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Binge Drinking in Young Men Linked with Increased Risk of Hypertension

Binge drinking in early adulthood is associated with an increased likelihood of high blood pressure in males.
14-Oct-2014 9:00 AM EDT

Blood Test Helps Predict Relapse in Patients with Autoimmune Disease Affecting the Kidneys

• Among patients with an autoimmune disease called ANCA-associated vasculitis, autoantibody increases were linked with an 11-fold increased risk of relapse in patients whose kidneys were affected. • Among patients without kidney involvement,...
10-Oct-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Recent Kidney Policy Changes Have Not Created Racial Disparities in Care

• After the implementation of a new payment system for kidney failure care and changes to dosing guidelines for anemia drugs, there were no meaningful differences by race regarding changes in management practices or laboratory measures among...
3-Oct-2014 2:00 PM EDT

Exercise Linked with Improved Physical and Mental Health Among Dialysis Patients

• Among dialysis patients, aerobic activity was linked positively with health-related quality of life and inversely with depressive symptoms and premature death. • In general, patients had higher aerobic activity levels if they were treated in...
26-Sep-2014 9:25 AM EDT

Blood Tests Predict Kidney Disease Patients’ Risk of Developing Heart Failure

• Kidney disease patients with detectable levels of a blood protein called high-sensitivity troponin T had up to a 5-fold increased risk of developing heart failure. • Those with high levels of a protein called N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic...
26-Sep-2014 9:20 AM EDT

Common Viral Infection in Kidney Transplant Recipients Increases Risk of Developing Donor-Specific Antibodies

• Among kidney transplant recipients, persistent infection with BK virus does not have a negative immediate-term impact on patient or kidney survival, but infected patients are more likely to develop antibodies against their kidney transplants....
19-Sep-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Cooling of Dialysis Fluids Protects Against Brain Damage

• Dialysis drives progressive white matter brain injury due to blood pressure instability; however, patients who dialyzed at 0.5◦C below body temperature were completely protected against such white matter changes.
12-Sep-2014 9:00 AM EDT

Many Kidney Failure Patients Have Concerns About Pursuing Kidney Transplantation

• Among new dialysis patients, the most frequently cited concerns were that patients felt they were doing fine on dialysis and felt uncomfortable asking someone to donate a kidney. • Older age was linked with having high health-related or...
5-Sep-2014 10:00 AM EDT

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