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Genetic variation increases risk of kidney disease progression in African-Americans
(University of Maryland Medical Center) New research provides direct evidence that genetic variations in some African Americans with chronic kidney disease contribute to a more rapid decline in kidney function compared with white Americans. The research, led by investigators from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University, may help explain, in part, why even after accounting for differences in socioeconomic background, end-stage kidney disease is twice as prevalent among blacks as whites. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 9, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Acid levels in the diet could have profound effects on kidney health
(American Society of Nephrology) In patients with hypertensive nephropathy, kidney health was preserved in those consuming extra fruits and vegetables, which are highly alkaline.In patients with chronic kidney disease, those with high dietary acid levels experienced accelerated kidney function decline.In chronic kidney disease patients with low socioeconomic status, the detrimental effect of high dietary acid levels on progression to kidney failure was greater for blacks than for whites. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 9, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Restricting Sodium Helpful in CKD
(MedPage Today) -- Reduced sodium intake lowered blood pressure (BP) and improved indicators of kidney health in people with stage 3 and 4 chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a small phase I study. (Source: MedPage Today State Required CME)
Source: MedPage Today State Required CME - November 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CKD: Lower Salt Intake May Reduce Heart RisksCKD: Lower Salt Intake May Reduce Heart Risks
Lower salt intake reduced cardiovascular risks in patients with chronic kidney disease, according to a small, randomized controlled trial. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 7, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Kidney Patients May Face Serious Side Effects from Weight-Loss Surgery
Acute kidney damage was most common problem in U.K. study Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Chronic Kidney Disease, Weight Loss Surgery (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 7, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kidney Patients May Gain from Less Salt
Small study showed reductions in blood pressure, less fluid retention Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Chronic Kidney Disease, Dietary Sodium, High Blood Pressure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 7, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Upping Vegetable Protein Intake May Help People with Kidney Disease
More study needed, but initial findings suggest a benefit, experts say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Chronic Kidney Disease, Dietary Proteins (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 7, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ACE inhibitor use may be linked to kidney failure
Conclusion ACE inhibitors and ARAs are recognised as a potential risk factor for AKI in some patients. This particular study has tried to estimate the possible size of the problem, but its findings should be viewed with some caution. As the authors point out: some of the conditions these drugs are prescribed for are themselves a risk factor for AKI changes in hospital coding and better recognition of AKI could explain the rise in admissions an ageing population leads to both increased prescribing of these drugs and an increased risk for AKI increased use of these drugs may be a marker for increased use of other...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 7, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Heart/lungs Source Type: news

Keryx says kidney drug effective; shares hit seven-year high
(Reuters) - Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc's kidney drug proved effective in treating chronic kidney disease patients not on dialysis, sending the company's shares to a seven-year high on hopes the drug could achieve blockbuster status. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Keryx kidney drug proved effective in trial; shares jump
(Reuters) - Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc said its sole drug in development, Zerenex, proved to be effective in treating patients with chronic kidney disease who were not on dialysis. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Keryx's kidney drug meets main goals of mid-stage study
(Reuters) - Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc said its kidney drug met the main goals of a mid-stage study in patients with chronic kidney disease who were not on dialysis. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Antenatal Hydronephrosis: Assessment and Management
Antenatal hydronephrosis (ANH) is a common finding on prenatal ultrasound that can be a sign of a variety of urologic conditions. Most cases of ANH are mild to moderate with the most common cause being transient physiologic dilation, which usually is of no clinical significance. However, there are some infants who have a history of ANH (usually severe) who are at increased risk for febrile urinary tract infections, undergo surgical intervention, and develop chronic kidney disease. It is useful to have an understanding of the possible urologic diagnoses that can lead to ANH and it is critical to recognize the patients who h...
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - November 1, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Schlomer, B. J., Copp, H. L. Tags: Articles Source Type: news

