FDA Approves Ferric Citrate for CKD Dialysis PatientsFDA Approves Ferric Citrate for CKD Dialysis Patients
The FDA has approved ferric citrate as a treatment for patients with chronic kidney disease receiving dialysis who also have hyperphosphatemia. FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Alert Source Type: news

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals receives FDA approval of ferric citrate
(Edelman) Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration approved ferric citrate, formerly known as Zerenex, for the control of serum phosphorus levels in patients with chronic kidney disease on dialysis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 5, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

'We Can Do Better' With CKD and ESRD Patients'We Can Do Better' With CKD and ESRD Patients
As he takes the reins as President of the National Kidney Foundation, Dr. Jeffrey Berns outlines ways to improve care in patients with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

Results Mixed With Home BP Monitoring (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- A hypertension self-management program reduced systolic blood pressure in high-risk patients, including those with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease, according to British researchers. (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)
Source: MedPage Today Nephrology - August 28, 2014 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

In CKD, Arterial Calcium Predicts CV Outcomes
(MedPage Today) -- In patients with chronic kidney disease, coronary artery calcium (CAC) levels were linked more strongly with cardiovascular risk than other standard predictors. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - August 22, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Measuring Calcium Buildup Is a Better Way to Predict Heart Disease in Those With Chronic Kidney Disease, Study Finds
Calcium buildup in the coronary arteries of chronic kidney disease patients may be a strong indicator of heart disease risk, according to a new study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers. (Source: Public Health News Headlines from Johns Hopkins)
Source: Public Health News Headlines from Johns Hopkins - August 22, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Coronary calcium predicts heart disease risk in patients with chronic kidney disease
Calcium build-up in the coronary artery walls was more useful for correctly predicting kidney disease patients' risk of heart disease than other measures of atherosclerosis, such as thickness of the carotid artery walls and narrowing of the arteries in the legs, a new study reports. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 22, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

For Diabetics, Losing Weight May Delay Kidney ProblemsFor Diabetics, Losing Weight May Delay Kidney Problems
Healthy eating, staying active and losing weight are already recommended for people with type 2 diabetes, and new research suggests these steps may also delay or prevent chronic kidney disease. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Measuring calcium buildup to predict heart disease in those with chronic kidney disease
(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) Calcium buildup in the coronary arteries of chronic kidney disease patients may be a strong indicator of heart disease risk, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health assert that coronary calcium outperforms two other commonly used measures of subclinical atherosclerosis in predicting the risk of heart disease among individuals with kidney disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 21, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Amgen's AMG 416 trial for SHPT treatment meets primary and secondary endpoints
US-based biopharmaceutical firm Amgen has reported positive results from its second placebo-controlled phase three trial of AMG 416 to treat secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - August 19, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Amgen thyroid drug succeeds in late-stage trial
(Reuters) - Drugmaker Amgen Inc said its experimental drug to reduce thyroid levels in patients with chronic kidney disease met the main goal in a late-stage trial. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for Aug. 12, 2014
(American College of Physicians) The Aug. 12, 2014, issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine includes the following articles: '19th Century medicine paves way for 'miraculous' Ebola serotherapy'; 'Reviews address challenges of interpreting troponin levels in patients with chronic kidney disease'; and 'Therapies containing rifamycin effective and well-tolerated for preventing active TB in patients with latent infection.' (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 11, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Stricter BP Control Tied to Higher Mortality in Kidney DiseaseStricter BP Control Tied to Higher Mortality in Kidney Disease
Lowering blood pressure too much may be harmful in people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), suggests a new study that used observational modeling to compare the effect of strict and conventional blood pressure control. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - August 8, 2014 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Salt content in cheese 'too high', say campaigners
Conclusion This study highlights the wide variation in salt content that can be found in cheese. Labelling is now making it easier to make an informed choice regarding where you wish your maximum recommended level of 6g of salt per day to come from. This is particularly important when assessing which cheese is the best option for children, who should consume lower levels of salt. The study showed that there were many types of cheese that have a reasonably low salt content, including cottage cheese, cream cheese, mozzarella and Emmental. However, cheese is generally calorific, and overconsumption can lead to overw...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Food/diet Source Type: news

Study probes effect of NHS Health Checks
Conclusion This study compared practices in the Warwickshire and Coventry area who implemented NHS Health Checks between June 2010 and March 2013, with those that did not provide the health checks and gave their usual care only. A total of 1,142 new cases of disease were detected through the NHS Health Check programme from 16,669 checks. Changes in prevalence over the study period were small – in fact, less than 0.7%. For diabetes, chronic kidney disease and heart disease, prevalence in both groups decreased over the study period. Meanwhile, high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation increased in both g...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Heart/lungs Diabetes Source Type: news

Morocco: HM the King's Visit to Oujda - Sustained Action for the Promotion of Health Facilities
[MAP]Oujda -HM King Mohammed VI, who was flanked by HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, laid on Friday the foundation stone of the Hassan II center for hemodialysis and prevention of chronic kidney diseases and handed medical equipment to basic health centers in the region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 25, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

