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Kidney fact: each year, more than 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with kidney failure. The most common causes of kidney disease are high blood pressure and diabetes. More research is needed to prevent premature death and improve quality of life for people with these conditions. Congress must direct resources to kidney screening and kidney disease awareness programs for the 24 million Americans with diabetes.

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Home Hemodialysis Linked with Improved Survival Compared with Peritoneal Dialysis

In an analysis of 2000 to 2012 data from the Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplantation Registry, 85% of patients treated with home hemodialysis survived for at least 5 years compared with 44% of patients treated with peritoneal dialysis. Home hemodialysis was also associated with better on-treatment survival, composite patient and technique survival, and death-censored technique survival. The CJASN …

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Vitamin D Supplements May Benefit Children with CKD

In a study of children with CKD, those with lower vitamin D levels had higher urinary protein/creatinine ratios at baseline and after a median 8 months on angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. Five-year kidney survival was 75% in patients with vitamin D levels ≥50 nMol/L at the start of the study vs. 50% in those with lower levels. This renoprotective effect …

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Targeting Blood Vessels Improves Kidney Function in Animal Model of PKD

In mice with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), a treatment that targets tiny blood and lymphatic vessels inside the kidneys improved kidney function and slowed progression of disease. By looking at mouse models of both the common and rarer form of PKD, researchers noticed that tiny blood vessels surrounding the cysts that are a hallmark of the disease are altered very …

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Study Reveals the Incidence of Severe AKI during Pregnancy

In an analysis of information on all pregnancies from 1997 to 2011 in Ontario, the incidence of AKI that was treated with dialysis was 1 in 10,000 (188 out of 1.9 million pregnancies). Women with pre-pregnancy hypertension, diabetes, CKD, or lupus were at least twice as likely to develop AKI during pregnancy, and those with a major pregnancy-related complication such …

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Dexamethasone Could Help Prevent Severe AKI following Heart Surgery

Dexamethasone appeared to protect against the development of severe AKI in a large randomized controlled trial called the Dutch Dexamethasone for Cardiac Surgery trial, which included 4465 patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Patients who received the drug during surgery had about a 2.5-times lower risk of developing AKI requiring dialysis within 1 year compared with those who received a placebo. Patients …

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Casual Walking for an Extra 2 Minutes per Hour May Help Prolong Life, Especially in People with CKD

In an observational study that followed participants for an average of just under 3 years, a “trade-off” of sedentary activity (such as sitting) with low-intensity activity (such as standing) was not beneficial, but a trade-off of 2 min/h of sedentary activity with an equal amount of light-intensity activity (such as casual walking) was associated with a 33% lower risk of …

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Differing Composition and Structure of ECM May Indicate Susceptibility to Kidney Disease

In an attempt to better understand why people of various races and genders tend to be more susceptible to kidney disease, researchers tried studying different genders of mice with different genetic backgrounds, focusing on the extracellular matrix (ECM) scaffolding within the glomeruli. They found that there were significant differences in the composition and type of proteins between the mice, and …

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The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) leads the fight against kidney disease by educating health professionals, sharing new knowledge, advancing research, and advocating the highest quality care for patients.