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Prenatal Risk Factors May Put Children at Risk of Developing Kidney Disease

Certain prenatal risk factors are associated with the development of chronic kidney disease in children, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). Future studies should...
4/11/2014 9:00 AM EDT

Common Virus May Cause Anemia in Patients with Kidney Disease

• Kidneys from most patients with chronic kidney disease were positive for active cytomegalovirus infection. • Patients with higher levels of anti-cytomegalovirus antibodies in their blood had lower number of red blood...
4/4/2014 8:00 AM EDT

Drug Provides Health Benefits to Diabetics with Kidney Disease

• Low doses of atrasentan, an endothelin receptor A inhibitor, lowered urinary protein excretion by 36% in patients with diabetes and kidney disease. • Atrasentan also lowered blood pressure and cholesterol levels without causing major side...
4/4/2014 8:00 AM EDT

ASN President Calls for Kidney Disease Innovation in Congressional Testimony


The President of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) testified before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee that a prize competition could help spur innovation in kidney disease research.
4/8/2014 11:00 AM EDT

Poor Quality of Life May Contribute to Kidney Disease Patients’ Health Problems

In African American patients with chronic kidney disease, poor quality of life was linked with increased risks of disease progression and heart problems
3/28/2014 8:00 AM EDT

Walking May Help Protect Kidney Patients Against Heart Disease and Infections

• In kidney disease patients, 30 minutes of walking improved the responsiveness of certain immune cells to a bacterial challenge and induced a systemic anti-inflammatory environment in the body. • Six months of regular walking reduced immune...
3/28/2014 8:00 AM EDT

Autoimmune Drug May Help Prevent Kidney Disease Caused by Diabetes

• A receptor called B7-1 is expressed by kidney cells during the progression of kidney disease in diabetic mice and humans. • Targeting this receptor with an available drug called CTLA4-Ig, or abatacept, helps to maintain kidney function in...
3/21/2014 7:00 AM EDT

Major Depression Linked with Nearly Twice the Risk of Kidney Failure in Diabetics

• Diabetics with major depressive symptoms had an 85% higher risk of developing kidney failure. • Minor depressive symptoms were not significantly linked with the development of kidney failure among diabetics.
3/21/2014 7:50 AM EDT

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