NICE: Improved clarity for CKD diagnosis
An updated guidance on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD) has been released by NICE after a review of current evidence Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - July 23, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Johnnytsiattalou Tags: Family health Cardiology Editor ' s pick Latest News Source Type: news

African Americans With Cancer Pain More Likely to Receive MorphineAfrican Americans With Cancer Pain More Likely to Receive Morphine
African Americans with cancer pain are more likely than similar white patients to receive morphine, with 3- and 6-glucuronide neurotoxic metabolites that accumulate in chronic kidney disease (CKD), and less likely to receive oxycodone. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Amgen Drug for Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Shows PromiseAmgen Drug for Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Shows Promise
An experimental drug to reduce excess parathyroid hormone levels in patients with chronic kidney disease succeeded in meeting the primary and secondary goals of a Phase III study, Amgen Inc said. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

PTH Drug Passes Test in Dialysis Patients
(MedPage Today) -- An investigational drug for secondary hyperparathyroidism in chronic kidney disease patients on dialysis met its primary endpoint, Amgen announced. (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - July 18, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Amgen Hormone Drug Proves Positive in Study
Amgen Inc. said its experimental treatment for secondary hyperparathyroidism in chronic kidney disease showed positive results in a phase III study. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - July 17, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: PAID Source Type: news

Robot-assisted technique improves surgeons' ability to remove small kidney cancer tumors
Roughly 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with kidney cancer each year. Most of them have small tumors that doctors discover while screening for other health problems. The surgeries to remove renal tumors can be difficult, particularly if the cancer is on the posterior side of the kidney and if patients have had previous abdominal surgery, because scar tissue from previous operations usually makes it hard for surgeons to distinguish the normal parts of the body from one another. Now, a study led by Dr. Jim Hu and researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has shown that a newer surgical technique called ro...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 10, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Differential Scaling of GFR and Ingested Metabolic BurdenDifferential Scaling of GFR and Ingested Metabolic Burden
Do men generally have more adverse outcomes in chronic kidney disease than women, and is there a way to estimate what the outcomes may be? Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

EndoType: #NephJC Explores Central American CKD
(MedPage Today) -- What pearls can be gleaned from an epidemic of chronic kidney disease in Central America? That's the focus of tonight's Nephrology Journal Club, held online at 9 p.m. ET. (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - July 8, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Endo Type: Common Path for AKD and CKD
(MedPage Today) -- Acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease are more closely intertwined than previously believed, researchers have found. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - July 3, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease each a risk of the other
NIH study suggests people with either should be monitored for both. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - July 3, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Chronic kidney disease: A yes vote for more patient choice
Patients must be the centre of care delivery (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 3, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GW researchers: Acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease as interconnected syndromes
(George Washington University) Researchers at the George Washington University were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, calling for greater follow-up care for those with acute kidney injury, as these patients often present later in life with chronic kidney disease, and vice versa. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 3, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Most Patients With CKD Misunderstand Palliative and Hospice CareMost Patients With CKD Misunderstand Palliative and Hospice Care
Less than a quarter of patients with chronic kidney disease have a correct understanding of palliative and hospice care, researchers say. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Nurses Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nurses Headlines - July 1, 2014 Category: Nursing Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Risk factors for chronic kidney disease are present decades before diagnosis
Risk factors for chronic kidney disease (CKD) are present and identifiable 30 years before diagnosis, according to a new study. The findings suggest avenues for future research to determine whether certain early interventions can prevent future kidney disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 26, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Nephropathy in Illicit Drug Abusers: A Postmortem AnalysisNephropathy in Illicit Drug Abusers: A Postmortem Analysis
Could intravenous drug users be at an increased risk for nephropathy and chronic kidney disease? This new study explores the connection. American Journal of Kidney Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

Low Serum Potassium Predicts Chronic Kidney DiseaseLow Serum Potassium Predicts Chronic Kidney Disease
Could serum potassium concentration be a clinically relevant risk factor for the progression of chronic kidney disease? International Journal of Clinical Practice (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

Oral Health in Patients With Chronic Kidney DiseaseOral Health in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease
An increase in chronic kidney disease is bringing more such patients to the dentist's chair. Medscape Dental & Oral Health (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dental & Oral Health Viewpoint Source Type: news

