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Study Finds Shortcomings in Doctor-Patient Discussions About Transplantation

• When dialysis patients reported discussions about transplantation with clinicians, they had a nearly 3-fold increased likelihood of being listed for transplantation, but clinician-reported discussions did not increase a patient’s likelihood of...
22-Aug-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Calcium Buildup in Coronary Arteries Predicts Heart Disease Risk in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

• Calcium build-up in the coronary artery walls was more useful for correctly predicting kidney disease patients’ risk of heart disease than other measures of atherosclerosis such as thickness of the carotid artery walls and narrowing of the...
16-Aug-2014 12:45 PM EDT

American Society of Nephrology: NYT Article Missing Key Facts About Kidney Disease

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) congratulates The New York Times for calling attention to transplant tourism and organ trafficking. Yet ASN is disappointed with the article’s characterization of dialysis and failure to address...
19-Aug-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Gender Disparities Uncovered in Desire to Receive Living Donor Kidney Transplants

• In 2 predominantly black dialysis clinics, women were less likely to want to undergo living donor kidney transplantation compared with men, despite being more likely than men to receive unsolicited offers for kidney transplants from family and...
8-Aug-2014 7:00 AM EDT

New Test Predicts Individual’s Risk of a Second Kidney Stone

A new tool uses 11 questions to accurately calculate the probability that a patient will have another symptomatic kidney stone at 2, 5, or 10 years after the first stone.
1-Aug-2014 5:00 PM EDT

Depressive Symptoms and Pain May Affect Adherence and Health Outcomes in Dialysis Patients

Among patients on chronic hemodialysis, those with depressive symptoms and pain were more likely to abbreviate or miss dialysis sessions, visit the emergency department, and be hospitalized. Depressive symptoms were also linked with an increased...
25-Jul-2014 10:25 AM EDT

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

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