Journal Watch - Chronic Kidney Disease

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  1. PD as a treatment for severe heart failure

    In a small study, people whose CKD had not yet caused kidney failure were helped by peritoneal dialysis. After 2 months, the 19 study participants lost water weight, breathed easier, could sleep lying flat, and had no hospital stays for fluid overload.

    Read the abstract » | (added 09/29/2011)

    Tags: Chronic Kidney Disease

  2. Ratios of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fats may impact health in kidney disease

    Western diets tend to have too much omega 6 and not enough omega 3 fatty acids. In 145 people on standard in-center HD, having too much omega 6 was linked with significantly higher inflammation.

    Read the abstract » | (added 07/26/2011)

    Tags: Chronic Kidney Disease

  3. The frontier of regenerative medicine—what it can mean for kidney disease

    While dialysis can remove wastes and excess water from the blood, it can't replace or respond to hormones like healthy kidneys do. Regenerative medicine is at the cutting edge of efforts to grow kidney cells in the lab—with the goal of one day growing new kidneys. And, that day may not be far off.

    Read the abstract » | (added 07/26/2011)

    Tags: Chronic Kidney Disease

  4. CKD education rates in Australia (they're FAR better than in the US!)

    It's hard to choose a treatment option for kidney failure that fits your life when you don't know what the options are, or how they might affect you. A study of 721 people new to dialysis in Australia found that 603 (84%) had options education before they started treatment.

    Read the abstract » | (added 05/23/2011)

    Tags: Chronic Kidney Disease

  5. New model using routine lab tests can predict progression to kidney failure

    Researchers looked at data from a total of 8,391 people with stages 3–5 CKD to see if lab test results could predict who would progress to end-stage. A model that included age, sex, GFR, and protein in the urine worked best.

    Read the abstract » | (added 05/23/2011)

    Tags: Chronic Kidney Disease

  6. Oral adsorbents may help reduce levels of uremic toxins

    The colon makes some wastes that are removed by the kidneys. So, drugs that keep these wastes from getting into the bloodstream could help keep them from building up in the body when the kidneys fail.

    Read the abstract » | (added 04/25/2011)

    Tags: Chronic Kidney Disease

  7. Chemical ablation to correct recurrent secondary hyperparathyroidism post parathyroidectomy

    Reoperation after a parathyroidectmy can be risky. In a study of 49 people, injecting ethanol (alcohol) into the gland, guided by ultrasound, helped to lower PTH levels without more surgery.

    Read the abstract » | (added 04/25/2011)

    Tags: Chronic Kidney Disease

  8. Future of the artificial kidney

    Learn the latest on futuristic dialysis with wearable and miniaturized devices!

    Read the abstract » | (added 02/24/2011)

    Tags: Chronic Kidney Disease

  9. Naturally higher red blood cell counts do NOT reduce survival

    It never made sense to us that a "normal" hemoglobin level would somehow become harmful in kidney failure. And, in fact, it's not the Hgb itself that causes harm. A new DOPPS study of 545 people on dialysis whose Hgbs were normal without ESA drugs found no difference in survival.

    Read the abstract » | (added 02/24/2011)

    Tags: Chronic Kidney Disease

  10. Vytorin® reduced heart attacks & strokes in those with CKD

    In a study of more than 9,000 people, the cholesterol-lowering (statin) drug Vytorin significantly reduced the risk of heart attacks and strokes. One-third of those who took part were on dialysis; the rest had stage 3,4, or 5 CKD.

    Read the abstract » | (added 02/24/2011)

    Tags: Chronic Kidney Disease