Levosimendan improves event free survival by 50 percent in end-stage heart failure
(European Society of Cardiology) Ambulatory levosimendan improves event free survival by 50 percent compared to placebo, according to results from the LevoRep Study presented today during the late breaking trial session1 of the Heart Failure Congress 2013. In a second study, the third generation mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist BAY 94-8862 showed improved potassium and kidney tolerance in heart failure patients with chronic kidney disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 27, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Kidney Disease: Healthy Heart Lifestyle May Slow ProgressionKidney Disease: Healthy Heart Lifestyle May Slow Progression
The progression of chronic kidney disease may be linked to fewer components of Life's Simple 7 ideals for heart health. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Mediterranean Diet Good for Chronic Kidney DiseaseMediterranean Diet Good for Chronic Kidney Disease
Stronger adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet significantly reduces mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

In Patients With Kidney Disease, LDL Cholesterol Is A Poor Marker Of Heart Health
Other measures are needed to assess patients' cardiovascular risks Among patients with chronic kidney disease, those with very low kidney function had a higher risk of having a heart attack than those with higher kidney function over a four-year period. The link between higher LDL cholesterol and heart attack risk was weaker for patients with very low kidney function than for patients with higher kidney function. 60 million people globally have chronic kidney disease... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Lab Notes: Cell Therapy May Rescue Veins in CKD
(MedPage Today) -- An intravenous infusion of endothelial cells improved vascular function in a mouse model of chronic kidney disease, researchers said. Also this week: another reason not to tailgate the car ahead of you. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - May 17, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

LDL Won't Help Spot MI in Renal Patients (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- High LDL cholesterol levels were a weak predictor of myocardial infarction risk in patients with chronic kidney disease, a study found. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - May 17, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Kidney Disease: LDL - Heart Risk Link Weak in CKD (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- High LDL cholesterol levels were a weak predictor of myocardial infarction risk in patients with chronic kidney disease, a study found. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - May 16, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

La Jolla completes patient dosing in Phase I portion of GCS-100 clinical trial
La Jolla Pharmaceutical has treated the last patient in the Phase I (Part A) portion of its Phase I/II clinical trial of GCS-100 to treat chronic kidney disease (CKD). (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - May 7, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Cinacalcet Shows Little Benefit in End-Stage Kidney DiseaseCinacalcet Shows Little Benefit in End-Stage Kidney Disease
Cinacalcet reduces the need for parathyroidectomy in a few patients with chronic kidney disease but appears to have no effect on all-cause or cardiovascular mortality and comes with adverse effects. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 7, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Kidney Disease In Canada: 12.5% Of Adults Afflicted, Yet Many Unaware
An estimated 12.5% of Canadians in Canada have evidence of chronic kidney disease, including people without risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Chronic kidney disease is a risk factor for death, and it places a significant burden on the health care system; dialysis for 1 person alone over 1 year costs about $60,000. Estimates of kidney disease in Canada are based on extrapolations of the prevalence of end-stage renal disease... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 6, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

No Mortality Benefit Seen for Dialysis Drug (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- The routine use of the calcimimetic agent cinacalcet (Sensipar) conferred little mortality benefit in patients with severe chronic kidney disease and is commonly associated with side effects, a meta-analysis confirmed. (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)
Source: MedPage Today Nephrology - May 2, 2013 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Routine Use Of Cinacalcet Therapy In People With Chronic Kidney Disease No Longer Recommended
Cinacalcet, a drug commonly given to patients with end stage kidney disease to help keep phosphorus and parathyroid blood levels within a target range has few patient level clinical benefits and several adverse effects, suggesting that it should no longer be routinely prescribed, according to a study by international researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine. These findings are important as cinacalcet has become the largest single drug cost for patients on dialysis in the US, with an annual expenditure of at least US $260 million... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Dermatological Manifestations Among Patients on HemodialysisDermatological Manifestations Among Patients on Hemodialysis
Learn more about the links between chronic kidney disease and the skin. Wounds (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology Journal Article Source Type: news

