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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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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Association of BMI with Access to Transplantation Varies between Men and Women

Women who were overweight or obese (BMI ≥25.0 kg/m²) had a 25% decreased likelihood of receiving a kidney transplant from any donor source in a study of 702,456 ESRD patients. In contrast, men with a BMI of 25.0 to 34.9 kg/m² had an 8% increased likelihood, while those with a BMI ≥40 kg/m² had a decreased likelihood. The Clinical Journal …

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CMV Infection Linked with Development of Anemia in CKD Patients

Kidneys from 9 of 13 CKD patients were positive for active cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in a recent study, and patients with higher levels of anti-CMV antibodies in their blood had a lower number of red blood cells. Additional tests revealed that CMV infection inhibits the ability of cells to produce erythropoietin and that it does this by preventing the production …

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Podcast: ASN President Calls for Kidney Care Innovation In Congressional Testimony

On Wednesday, April 9, the President of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) urged Congress to spur scientific innovation in kidney research through a federal prize competition. In her testimony before the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology, ASN President Sharon M. Moe, MD, FASN, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Nephrology in …

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Lower Physical and Mental Health Scores Linked with Worse Outcomes in Hypertensive CKD Patients

Among 1091 African Americans with hypertensive CKD followed for approximately 10 years, lower physical and mental health scores were linked with increased risks of experiencing cardiovascular events or dying from heart-related causes as well as with experiencing progression of CKD or dying from kidney-related causes. An example from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology study was that for participants …

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Walking May Be an Effective Anti-Inflammatory Therapy for Patients with CKD

In an acute exercise study conducted in 15 patients with CKD, 30 minutes of walking improved the responsiveness of neutrophils to a bacterial challenge in the post exercise period. It also induced a systemic anti-inflammatory environment in the body. Additionally, in a regular exercise study, 6 months of regular walking (30 minutes/day, 5 times/week) reduced immune cell activation and markers …

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Autoimmune Drug May Help Prevent Diabetic Kidney Disease

Researchers have discovered that a receptor called B7-1 is expressed by kidney cells during the progression of diabetic nephropathy. The study published in the  Journal of the American Society of Nephrology described how targeting this receptor with an available drug called CTLA4-Ig, or abatacept, helped to maintain kidney function in mice with diabetic nephropathy. Abatacept is currently being used to …

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Study Determines Which Patients with AKI Benefit From Dialysis

An analysis of 6119 adults admitted to acute care hospitals between 2004 and 2010 who subsequently developed severe AKI found dialysis initiation was associated with increased survival when started in patients who had a creatinine concentration of 3.8 mg/dL or higher. When dialysis was initiated in patients with lower creatinine concentrations, there was an increased risk of premature mortality. No …

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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.