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High Blood Calcium Levels Linked with Increased Risk of Premature Death in Dialysis Patients

• Both low and high blood calcium levels, as well as high phosphorus levels, were linked with an increased risk of dying prematurely in dialysis patients, regardless of the type of dialysis. • The findings address a pending Medicare quality...
16-Jan-2015 11:00 AM EST

Tool Helps Measure Patients’ Readiness to Make Decisions About Starting Dialysis

• A new algorithm is a useful tool for measuring chronic kidney disease patients’ readiness for making decisions about initiating dialysis. • Patients who have knowledge about their options and have fewer lifestyle barriers to home dialysis...
9-Jan-2015 9:25 AM EST

Study Provides Insights Into the Role of Genetic Variants in Kidney Disease

• Among patients with a kidney disease called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), those who had certain genetic variants tended to have more advanced disease when they were diagnosed. • Patients with the variants responded to...
2-Jan-2015 5:00 PM EST

ASN Releases GWU Report on Nephrology Fellows and Future Kidney Health Workforce

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the world’s largest organization of kidney health professionals, has published a new report analyzing the results of the 2014 Nephrology Fellows Survey. Authored by leading health workforce researchers at...
31-Dec-2014 9:00 AM EST

Older Kidney Donors with Hypertension May Have Good Kidney Health Following Donation

Kidney donors with hypertension had slightly fewer nephrons (the kidney’s filtering units) at the time of donation than similarly aged donors with normal blood pressure; however, 6 months following their surgery, hypertensive and non-hypertensive...
12-Dec-2014 1:15 PM EST

American Society of Nephrology Obtains Highest ACCME Accreditation

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the world’s largest organization of kidney health professionals, has received the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's highest level of accreditation—Accreditation with Commendation....
16-Dec-2014 2:00 PM EST

Drug May Help Prevent Bone Fractures in Patients on Dialysis

• In patients on dialysis, cinacalcet reduced the rate of bone fracture by 16% to 29%, after accounting for patient characteristics and other factors.
5-Dec-2014 2:00 PM EST

Low Levels of Circulating Protein Linked with Heart Problems in Mice with Kidney Disease

• Decreased blood levels of a protein called Klotho increases the risk of heart disease in mice with chronic kidney disease. • If confirmed in humans, increasing Klotho levels may help protect the hearts of patients with chronic kidney...
28-Nov-2014 8:00 AM EST

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