Nephrology News Archive

Nephrology Benefits Low for PTRAS vs Medical Therapy in Renal Artery Stenosis

Benefits Low for PTRAS vs Medical Therapy in Renal Artery Stenosis

Low evidence for benefits, harms of percutaneous transluminal renal angioplasty with stent placement.

Nephrology Vesicoureteral Reflux Scans Not Good Alternatives

Vesicoureteral Reflux Scans Not Good Alternatives

The presence of VUR is linked to an increased risk of UTI and renal scarring.

Transplantation Fracture Risk Factors in Transplant Patients ID'd

Fracture Risk Factors in Transplant Patients ID'd

Major fractures included the proximal humerus, forearm, hip, and clinical vertebral fractures.

Nephrology Hyponatremia Predicts Higher Mortality in Some Cancer Populations

Hyponatremia Predicts Higher Mortality in Some Cancer Populations

Study characterizes death risk associated with hyponatremia in patients with lymphoma and breast, lung, and colorectal cancer.

Hemodialysis High-Dose ESAs Found to Increase Cancer Risk in Dialysis Patients

High-Dose ESAs Found to Increase Cancer Risk in Dialysis Patients

Average weekly doses greater than 70 µg/week was associated with a 77% increased risk of cancer compared with no ESA exposure.

Nephrology Usual Apixaban Dose May Be OK for Renally Impaired Patients

Usual Apixaban Dose May Be OK for Renally Impaired Patients

5 mg apixaban twice daily deemed safe, appropriate for those with 1 criterion in ARISTOTLE trial.

Nephrology Cystatin C Superior for Predicting Death Risk

Cystatin C Superior for Predicting Death Risk

Cystatin C values are significantly associated with all-cause mortality, whereas creatinine-based estimates are not, study finds.

Acute Kidney Injury More Intensive Renal Replacement Therapy Possibly Harmful

More Intensive Renal Replacement Therapy Possibly Harmful

This approach is associated with lower urine output during the first 7 days of therapy.

Peritoneal Dialysis Assisted PD May Be a Safe Alternative to In-Center HD

Assisted PD May Be a Safe Alternative to In-Center HD

Assisted peritoneal dialysis and in-center hemodialysis are associated with similar hospitalization rates.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Predialysis Nephrology Care Predicts Health Outcomes

Predialysis Nephrology Care Predicts Health Outcomes

Patients who made more frequent predialysis visits to a nephrologist had a lower risk of severe anemia at dialysis initiation.

Nephrology Low Sodium Increases Death Risk in Peritoneal Dialysis

Low Sodium Increases Death Risk in Peritoneal Dialysis

Sodium levels below 140 mEq/L associated with a higher death risk vs levels of 140 to less than 142 mEq/L.

Nephrology Rituximab May Have Membranous Nephropathy Treatment Role

Rituximab May Have Membranous Nephropathy Treatment Role

Positive effect on remission observed after 6 months in patients with severe membranous nephropathy.

Nephrology Sodium Thiosulfate Promising

Sodium Thiosulfate Promising

A recent study suggests that sodium thiosulfate may be an effective treatment for calciphylaxis.

Acute Kidney Injury AKI After RCC Surgery On the Rise

AKI After RCC Surgery On the Rise

Nearly 6% of patients who underwent partial or radical nephrectomy between 1998 and 2010 developed AKI.

Nephrology Hip Fracture, Mild Prolonged Hyponatremia Linked

Hip Fracture, Mild Prolonged Hyponatremia Linked

Hypontrameia is linked to increased risk of hip fracture in elderly individuals.

Hyperuricemia Most Gout Inadequately Controlled

Most Gout Inadequately Controlled

Patients with inadequately controlled gout experience lower quality of life and report worse functioning.

Acute Kidney Injury Hospital- vs Community-Acquired AKI

Hospital- vs Community-Acquired AKI

Poor long-term outcomes found even in patients with community-acquired AKI but not hospitalized.

Nephrology Acthar Gel May Be an Option for Nephrotic Syndrome

Acthar Gel May Be an Option for Nephrotic Syndrome

Athcar gel may be a treatment option for patients with treatment-resistant nephrotic syndrome.

Transplantation Weekend Transplant Outcomes Not Worse

Weekend Transplant Outcomes Not Worse

Nearly 28% of deceased-donor kidney transplants in the US were performed on the weekends.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) CKD Is a Risk Factor for UTUC

CKD Is a Risk Factor for UTUC

Researchers found elevated incidences of upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC) in patients with CKD.

Transplantation Some Live Kidney Donors Uninsured

Some Live Kidney Donors Uninsured

Uninsured live kidney donors are more likely to have multiple health risk factors.

Diabetes Metformin Use Expanded to Some Patients With Reduced Kidney Function

Metformin Use Expanded to Some Patients With Reduced Kidney Function

The diabetes drug was contraindicated due to the risk of lactic acidosis.

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Renal Function Tied to CV Events in Statin-Treated CHD Patients

Renal Function Tied to CV Events in Statin-Treated CHD Patients

Intrastudy stabilization, increase in eGFR linked to reduced MCVE rate in atorvastatin-treated patients.

Nephrology Ceftriaxone-Associated Renal Toxicity in Young Man

Ceftriaxone-Associated Renal Toxicity in Young Man

Researchers have documented a case of ceftriaxone-associated renal toxicity in an adult patient.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Statin Use May Raise Kidney Disease Risk

Statin Use May Raise Kidney Disease Risk

Statin users had 30% increased odds of acute kidney injury and 36% increased odds of chronic kidney disease compared with non-users.

