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.
Screening Male Kidney Transplant Candidates For Prostate Cancer May Do More Harm Than Good Among male kidney transplant candidates, prostate cancer screening was not associated with improved patient survival after transplantation. Screening increased the time to listing and transplantation for candidates under 70 years old with elevated prostate specific antigen levels. Compared with candidates who were not screened, screened candidates had a reduced likelihood of receiving a transplant regardless of their screening results. Thursday, December 17, 2015
Chronic Kidney Disease Prevalence Varies Greatly Across Europe The prevalence of chronic kidney disease varies across European countries, ranging from 3% to 17%. Differences in rates of diabetes, hypertension, and obesity—which are risk factors for chronic kidney disease—do not account for this variation. Thursday, December 17, 2015
Native Americans Have Decreased Access To Kidney Transplants Native Americans have decreased access to kidney transplants and are more likely to die while waiting for a kidney than whites according to new research. Long-term survival outcomes in Native Americans who did receive a kidney transplant were worse than whites, according to a study presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 in San Diego, CA. Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Blood Phosphorus Levels Can Help Predict Kidney Failure Risk In African Americans An increase in serum phosphorus levels in African Americans with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with faster progression to kidney failure, known as end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The study confirmed in African Americans what previous studies in Caucasians demonstrated, that an increase in the biomarker predicted ESRD risk. The research, from the Indiana University School of Medicine, was presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Thursday, November 19, 2015
Nanotechnology Advances Could Pave Way For Implantable Artificial Kidney New advances in nanopore technology could lead to the development of a surgically implantable, artificial kidney. The research, a collaboration between UCSF and Vanderbilt University, was presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Kidney Failure And Its Treatment May Impact Cancer Risk Risk of kidney and thyroid cancers was especially high when kidney failure patients were on dialysis. Conversely, risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, melanoma, lung cancer, and certain skin cancers was highest following kidney transplantation, likely due to immunosuppressant medications. Monday, November 9, 2015
Innovations In Kidney Education Contest Winners Announced The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) announced the winners of the ASN Innovations in Kidney Education Contest, a competition to develop novel methods of teaching the kidney’s vital role in maintaining overall health. Winners will present their innovative tools during a plenary session at the society’s annual meeting, ASN Kidney Week 2015, the largest gathering of kidney disease specialists in the world. Friday, October 30, 2015
The American Society of Nephrology Honors Leaders in the Fight against Kidney Disease Five leaders in the kidney health community are being honored 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, the world’s premier nephrology meeting. More than 13,000 kidney health professionals from around the world will gather in San Diego on November 3–8.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Raymond C. Harris Elected President Of The American Society Of Nephrology The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the world’s largest organization of kidney health professionals, has elected Raymond C. Harris, MD, FASN, as the next ASN President. Dr. Harris’ election took place during the society’s annual meeting, ASN Kidney Week 2015, the largest gathering of kidney disease specialists in the world. Monday, October 26, 2015
Acid Reflux Medications May Increase Kidney Disease Risk Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a class of drugs used to treat acid reflux and other acid-related gastrointestinal conditions, may increase the risk for developing chronic kidney disease (CKD). Two new studies that reached similar conclusions on the increased CKD risk associated with PPI use will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Monday, October 26, 2015
Rates Of Kidney Failure Due To Blood Cancer Are Declining The incidence of kidney failure from multiple myeloma decreased by about 20% from 2001–2002 to 2009–2010. Patients with multiple myeloma who develop kidney failure are living longer. Their likelihood of dying within 3 years after initiating dialysis declined by 28% from 2001–2002 to 2009–2010.
