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.
RACIAL DISPARITIES EXIST IN CHILDREN’S ACCESS TO KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION In a study of children with kidney failure who were followed for a median of 7.1 years, black children had a 36% higher risk of dying than white children.
The increase risk was mostly attributed to differences in access to transplantation.
Hispanic children had lower risk of death than white children even though they had lower access to transplantation.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
SMOKING WHILE PREGNANT MAY COMPROMISE CHILDREN’S KIDNEY FUNCTION The effects of smoking on kidney health were evident in 3-year-old children.
Compared with those born from nonsmoking mothers, young children whose mothers smoked while pregnant were 1.24-times more likely to show signs of kidney damage.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
PRIOR KIDNEY DAMAGE MAY POSE RISKS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND THEIR BABIES Study links a history of acute kidney injury with preeclampsia and adverse fetal outcomes
Women with a history of recovered acute kidney injury had an increased rate of preeclampsia and delivered infants earlier than women with a history of normal kidney function. Thursday, December 22, 2016
DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE ARE SERIOUS HEALTH CONCERNS FOR OLDER KIDNEY TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS Rates are higher in transplant recipients and may increase their risks of organ loss and early death
Risks of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are higher in older kidney transplant recipients than in older adults in the general population.
Among kidney transplant recipients, those who developed dementia or Alzheimer’s disease had higher rates of organ loss and patient death than those who did not develop these conditions.
There has been a 5-fold rise in the number of older deceased donor kidney transplant recipients since 1990.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
HEALTHY DIET MAY HELP KIDNEY DISEASE PATIENTS LIVE LONGER A healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes, cereals, whole grains, and fiber, and low in red meat, salt, and refined sugars was linked with a reduced risk of early death in an analysis of 7 studies.
Chronic kidney disease affects 10% to 13% of adults. Thursday, December 8, 2016
STUDY FURTHERS RESEARCH ON PROTEIN INVOLVED IN KIDNEY DISEASE Investigators reveal that Apol1, a protein implicated in kidney disease, is produced mainly by the liver.
Individuals of recent African ancestry have an increased risk of carrying variants in the APOL1 gene that are linked to kidney disease. Thursday, December 8, 2016
REFLUX AND ULCER MEDICATIONS LINKED TO KIDNEY STONES AND CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE Individuals who took proton pump inhibitors or histamine receptor-2 blockers for heartburn, acid reﬂux, or ulcers had elevated risks of developing kidney stones.
In individuals without acute kidney injury, proton pump inhibitors were linked with a higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease or kidney failure compared with histamine receptor-2 blockers.
Friday, November 18, 2016
SMOKING MAY BLOCK SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF KIDNEY DISEASE MEDICATIONS In a study of patients with chronic kidney disease, nonsmokers and smokers who successfully quit had slower worsening of their kidney function than those who were unsuccessful at quitting.
Cigarette smoking partially negated the kidney-protective effects of patients’ medications.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
REDUCING SALT INTAKE MAY HELP PROTECT KIDNEY PATIENTS’ HEART AND KIDNEY HEALTH In patients with chronic kidney disease, dietary sodium restriction reduced albuminuria (an indicator of kidney dysfunction) and blood pressure, whereas paricalcitol (a vitamin D receptor activator) in itself had no significant effect on these measures.
The combination of paricalcitol and a low sodium diet resulted in the lowest albuminuria levels in patients.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
STUDY UNCOVERS LINK BETWEEN CONSTIPATION AND KIDNEY DISEASE Individuals with constipation had a 13% higher likelihood of developing chronic kidney disease and a 9% higher likelihood of developing kidney failure compared with individuals without constipation.
More severe constipation was linked with an incrementally higher risk for both chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. Thursday, November 10, 2016
KIDNEY DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH IMAGING AGENT MAY BE OVER-ESTIMATED A new analysis indicates that radiocontrast, which is commonly used during imaging tests, may be less hazardous to the kidneys than previously thought.
Among nearly 6 million hospitalized patients, those who received
radiocontrast did not develop acute kidney injury at a clinically significant higher rate than other patients.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
The American Society of Nephrology Peer-Reviewed Journals Retain High Impact Factor Washington, DC (June 16, 2016)—The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) retains a very prominent position in the field of nephrology in Impact Factor for 2015, with a score of 8.5 according to Journal Citation Reports® (JCR). This Impact Factors reflects the average annual number of citations in 2015 to articles published in a journal during 2013 and 2014. Thursday, June 16, 2016
CERTAIN FACTORS AFFECT VITAMIN D LEVELS IN CHILDREN WITH CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE Two-thirds of the children with kidney disease were classified as vitamin D deficient. Children with kidney disease who took vitamin D supplements had vitamin D levels that were 2 times higher than those who did not take supplements. Certain genetic variants were also associated with vitamin D levels.
