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2012-07-31 23:01:19

According to court documents, on June 1st, 2012, Danielle Woolens filed a lawsuit in the Louisiana Eastern District Court (case no. 2:2012cv01408) alleging that Zocor led to kidney failure for the plaintiff. Zocor, which is also known by the generic name “Simvastatin”, manufactured by Merck Pharmaceuticals, is used to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL). In June 2011, the FDA posed restrictions in the use of the highest approved dose of the...

2012-07-31 06:52:13

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — University of Cincinnati researchers have discovered a new genetic target for diuretic therapy in patients with fluid overload, such as those with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis or kidney failure. These results could lead to the first new diuretic therapy in 25 years and could help patients who have a diuretic resistance. Diuretics help increase urine output and help patients get rid of excess fluid when kidneys can´t perform that function....

2012-07-27 10:53:54

Young blacks and patients without private insurance less likely to be assessed Highlights: Young black patients and patients without private health insurance are less likely to be assessed for a kidney transplant when they start dialysis. These patients are also less likely to be put on the transplant waiting list and to receive a kidney transplant. The findings may help explain the racial and socioeconomic disparities in access to kidney transplantation that are well documented. A...

2012-06-20 11:15:14

In a study that included nearly 2 millions adults in Canada, the rate of progression to untreated kidney failure was considerably higher among older adults, compared to younger individuals, according to a study in the June 20 issue of JAMA. "Studies of the association among age, kidney function, and clinical outcomes have reported that elderly patients are less likely to develop end-stage renal disease (ESRD) compared with younger patients and are more likely to die than to progress to...

2012-06-15 13:15:34

Homeless patients experience increased rates of kidney failure and premature death, and they overuse costly emergency services Highlights: -Homeless kidney disease patients suffer from much higher rates of depression and substance abuse and are more likely to develop kidney failure and die prematurely than impoverished patients with stable housing. -Homeless kidney disease patients are also far more likely to use costly emergency medical services. Among patients with moderate to...

2012-04-27 12:35:07

Hemodiafiltration does not improve survival or heart health, but intense treatments may help Highlights: A technique that removes additional toxins during dialysis does not improve kidney failure patients' survival or heart health, but intense treatments may provide a benefit. The technique, called hemodiafiltration, deserves more study. Kidney failure is on the rise and currently afflicts 2 million people worldwide. A technique that removes additional toxins during dialysis does not...

2012-03-16 09:33:39

Other efforts needed to boost kidney failure patients' low physical capacity Highlights     Patients with kidney failure have relatively poor physical health.     Frequent dialysis does not markedly improve kidney failure patients' overall physical capacity compared with conventional dialysis.     Kidney failure is on the rise and currently afflicts 2 million people worldwide. Some recent observational studies suggest that more frequent...

2012-03-09 10:39:57

Most covered by Medicare Plan D receive a low-income subsidy Highlights:     In 2007, 64% of Medicare beneficiaries with kidney failure participated in Medicare's Part D prescription drug coverage program.     Of these Part D enrollees, 72% received financial assistance from the program.     Those who self-enrolled in Part D plans without financial assistance often chose more expensive coverage options.     17% of Medicare...


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  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.