Lowering Uric Acid Reduces Kidney Risk
´╗┐SAN DIEGO (MedPage Today) -- Patients who were able to stay on uric acid lowering therapy significantly reduced their risk of progressing to chronic kidney disease, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - November 1, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

American College of Physicians recommends against screening for chronic kidney disease in adults without symptoms or risk factors
The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends against screening for chronic kidney disease (CKD) in asymptomatic adults without risk factors. ACP's new clinical practice guideline, "Screening, Monitoring, and Treatment of Stage 1-3 Chronic Kidney Disease", published in Annals of Internal Medicine, ACP's flagship journal. "There is no evidence that evaluated the benefits of screening for stage 1-3 chronic kidney disease," said Molly Cooke, MD, FACP, president, ACP... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

ACP Advises Against Chronic Kidney Disease Screening in Asymptomatic Adults (FREE)
By Kelly Young The American College of Physicians now recommends against screening for chronic kidney disease in asymptomatic adults who don't have CKD risk factors. In new guidelines published in the Annals of … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - October 22, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

No Support For Broad Screening Of Chronic Kidney Disease
Although taught in  medical school and widely used in clinical practice, broad screening of otherwise healthy people for chronic kidney disease (CKD) is unwarranted, according to new recommendations from the American College of Physicians published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. People with early kidney disease, who are classified as having stages 1 to 3 CKD, usually do not have symptoms and are generally diagnosed with labarotory tests or imaging. People who progress to advanced kidney disease are at greatly increased risk for dialysis, end-stage renal disease, and death. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 21, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Larry Husten Source Type: news

Potential new way to treat chronic kidney disease and heart failure
Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital are using adult bone marrow stem cells as they investigate a completely new way of treating chronic kidney disease and heart failure in rats. Dr. Darren Yuen and Dr. Richard Gilbert were the first to show, in 2010, that enriched stem cells improved heart and kidney function in rats with both diseases. But they and other scientists wondered about the potential side effects of returning those cells to the body, such as forming tumours. In a paper published online in the journal Stem Cells, Drs... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Moderate and Severe Psoriasis Linked to Higher Kidney RisksModerate and Severe Psoriasis Linked to Higher Kidney Risks
Severe cases of the autoimmune disorder nearly double the risk for chronic kidney disease. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Psoriasis, Kidney Disease Link Found (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- For the first time, researchers say they've found an association between moderate and severe psoriasis and chronic kidney disease. (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 16, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Researchers looking at new way to treat chronic kidney disease and heart failure
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - October 16, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

Debate Continues on Osteoporosis Treatment in CKD Debate Continues on Osteoporosis Treatment in CKD
Whether to treat patients with chronic kidney disease with osteoporosis drugs to reduce fracture risk was the subject of a heated debate at the ASBMR meeting last week. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 14, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Mitochondrial dysfunction in diabetic kidney disease diagnosed viaurine biomarkers
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified 13 metabolites - small molecules produced by cellular metabolism - that are significantly different in patients with diabetes and chronic kidney disease compared to healthy controls. Twelve of the 13 metabolites are linked to mitochondrial function, suggesting that suppression of mitochondria - the powerhouses of cells - is a fundamental characteristic of diabetic kidney disease. The findings are published in the November edition of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 14, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Blood pressure reduction supported for early-stage kidney disease
Blood pressure reduction per se, rather than the particular antihypertensive used, reduces the risk for cardiovascular events in patients with chronic kidney disease, shows a meta-analysis published in BMJ. (Source: MedWire News - Hypertension)
Source: MedWire News - Hypertension - October 13, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Kidney disease of unknown causes in agricultural communities in Central America is declared a serious public health problem
Ministers of health from throughout the Americas said this week that chronic kidney disease of unknown causes that has claimed thousands of lives in agricultural communities in Central America is a serious public health problem. They called for stepped-up efforts to investigate and address the environmental and occupational factors believed to underlie the problem... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Cellular process critical to kidney health suppressed by obesity
Obesity increases a chronic kidney disease patient's risk of developing kidney failure. Obesity suppresses an important cellular process that prevents kidney cell damage, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The findings suggest that restoring the process could protect the kidney health of obese individuals. Obesity increases a chronic kidney disease patient's risk of developing kidney failure, but the mechanism underlying this connection has remained unclear... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Eating Cooked Meat Can Distort CKD Stage in DiabetesEating Cooked Meat Can Distort CKD Stage in Diabetes
The findings, from a study of diabetes patients with chronic kidney disease and healthy controls, suggest that patients should fast prior to blood testing for serum creatinine. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

