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.

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The ASN blog features news about nephrology research, interviews with ASN leaders, annual meeting updates and more. The blog also features ASN's latest interactive media, including podcasts, videos, social media and more.

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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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Kidney Week is the world's premier nephrology meeting. Every year, more than 13,000 kidney professionals from around the globe come together to exchange knowledge, learn the latest scientific and medical advances, and listen to engaging and provocative exchanges between leading experts in the field.

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ASN Providing Ebola Resources for Kidney Health Professionals

The spread of the Ebola virus is causing concern across the globe. Recognizing that this virus is a significant public health concern that presents elevated risk to the health care professionals caring for infected individuals, ASN is sharing resources regarding Ebola and has developed a set of “Frequently Asked Questions” on Ebola and dialysis. The society also collaborated with the …

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Autoantibodies Predict Relapse in Patients with ANCA-Associated Vasculitis Involving the Kidneys

Among 166 patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis who were followed for an average of 49 months, autoantibody increases were linked with an 11-fold increased risk of relapse in patients whose kidneys were affected. Among patients without kidney involvement, such increases were associated only weakly with relapses. The findings are published in Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Patients with ANCA-associated …

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Recent Kidney Policy Changes Have Not Created Racial Disparities in Care, Study Says

After implementation of the Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System and changes to dosing guidelines for anemia drugs in 2011, there were no meaningful differences by race regarding changes in management practices or laboratory measures in a study of 7384 kidney failure patients at 132 dialysis facilities. From August 2010 to December 2011, declines in average doses of anemia …

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Blood Markers Predict Heart Failure Risk in CKD Patients

Among 3483 patients with CKD in the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study, participants with the highest blood levels of high-sensitivity troponin T at the start of the study had a nearly fivefold higher risk of developing heart failure over a median of nearly 6 years than those with the lowest levels. Those with the highest levels of N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic …

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BK Infection in Kidney Transplant Recipients Increases Risk of Developing Donor-Specific Antibodies

Researchers who assessed the health of 785 kidney transplant recipients (132 of whom had persistent BK infections despite reducing their anti-rejection medications), found no significant difference in terms of patient or kidney transplant survival after a median of 3 years. However, patients with BK infections were more likely to develop donor-specific antibodies. The JASN findings suggest that persistent BK viremia …

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ASN Kidney Week 2014 Preview Podcast

In this episode of the ASN Kidney News Podcast, ASN President Sharon M. Moe, MD, FASN, previews ASN Kidney Week 2014, which will take place November 11 to 16 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. President Moe is joined by the Program Committee Chair Susan E. Quaggin, MD, and the Postgraduate Education Committee Chair Patrick H. Nachman, MD, …

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Many Dialysis Patients Have Concerns about Pursuing Transplantation

In a study of 348 adults who recently initiated dialysis, the most frequently cited concerns about pursuing transplantation were that patients felt they were doing fine on dialysis (68.4%) and felt uncomfortable asking someone to donate a kidney (29.9%). Older age was independently associated with having high health-related or psychosocial concerns, as was female gender, less education, and presence of …

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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.