Global Burden of Kidney Disease High, Inequities in Care Common Global Burden of Kidney Disease High, Inequities in Care Common
By 2030, 14.5 million people around the world will have end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), yet only 5.4 million will be treated due to economic, social and political factors. And more than 2 million people will die each year due to little or no access to hemodialysis or kidney transplantation.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Kidney transplant patients need even better aftercare!
(ERA-EDTA) Kidney transplantation is the best renal replacement therapy available. Although survival and quality of life are significantly better compared to dialysis patients, transplant recipients nevertheless have a significantly higher cardiovascular morbidity and mortality than healthy people. One recently published study [1] shows current data and derives important conclusions for further long-term improvements in outcomes after kidney transplantation - a highly topical issue, especially for cost reasons and in the event of organ or donor scarcity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How we became part of a kidney swap chain
Mandy Murray's husband Graham gave his kidney to someone in Belfast so his wife got a transplant in return. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Diabetes Drug Called Invokana May Prevent or Slow Kidney Disease, a New Study Says
A drug that’s used to help control blood sugar in people with diabetes has now been shown to help prevent or slow kidney disease, which causes millions of deaths each year and requires hundreds of thousands of people to use dialysis to stay alive. Doctors say it’s hard to overstate the importance of this study, and what it means for curbing this problem, which is growing because of the obesity epidemic. The study tested Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ drug Invokana. Results were discussed Sunday at a medical meeting in Australia and published by the New England Journal of Medicine. About 30 million Americans and...
Source: TIME: Health - April 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MARILYNN MARCHIONE / AP Tags: Uncategorized medicine onetime overnight Source Type: news

Home-Dialysis Patients Fare Better Home-Dialysis Patients Fare Better
Patients with kidney failure do better with home dialysis, new research shows, but uptake is generally low and requires motivation and education, experts say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 13, 2019 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Hallway Talks with Tim: Kidney Transplant Program and BeADonor Month
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - April 12, 2019 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

Kidney Health Atlas reveals global burden of disease and inequities in access
(Tania Ewing and Associates) A global study of the burden of kidney disease will be released at the World Congress of Nephrology in Melbourne, Australia. It reveals that by 2030 14.5 million people will have end-stage kidney disease (ESKD); yet, only 5.4 million will receive treatment due to economic, social, and political factors. More than 2 million people die every year worldwide because of little or no access to dialysis or kidney transplantation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How Rory, 4, escaped a life on dialysis thanks to a transplant from his own father 
When little Rory Blair, now four, lay in hospital needing a transplant, father Stuart, 40, stepped forward to donate his own kidney to save his son. Rory is now enjoying life at home in Derbyshire. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘I had nothing to lose’: St. Michael’s patient reflects on 42 years with kidney transplant
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - April 5, 2019 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Why being a living organ donor is easier than you think
More than 95,000 Americans are waiting for a kidney transplant right now, and most will wait an average of five to 10 years for a viable kidney from a deceased donor. Since you only need one good kidney to be healthy, Dr. Mikel Prieto, a Mayo Clinic transplant surgeon, says becoming a living organ donor [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 5, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Racial disparities persist in access to kidney transplants
Despite a system designed to reduce inequities, patients from underserved groups are still more likely to be listed as “inactive” — ineligible for a new kidney. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - April 3, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Racial Disparities Seen in Kidney Transplant for Highly Sensitized
WEDNESDAY, April 3, 2019 -- After implementation of the Kidney Allocation System, there was less access to kidney transplant in the black population among patients who are highly sensitized, according to a study published online April 3 in JAMA... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 3, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Mother in desperate need of a kidney transplant claims FRUIT-only diet helps her live a normal life
Polina Petruk, 33, from London, was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in 2007. She has five per cent kidney function, but claims her energy levels astound doctors. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Do animals hold the key to the global organ shortage?
Gene-editing technology has accelerated progress on animal organ transplant to the point where scientists will soon begin the first human trialsScientist Wenning Qin holds up a Petri dish, carefully sloshes around the pink liquid inside, and slides it under a microscope. Some identical tiny slashes come into focus. These cells, she explains, are derived from the ear of a pig. And they may contain the future of animal to human organ transplantation.Researchers in South Korea are expected to transplant pig corneasinto humans within a year. A handful of groups across the US are also working toward pig organ clinical trials in...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 3, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Karen Weintraub in Cambridge, Massachusetts Tags: Medical research Gene editing Science Health Organ donation Society Source Type: news

