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The History of Hemodialysis Sheds Light on the Ethical Use of Limited Medical Resources

As medical research continues to generate new technologies and drugs for a wide variety of uses, questions arise regarding how such resources should be used and who should have access to them. A new article addresses these questions, using the...
5-Feb-2016 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Racial Disparities in Kidney Transplant Outcomes Are Narrowing

• From 1990 to 2012, disparities in health outcomes lessened between black and white kidney transplant recipients, including those who received live donor kidney transplants and those who received deceased donor kidney transplants.
29-Jan-2016 9:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Dietary Changes May Help Postpone Dialysis in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

• Five patients with severely reduced kidney function would need to adhere to a ketoanalogue-supplemented very low–protein diet to avoid a >50% reduction in kidney function or the need for dialysis in 1 patient
22-Jan-2016 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Mitochondrial DNA Levels in the Blood May Predict Risk of Developing Chronic Kidney Disease

High levels of mitochondrial DNA in the blood was linked with a 25% reduced risk of developing chronic kidney disease compared with low levels.
15-Jan-2016 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Low Blood Levels of Bicarbonate Linked to Earlier Death in Healthy Older Adults

• Generally healthy older individuals with normal or high bicarbonate levels in the blood had a similar risk of dying during follow-up, but patients with low bicarbonate had a 24% increased risk compared with these groups.
8-Jan-2016 8:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Chronic Kidney Disease Prevalence Varies Greatly Across Europe

• The prevalence of chronic kidney disease varies across European countries, ranging from 3% to 17% • Differences in rates of diabetes, hypertension, and obesity—which are risk factors for chronic kidney disease—do not account for this...
17-Dec-2015 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Screening Male Kidney Transplant Candidates for Prostate Cancer May Do More Harm Than Good

• Among male kidney transplant candidates, prostate cancer screening was not associated with improved patient survival after transplantation. • Screening increased the time to listing and transplantation for candidates under 70 years old with...
17-Dec-2015 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Nutritional Vitamin D Supplements Do Not Help Treat Anemia in Dialysis Patients

Vitamin D2 supplements taken for 6 months did not reduce dialysis patients’ need for anemia drugs that stimulate red blood cell production.
11-Dec-2015 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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