NKF 2017

Vitamin D and Calcium May Reduce Blood Pressure

Vitamin D and Calcium May Reduce Blood Pressure

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As 25(OH)D levels increased, systolic blood pressure decreased significantly, even after accounting for calcium intake.

Voclosporin Shows Promise as Lupus Nephritis Treatment

Voclosporin Shows Promise as Lupus Nephritis Treatment

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In a phase 2b trial, around half of patients taking the novel calcineurin inhibitor at a dose of 23.7 mg twice daily achieved complete remission at 48 weeks.

A Case of Calciphylaxis Without CKD or ESRD

A Case of Calciphylaxis Without CKD or ESRD

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A patient experienced painful skin ulcers despite having normal renal function.

Initial Low-Dose Etelcalcetide Feasible for SHPT Patients

Initial Low-Dose Etelcalcetide Feasible for SHPT Patients

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At 18 months, PTH levels were within target for 67% and 68% of participants who initiated etelcalcetide at 2.5 mg and 5 mg, respectively.

Topically Applied Drug May Improve Hemodialysis Fistula Survival

Topically Applied Drug May Improve Hemodialysis Fistula Survival

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In a study, vonapanitase did not improve primary patency compared with placebo, but did improve secondary patency and fistula use for hemodialysis.

Ferric Citrate Modestly Improves Anemia, Study Confirms

Ferric Citrate Modestly Improves Anemia, Study Confirms

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Significantly more patients treated with ferric citrate increased their hemoglobin levels by 1 g/dL or more over 8 weeks.

Kidney Stones Common in Adult Patients With Horseshoe Kidneys

Kidney Stones Common in Adult Patients With Horseshoe Kidneys

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Adult patients with horseshoe kidneys have an estimated kidney stone incidence of 59%.

Sudden Cardiac Death Rate Remains High Among Hemodialysis Patients

Sudden Cardiac Death Rate Remains High Among Hemodialysis Patients

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Among hemodialysis patients, sudden cardiac death accounted for 12% more cardiovascular-related mortalities in 2013 than in 2009.

Testosterone Replacement May Delay CKD Progression

Testosterone Replacement May Delay CKD Progression

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Study demonstrates decreased risk of end-stage renal disease and all-cause mortality.

Anemia Burden in Chronic Kidney Disease Described

Anemia Burden in Chronic Kidney Disease Described

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The prevalence of low hemoglobin levels increases with declining renal function.

Insurance Type Affects Initial Dialysis Modality Choice

Insurance Type Affects Initial Dialysis Modality Choice

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ESRD patients aged 60-64 years with no insurance or who are on Medicaid are less likely to initiate peritoneal dialysis.

Sucroferric Oxyhydroxide Ups Phosphorus Control in SHPT

Sucroferric Oxyhydroxide Ups Phosphorus Control in SHPT

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Nearly twice as many patients achieved the target phosphorus range after a year of taking the phosphate binder, regardless of iPTH level.

Triferic Pharmacokinetics Characterized

Triferic Pharmacokinetics Characterized

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Ferric pyrophosphate citrate delivered via dialysate or intravenously rapidly donates iron to transferrin and is rapidly cleared from the circulation.

Unplanned Readmissions of Hemodialysis Patients Probed

Unplanned Readmissions of Hemodialysis Patients Probed

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Nearly a quarter of hospitalizations are followed by readmission within 30 days for non-elective reasons.

High, Low Potassium Levels Up In-Hospital Mortality

High, Low Potassium Levels Up In-Hospital Mortality

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Study characterizes the link between admission potassium levels and in-hospital mortality overall and among CKD and CVD patients.

Hemodialysis Patient Hospitalization Rates Declining

Hemodialysis Patient Hospitalization Rates Declining

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Study documents an upswing in emergency department visits and observation stays.

Most US Gout Sufferers Not Taking Urate-Lowering Drugs

Most US Gout Sufferers Not Taking Urate-Lowering Drugs

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Gout is uncontrolled in the majority of individuals with the condition, data show.

Timing of Renal Replacement Therapy Initiation in AKI

Timing of Renal Replacement Therapy Initiation in AKI

Evidence to date provides no clear answer as to whether early or delayed RRT is the best approach.

Improving Nephrology Care With Point-of-Care Ultrasound

Improving Nephrology Care With Point-of-Care Ultrasound

Benefits include rapid assessment of kidney size, cortical thickness, and volume status.

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