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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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Calcium and Phosphorus Regulatory Hormones Tied to Kidney Stone Incidence

A study of men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study who were free of nephrolithiasis at blood draw revealed higher plasma 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, even in ranges considered normal, was associated with higher risk of symptomatic kidney stones over 12 years. After adjusting for BMI, diet, plasma factors, and other covariates, men in the highest quartile of plasma 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D had …

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More Provider Visits May Not Improve Vascular Access Outcomes in Patients on Dialysis

A study of US dialysis patients found that more frequent face-to-face visits with physicians and advanced practitioners were linked with a 13% greater likelihood of undergoing more procedures and therapeutic interventions aimed at preserving vascular accesses, but were not associated with prolonged vascular access survival. One additional provider visit was associated with a 9% lower likelihood of hospitalization for vascular …

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More Funding Needed to Cure Kidney Disease

ASN Past President Sharon M. Moe, MD, FASN, is calling on Congress to support NIH funding and kidney disease research. In a Roll Call op-ed, she notes that general funding for medical research has declined, including in the kidney space. The NIH invests an average of $30 billion each year in medical research, but <2% of that annual funding is …

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Tool Measures Patients’ Readiness to Make Decisions about Initiating Dialysis

Researchers have found that the “behavioral stage of change” model, originally used to help people quit smoking, can help patients with CKD take action and make decisions about their dialysis options. Surveys of 55 patients with CKD revealed that those who had knowledge about their options and had fewer lifestyle barriers to home dialysis were more likely to be ready …

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New Insights into Role of APOL1 Gene Variants and FSGS

Among 94 patients with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), those with 2 APOL1 variants tended to have more advanced disease at diagnosis, which fits with observations that this genetic form of FSGS progresses rapidly. Patients with the variants responded to cyclosporine and mycophenolate mofetil just as well as other patients, but they progressed more rapidly to kidney failure. Among self-identified African …

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ASN-GWU Nephrology Fellows Report Details Trainee Demographics, Job Market Experiences

ASN has published a new analysis of the 2014 nephrology fellows survey. The report, the second in a series produced in collaboration with George Washington University investigators, found that although more women are choosing nephrology careers, the majority of 1st and 2nd year fellows were male (61%). Also, most nephrology fellows are international medical graduates (64%). Approximately 43% of fellows …

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ESRD Rates Appear to Stabilize in Lupus Nephritis Patients

A new retrospective study has determined rates of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) due to lupus nephritis appear to have stabilized and may even be declining. Using data from the US Renal Data System on >1.5 million people initiating renal replacement therapy (RRT) between 1995 and 2010, researchers calculated standardized incidence ratios for each consecutive year. Among these individuals, 16,649 with …

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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.