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AVF Placement Less Likely in Metropolitan Areas

Rates of AVF placement in patients approaching HD in the US are significantly lower in metropolitan areas.

ESA Resistance Found To Increase Mortality

Greater resistance to ESA is associated with an increased risk of death among patients on chronic HD.

Overactive Bladder Found to Raise Nocturia Risk

Overactive Bladder Found to Raise Nocturia Risk

In a study, severe nocturia predicted increased mortality risk.

Kidney Stone Procedure May Up Diabetes Risk

Kidney Stone Procedure May Up Diabetes Risk

Patients treated with percutaneous nephrolithotomy had a 79% increased risk of diabetes compared with those treated with extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy.

Erectile Dysfunction Improves with Statin Use

Erectile Dysfunction Improves with Statin Use

Systematic review and meta-analysis show that use of the lipid-lowering agents can improve erectile function scores.

Contrast-Induced Acute Kidney Injury Predicts Poor Outcomes

Contrast-Induced Acute Kidney Injury Predicts Poor Outcomes

Condition significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular events and death.

IV Iron Drugs Demonstrate Similar Efficacy, AE Rates

Ferumoxytol and iron sucrose have comparable safety in the treatment of anemia in patients with CKD.

Complications of PCa Treatment Characterized

Complications of PCa Treatment Characterized

Complications other than urinary incontinence or erectile dysfunction occur frequently following treatment for PCa.

High Uric Acid Raises Risk of Diabetes

High Uric Acid Raises Risk of Diabetes

Elevated levels of uric acid are associated with an increased likelihood of diabetes.

Study: AKI Develops in 7% of PCI Patients

AKI develops in 7% of patients undergoing PCI.

Surgical Quality Not Just Related to Volume

Prostate cancer patients who undergo RP by a different urologist are less likely to suffer surgical complications.

Moderate Hyponatremia Increases Death Risk

Even moderate hyponatremia declines are associated with an increased risk of death.

Pre-Dialysis Conception May Improve Birth Rate

Starting dialysis after conception, not before, may improve birth rates in women with end-stage renal disease.

Living Donor Comorbidities Are Increasing, Study Finds

Complications and hospital lengths of stay after kidney donation declined from 10.1% and a mean 3.7 days, respectively.

New AUA/ASTRO Guideline Addresses PCa Radiotherapy

The guideline recommends that patients with adverse pathologic findings at prostatectomy should be offered adjuvant radiotherapy.

Kidney Function Deteriorates Long After Childhood Cancer

Survivors of childhood cancer are at risk for premature chronic renal failure as their glomerular function continues to deteriorate.

Role of Testosterone in Heart Risk Unclear

Men with low testosterone levels may be at slightly increased risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease.

Citrus Component Thwarts Kidney Cysts

The dietary flavonoid naringenin has been found to regulate the PKD2 protein responsible for polycystic kidney disease.

New Device Improves Urine Flow in BPH

The FDA has approved the first permanent implant to relieve low or blocked urine flow in men aged 50 years and older with BPH.

CKD On the Rise in Individuals Aged 80+

Efforts to address chronic kidney disease among individuals aged 80 years and older may be necessary.