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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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Drug May Help Prevent Bone Fractures in Dialysis Patients

Patients with kidney failure undergoing dialysis are at an increased risk of bone fractures, but a new study found that cinacalcet (a drug that mimics calcium and lowers parathyroid levels) may help prevent this among these individuals. A secondary analysis of the EVOLVE trial compared cinacalcet with a placebo. Although cinacalcet did not reduce the rate of clinical fractures in …

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Simple Model Predicts Progression of CKD among Socially Disadvantaged Patients

A simple model using 5 variables from electronic health records (age, sex, race, kidney function, and dipstick urinary protein level) adequately discriminated between socially disadvantaged individuals with CKD who did and did not progress to ESRD. Using the model, 80% of individuals who developed ESRD were among the 5% of individuals at the highest estimated risk for ESRD at 1 …

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Exercise May Improve Physical Function, Lessen Pain in Patients with CKD

A12-week course of exercise done in a supervised setting similar to a cardiac rehab center was effective in improving physical function and quality of life among patients with CKD. Also, the exercise program decreased pain as assessed by patient questionnaires. The Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology study included 107 patients with CKD stages 3 or 4, with …

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Kidney Week Guest Post: Kidney Week 2014 Interviews with Marie Benz, MD

Interviews with MedicalResearch.com’s Marie Benz, MD Opinions expressed in Guest Posts are the opinion of the author only, and do not reflect the views or opinions of The American Society of Nephrology (ASN). Marie Benz, MD, of MedicalResearch.Com has conducted many interviews with the leading presenters of new science and clinical research at ASN Kidney Week 2014. Dr. Benz offers …

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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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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.