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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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Cost of Kidney Donation May Be Too High for Potential Donors with Low Income

Between 1999 and 2010, lower income regions in the US consistently had lower rates of living donation compared to higher income populations. The difference in living donation rates between lower and higher income regions is much larger in recent years than in the past. The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology findings were made by researchers who divided the US …

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ASN Kidney News Podcast: Dr. Wayne J. Riley on Meharry Medical College and the Southern Governors Plan

In this episode of the ASN Kidney News Podcast, ASN Executive Director Tod Ibrahim speaks with former President and CEO of Meharry Medical College, Dr. Wayne J. Riley, about the college’s role in educating African American health providers during the Jim Crow era in the Southern states. The current President-Elect of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Riley also discusses …

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Hospitalization Rates for Dialysis Patients Differ among Racial and Ethnic Groups

Among 563,281 US patients beginning maintenance hemodialysis between 1995 and 2009, whites had higher hospitalization rates overall during the first year of dialysis compared with blacks and Hispanics. However, younger black patients, older black patients, and older Hispanic patients had increased hospitalization rates compared with whites of similar age groups. Both blacks and Hispanics demonstrated greater rates of hospitalization due …

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Survival Differences among Young Dialysis Patients Most Striking in Poor Neighborhoods

Researchers who followed 11,027 young black and white patients who initiated dialysis in the United States between 2006 and 2009 for a median of 23 months found blacks living in poor neighborhoods had a higher risk of dying during follow-up than all other young black and white patients. Among young adults living in poor neighborhoods, blacks had approximately a 1.5 …

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Reduced Kidney Function Linked with Increased Risk of Kidney and Urothelial Cancers

Among nearly 1.2 million adults ≥40 years old and who had no history of cancer, dialysis, or kidney transplantation, individuals with an eGFR of 45 to 59 mL/min/1.73 m² had a 39% increased risk of renal cell carcinoma. Those with an eGFR of 30 to 44 mL/min/1.73 m² had an 81% increased risk, while those with an eGFR <30 mL/min/1.73 …

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Canadian Study Finds Kidney Transplantation Superior to Intensive Home Hemodialysis

A new Canadian study found kidney transplant patients had a 55% to 61% (depending on organ donor type) reduced risk of treatment failure or premature death compared with patients on intensive home hemodialysis (≥16 hours/week). Risk for hospital admission was higher for some transplant patients up to 1 year after transplantation, but lower in the long term compared with dialysis …

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PKD Patients May Have Reduced Cancer Risk Compared to Patients with Other Kidney Diseases

Kidney transplant recipients with polycystic kidney disease (PKD) were 16% less likely to develop cancer than recipients without PKD in a recent analysis of 10,166 kidney transplant recipients with PKD and 107,339 without. The median follow-up was 4.12 years after transplant for PKD recipients and 3.64 years for non-PKD recipients. Compared with the general population, overall cancer risk increased 48% …

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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.