Chronic Kidney Disease

One in 10 Have An ESRD History

Nearly 10% of U.S. adults have a family history of end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and these individuals may be at increased risk of developing kidney disease themselves, a study says.

Taking Fewer Lanthanum Carbonate Pills

SAN DIEGO—Doses of lanthanum carbonate as high as 4,500 mg a day appear to be well tolerated and may provide serum phosphorus control for some stage-5 CKD patients who do not respond to 3,000 mg a day, according to a new trial of patients on maintenance hemodialysis.

FDA Strengthens ESA Safety Information

The FDA issued a public health advisory outlining new safety information, including revised product labeling about erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs). The drugs affected by the safety update are darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp) and epoetin alfa (Epogen and Procrit).

OTC Drug Use Common in Renal Disease Patients

Use of over-the-counter (OTC) medications and natural remedies is common among patients with moderate or severe chronic renal insufficiency (CRI), and some patients may be using products with contraindicated ingredients, a Canadian study revealed.

Anthony J. Bleyer, MD, MS

Genetic Renal Disease Easily Missed

Autosomal dominant interstitial kidney disease is an under-recognized cause of kidney failure. Characterized by a very strong family history of kidney disease, it is a slowly progressive condition that leads to dialysis when patients are in their 40s or older.

Ergocalciferol Benefits CKD Patients

Ergocalciferol supplementation in CKD patients can safely raise levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin (OH) D levels and decrease serum intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) levels, especially in patients with stage 4 renal disease.

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