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Kidney Week 2013 General News

High Dietary Acid Load Predicts ESRD

Compared with subjects in the lowest tertile of net acid excretion, those in the middle and highest tertiles had a 3.0 times and 9.9 times increased risk.

Kidney Week 2013 General News

Mediterranean-Style Diet May Cut CKD Risk

Researchers also discover that adherence to the diet is associated with slower eGFR decline.

Kidney Week 2013 Diabetes

Diabetes Hikes Infection-Related Death Risk Post-Transplant

Increasing age and receipt of a deceased-donor kidney were among risk factors for death from infection.

Kidney Week 2013 Anemia

Iron Status Affects Platelet Counts in Hemodialysis Patients

Decreasing TSAT and higher ESA doses are associated with increasing platelet counts.

Kidney Week 2013 Anemia

Anemic Peritoneal Dialysis Patients May Benefit from Folic Acid

Folic acid treatment significantly improved hemoglobin levels and decreased epoetin alfa use.

Kidney Week 2013 Hyperphosphatemia

Phosphorus Changes Affect Dialysis Patient Mortality Risk

Declines in serum phosphorus over time may improve survival.

Kidney Week 2013 General News Statins May Protect Against Post-Op AKI

Statins May Protect Against Post-Op AKI

Patients whose statins were held in the 24 hours before cardiac surgery had higher levels of kidney injury biomarkers.

Kidney Week 2013 General News

Masked Hypertension Linked to Low GFR, Elevated Urine Protein

Greater proteinuria also associated with increased odds of masked and sustained hypertension.

Kidney Week 2013 Hyperphosphatemia

Higher PTH and Dietary Protein Intake Hikes Hyperphosphatemia Risk

Worsening or resistant hyperphosphatemia may be an under-appreciated consequence of secondary hyperparathyroidism.

Kidney Week 2013 Diabetes

Statin's Effect on Diabetic HD Patients Probed

Atorvastatin did not reduce the risk of a combined endpoint of cardiovascular death, MI, and stroke.

Kidney Week 2013 General News

Meditation Can Lower Blood Pressure in Hypertensive CKD Patients

The effect may be mediated by an acute reduction in sympathetic nervous system activity.

Kidney Week 2013 Hyperphosphatemia

Phosphate Binders Offer No Short-Term Mortality Benefit

Calcium-based and non-calcium-based binder use were associated with similar death risks.

Kidney Week 2013 Anemia

Phosphate Binder Found to Cut IV Iron, ESA Use

Elemental iron requirement was reduced by half in patients receiving ferric citrate versus an active control.

Kidney Week 2013 General News

Patients Aged 75+ Have Poor Outcomes After Starting RRT

Study demonstrated six- and 12-month survival rates of 58% and 49%, respectively.

Kidney Week 2013 Hyperphosphatemia

Limiting Phosphorus Additives in Foods Lowers Serum Phosphorus

Levels declined significantly from 7.2 to 5.0 mg/dL, data show.

EAU Congress Cryoablation Offers Long-Term RCC Control

Cryoablation Offers Long-Term RCC Control

The 5-year disease-free and cancer-specific survival rates were 94.7% and 100%, respectively.

EAU Congress Pelvic Floor Exercises May Be Effective for Premature Ejaculation

Pelvic Floor Exercises May Be Effective for Premature Ejaculation

In a small study, the treatment was associated with a 4-fold increase in average ejaculation time.

EAU Congress Radiofrequency Ablation May Be a Valid Approach for RCC

Radiofrequency Ablation May Be a Valid Approach for RCC

Study shows it can provide durable oncologic control with a low risk of tumor recurrence.

EAU Congress Adjuvant Radiotherapy Cuts PCa Death Risk in Higher Risk Patients

Adjuvant Radiotherapy Cuts PCa Death Risk in Higher Risk Patients

Researchers observe benefit in prostate cancer patients with 2 or more adverse pathologic features.

EAU Congress Robotic Prostate Surgery Implicated in PLND Decline

Robotic Prostate Surgery Implicated in PLND Decline

Pelvic lymph node dissection in high-risk patients is 2.5 times more likely in those undergoing open rather than robotic-assisted surgery.

EAU Congress Preop MRI Benefits Some Prostate Cancer Patients

Preop MRI Benefits Some Prostate Cancer Patients

Men with non-palpable tumors had a 46% lower risk of positive surgical margins.

EAU Congress Long-Term TRT Leads to Progressive Weight Loss, Other Benefits

Long-Term TRT Leads to Progressive Weight Loss, Other Benefits

Parenteral testosterone undecanoate over 5 years found to decrease waist circumference and improve components of metabolic syndrome.

EAU Congress Ejaculatory Problems Linked to BPH Drugs

Ejaculatory Problems Linked to BPH Drugs

Alpha blockers and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors increase the risk of ejaculatory dysfunction, a systematic review and meta-analysis shows.

EAU Congress Elevated CKD Risk May Remain Despite Partial Nephrectomy

Elevated CKD Risk May Remain Despite Partial Nephrectomy

Risk is not eliminated if patients have risk factors for chronic kidney disease, such as hypertension and diabetes.

EAU Congress Prostate Cancer Active Surveillance Safe Long Term

Prostate Cancer Active Surveillance Safe Long Term

Patients are more than 9 times more likely to die from causes other than PCa, a new study shows.

EAU Congress Blood Type O Predicts Lower Prostate Cancer Recurrence Risk

Blood Type O Predicts Lower Prostate Cancer Recurrence Risk

It is associated with a 34.7% decrease in biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy versus patients with blood type A.

Genitourinary Cancers Symposium Diabetes Ups Kidney Cancer Patient Death Risk

Diabetes Ups Kidney Cancer Patient Death Risk

Diabetes also found to increase cancer-specific mortality in patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma.

Genitourinary Cancers Symposium Prostate Cancer Expectant Management On the Rise

Prostate Cancer Expectant Management On the Rise

Patients diagnosed with the cancer in 2011 were 2.5 times more likely to be managed expectantly than those diagnosed in 2004.

Genitourinary Cancers Symposium Kidney Cancer Survival Improved by BP Drugs

Kidney Cancer Survival Improved by BP Drugs

ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers were shown to prolong median overall survival by nine months.

Genitourinary Cancers Symposium Lethal Prostate Cancer Less Likely in Men with AB Blood

Lethal Prostate Cancer Less Likely in Men with AB Blood

The risk of PCa death or distant metastases is 61% lower in men with blood group AB compared with those who have blood group O.

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