ASN Press Releases: 2021
Latest Release: THE EFFECTS OF ELIMINATING RACE-BASED ADJUSTMENTS IN ESTIMATES OF KIDNEY FUNCTION
Thursday, May 6, 2021
• Clinical equations that estimate individuals' kidney function include an adjustment for Black race. This study examined the impact of dropping this race adjustment on patient care. • The estimated prevalence of chronic kidney disease among Black adults would double if race adjustments were eliminated. • Eliminating race adjustments could lead to major changes in medication prescribing for Black patients, but it would not negatively affect the accuracy of kidney failure predictions.
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- COVID-19 VACCINE HESITANCY AMONG PATIENTS UNDERGOING DIALYSIS
• Twenty percent of patients undergoing dialysis who responded to a survey were hesitant to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. • Vaccine acceptability was lower among younger age groups, women, and among individuals who were Black, and Native American and Pacific Islander.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
- PHARMACIST-LED SMARTPHONE APP BENEFITS KIDNEY TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS
• A pharmacist-led smartphone health app helped prevent medication errors, medication-related side effects, and hospitalizations in a study of kidney transplant recipients.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
- TRIAL TESTS INTERVENTION TO REDUCE SEDENTARY TIME AMONG PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE
• Sedentary time decreased, stepping time increased, and number of steps per day increased among patients with chronic kidney disease assigned to the 'Sit Less, Interact, Move More' intervention. • These effects were not sustained after 20 weeks, however.
Thursday, April 22, 2021
- STUDY ESTIMATES DURATION OF EMPLOYMENT LOSS EXPERIENCED BY ADULTS WITH KIDNEY FAILURE
• Adults with kidney failure are employed for fewer years during their lifetime than others in the general population. • This "lower lifetime employment duration" was mainly due to their loss of life expectancy.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
- Advocates from ASN Urges Congress to Change the Status Quo in Kidney Health
• More than 37 million Americans live with kidney diseases. • 800,000 Americans have kidney failure, a condition for which there is no cure. • Kidney diseases disproportionately affect communities of color. • COVID-19, especially deadly for people with kidney diseases, has highlighted the urgent need for change.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
- Removing Race from Estimates of Kidney Function: What Happens Next?
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) announce the concurrent publication of "Special Article: Reassessing the Inclusion of Race in Diagnosing Kidney Diseases: An Interim Report from the NKF-ASN Task Force" in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) and the American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD)
Friday, April 9, 2021
- THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON PEOPLE WITH KIDNEY FAILURE
• Among patients undergoing dialysis, the rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations peaked between March 22 and April 25, and it was 40-times higher than the rate in the general population. • Compared before the COVID-19 pandemic, the risks of dying from any cause were 17% and 30% higher during the second quarter of 2020 among patients receiving dialysis and patients with kidney transplants, respectively. • COVID-19 hospitalization and death rates both exhibited racial disparities.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
- STUDY EXAMINES ANTIBODY RESPONSE TO COVID-19 VACCINATION IN PATIENTS WITH KIDNEY FAILURE
• Most patients with kidney failure who were undergoing hemodialysis developed a positive antibody response after being vaccinated for COVID-19, but their response was lower than that of individuals without kidney disease.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
- Winners announced in second round of the KidneyX COVID-19 Kidney Care Challenge
ASN and HHS are funding innovators who will transform kidney care
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
- NEW TOOL ASSESSES PATIENTS' HOME DIALYSIS EXPERIENCE
• A newly developed tool assesses patients' home dialysis experience. • The 26-item Home Dialysis Care Experience instrument will be a resource for future research use, clinical care, and quality improvement initiatives among home dialysis facilities and organizations.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
- AEROBIC EXERCISE MAY HELP ADDRESS DIALYSIS-RELATED SYMPTOMS IN PATIENTS WITH KIDNEY FAILURE
• An analysis of published clinical trials suggests that aerobic exercise lessens several hemodialysis-related symptoms, including restless leg syndrome, symptoms of depression, muscle cramping, and fatigue. • More research, with more diverse patients, is needed to determine the extent of benefits from aerobic exercise for individuals with kidney failure who are undergoing dialysis.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
- NEW APP HELPS PREVENT MEDICATION HARM AND IMPROVE SAFETY IN PATIENTS WITH KIDNEY DISEASE
• A one-year trial found that the eKidneyCare smartphone app helped patients with chronic kidney disease take their prescribed medications properly. • The app may help to prevent adverse drug reactions and other medication errors that can endanger patients.