Using animal organs in humans: 'It's just a question of when'
Gene-editing technology has accelerated progress on animal organ transplant to the point where scientists will soon begin the first human trialsScientist Wenning Qin holds up a Petri dish, carefully sloshes around the pink liquid inside, and slides it under a microscope. Some identical tiny slashes come into focus. These cells, she explains, are derived from the ear of a pig. And they may contain the future of animal to human organ transplantation.Researchers in South Korea are expected to transplant pig corneasinto humans within a year. A handful of groups across the US are also working toward pig organ clinical trials in...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 3, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Karen Weintraub in Cambridge, Massachusetts Tags: Medical research Gene editing Science Health Organ donation Society Source Type: news

Racial disparities persist in access to kidney transplants
(Yale University) In a new study of patients awaiting kidney transplants, Yale researchers found significant racial disparities. This occurred despite a new system designed to reduce inequities, the researchers said. The study was published in JAMA Surgery. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

He Married His Kidney Donor. But Now, He Needs Another Kidney
Kyle Froelich’s first search for a donor kidney ended in a fairy tale romance. In 2010, Chelsea Clair decided to give her kidney to Froelich—a man she’d never met—after hearing through a mutual friend that both of his were failing. The pair began seeing each other every day as Clair went through the donor testing process and eventually started dating after the transplant was complete. Kyle’s health returned, and they got married three years later, making headlines across the country. Now, however, the Indiana couple is back in the news for a less celebratory reason: the kidney Chelsea donated ...
Source: TIME: Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized medicine Source Type: news

Vegetarian Diets and Chronic Kidney Disease Vegetarian Diets and Chronic Kidney Disease
Could plant-based diets have a role in the prevention and management of CKD?Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

Surgeons Perform First HIV-Positive Kidney Transplant From Living Donor
Title: Surgeons Perform First HIV-Positive Kidney Transplant From Living DonorCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/28/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/29/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet HIV General)
Source: MedicineNet HIV General - March 29, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Surgeons perform first organ transplant from an HIV-positive donor
Doctors in Baltimore have performed what's believed to be the first ever kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV. The breakthrough expands the potential organ donor pool for HIV-positive patients. Errol Barnett reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First Kidney Donor With HIV Leads Way for More Transplants First Kidney Donor With HIV Leads Way for More Transplants
An HIV-positive woman approached her doctor with a seemingly impossible idea -- she wanted to donate a kidney. Monday, she did, and ushered in what could be a new era in renal care for people with HIV.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - March 28, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Organ transplants from living donors who have HIV begin in U.S.
Surgeons in Baltimore have performed what's thought to be the world's first kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

2-Party HIV Positive Kidney Transplant Reported
A 35-year-old Atlanta woman who contracted HIV as a newborn offered one of her kidneys to an HIV-positive stranger, and doctors at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine performed the procedure on Monday. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

World's first living donor HIV-to-HIV kidney transplant delivers hope
The world's first kidney transplantation from a patient living with HIV to a recipient also living with HIV took place this week. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

US begins organ transplants from living donors who have HIV
U.S. woman believed to be the world's first living kidney donor with HIV hopes the transplant inspires others to donate (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

U.S. performs first kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV, in a milestone
Surgeons in Baltimore have performed what ’s thought to be the world’s first kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV, a milestone for patients with the AIDS virus who need a new organ. If other donors with HIV come forward, it could free up space on the transplant waiting list for everyone.... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - March 28, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press Source Type: news

Surgeons Perform First HIV-Positive Kidney Transplant From Living Donor
THURSDAY, March 28, 2019 -- Surgeons in Baltimore have performed the world's first kidney transplant in which both the living donor and the recipient are HIV-positive. The success of the operation could potentially make organs more widely available... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 28, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Doctors Perform First Organ Transplant Between Living HIV-Positive Donor and Recipient
(WASHINGTON) — Surgeons in Baltimore have performed what’s thought to be the world’s first kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV, a milestone for patients with the AIDS virus who need a new organ. If other donors with HIV come forward, it could free up space on the transplant waiting list for everyone. Nina Martinez of Atlanta traveled to Johns Hopkins University to donate a kidney to an HIV-positive stranger, saying she “wanted to make a difference in somebody else’s life” and counter the stigma that too often still surrounds HIV infection. Many people think “somebody wit...
Source: TIME: Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: LAURAN NEERGAARD / AP Tags: Uncategorized Medical Procedures onetime Source Type: news

