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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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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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Family History May Increase Dialysis Patients’ Risk of Cardiac Arrest

Dialysis patients’ increased risk of cardiac arrest may, in part, be inherited. Investigators analyzed 647,457 dialysis patients to identify 5117 pairs of patients who came from the same family. These patients were matched to control patients from the same population. In 4.3% of family pairs, both members died of cardiac arrest compared with 2.6% in control pairs. Genetically related family …

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Hormone and Bone Tests May Predict Progression of Coronary Artery Calcification in Dialysis Patients

High parathyroid hormone levels and subsequent bone loss were major risk factors for worsening of coronary artery calcification in a study of patients on dialysis. Three-quarters of the 122 patients completing the study had coronary artery calcification increases at 1 year. Independent risk factors for coronary artery calcification progression were age, baseline total or whole parathyroid hormone level >9 times …

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Pathway Regulating Renal Epithelial Barrier Function, Lumen Expansion Identified

Researchers have discovered the key players involved in the establishment of the lumen of kidney tubules and the formation of a tight barrier against adjacent structures. The epithelial cells that line the tubules coordinate these processes through a signaling pathway involving grainyhead-like homolog 2 (Grhl2). This transcriptional activator targets genes including Ovol2, which encodes a zinc finger transcription factor, as …

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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.