms that protect the muscles, organs and bones of certain animals during extreme conditions such as hibernation. Nature Reviews. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Blood-thinning drugs designed to cut stroke risk may actually increase it
Scientists call for caution in prescribing anticoagulants after some patients with other conditions found to suffer more strokesBlood-thinning drugs may increase rather than cut the risk of stroke in some people over 65 who have an irregular heartbeat and also chronic kidney disease, according to a new study.The researchers are calling on doctors to be more cautious in prescribing the drugs, called anticoagulants, until there has been more research.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Medical research Stroke Drugs Health Science Society Doctors Source Type: news

Primary Prevention ICD Efficacy Again Questioned in HF With CKD Primary Prevention ICD Efficacy Again Questioned in HF With CKD
Clinical trials left big questions about implantable defibrillator efficacy in patients with chronic kidney disease; a new cohort study casts doubt on whether they prolong survival in such cases.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Defibrillators May Not Help Kidney Patients With Bad Hearts
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 -- People with chronic kidney disease often develop heart failure, leading to their having a heart defibrillator implanted to control an irregular heartbeat. But that's not without risk, a new study has found. The chances... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 7, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

ColoradoSPH research uncovers risk factors for mysterious kidney disease in farm workers
(University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus) Previous studies have identified an illness called 'Mesoamerican Nephropathy,' also referred to as Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin (CKDu). Notably, this new study shows that when a workforce has access to water, rest, and shade, the rates of CKDu onset and kidney injury are lower, and the injury is less severe than that seen in previous studies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Treatment Effectiveness in HF With Lung or Kidney Disease Treatment Effectiveness in HF With Lung or Kidney Disease
This study assessed the clinical effectiveness of treatment of heart failure in the setting of two common comorbidities: chronic lung disease and chronic kidney disease.Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Father finds kidney donor after printing plea on a t-shirt
Rob Leibowitz, 60, from New Jersey, suffered from chronic kidney disease and wore a t-shirt that said 'In Need of Kidney' to find his donor. He underwent a successful transplant surgery last week. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Serious fall injury history and adverse health outcomes after initiating hemodialysis among older U.S. adults - Bowling CB, Hall R, Khakharia A, Franch HA, Plantinga LC.
BACKGROUND: Although older adults with pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at higher risk for falls, the prognostic significance of a serious fall injury prior to dialysis initiation has not been well described in the end-stage renal disease popu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Diagnosis of CKDs Using Urinary Proteome Analysis Diagnosis of CKDs Using Urinary Proteome Analysis
Could urinary proteome analyses provide a non-invasive alternative to kidney biopsy for the diagnosis of chronic kidney diseases?Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

How $5.6M in fresh capital for a Tampa company could cut the cost of kidney care
Chronic kidney disease impacts one in seven American adults, or about 30 million people. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 8, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Margie Manning Source Type: news

New Funds Will Keep TMA Walk With a Doc Walkers Active, Informed, Healthier
The Texas Medical Association Foundation received a $42,625 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) that the foundation will use to help fund the 2018 Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas program. The goal of the BCBSTX grant is to help raise awareness about prevention and early detection of chronic kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — diseases often prevented by an active and tobacco-free lifestyle. The Walk With a Doc Texas program supports this goal by helping physicians organize walks in their communities to encourage physical activity, reverse the consequences of a sedentary life, a...
Source: TMA News Room - January 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Effects of Higher Quality of Care in CKD and Diabetes Effects of Higher Quality of Care in CKD and Diabetes
What are the associations between improved quality of care and outcomes for patients with diabetes-related chronic kidney disease?American Journal of Kidney Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

