Kidney Week 2011 Meeting Coverage

Portable Home Dialysis Unit Improves QoL

PHILADELPHIA—End-stage renal disease patients who dialyzed with a portable hemodialysis (HD) system for 12 months reported improvements in their overall quality of life (QoL), according to findings presented at Kidney Week 2011.

Novel Therapy for CKD Anemia Advances

PHILADELPHIA—A novel treatment for chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients with anemia is showing positive results following a Phase 1/2 clinical trial, according to findings reported at Kidney Week 2011.

Gout Prevalence High in CKD Patients

PHILADELPHIA—Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a relatively high prevalence of gout compared with the general population, according to data presented at Kidney Week 2011.

Lower CKD Risk Found with High Salt Intake

Lower CKD Risk Found with High Salt Intake

PHILADELPHIA—High dietary salt intake may decrease the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and low dietary potassium intake may increase the risk, investigators reported at Kidney Week 2011.

Calcifediol May Improve PTH Control, Nutritional Status

PHILADELPHIA—Adequate doses of calcifediol can correct 25-hydroxyvitamin D deficiency and improve malnutrition-inflammation status in hemodialysis (HD) patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT), researchers reported at Kidney Week 2011.

IV Iron Drug Shows Advantages in Head-to-Head Trial

PHILADELPHIA—Ferumoxytol has an efficacy comparable to iron sucrose in treating iron deficiency anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), but is associated with lower adverse event (AE) rates, according to the findings a head-to-head comparison of the two formulations presented at Kidney Week 2011.

Once-Monthly ESA Maintains Stable Hemoglobin Levels

PHILADELPHIA—Once-monthly peginesatide, an investigational peptide-based erythropoiesis stimulating agent (ESA), is similar to epoetin administrated one to three times weekly in maintaining mean hemoglobin levels in the 10-12 g/dL range in hemodialysis patients with anemia, according to study findings presented at Kidney Week 2011.

Black Transplant Patients with FSGS Are At Higher Risk

PHILADELPHIA—Among kidney transplant recipients with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), African-Americans (AA) have a greater prevalence of risk factors for allograft failure compared with other races, according to findings presented at Kidney Week 2011.

High Pretransplant Phosphorus Raises Post-Transplant Death Risk

PHILADELPHIA—High pre-transplant serum phosphorus levels are associated with worse outcomes following renal transplantation, according to study findings presented at Kidney Week 2011.

Live Kidney Donation Raises Hypertension Risk in Blacks

PHILADELPHIA—Live kidney donation by African-Americans increases their risk of hypertension, researchers reported at Kidney Week 2011.

Cinacalcet Plus Low-Dose Vitamin D Improves SHPT Treatment

PHILADELPHIA—Cinacalcet plus low-dose vitamin D provides a more effective approach to treating secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in hemodialysis (HD) patients, according to findings presented at Kidney Week 2011.

Uncontrolled SHPT On the Rise in Blacks Since Debut of 'Bundling'

PHILADELPHIA—Uncontrolled secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) has been on the increase among black hemodialysis (HD) patients since the recent implementation of the federal government's prospective payment system for dialysis services, researchers reported at Kidney Week 2011.

Increasing Phosphate Raises Death, CV Risks in Hemodialysis Patients

PHILADELPHIA—Baseline plasma phosphate level is an important risk factor for cardiovascular events and mortality in hemodialysis (HD) patients, investigators reported at Kidney Week 2011.

EPO Use Declining After Bundling Introduced

PHILADELPHIA—Epoetin alfa (EPO) use has decreased and intravenous (IV) iron use has increased significantly in private dialysis units since the introduction of the Medicare bundling rule for end-stage renal disease services, data presented at Kidney Week 2011 suggest.

Depressive Symptoms after Kidney Transplantation Are Associated with Decreased Survival

In a study presented at Kidney Week of 527 renal transplant recipients who had a median follow-up of seven years, researchers Dorien M. Zelle, MD, and colleagues at the University Medical Center Groningen in Groningen, the Netherlands, demonstrated that subjects who experienced depression following transplantation had an increased risk of death.

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