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Nutritional vitamin D supplements do not help treat anemia in dialysis patients
Vitamin D2 supplements taken for six months did not reduce dialysis patients' need for anemia drugs that stimulate red blood cell production. (2015-12-17)
Dietary cocoa flavanols improve blood vessel function in patients with kidney dysfunction
Ingesting a drink rich in cocoa flavanols improved blood vessel function and reduced diastolic blood pressure in patients with kidney failure. (2015-12-17)
Surgery is more effective than drug in hyperparathyroidism post-kidney transplantation
A study led by researchers from the Nephrology group at Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute and the University Hospital of Bellvitge, compared the results of surgery with drug therapy in patients with tertiary hyperparathyroidism, i.e., after a kidney transplant. (2015-12-16)
Vessel discovery a major step toward growing kidneys
Researchers have identified the cells that give rise to the blood vessels within the kidney. (2015-12-16)
Newer cancer drug may help protect kidneys from damage caused by older drug
A class of drugs used increasingly to help fight cancer may have the additional benefit of protecting the kidneys when packaged with the powerful chemotherapy agent cisplatin. (2015-12-15)
At ASCB 2015: CRISPR/Cas9 + HPSC = human PKD lab model
By linking up CRISPR/Cas9 with another cutting edge technology, human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs), Benjamin Freedman, now at the University of Washington, and his colleagues in Joseph Bonventre's lab at Harvard Medical School, have used CRISPR/Cas9 to guide hPSCs into becoming a human cell-based lab model system for polycystic kidney disease (PKD). (2015-12-11)
More attention needed to results of simple test of kidney function
Kidney disease in the United States is both common and under-diagnosed, but two new studies led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers suggest that paying close attention to results of a simple blood test can help predict the likelihood that patients are headed for kidney failure or death. (2015-12-11)
Healthy or sick? Tiny cell bubbles may hold the answer
Rutgers scientists have uncovered biological pathways in the roundworm that provide insight into how tiny bubbles released by cells can have beneficial health effects, like promoting tissue repair, or may play a diabolical role and carry disease signals for cancer or neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. (2015-12-11)
Racial disparities exist in access to home dialysis among us patients with kidney failure
Among US patients initiating dialysis between 2007 and 2011, every racial/ethnic minority group was less likely to be treated with home dialysis compared with whites. (2015-12-10)
Poor kidney function prior to heart surgery linked with longer hospital stay, higher costs
Poor kidney function prior to heart surgery can lead to worse outcomes, higher surgical costs, and a longer hospital stay, according to an article posted online today by The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. (2015-12-08)
Cadmium increases risk of fractures
People who are exposed to higher levels of cadmium have an increased risk of osteoporosis and fractures. (2015-12-07)
Chronic kidney disease patients benefit from pacing left and right ventricles
Patients with moderate-to-severe chronic kidney disease who received cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator had a lower risk of hospitalization for heart failure or death from this condition compared to patients who received only an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (2015-12-07)
Study reveals non-invasive warning sign of kidney disease progression
University of Michigan researchers have identified an accessible, non-invasive way to identify patients at risk for progression of kidney disease. (2015-12-02)
International Xenotransplantation Congress highlights major advances in the field
The 13th biennial Congress of the International Xenotransplantation Association was held in Melbourne, Australia from Nov. (2015-11-30)
New treatment potential for heart attack sufferers
New hope in the fight against cardiovascular disease has arrived, following breakthrough research identifying a pigment in our bile which could protect us. (2015-11-24)
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. (2015-11-24)
Fat cells originating from bone marrow found in humans
Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that fat cells produced by stem cells from the bone marrow may be linked to chronic illnesses like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and some cancers. (2015-11-24)
CU researchers study palliative care preferences of Latinos on dialysis
The cultural values of Latinos have a major impact on their palliative care preferences and healthcare providers should be sensitive to their perspectives, according to a research letter by physicians at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. (2015-11-23)
Common cause for complications after kidney transplantation identified
The BK polyomavirus often causes complications after kidney transplantation. The research group of Professor Hans H. (2015-11-23)
Mayo Clinic leads global effort to standardize diagnosis of kidney disease
Kidney disease is a major health concern worldwide. It's estimated that 1 in 3 American adults are at risk of developing kidney disease, and 26 million adults already have kidney disease. (2015-11-23)
Stem cell-derived kidneys connect to blood vessels when transplanted into mice
After researchers transplanted kidney tissue generated from human induced pluripotent stem cells into a mouse kidney, the animal's blood vessels readily connected to the human tissue. (2015-11-19)
iPS-derived kidney cells successfully connected to capillary network!