Friday, October 23, 2015
New ASN-GWU Report Examines Key Challenges for Kidney Health Workforce The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the world's largest organization of kidney health professionals, released the latest in a series of key analyses of the US nephrology workforce authored by George Washington University Health Workforce Institute researchers. Nephrology is a specialty in transition, driven in part by changes in the health care delivery system. Geographic maldistribution of nephrologists and the “all-in” nephrology fellowship Match policy are among the issues that could influence the specialty’s future. Monday, October 19, 2015
New Medication Class May Safely And Effectively Treat Anemia Hypoxia-inducible factor prolyl hydroxylase inhibitors (HIF-PHIs) create a low-oxygen state to stimulate the body to make more red blood cells. The drugs generated promising results in several phase 2 clinical trials in kidney disease patients with anemia. Friday, October 16, 2015
People With Sedentary Lifestyles Are At Increased Risk Of Developing Kidney Disease Each 80 minutes/day (assuming 16 awake hours/day) increase in sedentary duration was linked with a 20% increased likelihood of having chronic kidney disease in a recent study. Research that uncovered the association between sedentary behavior and kidney disease will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Award-Winning Actor And Comedian George Lopez Receiving ASN President’s Medal For Raising Awareness Of Kidney Disease The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) will bestow the President’s Medal to the award-winning actor and comedian George Lopez for his dedication to raising awareness of kidney health issues and his efforts to improve the lives of individuals with kidney disease through the George Lopez Foundation. Mr. Lopez will receive the society’s highest civilian honor at a ceremony at ASN Kidney Week 2015, on Thursday, November 5 in San Diego, CA. ASN represents nearly 16,000 kidney health professionals dedicated to leading the fight against kidney disease. Thursday, October 8, 2015
Calcium Supplements May Increase The Risk Of Kidney Stone Recurrence Diets rich in calcium decrease the risk of kidney stone recurrence, but calcium supplements may have the opposite effect. Research that investigated the effects of calcium supplements in kidney stone formers will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Racial Disparities Exist In End-Of-Life Care for Dialysis Patients African American, Native American, and Asian dialysis patients were 43% to 44% less likely than whites to use hospice before dying. Research that uncovered these disparities will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Friday, October 2, 2015
Telemedicine For Kidney Disease Appears To Be On Par With Conventional Care Among patients with chronic kidney disease enrolled in either a telenephrology clinic or a conventional nephrology clinic, compliance with telenephrology visits was shown to be equal to or better than conventional care. The study showed composite clinical outcomes (end stage renal disease, doubling of serum creatinine, and death) did not differ between the groups. This data will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Friday, October 2, 2015
Tenofovir Linked With Acute Kidney Injury in HIV-Infected Patients Acute kidney injury (AKI) associated with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) was prevalent among HIV-infected patients and demonstrated a high morbidity rate in a new center-based study. More than half of patients with TDF-associated AKI did not recover baseline kidney function during follow-up, and about one-third of the patients required dialysis, according to research that will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Friday, October 2, 2015
Big Red Kidney Bus Gives Kidney Patients a Chance to Travel and Enjoy a Vacation Australian patients with kidney disease who require hemodialysis can travel and not miss their lifesaving dialysis treatments thanks to a new holiday dialysis program created in partnership by Kidney Health Australia and Monash Health. Results from a study of the Big Red Kidney Bus program will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Friday, October 2, 2015
New Research Finds Prevalence Of Chronic Kidney Disease Has Stabilized In The U.S. New research indicates that the prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the United States has stabilized overall. Analysis of the latest NHANES data is consistent with the recent plateau in the number of new patients with end-stage renal disease. The study indicates the need for continued efforts to protect Americans’ kidney health and will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Friday, October 2, 2015
New Streamlined Protocol Reduces Acute Kidney Injury–Related Deaths A new streamlined electronic alert protocol that is linked to an intervention bundle has reduced mortality rates due to acute kidney injury (AKI) by 23% in a pilot study. A common condition in hospitals, AKI is fatal in 30% of cases. Results from the STOP-AKI protocol that could help reduce the worldwide burden of AKI will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Friday, October 2, 2015
Efforts Are Needed To Improve the Diets of African Americans with Uncontrolled Hypertension The homes of urban African Americans with uncontrolled hypertension were often lacking either foods or needed appliances required for meals consistent with the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. While African Americans with uncontrolled hypertension often had discussions with their physicians about diet, few discussions were related to the DASH diet. Research that uncovered these dietary concerns will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Friday, October 2, 2015