First living HIV-positive donor provides kidney for transplant in medical breakthrough
The Johns Hopkins operation aims to expand the organ donor pool and reduce the stigma that still surrounds HIV. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

First ever living donor HIV-to-HIV kidney transplant
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) For the first time, a person living with HIV has donated a kidney to a transplant recipient also living with HIV. A multidisciplinary team from Johns Hopkins Medicine completed the living donor HIV-to-HIV kidney transplant on March 25, 2019. The doctors say both the donor and the recipient are doing well. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CareDx and Natera Clash in Patent Dispute
CareDx said it has filed a patent infringement suit against Natera in the U.S. District Court for Delaware. The Brisbane, CA-based company said it is asserting U.S. Patent Nos. 9,845,497 and 8,703,652, were exclusively licensed to it from Stanford University. Stanford is joined in the suit as a necessary party because it is the registered owner of these patents. These patents cover non-invasive monitoring of organ transplant rejection through cell-free DNA analysis, the intellectual property behind AlloSure. CareDx  is seeking all available remedies, including damages and injunctive relief. The suit...
Source: MDDI - March 26, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: IVD Source Type: news

Donated Kidney Saves Best Friend ’s Life
Treatment TermsKidney transplant Overview Glenn Graham and Cecil Hogue have been best friends since third grade. That friendship took a step beyond the routine in 2018 when Graham donated a kidney to save Hogue ’s life. “It was an opportunity to help a very good friend and his family,” Graham said. “I was happy to do it.” Hero Image2019_livingkidney_1932x862.jpg Content Blocks CTA Header Learn More CTA ButtonLiving Donor Kidney Transplantation Featured Doctors Matthew J. Ellis, MD BodyDisplay in Announcement Section:  Archived Medically Reviewed DateMonday, March 25, 2019 Rev...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - March 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dg62 at duke.edu Source Type: news

HBV, HCV Control Aids Kidney Transplant Outcomes
MONDAY, March 25, 2019 -- The outcomes of kidney transplants in patients with viral suppression are as good as those for kidney transplants in patients not infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to a study... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 25, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Machines Treating Patients? It ’s Already Happening
Rayfield Byrd knows when it’s time to wake up every morning. The 68-year-old Oakland, Cal., resident hears a voice from the living room offering a cheery good morning. Except Byrd lives alone. A little after 8 a.m. each day, a small yellow robot named Mabu asks Byrd how he’s doing. Byrd has Type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure, and about three years ago, he had surgery to implant a microvalve in his heart to keep his blood flowing properly. To stay healthy, he takes four medications a day and needs to exercise regularly. To make sure his heart is still pumping effectively, his doctor needs to stay on to...
Source: TIME: Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Artificial Intelligence Life Reinvented medicine Source Type: news

Kenya: Appeal Made for Drugs Required After Kidney Transplant Catered By NHIF
[Capital FM] Nairobi -As Kenya joins the rest of the world in marking World's Kidney Day, the big challenge still remains the affordability of costly drugs required by the patients who have undergone kidney transplant. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 15, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Teenager gets a kidney transplant from his MOTHER after 'waiting since he was five weeks old'
Stephen Gallacher, 15, who has been ill since birth, was the 100th person in Scotland to have a living donor transplant from his mother, Cheryl. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antiviral therapy improves survival rates for kidney transplant recipients with hepatitis B or C
(Elsevier) Prior to the development of antiviral therapy, kidney transplant recipients infected with either hepatitis B (HBV) or hepatitis C (HCV) experienced poor outcomes. In a new study in the Journal of Hepatology, published by Elsevier, researchers report favorable 10-year survival rates for patients with HBV and/or HCV treated with antiviral agents and advise that antiviral therapy should be systematically offered to all HBV and HCV patients in line with international recommendations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cell therapy could replace need for kidney transplants
(Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) scientists are working on a promising approach for treatment of chronic kidney disease - regeneration of damaged tissues using therapeutic cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Gene-Expression Signature in Blood Predicts Kidney Graft Rejection Gene-Expression Signature in Blood Predicts Kidney Graft Rejection
A multivariable gene-expression signature in peripheral blood of kidney-transplant recipients allows early identification of T cell-mediated rejection, according to results from the KALIBRE study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - March 13, 2019 Category: Pathology Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Timing of Medicare Loss Linked to Kidney Transplant Outcomes
MONDAY, March 11, 2019 -- Kidney transplant recipients receiving Medicare who lose coverage before or after the current three-year policy time point have an increased risk for allograft loss, according to a study published online March 5 in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 11, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Living kidney donor doesn't have to know the recipient
DEAR MAYO CLINIC:?I've heard of people being a living kidney donor for someone they don't know who's in need of a transplant. How does that work? Don't you have to be a relative, or at least a friend, to donate a kidney? ANSWER:?If you're interested in being a living kidney donor, it's not necessary for [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - March 8, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