Sevelamer Doesn't Protect the Heart in Early CKD: StudySevelamer Doesn't Protect the Heart in Early CKD: Study
The phosphate binder sevelamer didn't have any favorable cardiovascular effects in a randomized controlled trial of patients with stage 3 chronic kidney disease (CKD). Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - April 26, 2013 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Kidney disease screening needs rethink in hypertension
The standard approach to detecting chronic kidney disease fails to spot the condition in about a quarter of patients with hypertension, a study suggests. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - April 26, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

A Web-Based Consultation for Chronic Kidney Disease PatientsA Web-Based Consultation for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
A telenephrology consulting system may contribute to efficient patient care by allowing patients with chronic kidney disease to be treated in primary care with remote support by a nephrologist. Annals of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Kidney disease screening needs rethink in hypertension
The standard approach to detecting chronic kidney disease fails to spot the condition in about a quarter of patients with hypertension, a study suggests. (Source: MedWire News - Hypertension)
Source: MedWire News - Hypertension - April 23, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Older Adults Benefit From Mediterranean Diet's Health Effects
According to a study published in the Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, a baseline adherence to a Mediterranean diet (MeDiet) is associated with a lower risk of hyperuricemia, defined as a serum uric acid (SUA) concentration higher than 7mg/dl in men and higher than 6mg/dl in women. Hyperuricemia has been associated with metabolic syndrome, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, gout, and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nutrition / Diet Source Type: news

Kidney disease screening needs rethink in hypertension
The standard approach to detecting chronic kidney disease fails to spot the condition in about a quarter of patients with hypertension, a study suggests. (Source: MedWire News - Hypertension)
Source: MedWire News - Hypertension - April 21, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Experts Examine Mediterranean Diet's Health Effects For Older Adults
According to a study published in the Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, a baseline adherence to a Mediterranean diet (MeDiet) is associated with a lower risk of hyperuricemia, defined as a serum uric acid (SUA) concentration higher than 7mg/dl in men and higher than 6mg/dl in women. Hyperuricemia has been associated with metabolic syndrome, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, gout, and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 20, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nutrition / Diet Source Type: news

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup from Johns Hopkins (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include glutamine and antioxidants in ICU patients, CT scans to diagnose osteoporosis, childhood migraine and colic, and chronic kidney disease predictors. (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - April 19, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Pulmonary Hypertension in CKDPulmonary Hypertension in CKD
Are patients with chronic kidney disease at a higher risk for developing pulmonary hypertension and, if so, how does it present? American Journal of Kidney Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

Phosphate Binder No Help for Heart in CKD (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Patients with chronic kidney disease saw no improvement in cardiovascular outcomes when treated with the phosphate-binding agent sevelamer, results of a randomized trial showed. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - April 19, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Slow Pace Linked to Early Death in Renal Patients (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Slow walking speed, common in diabetics and others with chronic kidney disease, was strongly associated with early death, says this new study. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - April 18, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Agrochemicals blamed for chronic kidney disease in Sri Lanka
WHO researchers have pinned chronic kidney disease in Sri Lanka on heavy metals in agrochemicals. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - April 12, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Belly Fat May Be Tied to Kidney Damage
Study links an apple-shaped figure to early signs of kidney problems Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Body Weight, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Diseases (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - April 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Formulation of Selected Renal Cells for Implantation into a Kidney
Delivery of cells to organs has primarily relied on formulating the cells in a nonviscous liquid carrier. We have developed a methodology to isolate selected renal cells (SRC) that have provided functional stability to damaged kidneys in preclinical models (Kelley et al. Poster presentation at 71st scientific sessions of American diabetes association , 2011; Kelley et al. Oral presentation given at Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS)—North America annual conference, 2010; Presnell et al. Tissue Eng Part C Methods 17:261–273, 2011; Kelley et al. Am...
Source: Springer protocols feed by Molecular Medicine - April 11, 2013 Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: news

