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Investigational Drug Reduces High Potassium Levels in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients

Research published today found that the investigational drug patiromer decreased high potassium levels and maintained normal potassium levels in patients with chronic kidney disease. The results of a multicenter trial appear in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Exercise May Improve Physical Function, Lessen Pain in Patients with Kidney Disease

• A 12-week course of aerobic exercise improved physical function and quality of life in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease. • The exercise program also decreased patients’ pain.

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US Policy That Gives Priority to Prior Organ Donors Who Need a Transplant Is Working

• Living organ donors who later need kidney transplants have much shorter waiting times, and they receive higher quality kidneys compared with similar people on the waiting list who were not organ donors.

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Rates of Diabetic Kidney Disease May Be Underestimated

Rates of diabetic kidney disease could be higher than currently assumed according to a new study presented at ASN Kidney Week 2014 in Philadelphia. In an autopsy study of 150 individuals with type both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, researchers found 49.3% of individuals had diabetic nephropathy

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Second Protein Associated with Common Cause of Kidney Failure Identified

An international team of researchers from France, Germany, and the US have identified a protein that turns a person’s immune system against itself in a form of kidney disease called membranous nephropathy (MN). The new research was presented at ASN Kidney Week 2014 in Philadelphia and published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Healthy Diets Are Good for the Kidneys

A healthy diet may help protect the kidneys.

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Access to Specialized Kidney Care Varies by Geographic Area and Race

Patients’ access to specialized care before kidney failure develops varies significantly across the United States and among different racial groups.

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Perceived Racial Discrimination May Impact Kidney Function

Perceived racial discrimination may contribute to disparities related to kidney disease.

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Air Pollution Associated with Higher Rates of Chronic Kidney Disease

Air pollution may play a role in the development of kidney disease.

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