Renal Week 2009 Meeting Coverage

Renal & Urology News has thorough coverage of the American Society of Nephrology's Renal Week 2009 in San Diego. Check out our four separate coverage areas below.

Black HD Patients Benefit More from Obesity

Obesity is associated with greater survival in African-American maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) patients compared with other races, according to a study.

Steroids May Harm Athletes' Kidneys

Serious renal damage is a possible consequence of long-term abuse of anabolic steroids, data show .

Earlier May Not Be Better For Preemptive Transplant

SAN DIEGO—Pre-dialysis transplant recipients with a high level of kidney function do not appear to benefit from their transplant more than pre-dialysis recipients with a low level of kidney function, data show.

Researchers Link Elevated PTH to High Uric Acid

Elevated serum parathyroid hormone levels are associated with higher serum uric acid levels in the U.S. adult population, investigators reported at ASN's Renal Week 2009.

Specialty Pharmacy Improves Control of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism

Participation in a specialty pharmacy improved control of secondary hyperparathyroidism in hemodialysis patients, researchers reported at ASN's Renal Week 2009.

Cinacalcet Safely Treats Persistent Post-Kidney-Transplant Hyperparathyroidism

Cinacalcet therapy is safe and effective for treating persistent hyperparathyroidism after renal transplantation, British researchers reported at ASN's Renal Week 2009. The medication is not associated with allograft dysfunction or significant adverse effects.

Elevated Parathyroid Hormone Linked to Obesity in CKD Patients

Obesity in CKD patients is associated with increased parathyroid hormone levels independent of estimated glomerular filtration rate, according to a study presented at ASN's Renal Week 2009.

Diagnosing Acute Kidney Rejection through Urinary Proteome Analysis

It may be possible to detect acute allograft rejection in kidney transplant patients by urinary proteome analysis, according to a new German study that was presented at ASN's Renal Week 2009.

Risk Factors for New-Onset Diabetes in Pediatric Transplant Patients Identified

Among pediatric renal transplant recipients, increased age and having a very high or very low BMI, steroid use at the time of hospital discharge are three independent factors associated with an increased risk of new onset diabetes, according to new data presented at ASN's Renal Week 2009.

Intensified Dosing Regimen May Lower Rejection Rate

An intensified-dosing regimen of enteric-coated mycophenolate sodium in combination with basiliximab and standard doses of cyclosporine may result in a lower rate of rejection without compromising safety and tolerability, according to new data presented at ASN's Renal Week 2009.

High-Dose Multivitamin Does Not Reduce CVD Outcomes in Transplant Patients

Treatment of stable renal transplant recipients with a regimen of high-dose folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 lowers total homocysteine levels better than a low-dose multivitamin containing no folic acid.

Normal Phosphate Levels May Predict CKD Progression

Serum phosphate within the normal range is a strong predictor of CKD progression, according to Italian researchers who presented a study at ASN's Renal Week 2009.

Tablet Burden Lowest with Lanthanum Carbonate

CKD patients who used lanthanum carbonate to manage hyperphosphatemia had a lower mean tablet burden compared with those who took sevelamer hydrochloride or calcium acetate, according to researchers who presented a study at ASN's Renal Week 2009.

Hemodialysis Patients Benefit from Residual Kidney Function

Hemodialysis patients who have residual kidney function have lower serum phosphate levels and use less phosphate binders than those without RKF, according to a study presented at ASN's Renal Week 2009.

Hyperphosphatemia Afflicts Nearly Three-Fourths of HD Patients

Researchers who reviewed data from about 60,000 hemodialysis patients found that 73% of them experienced hyperphosphatemia according to a study presented at ASN's Renal Week 2009.

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