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2011-04-07 22:32:52

A new study from Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.com/), the largest long-term study of kidney transplant recipients published to date, demonstrates that progressive damage to kidney transplants may be less common and less severe than previously reported. The study, involving 797 patients transplanted between 1998 and 2004 and followed for at least five years, shows that 87 percent of patients have mild or no signs of progressive scar damage to the transplanted organ when biopsied at one...

2011-03-17 21:13:02

U-M researcher supports proposed concepts for changing how kidneys are allocated, in commentary published in New England Journal of Medicine Providing kidney transplants to patients with the best probability of longer survival would reduce repeat transplant operations and improve life span after kidney transplant, says a U-M researcher in a commentary published in the New England Journal of Medicine March 16. Alan B. Leichtman, M.D., professor of Internal Medicine at U-M and his co-authors...

2011-02-22 02:50:48

Sharing printed educational materials about the risk of squamous cell carcinoma with kidney transplant recipients appeared to be effective at increasing skin self-examination and encouraging follow-up with a dermatologist to determine risk of cancer, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the June issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "In the United States, an estimated 100,000 living kidney transplant recipients are at risk to develop...

2011-02-11 14:29:00

Test monitors level of a drug that helps prevent kidney rejection SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it has cleared a test to help manage potential organ rejection in kidney transplant patients. The test, called QMS Everolimus Immunoassay, monitors the blood level of everolimus, a drug that helps prevent rejection in kidney transplants. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO)...

2011-01-14 08:55:59

Survival rates similar for home and hospital dialysis, but few choose home version despite flexibility, cost savings Patients who must return to dialysis after a kidney transplant failure survive just as well on home dialysis as hospital dialysis, but few choose that option, according to new research by Dr. Jeffrey Perl, a nephrologist at St. Michael's Hospital. Despite medical advances, transplanted kidneys don't last a lifetime and an increasing number of patients return to dialysis. These...

2011-01-14 08:45:40

Dialysis at home is just as effective as in the clinic Patients returning to dialysis after kidney transplant failure present unique challenges compared with other dialysis patients: they have been exposed to very powerful immunosuppressive medications and have been on dialysis for a longer period of time than other dialysis patients. This puts them at particularly high risk for various complications and death. According to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the...

2010-11-22 13:20:47

1. Low Income Individuals Are Donating Fewer Kidneys Kidney Donations by the Poor Are on the Decline Research shows that people with low incomes are more likely to develop kidney failure and less likely to receive a living donor kidney transplant than people of other socioeconomic classes. Because fewer individuals in the U.S. are donating kidneys, Jagbir Gill, MD (St. Paul's Hospital, University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada) and colleagues examined trends in kidney donation...

2010-11-11 06:30:00

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- NephRx Corporation today announced that it has initiated a Phase I clinical trial of its lead compound NX001 and has successfully dosed the first subject in the study. NX001, a kidney growth factor peptide that has demonstrated good safety and promising efficacy in two animal models of acute renal failure, is in development for the prevention of delayed graft function (DGF) in kidney transplantation patients. Separately, NephRx announced...

2010-10-29 18:51:24

Older patients are twice as likely to get a kidney transplant than a decade ago Elderly patients with kidney failure get kidney transplants more often than they did a decade ago, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). The results suggest that the chances of receiving a kidney transplant are better than ever for an older patient who needs one. Kidney failure afflicts nearly half a million individuals in the...

2010-10-01 13:53:54

South Asian men and women have more than twice the risk of suffering a heart attack after a kidney transplant, according to a study led by St. Michael's nephrologist Dr. Ramesh Prasad. The study, published today in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, studied 864 patients who underwent a transplant between 1998 and 2007. Researchers analyzed and compared the group's risk for a heart attack, angioplasty and bypass surgery rates, and death from heart disease after a...