Right Diet May Cut Kidney Risk in Diabetes (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- A healthy diet was associated with a lower risk of incidence or progression of chronic kidney disease in people with type 2 diabetes, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - August 13, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Mastix Medica Introduces RenaGumâ„¢ - The First Medical Food Chewing Gum
RenaGum™ is a new approach to helping people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) maintain normal phosphate levels. It is the first medical food that is not another pill or tablet you need to swallow,...(PRWeb August 08, 2013)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb11010469.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - August 11, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Medicare's CKD Bill: $49 Billion a Year (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Estimates for Medicare expenditures in chronic kidney disease show costs rise as the disease worsens, topping out at over $12,000 per person and totaling $49 billion annually, researchers found. (Source: MedPage Today State Required CME)
Source: MedPage Today State Required CME - August 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins and the Kidney: Good at All StagesStatins and the Kidney: Good at All Stages
This F1000 commentary reports on a study whose findings conclude that statins should be used in all stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD), including stage 5. Faculty of 1000 (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

Anaemia may be linked to increased dementia risk
"Iron-rich foods such as steak…could cut the risk of dementia in later life, say researchers" is the misleading claim in the Daily Mail. The Daily Telegraph follows suit, stating that scientists claim we should "Eat steak to reduce risk of dementia". But the cohort study that both papers seized on did not actually look directly at diet. The study followed more than 2,550 older adults for over a decade and found that those who had anaemia at the start of the study were more likely to go on to develop dementia. Anaemia is caused by reduced levels of either red blood cells or the...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Lifestyle/exercise Neurology Older people Source Type: news

Current Definition of Chronic Kidney Disease Yields Striking Overdiagnoses (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman The definition of chronic kidney disease currently used in the U.S. has led to overdiagnosis, with 14% of Americans potentially meeting criteria for CKD, according to a BMJ analysis. Previous definitions … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - July 31, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New definition of chronic kidney disease labels 1 in 8 adults as sick
This article is the second of a series looking at the risks and harms of overdiagnosis in a range of common conditions... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Astellas and FibroGen begins Phase II study of ASP1517/FG-4592 in Japan
Astellas Pharma and FibroGen have started a Phase II study of ASP1517/FG-4592 to treat anaemia of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients on dialysis in Japan. (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - July 30, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Analysis: Overdiagnosis in CKD? (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Expanded criteria for chronic kidney disease (CKD) have labeled too many people as sick, researchers argued. (Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology)
Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology - July 30, 2013 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

NIH expands study to better understand kidney disease progression
Research will examine the roll chronic kidney disease may play in hospitalization for other illnesses. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - July 29, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

NIH expands study to better understand kidney disease progression
(NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Researchers from the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) study are embarking on another five years of work to identify risk factors for progression of early stage chronic kidney disease (CKD), better understand the importance of reduced kidney function in older persons, and learn what role CKD may play in other illnesses that require hospitalization. CRIC is supported by the National Institutes of Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 29, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Great CPC: Metformin toxicity
3.5 out of 5 stars Case 23-2013: a 54-Year-old Woman with Abdominal Pain, Vomiting, and Confusion. Kalantar-Zadeh K et al. N Engl J Med 2013 Jul 25;369:374-382. Full Text This is a very instructive case discussion from the Massachusetts General Hospital. A plane was diverted to Boston because one passenger, a 54-year-old woman, developed increasing abdominal pain and vomiting, along with decreasing mental status. After the plane landed, EMS found that here vital signs were fairly unremarkable (HR = 52 bpm). She was not hypoglycemic. Her medical history included type-2 diabetes, hypertension, and chronic renal disease....
Source: The Poison Review - July 26, 2013 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical acute pancreatitis anion gap metabolic acidosis case discussion case records of the massachusetts general hospital metformin toxicity Source Type: news

CKD: Calcium-Based Phosphate Binders May Increase MortalityCKD: Calcium-Based Phosphate Binders May Increase Mortality
Noncalcium-based phosphate binders are associated with a lower risk for all-cause mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease compared with calcium-based phosphate binders. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Guidelines on Managing Anemia in CKDGuidelines on Managing Anemia in CKD
What do the latest clinical guidelines say about the treatment of anemia in chronic kidney disease? Are there any new therapeutic strategies? Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

In patients with kidney disease, calcium linked to increased risk of heart disease and death
Kidney patients who take calcium supplements to lower their phosphorous levels may be at a 22 per cent higher risk of death than those who take other non-calcium based treatments, according to a new study by Women's College Hospital's Dr. Sophie Jamal. The study, published in the Lancet, calls into question the long-time practice of prescribing calcium to lower phosphate levels in patients with chronic kidney disease... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

Medication-resistant hypertension present in most people with moderate kidney disease
More than 50% of individuals with moderate kidney disease have hypertension that is resistant to medications, and those who are black or have a larger waist circumference, diabetes, or a history of heart attacks or strokes are at highest risk, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). The findings could help identify kidney disease patients who need more intensive monitoring and treatments for hypertension. Approximately 60 million people globally have chronic kidney disease (CKD)... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hypertension Source Type: news