Online Resources About Kidney Transplant Too Complex Online Resources About Kidney Transplant Too Complex
Online health education materials about transplant options are far too complex for chronic kidney disease patients to make sense of, U.S. researchers say, and that may prevent this group from deciding on the best treatment.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - December 22, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Online resources about kidney transplant too complex for most patients
(Reuters Health) - - Online health education materials about transplant options are far too complex for chronic kidney disease patients to make sense of, U.S. researchers say, and that may prevent this group from deciding on the best treatment. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Augmented Nurse Care Management in CKD Stages 4 to 5 Augmented Nurse Care Management in CKD Stages 4 to 5
A care management intervention involving nurse care manager coordination may help improve outcomes for patients with late-stage chronic kidney disease.American Journal of Kidney Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

New chronic kidney disease audit published
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Clinical Commissioning Groups and primary care practices must all work together to improve outcomes for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), according to the national Chronic Kidney Disease Audit published today. The Audit was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and conducted by the Informatica Systems, the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine, UCL (University College London) and Queen Mary University of London. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Metformin May Up Survival in Older Men With Moderate CKD Metformin May Up Survival in Older Men With Moderate CKD
Veterans with type 2 diabetes and moderate chronic kidney disease fared well on metformin in an observational study; more research is needed to see whether this is also the case in other patient populations.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - December 11, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

TRP'ing up chronic kidney disease
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - December 7, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Chung, J.-J., Shaw, A. S. Tags: Medicine, Diseases perspective Source Type: news

Understanding a therapeutic paradox for treating thrombo-vascular complications in kidney disease
(Boston University School of Medicine) Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have discovered a potential treatment target to prevent chronic kidney disease patients from developing blood clots without causing bleeding complications - an unwanted and perplexing side effect. They say the strategy offers a much-needed therapeutic alternative to standard-of-care heparin, which throws off the finely-tuned balance between pro-clotting and anticoagulant factors in blood vessels that work to keep fluid flowing while protecting against excessive bleeding after injuries. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New treatment for cats with chronic kidney disease: Boehringer Ingelheim launches Semintra ®
New treatment for cats with chronic kidney disease: Boehringer Ingelheim launches Semintra ® (Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News)
Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News - November 27, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

Kidney failure: Symptoms of condition that killed The Partridge Family star David Cassidy
KIDNEY FAILURE is caused by the organs not functioning properly, and an estimated 13,000 people die from chronic kidney disease in the UK every year. David Cassidy died from suspected kidney failure this week. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kidney disease drug recommended by Nice 'may do more harm than good'
Exclusive: Little evidence that phosphate binders improve patient wellbeing, warn experts, while one type may contribute to increased risk of cardiovascular diseaseThe UK ’s drug guidelines body is recommending a type of medication to treat chronic kidney disease despite no firm evidence that it benefits patients – and some signs that the drugs may do more harm than good, experts have warned.Phosphate binders are commonly prescribed to lower blood phosphate levels in patients with advanced kidney disease, including those on dialysis. High phosphate has been linked to worse patient outcomes, including bone and m...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 24, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Drugs The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) NHS Society Science Source Type: news

Metabolites altered in chronic kidney disease
(University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio) A new study that included researchers from Norway, the University of Washington, the University of California San Diego and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (now called UT Health San Antonio ™ ) found that dozens of small molecules called metabolites are altered in this disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sertraline Does Not Temper Depression in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease Sertraline Does Not Temper Depression in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - November 8, 2017 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Coffee for kidney health? Researchers found that 3 cups per day helped people with chronic kidney disease live longer
(Natural News) Brew another cup of Joe – new research suggests that caffeine consumption may extend the life of those with chronic kidney disease. Coffee has been a staple at the breakfast table for a very long time. These days, it’s a novelty among young people to have a cup while catching up with friends in... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Approves Auryxia (ferric Citrate) Tablets as a Treatment for People with Iron Deficiency Anemia and Chronic Kidney Disease, Not on Dialysis
BOSTON, Nov. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:KERX), a company focused on bringing innovative medicines to people with kidney disease, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - November 7, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