12 Things Hospitalists Need to Know About Nephrology12 Things Hospitalists Need to Know About Nephrology
In this article, nephrologists offer tips to help hospitalists better care for their patients with chronic kidney disease. The Hospitalist (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Obesity Causes Chronic Kidney Disease?
(Ivanhoe Newswire) — In 2008, more than 1.4 billion adults worldwide were overweight, with approximately 500 million of them being obese, according to the World Health Organization. Obesity in young adulthood may significantly increase individuals' risks of developing kidney disease by the time they become seniors. The findings emphasize the importance of excess weight as a risk factor for chronic kidney disease (CKD). (Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com)
Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com - April 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In Children With Kidney Failure, Growth Hormone Reverses Growth Problems
Growth hormone therapy can help reverse growth problems in children with kidney failure, according to a study appearing in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). However, treatment increases bone turnover and interrupts the relationship between bone turnover and a blood marker of bone health, making it difficult for doctors to assess patients' bone health by blood tests alone. Chronic kidney disease can have severe effects on growth in children, leading to short stature and problems with both physical and psychological health... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 7, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Kidney Disease In Older Age Linked To Overweight Starting In Early Adulthood
Being overweight starting in young adulthood may significantly increase individuals' risks of developing kidney disease by the time they become seniors, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The findings emphasize the importance of excess weight as a risk factor for chronic kidney disease (CKD)... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 7, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

CKD Patients May Be Overexposed to PICC (CME/CE)
ORLANDO (MedPage Today) -- Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) received percutaneous inserted central catheters (PICC) in the acute care setting more often than other patients, despite professional guidelines that discourage PICC use in a CKD population, researchers said here. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - April 6, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

West Nile May Lead to Kidney Disease (CME/CE)
ORLANDO (MedPage Today) -- It's unlikely that traditional risk factors play a role in the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients who've had West Nile virus, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - April 5, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Overweight While Younger Ups Kidney Risk Later
Maintaining healthy weight until age 60 and beyond best prevention, study suggests Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Body Weight, Chronic Kidney Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - April 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CKD Often Missed in Type 2 Diabetes (CME/CE)
ORLANDO (MedPage Today) -- Chronic kidney disease (CKD) may go undiagnosed in many patients with type 2 diabetes, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - April 4, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Hispanics Live Longer On Dialysis Than Caucasians
When on kidney dialysis, hispanics tend to live longer than whites, according to a new study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Kidney dialysis is a method of eliminating waste and unneeded water from the blood. Normally, our kidneys complete this process naturally. People who have kidneys that are not functioning properly need dialysis. Dialysis can be used for people who are sick and have acute kidney failure or for stable people who have chronic kidney disease... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 31, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Longer Survival Among Kidney Disease Patients With Healthy Lifestyle
Certain lifestyle factors - such as not smoking, getting regular physical activity, and avoiding a low body weight - may help prolong the lives of individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). More than 26 million individuals in the United States have CKD... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Tests Of Resistance To Hormone Could Help Doctors Monitor And Treat Kidney Disease Patients
The kidneys' response to a particular hormone may affect kidney disease patients' heart health and longevity, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The findings may help doctors as they monitor and treat patients with kidney disease. In patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), blood levels of a hormone called fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF-23) rise in parallel with declining kidney function, causing excess excretion of phosphorus in the urine... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Healthy Living Lowers Death Risk for Kidney Patients
(Ivanhoe Newswire) — More than 60 million people globally have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and 26 million live in the U.S. alone. In the general population, a healthy lifestyle is linked with a lower risk of dying prematurely, but little is known about such a link in individuals with CKD, who are at higher risk for developing heart problems and dying from heart disease. (Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com)
Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com - March 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adverse kidney disease outcomes linked to blood pressure in African Americans
African–American individuals who have chronic kidney disease are at a greater risk for mortality the more varied their systolic blood pressure is, report researchers. (Source: MedWire News - Urology)
Source: MedWire News - Urology - March 22, 2013 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Too Little Evidence on PAD Screening to Make Definitive Recommendation, Says USPSTF
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a draft recommendation statement indicating that current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for peripheral artery disease (PAD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment using the ankle brachial index in adults. The recommendation applies to asymptomatic adults who have no known diagnosis of PAD, CVD, severe chronic kidney disease or diabetes. (Source: AAFP Health of the Public)
Source: AAFP Health of the Public - March 20, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Arterial Disease in Chronic Kidney DiseaseArterial Disease in Chronic Kidney Disease
Are we missing the point with emphasis on cardiac risk factors which may reduce only atheroma burden -- in CKD? Heart (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Efforts To Reduce Kidney Care Disparities Should Take Race, Geographic Location Into Account
Race and geographic area play important roles in determining whether a patient with chronic kidney disease (CKD) receives optimal care before developing kidney failure, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). The findings suggest that policies aimed at eliminating disparities in kidney care must take these factors into account... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Tolvaptan effective option in CKD with heart failure
Tolvaptan is an effective add-on diuretic for patients with chronic kidney disease complicated by congestive heart failure, report researchers. (Source: MedWire News - Cardiology)
Source: MedWire News - Cardiology - March 15, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Blacks with Kidney Disease Should Watch for Blood Pressure Shifts
Daily fluctuations in hypertension might warn of early death, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: African-American Health, Chronic Kidney Disease, High Blood Pressure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