Friday, June 10, 2016
ASN, ERA-EDTA and ISN Declaration of Collaboration Today three major nephrology societies — the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA), and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) ― signed a declaration of collaboration. The organizations agreed that kidney disease is a global challenge that respects no boundaries or borders. Therefore, all available synergies should be used to fight kidney disease and improve the standard of care for kidney patients worldwide.
Monday, May 30, 2016
GUT BACTERIA MAY CONTRIBUTE TO POOR HEALTH IN PATIENTS WITH KIDNEY DISEASE In patients with chronic kidney disease, those with more advanced disease had higher blood levels of the bacterial metabolite phenylacetylglutamine.
Patients with high phenylacetylglutamine had an elevated risk of developing cardiovascular disease as well as a heightened risk of dying prematurely. Friday, May 20, 2016
SIMPLE PUBLIC HEALTH INTERVENTION MAY PREVENT CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE Kidney function remained unchanged among hypertensive adults in communities assigned to a public health intervention for general practitioners and community health workers, whereas kidney function significantly declined among those who received usual care.
Individuals in the communities with the intervention were half as likely as other individuals to experience a >20% decline in kidney function within 5 years after the intervention was stopped. Friday, May 13, 2016
KIDNEY DISEASE MAY INCREASE HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS’ RISK OF COMPLICATIONS In a study of hospitalized patients, those with chronic kidney disease were 19% more likely to experience hospital acquired complications than patients with normal kidney function. There was a graded relation between the risk of complications and kidney disease severity. Friday, May 6, 2016
Climate Change May Contribute To Rising Rates of Chronic Kidney Disease Chronic kidney disease that is not associated with traditional risk factors appears to be increasing in rural hot communities as worldwide temperature progressively rises. The condition has likely increased due to global warming and an increase in extreme heat waves, and it is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Female Hormones May Make Women Less Susceptible To Kidney Failure than Men Researchers detected transient increases in enzymes indicative of kidney health that correlated with specific phases of the female reproductive hormone cycle. The findings indicate that nonreproductive organs may undergo periodical adaptations phased by menstrual cycle–driven hormone changes. Friday, April 22, 2016
Blood Pressure Targets for Individuals with Kidney Disease Should Consider Patients’ Age Systolic blood pressure levels above 140 mmHg were linked with higher risks of coronary heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and death in patients with chronic kidney disease of all ages, but the magnitude of these associations diminished with more advanced age. Diastolic blood pressure levels below 70 mmHg were associated with a higher risk of death, but otherwise they showed no association with cardiovascular outcomes.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Kidneys Have an Innate Clock That Affects Many Metabolic Processes in the Body Daily fluctuations caused by the kidney’s circadian clock have an important effect on the levels of various amino acids, lipids, and other components of blood in the body. In individuals who take medications, the kidney’s circadian clock controls drug elimination from the body and therefore can influence the duration of a drug’s action and the effectiveness of the therapy. Friday, April 1, 2016
Have Changes In The Use Of Anemia Drugs Affected Dialysis Patients’ Risk Of Stroke And Heart Attack? A new study examines whether recent changes in the use of anemia drugs for patients on dialysis have decreased the risk of stroke and heart attack. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), indicate that these risks appear to be decreasing for all patients, and determining the role of changes to anemia drug prescriptions will require more research. Friday, February 19, 2016
The History of Hemodialysis Sheds Light on the Ethical Use of Limited Medical Resources As medical research continues to generate new technologies and drugs for a wide variety of uses, many questions arise regarding how such resources should be used and who should have access to them. These questions are especially pertinent as society strives to address rising healthcare costs and consider responsible distribution of limited healthcare dollars. A paper appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) addresses these questions, using the history of hemodialysis as a guide. Friday, February 5, 2016
Racial Disparities In Kidney Transplant Outcomes Are Narrowing From 1990 to 2012, disparities in health outcomes lessened between black and white kidney transplant recipients, including those who received live donor kidney transplants and those who received deceased donor kidney transplants. Friday, January 29, 2016