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Latest Organ failure Stories

2013-05-01 12:36:38

Cinacalcet, a drug commonly given to patients with end stage kidney disease to help keep phosphorus and parathyroid blood levels within a target range and has few patient level clinical benefits and several adverse effects, suggesting that it should no longer be routinely prescribed, according to a study by international researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine. These findings are important as cinacalcet has become the largest single drug cost for patients on dialysis in the US,...

2013-04-26 09:59:12

Novel treatment has potential in multiple cardiovascular diseases Up to 10 per cent of patients with high blood pressure are resistant to treatment, which puts them at increased risk of cardiovascular events, including heart attacks. Clinical trials show that catheter-based renal denervation reduces blood pressure in patients who do not respond to conventional drug therapy. Use of the technique is increasing in Europe and worldwide and several national societies have published guidance...

Health Group Warns Heart Failure Treatment Costs Will More Than Double By 2030
2013-04-25 07:54:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The American Heart Association (AHA) issued a statement this week that predicts the number of people with heart failure could rise 46 percent — from 5 million in 2012 to 8 million in 2030 — and that the direct and indirect costs to treat heart failure could more than double -- from $31 billion in 2012 to $70 billion in 2030. This means every US taxpayer could be paying $244 a year to care for heart failure patients by 2030....

2013-04-22 23:03:17

The American Kidney Fund (AKF) announced Jonathan Rivera Gómez from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico as the young artist who won the organization´s Calendar Kids art contest for pediatric kidney patients. Rockville, MD (PRWEB) April 22, 2013 The American Kidney Fund (AKF) announced Jonathan Rivera Gómez from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico as the young artist who won the organization´s Calendar Kids art contest for pediatric kidney patients. More than 6,700 people nationwide cast online...

2013-04-22 08:21:12

Eco-friendly Kidney Cars Program Saves Lives NEW YORK, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The old car sitting in your driveway can breathe new life into the environment, your pocketbook and those suffering from kidney disease. This Earth Day, donate the car to Kidney Cars and become eligible for a tax deduction while helping the National Kidney Foundation get more mileage out of its education and prevention programs. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130422/DC97616)...

2013-04-19 14:29:06

Lower extremity physical performance tests may help identify patients at risk Highlights: -In patients with chronic kidney disease, measures of lower extremity performance were at least 30% lower than predicted, but handgrip strength was relatively preserved. -Each 0.1-meter per second slower walking speed was linked with a 26% higher risk for death over an average three-year follow-up period. -Adding gait speed tests to laboratory tests of kidney function significantly improved the...

2013-04-19 14:26:14

Dietary restriction may be the best way to reduce phosphate's negative effects on the heart Highlights: -The phosphate binder sevelamer carbonate did not improve cardiovascular measures in patients with early chronic kidney disease. -For now, reducing dietary intake of phosphate may be the best way for these patients to reduce the mineral's negative effects on the heart. -High phosphate levels–in kidney disease patients and in the general population–increase the risk of...

2013-04-19 08:25:13

Multidisciplinary approach to transplant therapy gives chronic kidney disease sufferers "a new chance at life" - while currently serving more African-American patients per capita than any other program in the United States. DETROIT, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Christopher Brantley says he will never forget the moment when he realized that he was going to need dialysis for life if he didn't get a kidney transplant. (Photo:...

2013-04-18 23:00:37

Mom´s Meals offers some early warning signs for kidney disease risk, and information on what you can do to lower that risk — including the option to have home meal delivery with specific renal-friendly options. Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) April 18, 2013 With over 4-million American adults diagnosed with kidney disease every year, it is now the eighth highest cause of death in the US. Because kidneys are responsible for filtering the blood and removing excess waste, when they aren't...

2013-04-17 14:27:14

Contrary to the positive findings of a previous pilot study, administration of a sodium bicarbonate-based infusion to induce urinary alkalinization during and after surgery does not reduce the incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI) and may even cause harm in patients undergoing open heart surgery. These are the conclusions of a study by Anja Haase-Fielitz of the Otto-von-Guericke-University in Magdeburg, Germany, Rinaldo Bellomo of the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and...