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Patients with Kidney Disease Appear to be Starting Dialysis Earlier

Patients with advanced kidney disease are starting dialysis progressively earlier according to a new study. Researchers examined electronic medical records from 1691 veterans who started dialysis at a VA medical center between 2000 and 2009. They found not only were these patients starting dialysis with higher levels of kidney function in more recent years, but over time there was no …

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Urine Levels of Procollagen Type III N-Terminal Propeptide Linked with CKD Progression

In a case-control study of 192 Cardiovascular Health Study participants who had CKD progression and 231 controls, each doubling of urine procollagen type III N-terminal propeptide (PIIINP) was associated with a 22% higher likelihood of CKD progression. In a prospective study of 958 randomly selected Cardiovascular Health Study participants, higher urine PIIINP was significantly associated with death, but not with …

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A High Acid Diet May Have Negative Effects on Kidney Health

A new study suggests patients with CKD may be at higher risk of developing kidney failure when they eat diets with high levels of acid. Researchers analyzed information from 1486 patients with CKD participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III and followed them over a median of 14.2 years. Patients who consumed high-acid diets were 3 times …

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Study Provides Insights on AKI Immune Response Enzyme

The enzyme heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is known to be important in the body’s protective response against AKI. Researchers have now found that HO-1 helps to direct a specific subset of immune cells, called myeloid cells, as they traffic to and from the kidney after it is injured. In mice, the absence of HO-1 led to poor recovery after AKI. The …

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Simple Test Detects Increased Risks in Patients with AKI

Among 77 patients with early AKI, researchers found that a simple test performed with a one-time dose of furosemide, in addition to a measurement of urine output, can predict which patients with AKI will later develop serious kidney problems that require dialysis. The test is called the Furosemide Stress Test (FST). Furosemide, being a diuretic, is predominantly cleared by the …

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Study Suggests Need to Adopt a Single, Universal AKI Definition in Children

A new study compared the Pediatric RIFLE (pRIFLE), AKI Network (AKIN), and Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) criteria for defining AKI in children. Researchers examined electronic medical records of 14,795 hospitalizations at a children’s hospital and found AKI incidences according to pRIFLE, AKIN, and KDIGO were 51.1%, 37.3%, and 40.3%. AKI by any definition was associated with greater mortality …

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Kidney-Brain Connection May Help Drive CKD

New research reveals that the effects of salt consumption on the kidneys are mediated at least in part by brain-kidney interactions. By studying rats with kidney disease, researchers found salt intake accelerated kidney scarring by activating a brain-kidney connection called the renin-angiotensin axis that interlinks the damaged kidney and brain by afferent and efferent sympathetic nerves. Targeting these nerves appeared …

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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.