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Scientists develop polymers with nitric-oxide releasing particles
University of Michigan analytical chemists have developed polymers containing tiny silica particles that release low levels of nitric oxide gas. The U-M polymers are designed to mimic human endothelial cells, which produce nitric oxide to relax blood vessels and inhibit blood coagulation. (2000-08-19)

Treatment could help thousands who experience blockage after angioplasty procedure
More than 300,000 angioplasty procedures are performed in the United States every year, but in almost 40percent of those cases tissue grows back in the blood vessel and additional blockages develop - all because of the trauma associated with inserting the angioplasty catheter itself. However, Researchers at Penn State's College of Medicine have developed a procedure that virtually eliminates that new tissue growth. (2000-08-17)

Kidney transplant proposal reduces wait from 24 to 14 months, improves equity for blacks & women
A proposed new system for assigning kidneys to patients waiting for transplants would reduce the waiting time for transplantation from 24 to 14 months and improve equity for African-Americans and women, according to a study published in a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSĀ®). (2000-07-19)

Laparoscopic procedure enables living organ donor to return to work a week after donating her kidney
Thanks to a video-assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a California woman donated a kidney to her cousin and was back to work about a week later. Unlike traditional living kidney donations, which require a long incision and weeks or months of recovery time, this kidney was removed through a mini incision (a small port). (2000-07-06)

Amino acid supplements improve dialysis patients' health
Amino acid supplements may provide a cost-effective and safe method for improving the nutritional intake of some dialysis patients who are unable to meet their daily protein requirements, a Johns Hopkins study shows. (2000-06-21)

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, June 20, 2000
1)Erectile Dysfunction Drug May Be Cost-Effective, But Should Health Insurance Pay for It?; 2) Hemophilia patients infected with HIV and hepatitis G virus (HGV), a virus that is prevalent but not known to be associated with any chronic disease, had better AIDS-free survival rates than those not infected with HGV. (Brief Communication, p. 959.) (2000-06-19)

New clues to genes tied to polycystic kidney disease
Absence of a gene linked to a potentially fatal kidney disease causes the kidney, pancreas and heart to develop abnormally, Yale researchers say. The significance of these findings, said Stefan Somlo, M.D., of the Yale School of Medicine, is that researchers now have more essential information about a gene known to be critical in development of polycystic kidney disease. (2000-01-20)

Hypothesis challenged: patient preferences do not explain racial differences in kidney transplant access
Harvard researchers in the November 25 New England Journal of Medicine report both a racial disparity in access to kidney transplantation, and that this disparity was not the result of patient preference, a potential hypothesis put forth to explain the well-documented racial differences in access to effective medical procedures. (1999-11-24)

Kidney Transplants From Living Donors Reduce Long-Term Costs Of Care
Dialysis is much costlier to maintain than giving a person a kidney from a living donor, according to a study of more than 50,000 transplant recipients. The study suggests that the total cost of care within five years of transplant surgery is roughly $47,000 less than dialysis treatments would be for five years. (1999-05-21)

The 'Break Even' Cost Of Kidney Transplants Is Shrinking
The cost of a kidney transplant has dropped so significantly that University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers say it is cheaper to have a transplant than to stay on dialysis for more than two and a half years, even among the sickest patients. (1999-05-20)

New Procedure Makes A Successful Transplant Possible
Six critically ill people on kidney dialysis have been able to receive a kidney transplant and a new chance at life thanks to a procedure at the University of Maryland Medical Center that cleansed their blood of harmful rejection antibodies. (1999-05-19)

Alga-Based Compound Promises Less Bleeding On The Battlefield
With ONR support, Marine Polymer Technologies of Danvers, Mass., has identified a compound with the ability to induce blood clot formation. The compound, poly-n-acetyl glucosamine, is effective at stopping blood loss from severely bleeding wounds even though it does not contain any of the proteins that are normally associated with clot formation. (1999-05-17)

Anabolic Steroids May Help Dialysis Patients Fight Fatigue And Gain Lean Body Mass
A new study indicates that the use of anabolic steroids appears to increase lean body mass and significantly reduce fatigue in kidney disease patients receiving dialysis. (1999-04-14)

Americans Skip Dialysis; Swedes And Japanese Don't, Wake Forest Study Shows
American dialysis patients are far more likely to skip kidney dialysis treatments than patients in either Sweden or Japan, a Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center physician reports in the April 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. (1999-04-07)

Low-Protein Diet Postpones Dialysis
A strict low-protein diet for chronic kidney failure patients can delay dialysis treatment for about a year, according to results of a Johns Hopkins study. (1999-02-15)

Live Kidney Donors Could Hold The Key To Organ Shortage
Greater use of kidneys from living donors offers scope for increasing the number of kidney transplants argue Michael Nicholson, Professor of Surgery at Leicester General Hospital and Andrew Bradley, Professor of Surgery at Addenbrookes, in an editorial in this week's BMJ. (1999-02-12)

Ethnic Disparities Between Blacks And Whites Receiving Cardiac Procedures Eliminated
In a national study, white patients with chronic renal failure were three times more likely to receive cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, and coronary artery bypass surgery than blacks. This disparity narrowed greatly, however, once blacks developed end-stage renal disease, which made them eligible to receive comprehensive medical care through Medicare. (1999-02-01)

Doctors Reverse Kidney Failure In An HIV-Infected Patient
In the first documented case of its kind, doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center have been able to reverse kidney failure in an HIV-infected patient by putting the patient on highly active, triple-drug antiretroviral therapy. (1998-09-17)

Researchers Begin Drug Trial In Hope Of Finding New Ways To Treat Acute Kidney Failure
Each year 20 million Americans are affected by kidney and urological diseases, while 150,000 develop acute kidney failure. The current treatment for kidney failure is dialysis - a sometimes painful and always costly stop-gap measure that is not a cure - or kidney transplant. (1998-08-18)

Red Wine Consumption And Heart Disease
To test the protective effect of wine on the heart, volunteers were fed three drinks per day of red or white wine or an equivalent amount of phenolic extract from red wine for two weeks. Low density lipoprotein resisted oxidation in the red wine or phenolic group but not in white wine drinkers. Accompanying editorial (Waterhouse et al) points out that the protective mechanism remains conjectural. (1998-08-17)

Time Spent On Dialysis May Predict Transplant Patients' Longevity
The longer kidney disease patients remain on dialysis before receiving a transplant, the more likely they are to die prematurely. In a study of 523 people, researchers found that only 7 percent of those who had never been on dialysis died within seven years after receiving a kidney transplant (1998-04-22)

Hopkins Research Finds Dialysis Choice Depends On Pediatric Experience
Researchers from Johns Hopkins Children's Center report that treatment centers seeing a higher precentage of pediatric patients are more likely to use a less invasive method of dialysis for children with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), while centers seeing fewer children tend to prescribe a more time-invasive and restrictive dialysis method. (1997-06-23)

Treatment Of Kidney Disease In Children Varies By Race
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center have discovered racial differences in the choice of dialysis method for children with end stage renal disease (ESRD). (1997-04-01)

Antifungal Drug May Be New Treatment For Chronic Kidney Disease
A common antifungal drug may buy precious time for people with three chronic kidney diseases, delaying their need for dialysis or transplantation, a Johns Hopkins study shows (1997-04-01)

Low-Protein Diet May Reverse Kidney Disease
A very low protein diet with amino acid supplements may cure a severe kidney disease in some people, a Johns Hopkins study shows. The results suggest the dietary therapy should be tried before drug treatment for nephrotic syndrome, a chronic kidney disorder that often leads to kidney failure. (1996-09-01)

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