March Is National Kidney Month. What You Need To Know To Keep Your Kidneys Healthy
With more than 20 million or one in 10 American adults having some level of chronic kidney disease, the need for proper kidney health education is crucial. According to Dr. Kozin, "Early kidney disease does not usually present any signs or symptoms. It isn't until the later stages of kidney disease that it becomes more obvious there is a problem. As with many conditions, prevention is the best medicine. It is basically a good practice to adopt a lifestyle that promotes good kidney health... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Systematic review and meta-analysis of effect of statins on cardiovascular and renal outcomes in patients with chronic kidney disease
Source: European Heart Journal Area: News This systematic review and meta-analysis investigated the balance of risks and benefits of statin therapy in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and the effect of kidney function on statin use.   A literature search was conducted for prospective RCTs assessing the effects of statins on cardiovascular outcomes in people with CKD published between 1970 and November 2011. Thirty-one trials that include at least one event were identified, providing data for 48,429 patients with CKD, including 6690 major cardiovascular events and 6653 deaths.   The following fi...
Source: NeLM - Cardiovascular Medicine - March 7, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Nontraditional Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Chronic Kidney Disease: Have you Heard of FGF 23?
The news: elevated levels of FGF are a new risk factor for death in chronic kidney disease -- a clinical situation replete with cardiovascular disease. Here: how practice should change in the face of these newly identified nontraditional cardiovascular risk factors in CKD. (Source: Consultant Live)
Source: Consultant Live - February 28, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

BMJ Launches 'Too Much Medicine' Campaign To Tackle The Harms Of Overdiagnosis And Overtreatment
Journal will partner at international conference to find ways to stop harming the healthy Today, the BMJ launches a 'Too Much Medicine' campaign to help tackle the threat to health and the waste of money caused by unnecessary care. Unnecessary care occurs when people are diagnosed and treated for conditions that will never cause them harm and there's growing evidence that many people are overdiagnosed and overtreated for a wide range of conditions such as prostate and thyroid cancers, asthma, and chronic kidney disease... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Litigation / Medical Malpractice Source Type: news

Colestilan (BindRenĀ®) approved in the EU for treatment of hyperphosphataemia in adults with CKD
Source: European Medicines Agency Area: News Colestilan (BindRen®) has been approved in the EU for the treatment of hyperphosphataemia in adult patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Stage 5 receiving haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. Further details of this product, including the European Public Assessment Report, are available via link below.   (Source: NeLM - News)
Source: NeLM - News - February 25, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news