Studies Assess Racial Disparities Associated With Living Kidney Donation Increasing median income levels of transplant candidates’ zip codes were associated with higher rates of living donation, but African American candidates living in the wealthiest neighborhoods had only slightly higher rates than rates seen among the lowest median income areas for Caucasians. African American donors had higher rates of complications early after donation. The findings will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Friday, October 2, 2015
Equations Used To Place Patients on Transplant Waitlists May Create Disparities Three commonly used kidney function equations yielded discordant results for transplant waitlist qualification in a recent analysis. The findings, which point to the need for revised kidney transplant policies, will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Friday, October 2, 2015
Hormone Replacement Therapy May Benefit the Kidneys The use of hormone replacement therapy may lead to better kidney function in postmenopausal women. Research that uncovered this link will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Friday, October 2, 2015
New Studies Focus On Hypertension in Pregnant Women and Children Hypertension in overweight and obese adolescents remains under-diagnosed despite evidence supporting both as risk factors for heart disease. Lead exposure in pregnancy is linked with higher blood pressure later on in young children. In pregnant mice, microparticles released from cells can cause fetal death, preeclampsia, and embryonic growth restriction, along with inflammation and placental and kidney abnormalities. Studies that uncovered these findings will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Friday, October 2, 2015
Studies Address Long-Term Health of Living Kidney Donors New equations may help predict the lifetime risk of kidney failure in kidney donor candidates. Living kidney donors who develop diabetes or hypertension are at greater risk for experiencing reduced kidney function. The findings, which point to the need for revised kidney transplant policies, will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Friday, October 2, 2015
Advanced Kidney Disease May Increase the Likelihood of Falling Into Poverty Among patients with chronic kidney disease, more severe stages of disease were significant predictors of falling into poverty, as were black ethnicity, low educational attainment, single adult household, and low income. The findings will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Friday, October 2, 2015
Insufficient Sleep May Impact Kidney Health Shorter sleep duration was significantly linked with a more rapid decline in kidney function among participants in the Nurses’ Health Study. The findings, which point to the importance of sleep for maintaining kidney health, will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Friday, October 2, 2015
Transplant Tourism Increases Health-Related Risks For Organ Recipients Compared with recipients of living related kidney donor transplants, recipients who purchased organs internationally were more likely to develop hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and cytomegalovirus, and they were more likely to experience acute and recurrent rejections and surgical complications. Patient and organ survival rates were also lower in “commercial” recipients. Research that uncovered these risks associated with transplant tourism will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Friday, October 2, 2015
Donor Organs May Be Discarded Due To “Weekend Effect” At Hospitals Kidneys that would normally be made available for transplantation were less likely to be procured from donors over the weekend, and organs procured during the weekend were more likely to be discarded than kidneys procured on other days. The findings, which should influence future policy aimed at improving kidney transplantation rates, will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Friday, October 2, 2015
Gut Microbiota Changes In Diabetic Kidney Disease Contribute To Chronic Inflammation And Vascular Complications Among patients with type 2 diabetes and advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD), a shift in gut microbiota diversity in combination with elevated plasma zonulin levels substantially impacts the degree of chronic inflammation and endothelial dysfunction. Zonulin could be a potential future target to control inflammatory immune responses, according to a study that will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Friday, October 2, 2015
Kidney Transplantation Prolongs Survival Compared With Home Hemodialysis Among kidney failure patients who were followed for 5 years, home hemodialysis patients were 4-times more likely to die than kidney transplant recipients. In elderly kidney failure patients, home hemodialysis patients had nearly a 5-times higher risk of dying during follow-up than kidney transplant patients. The studies’ findings will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Friday, October 2, 2015
Certain Blood Markers May Indicate Early Signs of Kidney Disease Six metabolites in the blood had strong correlations with kidney function. Two of the metabolites—pseudouridine and C-mannosyltryptophan—were equally good measures of kidney function while having some advantages over current measures of kidney function. Friday, October 2, 2015
Tallness Linked To Increased Risk Of Premature Death For Patients On Dialysis In contrast to studies in the general population, tallness was associated with higher premature mortality risk and shorter life spans in patients on dialysis. The association was observed in white, Asian, and American Indian/Alaskan native patients, but not in black patients. The overall paradoxical relationship between height and premature death was not explained by concurrent illness, socioeconomic status, or differences in care. Friday, September 25, 2015
New Treatment May Help Overcome Common Pregnancy-Related Complication In pregnant women with preeclampsia, a procedure used to remove a protein called sFlt-1 from the blood reduced the amount of protein excreted in the urine and stabilized blood pressure. Pregnancy continued an average of 8 days and 15 days in women treated once and multiple times, respectively, compared with 3 days in untreated women with preeclampsia. Friday, September 18, 2015
