Print Issue: June 01, 2008

NHD May Offer a Fertility Benefit

Mounting evidence suggests that nocturnal hemodialysis (NHD) has advantages over conventional hemodialysis (CHD), and improved pregnancy rates may be one of them, according to a small study by Canadian researchers.

Magnesium Halts Vascular Calcification

ORLANDO—A small pilot study suggests that magnesium may prevent or delay progression of vascular calcification in hemodialysis patients without a detrimental effect on bone, researchers reported here at the 2008 Annual Dialysis Conference.

Kidney Stones Associated with Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome may increase the risk of kidney stones, data suggest. The finding comes from a study of 18,825 men and women aged 20 years and older who participated in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III).

Low Vitamin D, Anemia Linked

GRAPEVINE, Tex.—Higher levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25 (OH) D) may lower the risk of anemia and elevated C-reactive protein levels may raise the risk, according to new study findings that may explain much of the high prevalence of anemia among individuals with kidney disease, researchers conclude.

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