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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...

2012-03-09 10:38:35

Not all cases are unstoppable, and some can get better Highlights:     Chronic kidney disease doesn't always lead to kidney failure, and in some cases, kidney function can improve.     In this study, 10% of patients did not experience progressive kidney dysfunction, and 3% demonstrated clearly improved kidney function.     60 million people globally have chronic kidney disease. Not all patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are...

2012-02-17 11:02:20

Classes spur patients to get evaluated for a kidney transplant Highlights     Kidney transplantation is the preferred treatment for kidney failure patients, but blacks are less likely to receive kidney transplants than whites.     Kidney failure patients–particularly blacks and those living in poor neighborhoods–who take part in an education program are more likely to get evaluated for a kidney transplant.     Requiring a formal...

2012-01-20 10:42:41

Upper GI bleeding common and serious in dialysis patients Highlights     Bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract occurs more than 10 times as often in kidney failure patients than in individuals in the general population.     Upper gastrointestinal bleeding causes serious health problems–and even early deaths–for many patients with kidney failure.     More than 600,000 patients in the United States have kidney failure....

2012-01-17 13:17:20

U-M researchers identify modifiable risk factors that could limit the incidence of post-transplant end-stage renal disease Research from the University of Michigan Health System shows the risk for kidney failure among liver transplant recipients is higher following the implementation of Model of End Stage Liver Disease (MELD), a policy change in 2002 that altered how liver transplant allocation is decided. The study, led by Pratima Sharma, M.D., M.S., an assistant professor in the...

2011-11-11 01:45:46

Diabetics with kidney failure shouldn't lower their blood glucose as much as diabetics without kidney failure Highlights:     Diabetic patients with kidney failure benefit the most when their hemoglobin A1C levels, which reflect blood glucose levels, are between 7% and 8%.     For diabetics who need dialysis, hemoglobin A1C levels of 8% or greater or less than 7% put them at increased risk of dying prematurely compared to patients with levels between 7.0%...

2011-11-10 15:37:05

Kids of minority races less likely to get a kidney transplant before needing dialysis; Blacks with no health insurance more likely to die while waiting for a transplant Highlights:     Pediatric racial minorities are much less likely than whites to get kidney transplants before they need dialysis, regardless of their families' income.     Among children with kidney failure waiting for a transplant, blacks with no health insurance are more likely to die...

2011-11-05 01:19:48

The enzyme arginase-2 plays a major role in kidney failure, and blocking the action of this enzyme might lead to protection against renal disease in diabetes, according to researchers. "We believe these arginase inhibitors may be one of the new targets that can slow down the progression of, or even prevent the development of, end-stage renal disease," said Alaa S. Awad, assistant professor of nephrology, Penn State College of Medicine. In the United States diabetes is the leading cause...


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