ASN Kidney Week 2015: Translating Kidney Research Advances to Improve Patient Care The world’s largest gathering of kidney health professionals—ASN Kidney Week 2015—will take place November 3–8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. The annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), Kidney Week will showcase new scientific and clinical advances in kidney health from across the globe. More than 13,000 participants will share innovative approaches to improve the lives of the more than 20 million Americans and millions more worldwide burdened by kidney disease, the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. Friday, September 11, 2015
Kidney Community Unites to Urge Lawmakers to Advance and Protect Kidney Health The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is one of 16 kidney health organizations participating in Kidney Community Advocacy Day 2015 in Washington, DC. More than 100 advocates will meet with Congressional offices to call for lawmakers’ support of increased research funding to accelerate development of new therapies for kidney diseases. Kidney health providers and patients will also urge passage of legislation that eliminates barriers to living donation and helps increase access to lifesaving transplants. Thursday, September 3, 2015
How Kidney Injury during Combat Affects The Long-Term Health Of Today’s Soldiers Among 51 military service members who experienced severe acute kidney injury during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, 88% of the injuries were due to blasts or projectiles. Twenty-two percent of the patients died within 60 days. Although still high, this mortality rate is significantly less than might be expected historically. The majority of survivors completely recovered their kidney function. Monday, August 31, 2015
Women with Hypertension in Pregnancy and Their Siblings Face Increased Risk of Heart Disease Compared with their sister(s) who had normal blood pressure during pregnancy, women who had hypertension in pregnancy were more likely to develop hypertension later in life. Brothers and sisters of women who had high blood pressure during pregnancy were at increased risk of developing high blood pressure later in life. Brothers, but not sisters, of women who had high blood pressure in pregnancy were also at increased risk of developing heart disease. Thursday, August 20, 2015
Byproduct of Intestinal Bacteria May Jeopardize Heart Health in Patients with Kidney Disease Blood levels of TMAO, a byproduct generated from intestinal bacterial as they metabolize dietary nutrients, progressively increase with advancing severity of kidney disease. TMAO levels are dramatically reduced when kidney function is restored following kidney transplantation. High TMAO levels are linked with an increased risk of atherosclerosis and premature death in patients with chronic kidney disease.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Many Dialysis Patients Are Unprepared For Natural Disasters Among patients scheduled to have dialysis during the landfall of Hurricane Sandy at clinics where electricity had been deprived, 26.3% missed dialysis sessions and 66.1% received dialysis at non-regular dialysis units. The percentage of patients who carried their insurance information and detailed medication lists with them were 75.9% and 44.3%, respectively. Tuesday, July 28, 2015
ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Announces 2015 Grant Recipients The ASN Foundation for Kidney Research announced the 2015 recipients of research grants to advance new understandings of—and treatments for—kidney diseases. Established in 2012 by the American Society of Nephrology, the ASN Foundation funds research that will help improve the health of the more than 20 million Americans burdened by kidney diseases, the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Kidney Health Initiative Seeking Patient, Family Input Into Development of New Therapies The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) is hosting a new workshop on August 12 and 13 to gather input from patients with kidney disease and their family members on future treatment options. The KHI workshop—Understanding Patients’ Preferences: Stimulating Medical Device Development in Kidney Disease—will help inform development of therapeutics and devices for kidney disease, which affects more than 20 million Americans. Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Vitamin D Supplements May Benefit Children with Kidney Disease Among children with chronic kidney disease, those with lower vitamin D levels had higher levels of blood markers related to kidney dysfunction as well as greater kidney function loss over time. Five-year kidney survival was 75% in patients with vitamin D levels ≥50 nMol/L at the start of the study and 50% in those with lower levels. Thursday, June 11, 2015
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 severe acute kidney injury, babies are at increased risk of having low birth weights or being born prematurely. Thursday, May 14, 2015
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 with pre-existing advanced chronic kidney disease. Thursday, May 7, 2015
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 amount of light-intensity activity was associated with 33% lower risk of dying in the general population and a 41% lower risk of dying in the individuals with chronic kidney disease. Thursday, April 30, 2015
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 reprehensible. Thursday, April 23, 2015
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 effectively protected the kidney cells of rodents exposed to kidney damaging agents. Thursday, April 9, 2015
What To Do With Kidneys From Older Deceased Donors? For older patients in need of a kidney transplant, rapid transplantation from an older deceased donor is superior to delayed transplantation from a younger donor.