CKD May Up Risk of Resistant Hypertension (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Patients with chronic kidney disease are at risk for treatment-resistant hypertension, although certain subgroups carry a higher risk than others, researchers found. (Source: MedPage Today State Required CME)
Source: MedPage Today State Required CME - July 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CKD May Increase Risk of Resistant Hypertension (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Patients with chronic kidney disease are at risk for treatment-resistant hypertension, although certain subgroups carry a higher risk than others, researchers found. (Source: MedPage Today State Required CME)
Source: MedPage Today State Required CME - July 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kidney Function Declines Faster in Black Patients (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Even in a universal healthcare system that presumably provides equal care to all people, blacks with chronic kidney disease had faster progression to end-stage renal disease than their white counterparts, a Dutch study showed. (Source: MedPage Today State Required CME)
Source: MedPage Today State Required CME - July 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Novel Drug Bendavia Acts In Unique Way To Protect Against Kidney Injury
New research reveals the mechanism by which an experimental drug can protect the kidneys from sudden damage, called acute kidney injury (AKI). The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), show how the drug may be able to save many lives and cut medical costs related to the condition. AKI, which affects millions of people worldwide and increases the risk of developing chronic kidney disease and dying early, is most often caused by reduced or blocked blood flow to the kidney (called ischemia)... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

New Iron Formula Boosts Hb During Dialysis
(MedPage Today) -- An investigational iron replacement agent significantly raised hemoglobin levels compared with placebo among dialysis patients with chronic kidney disease, according to top-line results from a trial. (Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology)
Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology - July 11, 2013 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Rockwell Medical's iron deficiency drug succeeds in trial
(Reuters) - Rockwell Medical Inc said a late-stage trial of its experimental iron deficiency drug met the main goal of improving hemoglobin levels in patients with chronic kidney disease. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FIND-CKD Study Demonstrates That Ferinject® Reduces Need For Alternative Anaemia Treatment
The FIND-CKD study was designed to investigate the optimal route of administration and dosing strategy for iron therapy in patients with non-dialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease (ND-CKD) suffering from iron deficiency anaemia. Ferinject® (ferric carboxymaltose) was compared to oral iron treatment. The study met its primary endpoint, thereby demonstrating that Ferinject® reduces the need for other anaemia management (e.g. erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) or blood transfusion) in this patient population... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

CKD: Holistic Care May Improve Low QOL in Young PatientsCKD: Holistic Care May Improve Low QOL in Young Patients
Adolescents and young adults with chronic kidney disease have low QOL and are willing to trade life expectancy for perfect health; holistic care may improve QOL and health outcomes. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

L-thyroxine Dampens Renal Function Decline in CKD With SCHL-thyroxine Dampens Renal Function Decline in CKD With SCH
Thyroid hormone replacement therapy might dampen the rate of decline in renal function in patients with stage 2 to 4 chronic kidney disease and subclinical hypothyroidism, researchers report. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

IV Iron in CKD: Understanding the GuidelinesIV Iron in CKD: Understanding the Guidelines
Dr. Jeffrey Berns provides perspective on sections in the KDIGO guidelines on managing chronic kidney disease that deal with intravenous iron. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

Serum Bicarbonate and Mortality in AdultsSerum Bicarbonate and Mortality in Adults
Is low serum bicarbonate concentration a strong risk factor for mortality in patients with or without chronic kidney disease? Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

Sleep Problems Common in Chronic Kidney DiseaseSleep Problems Common in Chronic Kidney Disease
Research suggests an 'unmet need' for the assessment and treatment of sleep disorders in patients with kidney disease, researchers say. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Diabetes Poses Greatest Kidney Risk (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Diabetes is the most common cause of chronic kidney disease worldwide, though herbal and environmental toxins are also to blame, especially in developing countries, researchers found. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - May 31, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

In End-Stage Heart Failure, Levosimendan Improves Event Free Survival By 50 Percent
Ambulatory levosimendan improves event free survival by 50% compared to placebo, according to results from the LevoRep Study presented during a late breaking trial session of the Heart Failure Congress 2013. In a second study, the third generation mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist (MRA) BAY 94-8862 showed improved potassium and kidney tolerance in heart failure patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Heart Failure 2013 is the main annual meeting of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology and was held 25-28 May in Lisbon, Portugal... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart Disease Source Type: news

Levosimendan improves event free survival by 50% in end-stage heart failure, Third generation MRA shows improved potassium and kidney tolerance in heart failure patients with CKD
Ambulatory levosimendan improves event free survival by 50% compared to placebo, according to results from the LevoRep study.  In a second study, the third generation mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist (MRA) BAY 94-8862 showed improved potassium and kidney tolerance in heart failure patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  Read more Topics: Heart Failure (HF) (Source: ESC News and Press)
Source: ESC News and Press - May 27, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Lifestyle That Is Heart Healthy May Also Cut Kidney Disease Patients' Risk Of Kidney Failure, Prolong Their Lives
Maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle may also help protect chronic kidney disease patients from developing kidney failure and dying prematurely, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The findings suggest that patients with kidney disease should be encouraged to improve their heart health. Poor kidney health puts people at risk of developing heart problems, but it's unclear whether the opposite is true... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology / Nephrology Source Type: news

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