To create a world without kidney diseases, the ASN Alliance for Kidney Health elevates care by educating and informing, driving breakthroughs and innovation, and advocating for policies that create transformative changes in kidney medicine throughout the world.
Older Kidney Donors With Hypertension May Have Good Kidney Health Following Donation Kidney donors with hypertension had slightly fewer nephrons (the kidney’s filtering units) at the time of donation than similarly aged donors with normal blood pressure; however, 6 months following their surgery, hypertensive and non-hypertensive donors both maintained excellent blood pressure control and had similarly robust compensatory kidney responses. Thursday, December 18, 2014
American Society of Nephrology Recognizes Leaders in Fight against Kidney Disease Five leaders in the kidney health community are being acknowledged by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the world’s largest organization of kidney disease specialists. The award winners will be honored at ASN Kidney Week 2014, the world’s premier nephrology meeting, where more than 13,000 kidney health professionals from around the world will gather in Philadelphia, PA on November 11–16. Monday, November 10, 2014
Drug Treatment May Help Restore Kidney Function In Patients With Renovascular Disease A type of drug called an endothelin-A antagonist promotes the recovery of kidney function and improves responses following renal angioplasty in pigs with a disease frequently observed in patients in which the kidneys’ arteries are blocked. Endothelin-A antagonists are currently available for treating a certain type of hypertension. Thursday, November 6, 2014
American Society of Nephrology–GWU Report Outlines Trends Affecting Current, Future Kidney Health Workforce The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the world’s largest organization of kidney health professionals, has released a new analysis of the US nephrology workforce authored by leading health workforce researchers at George Washington University. The study—The US Nephrology Workforce: Developments and Trends—outlines several challenges for the specialty, including a declining interest in nephrology careers among medical students and residents. Monday, November 3, 2014
Mediterranean Diet May Help Protect Kidney Health Every one-point increase in a Mediterranean diet score was associated with a 17% decreased likelihood of developing chronic kidney disease. Dietary patterns that closely resembled the Mediterranean diet were linked with a 50% reduced risk of developing chronic kidney disease and a 42% reduced risk of experiencing rapid kidney function decline. Thursday, October 30, 2014
Many Home Blood Pressure Monitors May Be Inaccurate Home blood pressure monitors may be inaccurate in up to 15% of patients, according to a study that will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2014 November 11–16 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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, while low to moderate alcohol use in early adulthood is associated with a decreased likelihood of hypertension in females. The findings come from a study that will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2014 November 11–16 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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 peptide had a nearly 10-fold increased risk of developing heart failure. Thursday, October 2, 2014
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. Thursday, September 18, 2014
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 psychosocial concerns, as was being a woman, being less educated, and having more comorbid illnesses. Patients having such concerns had less than half the chance of getting listed for a transplant than those without them. Thursday, September 11, 2014
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 friends. Women were also less likely to have been evaluated for a kidney transplant. Thursday, August 14, 2014
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.
Characteristics that predict a higher risk include younger age, male gender, white race, family history of kidney stones, blood seen in the urine, stone made of uric acid, obstructing stone in the kidney pelvis, any additional non-obstructing stone, and a past painful event attributed to a kidney stone that was not actually seen. Thursday, August 7, 2014
COST OF KIDNEY DONATION MAY BE TOO MUCH FOR POTENTIAL DONORS WITH LOW INCOME Between 1999 and 2010, lower income regions in the US consistently had lower rates of living donation compared with higher income populations. The difference in living donation rates between lower and higher income regions was much larger in recent years than it was in the past. Thursday, July 17, 2014
KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION FOUND SUPERIOR TO INTENSIVE HOME HEMODIALYSIS Kidney transplant patients had a reduced risk of treatment failure or premature death compared with patients on long and frequent home hemodialysis. Kidney transplant patients had a higher risk of being hospitalized within the first several months to a year, but they had a reduced risk over the long term. Thursday, May 22, 2014
NEW KIDNEY ALLOCATION POLICY COULD IMPROVE THE SUCCESS OF TRANSPLANTATIONS IN THE U.S. Simulation models predict that a newly approved kidney allocation policy will lead to a 7.7% increase in median patient life-years per transplant and a 3.2% increase in median allograft years of life. The policy may also improve access to transplantation for highly sensitized candidates but reduce access for older patients. Thursday, May 15, 2014
WALKING MAY HAVE PROFOUND BENEFITS FOR PATIENTS WITH KIDNEY DISEASE Among patients with chronic kidney disease who were followed for an average of 1.3 years, those who walked for exercise were 33% less likely to die and 21% less likely to need dialysis or a kidney transplant. The more patients walked, the less likely they were to die or to need dialysis or a transplant. Thursday, May 15, 2014
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 cell activation and markers of systemic inflammation. Thursday, April 3, 2014
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 mice. Thursday, March 27, 2014
BODY’S FATTY FOLDS MAY HELP FIGHT KIDNEY FAILURE In rats with kidney disease, functioning of the kidney improved when the organ was fused with the omentum, a fatty fold of tissue that lies close to the kidney and is a rich source of stem cells. Stem cells from a chronic kidney disease patient’s own omentum may help heal diseased kidneys without the need for an outside source of cells. Thursday, March 13, 2014
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