Kidneys from older donors do not have sufficient longevity to provide younger patients with a lifetime of kidney function, but they do have sufficient longevity to provide older patients who have a shorter life expectancy with a lifetime of kidney function. Thursday, March 26, 2015
Study Reports Excellent Outcomes among HIV+ Kidney Transplant Recipients Compared with uninfected (HIV-/HCV-) kidney transplant recipients, mono-infected HIV+ (HIV+/HCV-) recipients had similar 5-year and 10-year kidney survival rates, while HIV+ recipients co-infected with HCV (HIV+/HCV+) had worse kidney survival rates.
Patient survival among mono-infected HIV+ recipients was similar to uninfected recipients but was significantly lower for co-infected recipients. Thursday, March 19, 2015
Chronic Kidney Disease May Increase Certain Risks during Pregnancy Among pregnant women, the risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes—such as preterm delivery or the need for neonatal intensive care—increased across stages of chronic kidney disease. The risks of intrauterine death or fetal malformations were not higher in women with chronic kidney disease. Thursday, March 12, 2015
Dialysis Patients May Have Faulty “Good” Cholesterol In kidney disease patients on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, enzyme activities involved in HDL metabolism and HDL maturation were significantly altered. The normal function of HDL was also compromised in patients on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. Thursday, March 5, 2015
Urine Test Predicts Heart Failure Patients’ Risk of Kidney Injury Urinary angiotensinogen levels at the time of hospital admission predicted acute decompensated heart failure patients’ risk of developing acute kidney injury with considerable accuracy. Patients’ urinary angiotensinogen level at the time of admission also helped clinicians predict patients’ risk of being rehospitalized or dying within one year. Thursday, February 26, 2015
Why Are Kidney Patients Starting Dialysis Sooner? In VA medical centers, patients started dialysis progressively earlier in the course of their kidney disease in more recent years. There were no measurable differences in how sick patients were at the time of initiation or in the reasons for dialysis initiation to explain this trend. Thursday, February 19, 2015
A High Acid Diet May Have Negative Effects on Kidney Health Among patients with chronic kidney disease, patients who consumed high acid diets were 3-times more likely to develop kidney failure than patients who consumed low acid diets. Low acid load diets are rich in fruits and vegetables, while high acid diets contain more meats. Thursday, February 12, 2015
ASN Partners With Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program to Create ASN-AMFDP Award The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is partnering with the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to create the ASN-AMFDP Award and improve diversity in kidney health. The ASN-AMFDP Award will support the career development of a kidney research scholar and future health care leader from a historically disadvantaged background for 4 years. Monday, February 9, 2015
Signaling Pathway Helps Protect Healthy Tissue from Overly Active Immune Responses Researchers have shown that the messenger protein IL-6, which is rapidly produced at high levels during an acute inflammatory form of kidney disease, potently dampens activation of tissue-destructive immune cells called macrophages.
The findings may have broad clinical implications because elevated IL-6 is observed in many different inflammatory diseases, and macrophages are often crucially involved in their pathogenesis. Thursday, February 5, 2015
Kidney-Brain Connection May Help Drive Chronic Kidney Disease Salt intake accelerated kidney scarring in rats with chronic kidney disease by activating a brain-kidney connection called the renin-angiotensin axis that interlinks the damaged kidney and brain by afferent and efferent sympathetic nerves. Targeting these nerves reduced salt-induced kidney scarring.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Tool Helps Measure Patients’ Readiness to Make Decisions about Starting Dialysis A new algorithm is a useful tool for measuring chronic kidney disease patients’ readiness for making decisions about initiating dialysis.
Patients who have knowledge about their options and have fewer lifestyle barriers to home dialysis are more likely to be ready to make decisions. Doctors who explain all of the treatment options that are available can increase patients’ readiness for decision-making.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Study Provides Insights into the Role of Genetic Variants in Kidney Disease Among patients with a kidney disease called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, those who had certain genetic variants tended to have more advanced disease when they were diagnosed. Patients with the variants responded to cyclosporine and mycophenolate mofetil immunosuppressant treatments just as well as other patients. Despite this response to treatment, patients with the variants tended to progress more rapidly to kidney failure than other patients. Thursday, January 8, 2015
ASN Releases GWU Report on Nephrology Fellows and Future Kidney Health Workforce The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the world’s largest organization of kidney health professionals, has published a new report analyzing the results of the 2014 Nephrology Fellows Survey. Authored by leading health workforce researchers at George Washington University, the report provides key insights from future kidney health professionals. The report’s release follows the announced formation of the ASN Nephrology Match Task Force and the disappointing results of the 2015–2016 nephrology Match. Thursday, January 8, 2015
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