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World Kidney Day raises awareness of kidney disease worldwide

World Kidney Day, a campaign designed to raise awareness of the importance of kidneys to overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide, was held March 13, 2014. Chronic kidney disease is a growing problem and costs to treat the condition pose an enormous burden on health care systems around the globe. About one in 10 people have some form of kidney damage, and every year millions die prematurely from complications related to kidney disease. Many patients who develop late-stage kidney disease will require dialysis treatment to filter the blood ... Read More

Dialysis treatments for kidney failure growing faster than world population

The need for dialysis treatments for kidney failure is growing at a faster rate than the population as a whole, according to a study presented at the 2013 American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week. For the study, titled “The Rapidly Growing Global Burden of End-Stage Renal Disease – An Analysis of the Change in Maintenance Dialysis Prevalence between 1990 and 2010,” researchers examined data from the Global Burden of Disease database, the largest existing database for global causes of illness and death, as well as data from national and regional end-stage renal disease (ESRD) registries. They performed a literature review ... Read More

Kidney disease one of the most costly health threats in U.S.

Kidney disease is becoming a dangerous health threat and one of the most costly in the United States, with treatments such as dialysis that costs Medicare upwards of $41 billion a year. Many things can cause kidney disease; in particular diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. As many as 35 percent of people with diabetes age 20 and older, and 20 percent of patients with hypertension suffer from chronic kidney disease. Researchers with Johns Hopkins University projected the lifetime risk of moderate kidney disease in the United States is about 60 percent. Currently, an estimated 26 million Americans ... Read More

People with diabetes, end-stage kidney disease much greater risk of heart problems

People who have diabetes and end-stage kidney disease are at a dramatically greater risk for cardiovascular events than people who have neither condition, according to long-term follow-up of two cohort studies. For this population of patients with both diseases, heart attack risk increased to 5.4 percent and the stroke risk more than doubled. The risk was almost 12 tmes greater in certain age groups. Diabetes and end-stage renal disease both carry a high risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality. The two conditions increase the risk of cardiovascular events as much as fivefold. Researchers say the findings drive home the importance ... Read More

Dialysis patients at greater risk for cardiovascular complications

Patients with advanced kidney disease undergoing hemodialysis are far more likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular complications than people without kidney disease. New research suggests that one reason may be due to a build up of uremic toxins that are not removed through dialysis, and that this risk could be reduced by taking an oral absorbent called AST-120. “Treatment with AST-120 … will not only delay the progression of kidney disease, but may also prevent future heart attack,” says Dr. Masayuki Yoshida, a researcher with the Life Sciences and Bioethics Research Center at Tokyo Medical and Dental ... Read More

Children on dialysis living longer than in years past

Children on dialysis for end-stage kidney disease have a much lower risk of dying than they did 20 years ago, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Children on dialysis have a much shorter life expectancy than adults receiving dialysis treatment. These children already face 30 percent greater risk of death compared to healthy children. Dialysis is the only life-saving therapy for them as they wait for a kidney transplant. Researchers with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center set out to determine if death rates had changed in these patients. Thus, they identified ... Read More