Contrast Nephropathy Reduced Risk of Contrast-Induced Nephropathy With Iodixanol

Reduced Risk of Contrast-Induced Nephropathy With Iodixanol

Greatest reduction for N-acetylcysteine in patients receiving low-osmolar contrast media.

Nephrology Hyperkalemia Linked to Aldosterone Antagonist Use

Hyperkalemia Linked to Aldosterone Antagonist Use

Researchers identified the association in a cohort of older patients with reduced ejection fraction after acute myocardial infarction.

Nephrology Worrisome Drug Interaction for Acenocoumarol, Levofloxacin

Worrisome Drug Interaction for Acenocoumarol, Levofloxacin

Probable interaction described in 5 patients, all of whom had atrial fibrillation.

Nephrology Higher Potassium May Increase Death Risk in MI Patients

Higher Potassium May Increase Death Risk in MI Patients

Serum levels 4.5 mEq/L or higher increase the 30-day mortality risk in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) IgA Nephropathy Not Improved With Immunosuppression

IgA Nephropathy Not Improved With Immunosuppression

No improvement in outcomes, more adverse effects for intensive supportive care immunosuppression.

Diabetes 3D Printing May Lead to Personalized Pills

3D Printing May Lead to Personalized Pills

Personalized medications based on a patient's medical and biological profiles may be possible with 3D printing.

Nephrology Many Doctors Don't Explain Stroke, Bleeding Risk in A-Fib

Many Doctors Don't Explain Stroke, Bleeding Risk in A-Fib

In substantial proportion of patients, primary care physicians did not provide stroke or bleeding risk.

Nephrology MRI Effectively Measures Hemochromatosis Iron Burden

MRI Effectively Measures Hemochromatosis Iron Burden

MRI tested in detection of iron stores in heart, liver and spleen, and pancreas.

Nephrology Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate Shows Little Benefit for Hyperkalemia

Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate Shows Little Benefit for Hyperkalemia

In patients with mild hyperkalemia, oral SPS therapy reduced serum potassium by just 0.14 mmol/L more than control.

Nephrology More Treatment of Chronic Disease with Affordable Care Act

More Treatment of Chronic Disease with Affordable Care Act

Higher numbers of insured leading to more treatment of hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes.

Nephrology Low Sodium Raises Risk of Fracture

Low Sodium Raises Risk of Fracture

Hyponatremia is a risk factor for osteoporosis and fracture, a new study confirms.

Nephrology Ureteric Injury Risk With Hysterectomy Increased

Ureteric Injury Risk With Hysterectomy Increased

Risk varies by type of hysterectomy for benign and malignant conditions; lower for benign conditions.

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Warfarin Linked to Greater Renal Function Decline

Warfarin Linked to Greater Renal Function Decline

Greater decline in glomerular filtration rate for warfarin versus dabigatran etexilate among atrial fibrillation patients.

Nephrology Tolvaptan May Benefit ADPKD Patients with Reduced Kidney Function

Tolvaptan May Benefit ADPKD Patients with Reduced Kidney Function

After 3 weeks of treatment, total kidney volume decreased and urine volume increased.

Nephrology Improper Antibiotic Use Common Among Misdiagnosed

Improper Antibiotic Use Common Among Misdiagnosed

Identifying illness correctly is key to drugs' effectiveness, researcher says.

Nephrology Stroke Risk Increases as GFR Declines

Stroke Risk Increases as GFR Declines

Stroke risk increases linearly with decreasing GFR rate and increasing albuminuria, according to a review and meta-analysis.

Acute Kidney Injury 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).

Nephrology Hyponatremia Lengthens Cancer Patient Hospital Stay

Hyponatremia Lengthens Cancer Patient Hospital Stay

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.

Nephrology Low, High Potassium Ups Mortality in CKD Patients

Low, High Potassium Ups Mortality in CKD Patients

Hypo- and hyperkalemia found to increase death risk by 26% and 22%, respectively.

Nephrology Join the NephMadness

Join the NephMadness

Nephrology NKF Names New Chief Scientific Officer

NKF Names New Chief Scientific Officer

Kerry Willis, PhD, previously held the post of Senior Vice President for Health Science and Education of the National Kidney Foundation.

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Red Meat Increases Heart Failure Risk in Men

Red Meat Increases Heart Failure Risk in Men

No increased risk found for consumption of unprocessed red meat.

Nephrology FDA Approves New Kidney Disease ID Test

FDA Approves New Kidney Disease ID Test

Test helps detect if cause is autoimmune or infection.

Nephrology Cleveland Clinic Appoints New Chair of Nephrology and Hypertension

Cleveland Clinic Appoints New Chair of Nephrology and Hypertension

Robert Heyka, MD, previously served as medical director for Fresenius Medical Care Cleveland Clinic Eastside Dialysis Center.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) AJKD Editors Launch 'NephMadness' Contest

AJKD Editors Launch 'NephMadness' Contest

The primary goal is to offer educational content in a unique way that covers a diverse array of nephrology topics.

Nephrology Drug Addicts Have Broad Range of Kidney Pathologies

Drug Addicts Have Broad Range of Kidney Pathologies

Cocaine abuse increases the risk of hypertensive and ischemic kidney damage, according to an autopsy study.

Nephrology Aristolochic Acid Nephropathy, a Global Health Problem

Aristolochic Acid Nephropathy, a Global Health Problem

Review of widely used Chinese herbs identifies need for regulation and further study

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Why Internal Medicine Residents Don't Choose Nephrology

The top reason: end-stage renal disease patients are too complicated.

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U.S. Medical Students Avoiding Nephrology

Interest in nephrology as a career is declining and has been on the decline for nearly a decade, according to a new study.

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