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Kidney Health Initiative Announces Inaugural Patient and Family Partnership Council

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) has announced the creation and appointment of the inaugural Patient and Family Partnership Council (PFPC). The PFPC will provide patient and caregiver input into current and future KHI projects to promote and...
12-May-2015 9:05 AM EDT

Study Characterizes the Incidence and Effects of Severe Kidney Injury During Pregnancy

• In Ontario, Canada, the incidence of acute kidney injury that requires dialysis is 1 in 10,000 pregnancies. • Otherwise healthy women who acquire a major pregnancy-related complication are at increased risk. • In pregnancies affected by...
8-May-2015 9:05 AM EDT

Dexamethasone May Help Prevent Severe Kidney Injury Following Heart Surgery

• Patients who received dexamethasone during heart surgery had about a 2.5-times lower risk of developing kidney failure requiring dialysis compared with those receiving a placebo. • The greatest benefits of dexamethasone were seen in patients...
1-May-2015 9:00 AM EDT

Even Casual Walking for an Extra 2 Minutes Each Hour May Help Prolong Life

In an observational study that followed participants for an average of just under 3 years, a “trade-off” of sedentary activity with low-intensity activity was not beneficial, but a trade-off of 2 minutes/hour of sedentary activity with an equal...
24-Apr-2015 5:00 PM EDT

What Does the Public Think About Paying People to Donate Their Organs?

• Members of the public in Australia considered reimbursement and justifiable recompensation of costs related to organ donation to be legitimate ways of supporting living donors. • Financial payment beyond reimbursement was regarded as morally...
17-Apr-2015 9:05 AM EDT

Family History Increases the Risk of Cardiac Arrest in Patients on Dialysis

Among dialysis patients, genetically related family members have about a 70% increased risk of cardiac arrest compared with unrelated dialysis patients. Spouses on dialysis do not have an increased risk.
10-Apr-2015 8:05 AM EDT

New High-Throughput Screening Method May Uncover Novel Treatments for Kidney Disease

• Researchers have developed a system that could be used to identify novel drug candidates that protect the function of the kidney cells that are damaged in patients with chronic kidney disease. • One drug identified through the system...
3-Apr-2015 8:05 AM EDT

Kidney Health Initiative Seeking Patient Input Into New Therapies for Kidney Disease

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) is seeking input from patients with kidney disease and their family members on future treatment options. The perspectives gathered in this new KHI project will help inform development of therapeutics and devices...
6-Apr-2015 9:00 AM EDT

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