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Levocarnitine Improves Cardiac Function in Hemodialysis Patients

Levocarnitine Improves Cardiac Function in Hemodialysis Patients

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Patients also experienced a reduction in left ventricular mass index.

FDA Approves Hyperkalemia Drug

FDA Approves Hyperkalemia Drug

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Patiromer for oral suspension lowers potassium levels in hyperkalemic patients with chronic kidney disease.

Adding Beta-Lactams to Vancomycin Raises AKI Risk

Adding Beta-Lactams to Vancomycin Raises AKI Risk

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New studies may clarify the risks associated with antibiotic combinations that include vancomycin, a drug with well-known nephrotoxicities.

Waist-to-Height Ratio Best Predictor of Metabolic Syndrome

Waist-to-Height Ratio Best Predictor of Metabolic Syndrome

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Metabolic Syndrome was present in 74.5% of the cohort.

More Exercise Linked to Less Risk of Erectile Dysfunction

More Exercise Linked to Less Risk of Erectile Dysfunction

Analytic sample of 692 men wearing ActiGraph 7164 accelerometer confirms inverse association.

Alfuzosin Safe, Effective for Ureteral Stone Expulsion

Alfuzosin Safe, Effective for Ureteral Stone Expulsion

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Stone-free rate and expulsion time did not differ significantly between alfuzosin and tamsulosin.

Pre-Cystectomy CT Scans May Predict Outcomes

Pre-Cystectomy CT Scans May Predict Outcomes

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Computed tomography (CT) scans prior to radical cystectomy for invasive bladder cancer may be useful.

Prostate Cancer Death Risk Linked to Stress

Prostate Cancer Death Risk Linked to Stress

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Study finds a 66% increased risk of dying from the malignancy in prostate cancer patients with the highest stress levels.

Finasteride Use May Lower Bladder Cancer Risk in Men

Finasteride Use May Lower Bladder Cancer Risk in Men

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The malignancy is 36% less likely to develop, after adjusting for age and smoking, data show.

Early Chemotherapy Offers No Survival Edge in mCRPC

Early Chemotherapy Offers No Survival Edge in mCRPC

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Giving docetaxel before abiraterone does not improve progression-free and overall survival compared with the reverse sequence.

Fatigue, Ascites Up Hyponatremia Risk in Hospitalized CHF Patients

Fatigue, Ascites Up Hyponatremia Risk in Hospitalized CHF Patients

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Development of hyponatremia during hospitalization was associated with a significantly higher in-hospital mortality rate.

Conservative Treatment of BPH Okay for Some Bladder Stone Patients

Conservative Treatment of BPH Okay for Some Bladder Stone Patients

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Patients with BPH and mild-to-moderate LUTS can be managed without immediate prostatic surgery, study suggests.

Statin Use Fails To Prevent Progression to Lethal Prostate Cancer

Statin Use Fails To Prevent Progression to Lethal Prostate Cancer

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Statin use following diagnosis of localized PCa does not significantly reduce the risk of metastasis or death from PCa.

Erectile Dysfunction More Prevalent in Illicit Users of Amphetamine

Erectile Dysfunction More Prevalent in Illicit Users of Amphetamine

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Amphetamine users were twice as likely as non-users to experience erectile dysfunction.

Sacral Neuromodulation Testing Increasing

Sacral Neuromodulation Testing Increasing

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The number of neuromodulation test procedures performed per physician has increased.

Finasteride Can Decrease TURP-Related Blood Loss

Finasteride Can Decrease TURP-Related Blood Loss

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Neither drug decreased operative time, prostate volume, or weight of gland resected.

Reoperation Rate Low After HoLEP for Enlarged Prostate

Reoperation Rate Low After HoLEP for Enlarged Prostate

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Ten years after the laser procedure, no reoperation was needed for 95% of patients treated for symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Prostatitis Found to Increase Prostate Cancer Risk

Prostatitis Found to Increase Prostate Cancer Risk

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Researchers observe no association between prostate cancer and urethritis, orchitis, or epididymitis.

Adverse Events Common During Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy

Adverse Events Common During Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy

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In a study, the incidence of hyperphosphatemia, ionized hypocalcemia, and ionized hypercalcemia was 44%, 22%, and 23%, respectively.

Prostate Cancer Death Risk Lowered by Statin-Metformin Combo

Prostate Cancer Death Risk Lowered by Statin-Metformin Combo

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In a study of high-risk PCa patients, the statin-metformin combo was associated with a 43% reduction in risk compared with non-use of the medications.

PPIs, Low Magnesium Linked in Renal Transplant Patients

PPIs, Low Magnesium Linked in Renal Transplant Patients

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Study of renal transplant patients also shows that proton pump inhibitors are associated with increased arterial stiffness.

Low Physical Function Not Tied to Muscle Mass

Low Physical Function Not Tied to Muscle Mass

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Patients on maintenance hemodialysis have worse physical function than other elderly patients, study says.

