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2012-03-02 12:29:48

Complication rates are low even in patients with advanced kidney disease Highlights     Kidney disease patients experience low complication rates after weight-loss surgery.     Maintaining weight loss is challenging for kidney disease patients, and obesity can limit their eligibility for kidney transplants.     Long-term studies are needed to determine whether the potential benefits of weight-loss surgery outweigh risks for kidney disease...

2012-02-02 23:15:19

An upward revision of the blood pressure numbers used to identify risk of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) might actually help doctors provide better care for their patients, said the authors of a study in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The researchers found that systolic blood pressure — the “upper number” in a blood pressure reading — was the key variable. Current guidelines call for CKD patients to maintain a systolic pressure of 130/80 or lower in...

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...

2012-01-17 11:03:16

New biomarkers tested How does a doctor determine whether or not an emergency-room patient has acute kidney injury? Using tests currently available in the hospital, this question is often difficult to answer. In many emergency cases, however, early diagnosis of the severity of the disease picture is crucial. A large multicenter study by clinicians of the Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC), a joint cooperation between the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular...

2012-01-10 10:11:31

Acute kidney injury (AKI) has severe consequences, with a 25 to 80 percent risk of in-hospital death. Researchers have found a way to diagnose AKI using a urine test, enabling emergency departments to identify these high-risk patients when they first arrive at the hospital. The study will be published online on January 9, 2012, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Physicians typically measure a patient's creatinine levels to determine kidney function. But creatinine levels...

2011-12-22 06:21:19

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — You kidneys may be a window into your health. In fact, measures of kidney health may predict premature death. A person's level of kidney function often indicates how likely they are to develop kidney failure and other conditions. Kidney function is most accurately represented by the kidneys' filtration rate, but this is difficult to measure. Therefore, blood levels of a protein called creatinine are commonly used to assess kidney function, but levels of two other...

2011-12-20 13:33:44

Human blood test used as template for animal blood test When evaluating early kidney injuries in people, doctors monitor blood level increases of creatinine, a waste product of muscle breakdown, to understand the severity of the injury. Creatinine is filtered by the kidneys, and small increases are an indication of early damage to vital kidney function. For pets suffering critical illness or injury, University of Missouri researchers have found that even tiny increases of creatinine in...

2011-12-16 12:19:21

Markers of kidney function also predict who is likely to die prematurely Highlights     Certain measures of kidney health can also predict who is likely to die prematurely.     Blood levels of the proteins creatinine, beta trace protein, and cystatin C may portray aspects of health that go beyond the kidneys.     Future studies should investigate whether a panel of markers of kidney function would provide a better prediction of an...

2011-12-09 12:17:24

Clinicians should strive to identify and treat kidney injury patients who need care Most patients with an abrupt kidney injury that does not get better do not see a kidney specialist within a year, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN). The findings indicate that efforts are needed to identify and treat kidney injury patients who require subsequent care. Acute kidney injury (AKI), an abrupt or rapid decline in kidney...


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