A new era in the treatment of renal anaemia
Ferumoxytol is an intravenous iron therapy approved for the treatment of iron-deficiency anaemia in adult patients with chronic kidney disease. It offers an effective and convenient alternative to current therapies for this condition (Source: Pharmacy Europe)
Source: Pharmacy Europe - October 2, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: ebercott Tags: Featured Articles Source Type: news

Update on Cystatin CUpdate on Cystatin C
This new study takes a look at how clinicians can incorporate cystatin C into their practices to better understand, evaluate, and treat chronic kidney disease. American Journal of Kidney Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

Albuminuria Not Always Seen in Renal Disease (CME/CE)
BARCELONA (MedPage Today) -- Even when macro albuminuria is not observed in a diabetic patient, it is not a guarantee that the patient is free of advanced chronic kidney disease, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)
Source: MedPage Today Nephrology - September 26, 2013 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Don't Screen for CKD? Beware!Don't Screen for CKD? Beware!
This viewpoint tackles the issues involving over- or underdiagnosing chronic kidney disease. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Viewpoint Source Type: news

Chronic Kidney Disease on Rise Among U.S. Seniors, Study Shows
Title: Chronic Kidney Disease on Rise Among U.S. Seniors, Study ShowsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/24/2013 4:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Crohn's Disease General)
Source: MedicineNet Crohn's Disease General - September 25, 2013 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Chronic Kidney Disease on Rise Among U.S. Seniors, Study Shows
Condition puts older adults at risk for heart conditions, kidney failure Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Health Statistics, Kidney Diseases, Seniors' Health (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study to assess impact of bicarbonate on kidney disease and acidosis
Research funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme is to examine whether sodium bicarbonate can improve function and quality of life in older patients with chronic kidney disease and low-grade acidosis. New reporting techniques have seen an increase in the number of patients diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD). It is now estimated... (Source: NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies News)
Source: NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies News - September 20, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

The Looming Specter of Chronic Kidney DiseaseThe Looming Specter of Chronic Kidney Disease
Jeffrey Berns talks about a recent analysis that predicts a troubling prevalence of chronic kidney disease in the United States, with a nearly 60% risk of developing stage 3a CKD. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

Use of Phosphate Binders in Chronic Kidney DiseaseUse of Phosphate Binders in Chronic Kidney Disease
How important is it to monitor phosphate levels in patients with chronic kidney disease? Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

Vitamin D Curbs Albuminuria in Kidney DiseaseVitamin D Curbs Albuminuria in Kidney Disease
Vitamin D supplementation decreases albuminuria and might slow the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to Spanish researchers. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - September 11, 2013 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

International Medical New from Johns Hopkins (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This month's topics include anemia and the risk of dementia, human-to-human transmission of H7N9, the burden of chronic kidney disease, and modifying gut flora. (Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology)
Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology - September 10, 2013 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Cystatin C May Trump Creatinine in Determining CKD Risk Cystatin C May Trump Creatinine in Determining CKD Risk
Used instead of or in combination with creatinine, cystatin C may be a better marker for determining which patients with chronic kidney disease need close monitoring. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Country's first accredited CME course on chronic kidney disease launched
(Source: cma.ca)
Source: cma.ca - September 9, 2013 Category: American Health Tags: cma.ca Healthcare News Source Type: news

