Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 09, 2013
Gene puts African-Americans at higher risk for kidney failure
Genetic factors in African-Americans with chronic kidney disease put them at a greater risk for end-stage renal disease compared to white Americans, according to a new study released today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Acid levels in the diet could have profound effects on kidney health
In patients with hypertensive nephropathy, kidney health was preserved in those consuming extra fruits and vegetables, which are highly alkaline.

Genetic variation increases risk of kidney disease progression in African-Americans
New research provides direct evidence that genetic variations in some African Americans with chronic kidney disease contribute to a more rapid decline in kidney function compared with white Americans.

Simple dot test may help gauge the progression of dopamine loss in Parkinson's disease
Could figuring out how much dopamine a patient with Parkinson's disease has lost be as simple as completing a dot test?

Kidney Week 2013: New innovations in clinical science
Combining blood pressure-lowering drugs can cause serious side effects in patients with Type 2 diabetes and decreased kidney function.

Gene hastens kidney disease progression in African-Americans
A gene variant common in African-Americans predicts that people with that gene who also have chronic kidney disease (CKD) are twice as likely to progress to kidney failure as African-Americans without the high-risk gene and white people with CKD.

Preeclampsia during pregnancy may be linked with kidney failure risk
Preeclampsia was associated with an increased likelihood of developing kidney failure; however, after adjusting for diabetes and hypertension, the association was attenuated and no longer significant.

Lumosity presents new data on measuring cognitive training improvements
Lumosity, the cognitive training and neuroscience research company, is presenting data at Neuroscience 2013 on its Brain Performance Test (BPT).

9/11 responders suffered kidney damage due to air pollutants
Among first responders at Ground Zero following the 9/11 tragedy, those exposed to high levels of particulate matter experienced significant kidney damage.

500,000 person Lumosity study examines optimizing cognitive training tasks to accelerate learning
Lumosity, the online cognitive training and neuroscience research company, is presenting today at the annual 2013 Society for Neuroscience meeting showing that optimizing training tasks can accelerate and lengthen learning rates.

You want fries with that? Don't go there
A new Dartmouth neuroimaging study suggests chronic dieters overeat when the regions of their brain that balance impulsive behavior and self-control become disrupted, decreasing their capacity to resist temptation.

Soft drinks and sugar in the diet may have negative effects on the kidneys
Consuming at least two soft drinks per day is linked with increased excretion of protein in the urine.

Kidney Week 2013: New clinical trials reveal insights on treating patients with kidney disease
An investigational drug called ZS-9 demonstrated promising Phase 2 clinical trial results for treating abnormally high potassium levels in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Investigational drug effective in treating iron deficiency in kidney disease patients on dialysis
Doctors at the North Shore-LIJ Health System on Saturday will present late-breaking data showing that an investigational drug Triferic is well tolerated and effective in treating iron deficiency in patients with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis.

Perceived discrimination and mistrust in health care lowers patients' quality of life
In a new study, kidney failure patients who said they had more experiences of discrimination in health care, greater medical mistrust, and lower trust in one's physician also had poorer quality of life.

Use of calcium-channel blocker and antibiotic associated with small increased risk of kidney injury
Among older adults taking a calcium-channel blocker, simultaneous use of the antibiotic clarithromycin, compared with azithromycin, was associated with a small but statistically significant greater 30-day risk of hospitalization with acute kidney injury, according to a study published by JAMA.

Kidney damage in first responders linked to 9/11
For the first time, researchers have linked high levels of inhaled particulate matter by first responders at Ground Zero to kidney damage. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to