A significant step forward has been taken in the area of kidney regenerative medicine! (2015-11-19)
Treatment for sickle cell disease may help protect patients' kidney function
After six months of treatment with hydroxyurea, sickle cell disease patients' kidney function, as measured by the urinary albumin/creatine ratio, improved significantly. (2015-11-19)
Viagra improves insulin sensitivity in individuals at risk for diabetes
The medication sildenafil -- sold under Viagra and other trade names -- improves insulin sensitivity in individuals with prediabetes and also reduces a biological marker that signals heightened risk of kidney and heart disease, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. (2015-11-18)
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 is associated with faster progression to kidney failure, known as end-stage renal disease (ESRD). (2015-11-17)
Nephrologists to help find treatment for lupus
Nephrologists at Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso have been invited to participate in a national consortium that's investigating the key causes of lupus nephritis -- an autoimmune disease that can cause kidney failure. (2015-11-16)
Discovery: Molecular mechanism at root of familial amyloidosis and other diseases
A team of local researchers has proposed a molecular mechanism that may be responsible for the development of life-threatening diseases called amyloidoses. (2015-11-12)
Dietary potassium may help prevent kidney and heart problems in diabetics
Higher levels of urinary potassium excretion, which closely correlate with intake amounts, were linked with a slower decline of kidney function and a lower incidence of cardiovascular complications among patients with type 2 diabetes and normal kidney function. (2015-11-12)
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. (2015-11-12)
Elderly with dementia, diabetes and kidney problems risk dehydration
One in five older people in care homes are dehydrated. (2015-11-11)
Penn researchers present findings on cardiac risks for patients with chronic kidney disease
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), which afflicts more than 26 million Americans, is a condition in which individuals experience a slow loss of kidney function over time. (2015-11-10)
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. (2015-11-10)
Novel stem cell line avoids risk of introducing transplanted tumors
In a new study published Nov. 10, 2015 in the online journal eLIFE, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine describe a new 'progenitor cell' capable of unlimited expansion and differentiation into mature kidney cells, but without the risk of forming tumors. (2015-11-10)
Study shows benefits of intensive blood pressure management
Patients whose blood pressure target was lowered to a systolic goal of less than 120 mmHg had their risk for heart attack, heart failure or stroke reduced by 24 percent, and risk for death lowered by 27 percent, but was accompanied by increased risk for adverse events such as kidney abnormalities. (2015-11-09)
Increased meat consumption, especially when cooked at high temperatures, linked to elevated kidney cancer risk
Diets high in meat may lead to an increased risk of developing renal cell carcinoma (RCC) through intake of carcinogenic compounds created by certain cooking techniques, such as barbecuing and pan-frying. (2015-11-09)
Using human genetics to reveal fundamental processes involved in type 2 diabetes
Researchers at Oxford and Liverpool universities have identified genetic markers that could be used to understand people's risk of developing type 2 diabetes. (2015-11-09)
UH Case Medical Center researchers publish new results from SPRINT trial
Jackson Wright Jr., M.D., Ph.D., and researchers from UH Case Medical Center presented new results from Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial showing that in patients at high risk for cardiovascular events, targeting a systolic blood pressure of less than 120 mm Hg resulted in lower rates of fatal and non-fatal major events or death. (2015-11-09)
Meat -- and how it's cooked -- may impact kidney cancer risk
A new study indicates that a meat-rich diet may increase the risk of developing kidney cancer through mechanisms related to particular cooking compounds. (2015-11-09)
White coat and masked hypertension associated with higher rates of heart and vascular disease
Patients whose blood pressures spikes in the doctor's office but not at home, and patients whose blood pressure spikes at home but not in the doctor's office, suffer more heart attacks, heart failure, and strokes than patients with normal blood pressures in both settings, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found. (2015-11-09)
Time to reassess blood-pressure goals
High blood pressure or hypertension is a major health problem that affects more than 70 million people in the US, and over one billion worldwide. (2015-11-09)
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