Black race is associated with worse renal transplant outcomes among patients with lupus nephritis and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), according to two studies presented at Kidney Week, the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology.
It is estimated that about one third of kidney transplant candidates may have a willing, medically fit living donor, but the donor is incompatible because of an unfavorable blood type or the patient has antibodies to the donor’s tissue antigens.
The start of 2012 is a good time to look back on the previous year to see the current state of nephrology. What have been the important findings that occurred in the past year, and what do we have to look forward to in the year ahead?
Analyses of two cohorts totaling 28,880 individuals showed that baseline urinary sodium excretion above 7 g/day was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) events compared with baseline excretion of 4-5.99 g/day.
A previously described beneficial relation between rye intake and prostate cancer (PCa) may be at least partly explained by the results of a small, randomized controlled trial of 17 men with low-risk PCa who had chosen not to undergo surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.
In the year following successful treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) by catheter ablation, kidney function improves in patients with mild to moderate renal dysfunction, Yoshihide Takahashi, MD, and colleagues reported in Circulation.
Inflammation and oxidative stress are two etiologies that may contribute to poor nutritional status and ultimately increased mortality rates in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Interventions that can blunt or ameliorate inflammation and oxidative stress are relevant to these patients.