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Genetic Test Helps Predict Which Children with Kidney Disease Will Respond to Standard Therapy

• Among children with sporadic nephrotic syndrome, genetic mutations in the kidney’s filtration barrier were frequently linked with a lack of response to immunosuppressive treatments. • The genetic test was even more predictive than a kidney...
18-Jul-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Ferric Citrate May Reduce Dialysis Patients’ Need for Multiple Medications

• Ferric citrate effectively reduced blood phosphorus levels while increasing iron stores and decreasing the need for intravenous iron and anemia medications in dialysis patients. • The medication may help reduce complications and costs...
18-Jul-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Cost of Kidney Donation May Be Too Much for Potential Donors with Low Income

• Between 1999 and 2010, lower income regions in the US consistently had lower rates of living donation compared with higher income populations. • The difference in living donation rates between lower and higher income regions was much larger...
11-Jul-2014 7:00 PM EDT

Cost of Expensive Medication in Dialysis Catheters May Be Offset by Reduced Complications

• The increased cost of an expensive drug that can prevent clots in dialysis catheters may be offset by lower costs for managing complications. • Additional studies are needed to determine the medication’s long-term cost and effectiveness.
7-Jul-2014 3:00 PM EDT

ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Funds $2.8 Million in Research Grants

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research will fund $2.8 million in original, meritorious research in 2014 to improve care for the more than 20 million Americans with kidney disease, and for kidney patients...
7-Jul-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Risk Factors for Chronic Kidney Disease Are Present Decades Before Diagnosis

• Obesity, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and diabetes increase a person’s risk of developing chronic kidney disease decades later. • Early identification of such risk factors may help improve efforts to prevent kidney disease.
20-Jun-2014 7:00 AM EDT

Small Changes to US Kidney Allocation Policy May Help Reduce Geographic Disparities in Transplantation

• In Tennessee and Florida, waiting times and other measures of geographic disparity in kidney transplantation became almost equal after the states adopted a Statewide Sharing variance to the national kidney allocation policy in the early 1990s....
20-Jun-2014 7:45 AM EDT

Study Documents Important Differences in Hospitalization Rates Among Racial and Ethnic Groups on Dialysis

• During the first year of dialysis, white patients overall had higher hospitalization rates than blacks and Hispanics, but younger black patients, older black patients, and older Hispanic patients had increased hospitalization rates compared with...
13-Jun-2014 10:00 AM EDT

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