Diagnosis & Disease Information

Low Vitamin D Heralds Worse Outcomes

STOCKHOLM—Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of death and cardiovascular problems in patients with renal disease, according to studies presented here at the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association 2008 congress.

Experimental Agent Ameliorates OAB

MILAN—New data demonstrate that the investigational agent fesoterodine, at both the 4 or 8 mg per day dose, is associated with significant improvements in overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms.

Thyroid Problem Common in CKD

Researchers who analyzed blood samples from more than 3,000 non-dialysis CKD patients found that 9.5% of them had subclinical hypothyroidism, according to a report in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (published online ahead of print).

Evidence Mounts for NSF, Gadolinium Contrast Link

Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is nearly nine times more likely to occur among dialysis patients exposed to gadolinium-containing MRI contrast than in those not exposed, according to a report in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases (2008;51:966-975).

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