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"Pulling" Bacteria Out of Blood

Magnets instead of antibiotics could provide a possible new treatment method for blood infection. This involves the blood of patients being mixed with magnetic iron particles, which bind the bacteria to them after which they are removed from the blood using magnets. The initial laboratory tests at Empa in St. Gallen have been successful, and seem promising.

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Kidney Stone, kidney stone surgery, Alpha Blockers, Urology, BMJ

Alpha Blockers More Effective for Large Kidney Stones

For the two-thirds of kidney stone patients who need more than just extra hydration to pass their stones, physicians are eager to find non-surgical ways to help. Now, a new review of the medical literature suggests alpha blockers may be useful in some cases.

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Kidney Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, end-stage kidney disease, Kidney Transplant, Hemodialysis, Medicare Spending, Kidney Paired Donation

Kidney Disease Hospitalization and Mortality Rates Continue to Decline in the U.S.

According to an annual data report from the United States Renal Data System (USRDS), hospitalization and mortality rates for patients with chronic kidney disease continue to decline in the U.S.

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Simple Walking Program Provides Physical and Mental Benefits to Dialysis Patients

• A simple home-based walking program improved physical capacity and quality of life in patients undergoing long-term dialysis.

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Physiology, Kidney Damage, Heart Disease, Fibrosis, Renal Function, Cigarette Smoke, Smoking, Genetics

Cigarette Smoke Exposure Increases Scar Tissue in the Kidney and Heart, Study Finds

Smoking may lead to fibrosis in the heart and kidneys and can worsen existing kidney disease, according to a new study. The research team suggests that exposure to cigarette smoke negatively affects genetic messaging that controls tissue scarring.

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Cancer Risks in Blacks: 'A Complex, Entangled Web', Many Primary Care Doctors Are Reluctant to Talk About Medical Errors, Can Microbiome Influence Treatment Response, and More in the Cancer News Source

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Physiology, Kidney Damage, Renal Function, Estrogen, Estrogen Based Therapy, Hormone Therapy, Menopause

Long-Term Use of Postmenopausal Estrogen Treatment May Impair Kidney Function

Long-term estrogen treatment after menopause may increase the risk of new kidney damage and negatively affect women with abnormal kidney function.

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Three Risk Factors Suggest a Reduction in Healthy Renal Function in Patients with Diabetes

Patients with diabetes and suffering from acute kidney injury (AKI), proteinuria and uncontrolled blood sugar experience a sharp reduction in the number of years they have healthy renal function before being forced onto dialysis, according to researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine.

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Tighter Blood Pressure Control May Save More Than 100,000 Lives Each Year in the U.S.

• New research estimates the projected lives that would be saved if patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease underwent intensive blood pressure lowering. • The findings will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2016 November 15–20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

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High-Impact Clinical Trials Yield Results That Could Improve Kidney Care

The results of numerous high-impact clinical trials that could affect kidney-related medical care will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2016, November 15–20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

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Eleanor D. Lederer Elected President of the American Society of Nephrology

• The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the world’s largest organization of kidney health professionals, has elected Eleanor D. Lederer, MD, FASN, as the next ASN President. • Dr. Lederer officially assumes her role as ASN President during the society’s annual meeting, ASN Kidney Week 2016, the largest gathering of kidney care specialists in the world, and will begin her term on January 1, 2017.

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Short and Poor Quality Sleep May Have Negative Effects on Kidney Function

• In a study of patients with chronic kidney disease, each additional hour of nighttime sleep was linked with a 19% lower risk of developing kidney failure. • There was also a significant association between sleep quality and kidney failure risk. • Research that uncovered these findings will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2016 November 15–20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

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Coordination of Care Benefits Patients with Kidney Disease and Reduces Medical Costs

• Multi-disciplinary care—or coordination of care among different clinicians and specialists—improves the health of patients with kidney disease and reduces costs compared with usual care. • Results from the study will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2016 November 15–20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

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Scientists Get Closer to Developing Bioartificial Kidney

• Researchers have developed a key component needed to create a bioartificial kidney. • The advance will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2016 November 15–20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

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Simple Saliva Test May Help Clinicians Diagnose Kidney Disease

• A dipstick test for salivary urea nitrogen was accurate for diagnosing kidney disease in adults in Malawi, Africa. • Results of the test also helped predict patients’ risk of early death. • The test will be described at ASN Kidney Week 2016 November 15–20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

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Reflux and Ulcer Medications Linked to Kidney Stones and Chronic Kidney Disease

• Individuals who took proton pump inhibitors or histamine receptor-2 blockers for heartburn, acid reflux, or ulcers had elevated risks of developing kidney stones. • In individuals without acute kidney injury, proton pump inhibitors were linked with a higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease or kidney failure compared with histamine receptor-2 blockers. • Research that uncovered these findings will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2016 November 15–20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

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Kidney Diseases, Neurology

ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Announces Campaign to Guarantee Research Funding

The ASN Foundation for Kidney Research (ASN Foundation) is proud to announce the public launch of its Securing the Future Campaign during ASN Kidney Week 2016. This campaign coincides with the 50th anniversary of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the 20th anniversary of the Career Development Grants Program.

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The American Society of Nephrology Honors Leader in the Fight Against Kidney Disease

• Amit X. Garg, MD, PhD will be presented with the ASN-AHA Young Investigator Award during ASN Kidney Week 2016, the world’s premier nephrology meeting where more than 13,000 kidney health professionals from around the world will gather in Chicago, IL from November 15–20.







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