Portugal's RRT Incidence Rate Is Highest in Europe

Portugal's RRT Incidence Rate Is Highest in Europe

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New report shows that Montenegro had the lowest rate of renal replacement therapy.

PAE Safe, Effective in BPH Patients with Medium and Large Prostates

PAE Safe, Effective in BPH Patients with Medium and Large Prostates

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Outcomes were significantly better in men with large prostates, however.

Uric Acid Predicts eGFR Decline in IgAN Patients

Uric Acid Predicts eGFR Decline in IgAN Patients

Baseline serum uric acid levels significantly predicted the change in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR).

Tea Overconsumption Causes Nephropathy

Tea Overconsumption Causes Nephropathy

Excessive consumption of iced tea has been linked to renal failure caused by oxalate nephropathy in a case study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Hyponatremia Lengthens Cancer Patient Hospital Stay

Hyponatremia Lengthens Cancer Patient Hospital Stay

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Among patients whose hospital stay was 1-5 days, none had hyponatremia at admission versus 81.6% and 53.8% of those who had a hospital stay of 6-15 days and longer than 15 days, respectively.

Study: Iron-Based Phosphate Binders Good for Renal Anemia

Study: Iron-Based Phosphate Binders Good for Renal Anemia

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The medication may represent a new treatment option for dialysis patients, researchers concluded.

Low-Grade Prostate Cancers Rarely Metastasize

Low-Grade Prostate Cancers Rarely Metastasize

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In a study, not a single case of metastatic disease developed among 449 men who had a tumor grade of Gleason 6 or less at radical prostatectomy.

FDA Authorizes Device for Dialysis-Related Amyloidosis

FDA Authorizes Device for Dialysis-Related Amyloidosis

Lixelle Beta 2-microglobulin Apheresis Column authorized for use in DRA

Extranasal S. aureus Common In Maintenance HD Patients

Extranasal S. aureus Common In Maintenance HD Patients

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Extranasal Staphylococcus aureus is a common cause of healthcare-associated infections in hemodialysis patients.

Metformin May Reduce Prostate Cancer Recurrence Risk

Metformin May Reduce Prostate Cancer Recurrence Risk

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Meta-analysis shows that use of medication is associated with an 18% lower risk.

Statins Cut Death Risk in Non-Obstructive CAD

Statins Cut Death Risk in Non-Obstructive CAD

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Statin use is associated with a decreased risk of all-cause mortality among patients with non-obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD).

Prospective Study Supports Active Surveillance for Small Renal Masses

Prospective Study Supports Active Surveillance for Small Renal Masses

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Data reveal no significant differences in overall and cancer-specific survival at 5 years.

Lycopene May Lower Kidney Cancer Risk in Older Women

Lycopene May Lower Kidney Cancer Risk in Older Women

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In a study of post-menopausal women, the highest quartile of lycopene intake was associated with a significant 39% decreased risk of renal cell carcinoma versus the lowest quartile.

Women with Type 1 Diabetes Fare Worse Than Men

Women with Type 1 Diabetes Fare Worse Than Men

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Among the increased risks, women with the disease had an 86% higher chance of dying from cardiovascular disease than men.

Prostate Cancer Not More Common in Hemophiliacs

Prostate Cancer Not More Common in Hemophiliacs

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Patients with hemophilia, however, do have a higher incidence of cancers overall.

Higher BMI May Lower ESRD Risk in Some Patients

Higher BMI May Lower ESRD Risk in Some Patients

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Decreased risk of ESRD was observed in individuals without the metabolic syndrome.

Music Found to Lessen Prostate Biopsy Pain, Anxiety

Music Found to Lessen Prostate Biopsy Pain, Anxiety

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Classical music played during the procedure also improved satisfaction and willingness to undergo a repeat biopsy.

Screen Asians for Diabetes at Lower BMI

Screen Asians for Diabetes at Lower BMI

ADA: Asian-Americans should be screened for diabetes when they have a BMI of 23 or higher.

FDA Approves Combo Zerbaxa for UTI

FDA Approves Combo Zerbaxa for UTI

Combo Zerbaxa is sanctioned for complicated intra-abdominal and urinary tract infections

Osteoporosis in ESRD Patients Ups Cardiovascular Risks

Osteoporosis in ESRD Patients Ups Cardiovascular Risks

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Osteoporosis is significantly associated with an elevated likelihood of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and stroke.

Erectile Dysfunction May Improve After Shockwave Therapy

Erectile Dysfunction May Improve After Shockwave Therapy

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In a placebo-controlled study, 57% of men unable to have intercourse were able to do so without medication after receiving the treatment.

Length of Stay Predictors for Infants Hospitalized with Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Length of Stay Predictors for Infants Hospitalized with Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

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Younger age, preterm birth among clinical factors that predict a longer length of stay (LOS) for infants hospitalized with an urinary tract infection (UTI).

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