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2010-12-29 07:48:35

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ A simple blood test can effectively indentify people at increased risk of developing complications associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) at an earlier stage, according to this study. To assess kidney function, doctors most often measure an individual's level of creatinine in the blood. Creatinine is produced by muscles and filtered by the kidneys. Unfortunately, creatinine tests are inaccurate at detecting mild kidney impairment, and creatinine levels can...

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2010-12-17 09:55:00

Cystatin C, a blood marker of kidney function, proved significantly more accurate than the standard blood marker, creatinine, in predicting serious complications of kidney disease, in a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco. Among adults who were identified as having chronic kidney disease by high creatinine levels, the researchers found that only patients who also had abnormally high levels of cystatin C were at high risk...

2010-11-23 08:04:38

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Kidney function declines faster in African Americans and some Hispanic groups compared to white Americans, according to this study. "Racial/ethnic differences are present early, before chronic kidney disease (CKD) has been established," Carmen A. Peralta, MD (University of California, San Francisco) was quoted as saying. The researchers analyzed data on nearly 5,200 U.S. adults, all entering the study with normal kidney function based on a large study of heart disease...

2010-11-22 10:08:00

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced positive results from a Phase 2 dose-ranging study of atrasentan, a highly selective endothelin A receptor antagonist in development to help slow chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression in patients with type 2 diabetic nephropathy (diabetic kidney disease). Study results suggest that atrasentan, used in conjunction with renin-angiotensin system (RAS) inhibitors, may reduce albuminuria (presence of...

2010-10-27 14:00:00

EAST NORRITON, Pa., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Tengion, Inc. (Nasdaq: TNGN), a leader in regenerative medicine, reviewed pipeline progress at its first Analyst and Investor Meeting which was held today in New York City. The event featured updates and discussions of milestones and key data for the Company's Neo-Urinary Conduit(TM) and Neo-Kidney Augment(TM) programs. An audio archive of the event and presentation materials will be available at the Investors section of the Tengion website...

2010-10-25 16:19:37

High erythropoietin levels in people over age 85 indicate a higher risk of death, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/embargo/cmaj100347.pdf. Erythropoietin is a hormone created in the kidneys to stimulate production of red blood cells. Production is triggered by impaired oxygen delivery to the kidney because of anemia or low blood oxygen levels. In patients with chronic heart failure, high erythropoietin...

2010-09-29 07:30:00

EAST NORRITON, Pa., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Tengion, Inc. (Nasdaq: TNGN) presented new research data yesterday in a podium presentation at the 2nd Annual Symposium on Stem Cell Translation of the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) in San Francisco. The presentation highlighted new results from Tengion's Neo-Kidney Augment(TM) development program demonstrating success with an autologous cellular therapy approach to kidney regeneration in a rodent model of obesity, diabetes...

2010-09-15 12:22:00

Updated drug label will help prevent potential overdose in underweight transplant patients SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is notifying health care professionals of updated dosing recommendations for Valcyte (valganciclovir) oral tablets and solution used by children and adolescents receiving a kidney or heart transplant. The update is intended to prevent drug overdosing of children with low body weight, low body surface area,...

2010-06-21 13:33:59

People who donate one of their kidneys experience faster deterioration of their other kidney if they have the metabolic syndrome at the time of donation, a new study finds. The results will be presented Sunday at The Endocrine Society's 92nd Annual Meeting in San Diego. Each year more than 6,000 adults in the United States are living kidney donors. Over time, these donors typically have some decline in function of their remaining kidney, depending on their age and other factors. However, the...

2010-06-18 00:43:54

One way obese people become salt sensitive and hypertensive has been identified by Medical College of Georgia researchers. They've documented a chain of events in which excess inflammatory factors resulting from excess fat cause the body to retain more sodium and, consequently, more fluid and higher blood pressure, said Dr. Yanbin Dong, geneticist and cardiologist at MCG's Georgia Prevention Institute. Their findings point toward a biomarker in the urine that could one day help physicians...


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