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2010-05-04 11:41:34

Mayo Clinic researchers have found that the kidneys of healthy adults show signs of chronic mild injury that increase with age. This damage is present even though the adults showed no clinical signs of kidney disease. The findings are reported in the current issue of the, Annals of Internal Medicine. "This was a surprise," says Andrew Rule, M.D., M.Sc., a Mayo Clinic nephrologist and epidemiologist who led the study. "These patients' kidneys are functioning normally, and this damage doesn't...

2010-03-24 13:19:51

With a concern that the automatic reporting of estimated glomerular filtration rate (GFR; the flow rate of filtered fluid through the kidney, which is used to define the stage and severity of chronic kidney disease) may result in unnecessary referrals by physicians, new research indicates that automated laboratory reporting was associated with a significant increase in first-time visits to a kidney specialist, particularly among those at increased risk of late detection of kidney disease...

2010-02-03 12:43:35

Patients with high levels of proteinuria (protein in urine) in addition to another marker of reduced kidney function had an associated increased risk of all-cause death, heart attack or progression to kidney failure, according to a study in the February 3 issue of JAMA. As many as 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD). The current system for determining the stage of CKD is based primarily on the estimated rate of glomerular filtration (eGFR; measure of the kidneys' ability to...

2010-01-11 20:59:31

Small amounts of lead in the bodies of healthy children and teens "” amounts well below the levels defined as "concerning" by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) "” may worsen kidney function, according to a Johns Hopkins Children's Center study published in the Jan. 11 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. In 1991, the CDC reduced the lead level "of concern" for children from 30 micrograms to 10 micrograms per deciliter of blood, but the Johns Hopkins...

2009-11-01 06:11:47

Study indicates primary care physicians need more education around diagnosing CKD Woman are at particular risk of their primary care physicians delaying diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a paper presented at the American Society of Nephrology's 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in San Diego, California. The findings suggest that educating practitioners about CKD could increase the timely diagnosis of CKD, thereby leading to improvements in care to patients...

2009-09-11 07:56:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Early identification of individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD) can delay the onset of end stage renal disease (ESRD) and the need for chronic dialysis treatments. The incidence of CKD continues to grow, and early identification and intervention are critical to manage this costly disease. Reporting of a patient's estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is widely accepted as a more accurate indicator of kidney function than a...

2009-08-18 15:00:00

 A mutation in a gene that helps regulate high blood pressure is a cause of inherited kidney disease, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Charles University in Prague and colleagues.The discovery provides insight into a protein, renin, that is important in blood pressure regulation, and reveals the cause of one type of inherited kidney disease occurring in adults and children, said co-investigator Anthony Bleyer, M.D., professor of...

2009-05-04 20:18:20

Australian researchers suggest moderate kidney disease raises an older man's risk of cancer. The study, published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, finds the risk for lung and urinary tract cancers -- but not prostate cancer -- was higher among men with kidney disease. The researchers discovered that men with moderate kidney dysfunction had a 39 percent increased risk of developing cancer over the risk seen in men with normal kidney function. Inflammation associated with...

2009-05-04 14:10:33

Even mild cases of acute kidney injury after liver transplantation are associated with lower survival for both the patient and the graft. With more severe injury, outcomes are even worse. These findings are in the May issue of Liver Transplantation, a journal published by John Wiley & Sons. The article is also available online at Wiley Interscience. Acute kidney injury often occurs after liver transplantation because of blood loss or surgery-related events. Previous studies have estimated...

2009-04-09 09:36:53

Study suggests that GFR and albuminuria tests should be performed on all chronic kidney disease patients Measuring kidney function by assessing two different factors"”glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and urinary albumin levels"”helps determine which patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) will develop end-stage renal disease (ESRD), according to a study appearing in the May 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN). This combination test could help...


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