Thursday, March 18, 2021
- Removing Race from Estimates of Kidney Function
A joint statement from the presidents of the American Society of Nephrology and the National Kidney Foundation March 9, 2021
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
- A CALL TO ACTION TO ADDRESS RACIAL INEQUITIES IN MEDICAL TESTS
Clinical algorithms that adjust for race can lead to disparities in care.
Friday, March 5, 2021
- ASSESSING PATIENTS' KIDNEY HEALTH MAY HELP PREDICT THEIR RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
• Adding measures of kidney function to traditional measures of cardiovascular health could help clinicians predict an individual's risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Thursday, March 4, 2021
- PATIENTS WITH SICKLE CELL–RELATED KIDNEY FAILURE BENEFIT FROM TRANSPLANTS BUT ARE LESS LIKELY TO RECEIVE THEM
• Patients with kidney failure associated with sickle cell disease benefit from kidney transplants, but they're less likely than other patients to receive them.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
- AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY LEADS EFFORTS TO ADVANCE EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF COVID-19 VACCINES TO DIALYSIS PATIENTS
45 organizations send the Biden-Harris Administration a letter urging a swift release of a federal COVID-19 vaccine allocation.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
- WAITLIST POLICIES MAY CONTRIBUTE TO RACIAL DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION
• Racial disparities in access to kidney transplantation persist in the United States. New research indicates that registering Black patients on the kidney transplant waitlist at a slightly higher level of kidney function compared with white patients might lessen racial inequality in patients' wait time prior to kidney failure onset, and ultimately improve racial equity in access to kidney transplantation.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
- POST-TRANSPLANT MORTALITY AMONG VETERANS ENROLLED IN THE VA AND MEDICARE
• Veterans who receive all of their post–kidney transplant care within the Veterans Health Administration (VA) have a lower risk of death than those who receive care outside the VA through Medicare coverage, according to a recent study.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
- RECENT EFFORTS HAVEN'T IMPROVED ACCESS TO KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION
• Despite wide recognition, policy reforms, and extensive research to address barriers in patients' access to kidney transplantation, investigators found no improvement in rates of wait list placement and transplantation over 2 decades. • Moreover, rates among vulnerable populations are especially low.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
- AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY CALLS ON BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION TO INCREASE TRANSPLANT AVAILABILITY AND EQUITY
On behalf of U.S. kidney professionals and the nearly 800,000 Americans with kidney failure, the American Society of Nephrology urges implementation of the Organ Procurement Organization final rule that will increase organs available for transplant and reduce transplant inequities.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
- HHS AND THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY ANNOUNCE EIGHT WINNERS IN ROUND 1 OF THE KIDNEYX COVID-19 KIDNEY CARE CHALLENGE
The $300,000 challenge has identified creative solutions that reduce risk during the pandemic
Friday, January 29, 2021
- STUDY EXAMINES SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF DISPARITIES IN KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION
• Race and social determinants of health were associated with the likelihood of undergoing kidney transplantation among US adults with kidney failure. • Interventions that target social determinants of health may improve access to kidney transplantation.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
- SUSAN E. QUAGGIN, MD, FASN, TO LEAD AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY IN 2021; LOOKS AHEAD TO DRAMATICALLY POSITIVE CHANGES IN KIDNEY CARE
Dr. Quaggin will lead more than 21,000 kidney professionals during an exciting period of change and innovation.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021