HIV patients at greater risk of both heart and kidney disease
(University of Adelaide) HIV patients and their doctors are urged to be more aware of the additional health risks associated with treated HIV infection. This follows new research that shows HIV patients at high risk for a heart attack or stroke are also at substantially greater risk for chronic kidney disease and vice versa. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 7, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa:Chronic Kidney Disease Is Still a Major Health Challenge
[The Conversation Africa] Close to three million people suffering from chronic kidney failure across the world receive renal replacement therapy every year. But between 4.9 million and 9.7 million more still need treatment. And at least two million die because they cannot access it. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 6, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Chronic Kidney Disease in Pregnancy Chronic Kidney Disease in Pregnancy
Not only can renal dysfunction negatively affect pregnancy outcomes, pregnancy itself can have a deleterious impact on chronic kidney disease. Explore this complex interrelationship in this article.Southern Medical Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Caffeine may prolong life for kidney disease patients
Consuming higher amounts of caffeine could be an effective, inexpensive way to increase survival for patients with chronic kidney disease, say researchers. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Novel treatment may benefit patients with metabolic acidosis and kidney disease
(American Society of Nephrology) A new study demonstrated that TRC101, a hydrochloric acid binder for the treatment of metabolic acidosis associated with chronic kidney disease, provided a rapid and sustained average increase in serum bicarbonate.All adverse effects were mild or moderate. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Coffee May Be Kind to Your Kidneys
Can caffeine help people with chronic kidney disease live longer? (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coffee May Be Kind to Your Kidneys
FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 -- Can caffeine help people with chronic kidney disease live longer? That's the suggestion of a new study that found that among more than 2,300 Americans with chronic kidney disease, those who drank the most caffeinated drinks... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 3, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Renal concerns relative to the use of lithium in geriatric bipolar disorder patients - Szpunar J, Maeshima H, Grossberg GT.
BACKGROUND: Lithium is a first-line treatment for bipolar disorder in geriatric patients; however, it has long been associated with potentially significant renal consequences, including chronic kidney disease (CKD). METHODS: We reviewed the availab... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Bone and mineral disorders in chronic kidney disease: implications for cardiovascular health and ageing in the general population
This review discusses how several components considered to be CKD-specific risk factors could also contribute to cardiovascular and ageing risk profiles in the general population. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bacteria and your broken heart
In your screening for heart disease, I bet your doctor will never think to check your gut. And that may well be where your heart problems start. Let me explain… Your gut plays a critical role in your overall health. It’s a major part of your body’s ecosystem. It’s home to trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi. They make up your “microbiome.” Doctors are beginning to pay attention when it comes to these bacteria. But they’re still missing the big picture. This microcosm affects just about every organ and body system. Some of these gut bugs cause disease and infection. Others b...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Heart Health Source Type: news

Glecaprevir-Pibrentasvir Effective in Patients With HCV, CKD Glecaprevir-Pibrentasvir Effective in Patients With HCV, CKD
Glecaprevir-pibrentasvir produced high sustained virologic response rates regardless of the underlying HCV genotype in patients with severe chronic kidney disease and HCV infection, a study found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

The influence of spirituality and religiousness on suicide risk and mental health of patients undergoing hemodialysis - Loureiro ACT, de Rezende Coelho MC, Coutinho FB, Borges LH, Lucchetti G.
BACKGROUND: Despite the large amount of literature assessing how spiritual and religious beliefs have an impact on mental health and suicide risk in various groups of patients, few studies have investigated patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Baxter launches 2 studies of HDx hemodialysis using Theranova dialyzer
Baxter (NYSE:BAX) said today it launched 2 new clinical trials exploring expanded HDx hemodialysis therapy using its Theranova dialyzer. The Deerfield, Ill.-based company’s HDx therapy uses a Theranova dialyzer designed to extend the range of molecules that it filters from the blood, claiming it “more closely mimics the natural kidney.” The therapy works on standard equipment and does not require the generation of replacement fluid, Baxter said. “Millions of patients with chronic kidney disease rely on renal innovations every day, many of whom have ESRD and require HD therapy to stay alive. HDx...
Source: Mass Device - October 3, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blood Management Clinical Trials Baxter Source Type: news

