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ACTH May Be Useful for Membranous Nephropathy

ACTH May Be Useful for Membranous Nephropathy

In a 5-year follow-up study, 27 of 28 patients treated with adrenocorticotropic hormone had complete or partial remission.

Glomerulonephritis Epidemiology Characterized

Glomerulonephritis Epidemiology Characterized

For the first time, researchers have estimated the prevalence and incidence of the disorder.

CKD Hikes Risk of Cancer, Cancer-Related Death

CKD Hikes Risk of Cancer, Cancer-Related Death

An eGFR below 45 mL/min/1.73 m2 was associated with a 55% increased risk of death from cancer versus an eGFR of 90 or higher.

Hospitalization Costs Lower with Ferric Citrate

Hospitalization Costs Lower with Ferric Citrate

Use is associated with fewer hospitalizations versus sevelamer carbonate and calcium acetate.

Phosphorus Control Using PTH Tested

Phosphorus Control Using PTH Tested

In mice with and without CKD, phosphorus levels decreased by an average of 35% by 6 hours after injection with long-acting PTH.

Ascorbic Acid Found to Reduce Darbepoetin Requirement

Ascorbic Acid Found to Reduce Darbepoetin Requirement

It also was associated with high hemoglobin levels and reduced levels of C-reactive protein.

Lower Phosphorus, Higher Protein Intake Improve Survival

Lower Phosphorus, Higher Protein Intake Improve Survival

Protein levels found to modify the effect of serum phosphorus with mortality in hemodialysis patients.

Value of ESAs in Avoiding Transfusion Questionable

Value of ESAs in Avoiding Transfusion Questionable

In 3 trials, the annual cost for preventing 1 patient from being transfused varied from $61,188 to $317,988.

High Uric Acid Increases Hip Fracture Risk in Older Men

High Uric Acid Increases Hip Fracture Risk in Older Men

A level of 7 mg/dL or higher is associated with a 62% increased risk compared with lower levels.

Parathyroidectomy Predictors Identified

Parathyroidectomy Predictors Identified

Younger age and longer dialysis vintage associated with greater likelihood of having the operation.

No Clinically Relevant Changes in Vitamin D with PA21

No Clinically Relevant Changes in Vitamin D with PA21

Researchers compared the novel iron-based phosphate binder with sevelamer.

Anemia Management Changing in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients

Anemia Management Changing in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients

Study reveals a decline in the use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents and an increase in the use of iron.

Acute Rejection Linked to Ketoconazole

Acute Rejection Linked to Ketoconazole

When administered concomitantly with tacrolimus in kidney transplant patients, it hiked the risk of acute rejection by more than 2-fold.

High Phosphorus Ups Anemia Risk in the Non-CKD Population

High Phosphorus Ups Anemia Risk in the Non-CKD Population

Each 0.5 mg/dL increment in phosphorus was associated with a 7% increased risk of anemia.

Inappropriate ESA Use Reduced by Pharmacy Protocol

Inappropriate ESA Use Reduced by Pharmacy Protocol

Ordering process cut the number of epoetin alfa doses by 71% and medication costs by 69%.

Transplant Outcomes Better in IgA Nephropathy Patients

Transplant Outcomes Better in IgA Nephropathy Patients

Their unadjusted 5-year death-censored graft survival and patient survival rates are higher compared with other recipients.

Team-Focused Approach Improves Phosphorus Control

Team-Focused Approach Improves Phosphorus Control

In a study, nurses and technicians educated groups of hemodialysis patients about phosphate binders.

Diabetic Foot Ulcers Raise ESRD Patient Costs

Diabetic Foot Ulcers Raise ESRD Patient Costs

Study reveals an association with greater use of ESAs and higher inpatient and outpatient costs.

Multi-Prong Approach Has Little Effect on Phosphorus Control

Multi-Prong Approach Has Little Effect on Phosphorus Control

Researchers tested an intervention that included an educational fair, phosphorus group social, and staff education on phosphate binders.

Safety Profiles of IV Iron Products Compared

Safety Profiles of IV Iron Products Compared

In a head-to-head comparison, researchers observed a higher rate of adverse events with iron dextran than iron sucrose or ferric gluconate.

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