June 2011 Issue of Renal And Urology News

June 2011 Issue of Renal And Urology News

June 2011

Cover Articles

Outpatient BPH Procedure Works

CHICAGO—Prostatic artery embolization (PAE), a new outpatient interventional radiology treatment that blocks the blood supply to enlarged prostate glands, achieves outcomes similar to those of ...

Study: Women Are At Higher Risk of RCIN

LAS VEGAS—Women with an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) of 60 mL/min/1.73 m2 or higher are at higher risk than men for experiencing radiocontrast-induced nephropathy ...

Obese Donors Not At Higher Renal Risk

PHILADELPHIA—Obese kidney donors are not at elevated risk for renal dysfunction long term, but they may experience an increase in risk factors for cardiovascular disease ...

News in Brief

U.S. Medical Students Avoiding Nephrology

Interest in nephrology as a career is declining and has been on the decline for nearly a decade, according to a new study.

FDA Approves New AndroGel Formulation

The FDA has approved Abbott's AndroGel 1.62%, a testosterone gel that restores levels of the hormone in hypogonadal men with half the volume of gel ...

Report: Stereotactic Radiotherapy Unproven

After reviewing 124 published studies, a federal team has concluded that there is no evidence to support the clinical use of stereotactic body radiation therapy ...

Smoking Found to Raise Risk for Advanced Kidney Cancer

Cigarette smoking is an independent risk factor for advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), according to researchers who studied 845 patients—including 207 (24.5%) with advanced disease—who ...

Prostate Cancer Linked With Parkinson's Disease

Prostate cancer risk is significantly higher than expected among nearly 3,000 persons with Parkinson's disease, according to findings presented at the American Academy of Neurology ...

ACE Inhibitor Reduces ESRD Risk Among Obese Patients

Ramipril can essentially abolish the excess risk for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) seen in obese persons with chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a post ...

Feature

Vitamin D and Clinical Outcomes in Patients With and Without CKD: Part I

Research has shown that vitamin D deficiency has a role in the progressive loss of kidney function as well as increased mortality.

Malpractice News

Michigan Legislature Mulls 'I'm Sorry' Bill

The Michigan Legislature has approved a bill that would allow doctors, nurses, and hospitals to express sympathy - but not admit fault - to injured ...

State Boards Not Acting Against 'Dangerous Doctors'

The watchdog group Public Citizen has released an analysis of data from the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) showing that state medical boards have failed ...

Proposed Nevada Bill Would Give Plaintiffs More Time

Lawmakers in Nevada are debating a proposed bill which would give plaintiffs (patients) additional time to file an expert witness affidavit required for medical malpractice ...

Renal Nutrition Update

Estimating Lean Body Mass in Hemodialysis Patients

Near infrared, skinfolds, and hand-grip strength are portable assessment techniques that can be done at the dialysis center and used post-treatment.

General News

CKD Develops in Many Living Kidney Donors

VIENNA—One year after undergoing living donor nephrectomy (LDN), more than half of donors will have chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a British study. Their ...

High-Grade PCa Linked to Metabolic Syndrome

VIENNA—Metabolic syndrome is associated with an increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer (PCa) among men with a positive prostate biopsy, a study found.

Botulinum Toxin Eases LUTS in Men

VIENNA—Botulinum toxin type A (BTA) injected into the prostate may be a safe and effective treatment for lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with benign ...

BoNT-A Efficacy for Idiopathic Detrusor Overactivity Confirmed

VIENNA—Findings from a large randomized trial confirm the effectiveness of botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) for refractory idiopathic detrusor overactivity (IDO) in women.

Infections Linked to Covered Stents Used To Treat AV Graft Pseudoaneurysms

CHICAGO—Using covered stents to treat pseudoaneurysms in arteriovenous (AV) grafts significantly increases the risk of graft infection, a study found.

Time Not An Issue for Percutaneous Thrombectomy

CHICAGO—Time may not be as serious an issue as previously thought when it comes to image-guided percutaneous thrombectomy in the setting of clotted surgical dialysis ...

AKI Severity Predicts Progression to CKD

The severity of acute kidney injury (AKI) is a robust predictor of progression to chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a new study published online ...

CKD Increases Risk of Death in Patients with Peripheral Vascular Disease

NEW ORLEANS—Chronic kidney disease (CKD), defined as a glomerular filtration rate of 60 mL/min/1.73 m2 or below, is an independent predictor of death in patients ...

Drug-Eluting Stents for Renal Artery Stenosis Offers Better Outcomes

CHICAGO—Drug-eluting stents (DES) may achieve better outcomes than bare metal stents in the treatment of renal artery stenosis (RAS), according to researchers.

Computer Tool Cuts Medication Errors in ACS Patients on Dialysis

NEW ORLEANS—New data demonstrate that a computer-assisted decision support (CADS) tool can significantly reduce the number of medication errors and adverse events, particular major bleeding, ...

Zoledronic Acid May Improve Survival in Men with Bone-Metastatic PCa

Prostate cancer (PCa) patients with bone metastases who receive early treatment with zoledronic acid (ZA) may have a lower six-month risk of death compared with ...

Diabetes May Increase the Risk of High-Grade Prostate Cancer

In patients with prostate cancer (PCa) undergoing radical prostatectomy (RP), those with type 2 diabetes mellitus may have a higher risk of harboring high-grade tumors ...

25(OH)D Replacement Found Ineffective for SHPT

LAS VEGAS—Replacing 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) in hemodialysis (HD) patients who are deficient in the vitamin does not result in a significant decrease in intact parathyroid ...

Vitamin D Replacement May Lower CV Event Risk

LAS VEGAS—Treatment of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) deficiency with ergocalciferol in patients with moderate chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with a significant reduction in the ...

Obesity, Unhealthy Diets, Smoking Raise CKD Risk

LAS VEGAS—Obesity, current smoking, and diet are modifiable risk factors for developing chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to study findings presented at the National Kidney ...

Flu Vaccine Safe, Lowers Death Risk Post Tx

Influenza vaccination in the first year after renal transplantation is safe and is associated with a lower risk of subsequent allograft loss and death, a ...

Alcohol Cuts RCC Risk Independent of Fluid Intake

Alcohol consumption is associated with a decrease risk of renal cell carcinoma (RCC), and this apparent protective effect is unrelated to high fluid intake, data ...

Targeted Approach May Improve Prostate Cancer Detection

Targeted prostate biopsies using a technique that combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with real-time 3D ultrasound may improve prostate cancer detection, according to a report ...

Hypogonadism and Metabolic Syndrome

Low testosterone increases fat mass and visceral obesity, which is associated with insulin resistance.

Reliable Biomarkers May Improve RCC Management

ORLANDO—Molecular features and information from gene and protein expression profiling of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) may increase the accuracy of current clinical prognostic models, a ...

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