Papers of note in Science Translational Medicine 9 (409)
This week’s articles describe a stem cell–based therapy for chronic kidney disease and targets for treating diabetic nerve pain and acute respiratory distress in critically ill patients. (Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment)
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - October 3, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ferrarelli, L. K. Tags: STKE Editors ' Choice Source Type: news

A Roadmap for Promoting Health Equity and Eliminating Disparities: The Four I's for Health Equity (2017)
The roadmap, aimed at providers and payers was designed to help reduce health disparities through performance measurement. Selected conditions (cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic kidney disease, infant mortality/low birthweight, and mental illness) are used as case studies. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - September 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Managing Chronic Kidney Disease With MTM Managing Chronic Kidney Disease With MTM
This article reviews medication related problems associated with CKD, including nonadherence and medication reconciliation.U.S. Pharmacist (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

Breathing dirty air may harm kidneys
(Washington University in St. Louis) Outdoor air pollution may increase the risk of chronic kidney disease and contribute to kidney failure, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System. Scientists used VA data to evaluate the effects of air pollution and kidney disease on nearly 2.5 million people and compared it to air-quality levels collected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 21, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

How first ‘vouchers’ in UCLA kidney donation program led to 25 lifesaving transplants
In 2014 a former judge from San Diego County approached the UCLA Kidney Transplant Program with an unusual request: If the judge donated a kidney to a stranger now, could his then-4-year-old grandson, who suffered from chronic kidney disease, receive priority for a future kidney transplant if needed later in life?The suggestion from Howard Broadman, then 64 years old, initiated the kidney “voucher” program, an innovative system allowing living donors to donate a kidney now, or at some time in the near future, allowing a family member or friend to be given priority for a kidney transplant in the future if needed...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 19, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Sofosbuvir Safe, Effective for HCV in Those With CKD Sofosbuvir Safe, Effective for HCV in Those With CKD
Sofosbuvir-based antiviral therapy cured hepatitis C virus infection in more than 80% of patients with chronic kidney disease, a retrospective cohort study found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Diabetes Threatens Kidneys, Vision of Millions of Americans
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 -- Millions of Americans with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes are at risk for chronic kidney disease, and another 59,000 Americans, 40 and older, are at risk for diabetes-related blindness. That's the sobering conclusion... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Guidelines for CKD: Defining, Staging, and Managing Guidelines for CKD: Defining, Staging, and Managing
Get up-to-date on the most recent guidelines for identifying and managing patients with chronic kidney disease.Journal for Nurse Practitioners (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Journal Article Source Type: news

Osteoporosis Drug Use in Chronic Kidney Disease Osteoporosis Drug Use in Chronic Kidney Disease
The study shows improved bone mineral density with oral bisphosphonates in those with moderate or severe CKD.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Intensive BP Lowering in Chronic Kidney Disease Associated with Lower Mortality (FREE)
By Joe Elia Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH Intensive blood-pressure lowering among hypertensive patients with moderate- to late-stage kidney disease is associated with lower all-cause mortality, a meta-analysis finds. … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 6, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

One in 10 men aged 50 'have the heart of a 60-year-old'
"One-tenth of 50-year-old men have a heart age 10 years older than they are," BBC News reports. This is the finding of an analysis of 1.2 million people who used the NHS Heart Age Test. The principle behind the test is that you can "age" your heart through unhealthy behaviour such as smoking and being obese. Underlying conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which often have no noticeable symptoms, can also age the heart. An obese smoker in their 50s who has high blood pressure and high cholesterol could have the heart of a 60- or 70-year-old. The quick and simple test tells you the...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Source Type: news