Megabladder mouse model may help predict severity of pediatric kidney damage
A new study of the megabladder mouse model suggests that tracking changes in the expression of key genes involved in kidney disease could help physicians predict the severity of urinary tract obstruction in pediatric patients, which could help identify children at the greatest risk of chronic kidney disease and permanent organ damage. The work was led by a team that includes Brian Becknell, MD, PhD, a clinician and assistant professor in the Division of Nephrology at Nationwide Children's Hospital... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Relationship of kidney function estimates to risk improves by measuring cystatin C in the blood
A new, international study from the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium found that use of blood levels of cystatin C to estimate kidney function - alone or in combination with creatinine - strengthens the association between kidney function and risks of death and end-stage renal disease. The findings, reported in the September 5 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, suggest that the use of cystatin C as a measurement of kidney function could lead to better staging and risk classification of chronic kidney disease... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Researchers target muscle wasting in chronic kidney disease
Baylor College of Medicine researchers have identified in mouse models and patient muscle biopsies a new signaling pathway that could lead to a way of blocking the protein believed to be behind muscle wasting. (Source: Baylor College of Medicine News)
Source: Baylor College of Medicine News - September 5, 2013 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Rockwell Medical's Iron Deficiency Drug Succeeds in Final StudyRockwell Medical's Iron Deficiency Drug Succeeds in Final Study
Rockwell Medical Inc said its lead experimental drug met the main goal of improving hemoglobin levels in its final late-stage trial among adult patients with chronic kidney disease. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Rockwell Medical's iron deficiency drug succeeds in final study
(Reuters) - Rockwell Medical Inc said its lead experimental drug met the main goal of improving hemoglobin levels in its final late-stage trial among adult patients with chronic kidney disease. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Rockwell Medical's iron deficiency drug succeeds in second late-stage study
(Reuters) - Rockwell Medical Inc said its lead experimental drug met the main goal of improving hemoglobin levels in its final late-stage trial among adult patients with chronic kidney disease. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Relationship of kidney function estimates to risk improves by measuring cystatin C in the blood
(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) A new, international study that use of blood levels of cystatin C to estimate kidney function -- alone or in combination with creatinine -- strengthens the association between kidney function and risks of death and end-stage renal disease. The findings suggest that the use of cystatin C as a measurement of kidney function could lead to better staging and risk classification of chronic kidney disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 4, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Better kidney care could save thousands of lives
Conclusion You can’t always prevent all causes of AKI but you can take steps to improve the general health of your kidneys. These include: stay hydrated maintain a healthy blood pressure eat a healthy diet avoid smoking and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol try to maintain a healthy weight For more information and advice visit the NHS Choices Kidney health hub Analysis by Bazian. Edited by NHS Choices. Follow Behind the Headlines on Twitter.  Links To The Headlines Kidney checks on hospital patients 'would save lives'. BBC News, August 28 2013 Thousands dying of thirst on NH...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 28, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice QA articles Source Type: news

Patients with moderate kidney disease can safely exercise
A structured exercise and lifestyle program can improve fitness, body composition, and heart function in patients with kidney disease, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). The findings suggest that patients with kidney disease can benefit from greater physical activity and can do so safely even though they may have other medical problems. Approximately 60 million people globally have chronic kidney disease (CKD)... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Caveat for blood pressure treatment in chronic kidney disease
Physicians should keep a close eye on diastolic blood pressure when attempting to reduce systolic blood pressure in patients who have chronic kidney disease, research suggests. (Source: MedWire News - Hypertension)
Source: MedWire News - Hypertension - August 25, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Caveat for blood pressure treatment in chronic kidney disease
Physicians should keep a close eye on diastolic blood pressure when attempting to reduce systolic blood pressure in patients who have chronic kidney disease, research suggests. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - August 25, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news