Director's Comments: Chronic Kidney Disease Mystery in Central America
Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on "Chronic Kidney Disease Mystery in Central America". The transcript is also available. As the number of Central American young adults with chronic kidney disease increase, a medical mystery percolates about the disease’s underlying causes, finds an article recently published in Science... (Source: What's New on MedlinePlus)
Source: What's New on MedlinePlus - June 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Oral Compound Redresses Metabolic Abnormalities in CKDNew Oral Compound Redresses Metabolic Abnormalities in CKD
A new oral iron compound significantly reduces serum phosphate and increases low iron stores in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and anemia, early trial results show. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Researchers discover hormone that controls supply of iron in red blood cell production
A UCLA research team has discovered a new hormone called erythroferrone, which regulates the iron supply needed for red blood-cell production. Iron is an essential functional component of hemoglobin, the molecule that transports oxygen throughout the body. Using a mouse model, researchers found that erythroferrone is made by red blood-cell progenitors in the bone marrow in order to match iron supply with the demands of red blood-cell production. Erythroferrone is greatly increased when red blood-cell production is stimulated, such as after bleeding or in response to anemia. The erythroferrone hormone acts by regulating the...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - June 1, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Reduced kidney function associated with higher risk of renal and urothelial cancer
(University of Utah Health Sciences) Researchers who investigated the level of kidney function and subsequent cancer risk in more than one million adults have found that reduced glomerular filtration rate -- a key measure of reduced kidney function and chronic kidney disease -- is an independent risk factor for renal and urothelial cancer but not other cancer types. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - May 29, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Reduced kidney function associated with higher risk of renal and urothelial cancer
(Kaiser Permanente) A key measure of reduced kidney function and chronic kidney disease -- reduced glomerular filtration rate -- is an independent risk factor for renal and urothelial cancer, according to a study published online today in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - May 29, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

In Advanced CKD, Thiazide May Help Control BPIn Advanced CKD, Thiazide May Help Control BP
Dr. George Bakris interviews Dr. Rajiv Agarwal about a small study that could redeem chlorthalidone's role in controlling blood pressure in patients with moderate to advanced chronic kidney disease. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

Walking may have profound benefits for patients with kidney disease
Among patients with chronic kidney disease who were followed for an average of 1.3 years, those who walked for exercise were 33% less likely to die and 21% less likely to need dialysis or a kidney transplant. Physical inactivity is common among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The researchers found that the presence of other, or comorbid, conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes was similar between walking and non-walking patients. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 15, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Walking Could Be Key Step Against Kidney Disease
The more patients walked, the less their odds for early death or need for dialysis, study found Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Chronic Kidney Disease, Exercise and Physical Fitness (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - May 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Deadly Illness in Nicaragua Baffles Experts
Across Central America, a kidney disease has killed at least 20,000 people over a decade and is so poorly understood that it does not have a universally agreed upon name. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 9, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By HEATHER MURPHY Tags: Nicaragua Centers for Disease Control and Prevention World Bank Coca-Cola Company KO NYSE Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown causes Sugar Kidneys Labor and Jobs Source Type: news

Lowering LDL Doesn't Slow Progression to ESRD (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Lowering LDL cholesterol in patients with chronic kidney disease does not appear to slow progression to end-stage renal disease (ESRD), a study reports. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - May 2, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Statins for kidney disease patients: Protection for heart but no effects on kidneys
For patients with chronic kidney disease, statin treatment appears to lower LDL cholesterol, decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke, and has no impact on the development of kidney failure, research concluded. Investigators have said that statin treatment is safe and well tolerated for those with chronic kidney disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 1, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

LDL-Lowering Does Not Halt Progression of CKD: SHARPLDL-Lowering Does Not Halt Progression of CKD: SHARP
Lowering LDL cholesterol by 37.1 mg/dL with a combination of simvastatin and ezetimibe failed to halt the progression of kidney disease to end-stage renal disease in patients with chronic kidney disease. Heartwire (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - May 1, 2014 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Statins Don't Prevent Kidney Disease Progression, Study Finds
But the drugs do help lower cholesterol in these patients, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Cholesterol, Chronic Kidney Disease, Statins (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - May 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experimental drug prolongs life span in mice
Scientists newly identified a protein's key role in cell and physiological aging and have developed an experimental drug that inhibits the protein's effect and quadrupled the lifespan in a mouse model of accelerated aging. Their lungs and vascular system were protected from rapid aging. The experimental drug could potentially be used to treat human diseases that cause accelerated aging such as chronic kidney disease, diabetes and HIV infection and even extend someone's healthy life. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 1, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Failing Kidneys and Cancer: Is There a Link?
LAS VEGAS (MedPage Today) -- Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage III or higher may be at greater risk for cancer, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - April 24, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Kidney injuries 'killing thousands,' study claims
ConclusionThis valuable study provides an estimate of the likely prevalence of AKI among inpatients in NHS hospitals. Comparison of HES data with laboratory data obtained from the three EKHUFT hospitals (where the AKIN classification system was used to define AKI cases), suggests that prevalence could be much higher than thought, and that there could be considerable under-recording of cases in the NHS. The study also highlights the high mortality associated with AKI – accounting for an estimated 40,000 excess inpatient deaths. AKI was also associated with considerable loss to quality of life. Looking at the financial...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Source Type: news

Kidney damage 'killing thousands,' study claims
Conclusion This valuable study provides an estimate of the likely prevalence of AKI among inpatients in NHS hospitals. Comparison of HES data with laboratory data obtained from the three EKHUFT hospitals (where the AKIN classification system was used to define AKI cases), suggests that prevalence could be much higher than thought, and that there could be considerable under-recording of cases in the NHS. The study also highlights the high mortality associated with AKI – accounting for an estimated 40,000 excess inpatient deaths. AKI was also associated with considerable loss to quality of life. Looking at the financi...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Source Type: news