AI Used to ID Risk of Heart Disease in Diabetes Study
Artificial intelligence is constantly being used in new and different applications in healthcare. A research team from the University of Gothenburg, is now using the power of AI in combination with conventional statistical methods in a study of risk factors in type 1 diabetes. The study’s objective was to identify the most important indicators of elevated risk for cardiovascular disease and death. "What's unique about this study is that we've included machine learning analyses - that is, algorithms for AI - to assess strength of association for cardiovascular risk factors," Aidin Rawshani, PhD, ...
Source: MDDI - March 7, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MDDI Staff Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

Blood Test Offers Early Warning for Kidney Transplant Rejection
WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 -- A gene expression signature can identify T-cell mediated rejection (TCMR) ahead of time in kidney transplant recipients, according to a study published online March 1 in EBioMedicine. Sofia Christakoudi, Ph.D., from... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 6, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Timing of Medicare loss may affect long-term success of kidney transplantation
(Wiley) Kidney transplant recipients under 65 years of age qualify for Medicare coverage following transplantation, but coverage ends after three years. A new American Journal of Transplantation study found that failure of the transplanted kidney was 990 percent to 1,630 percent higher for recipients who lost Medicare coverage before this three-year time point compared with recipients who lost Medicare on time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

U.S. Seeks to Cut Dialysis Costs With More Home Care Versus Clinics U.S. Seeks to Cut Dialysis Costs With More Home Care Versus Clinics
The Trump administration is working on a new payment approach for treating kidney disease that favors lower cost care at home and transplants, a change that would upend a dialysis industry that provides care in thousands of clinics nationwide.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - March 5, 2019 Category: Surgery Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Changes Afoot for Kidney Disease Payment in Medicare
(MedPage Today) -- HHS wants to encourage more transplants, home dialysis, according to HHS Secretary Alex Azar (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - March 5, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

U.S. seeks to cut dialysis costs with more home care versus clinics
The Trump administration is working on a new payment approach for treating kidney disease that favors lower cost care at home and transplants, a change that would upend a dialysis industry that provides care in thousands of clinics nationwide. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Most Provocative Statements Heard at MD & amp;M West 2019
For more MD&M West 2019 coverage, check out these stories: What Will Keep Medtech up at Night in 2019? Weighing in on the AI Renaissance in Medtech Cybersecurity: Is Medtech Cruisin' for a Bruisin'? Do You Have What It Takes to Become the Next Intuitive Surgical? 7 Pro Tips for New and Aspiring Roboticists What Role Does Material Development Play in Medtech? Behind the Invention: Wearable Artificial Kidney 3D Printing: This Time the Hype Is (Mostly) Real Don't miss MD&M West 2020! The event will be held February 11-13, 2020 in Anaheim, CA. Click here to inquire about registration.   (Source: MDDI)
Source: MDDI - March 1, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: R & D 3-D Printing Source Type: news

Swift Path to Kidney Transplant, After a Decade of Kidney Disease
Treatment TermsKidney diseaseKidney transplant Overview At age 27, Barb Lavalette learned she had a disease that, over time, could severely damage her kidney function. For more than a decade, she managed her kidney disease and built a life and family. Then her kidneys began to fail rapidly and she was placed on the transplant waitlist at Duke. Fortunately, her wait was shorter than most. Hero Image2019_barbaralavalette.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks CTA Header Learn More CTA ButtonKidney Transplant Patient Photo Featured Doctors Matthew J. Ellis, MD Bradley H. Collins, MD BodyDisplay in Announcement Section:...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mf205 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Blood test could give two-month warning of kidney transplant rejection
New research has found a novel way to predict rejection of a kidney transplant before it happens by monitoring the immune system of transplant patients. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - March 1, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news