Diagnosis & Disease Information

How to Manage Vitamin D Deficiency

The active forms of vitamin D—calcitriol, paricalcitol, and doxercalciferol—which also are known as vitamin D receptor activators (VDRAs), have been largely used in nephrology only as a treatment for secondary hyperparathyroidism, an elevation in parathyroid hormone (PTH) due to renal failure.

Untreated Anemia Increases Morbidity

CHICAGO—Diabetics with CKD whose anemia is untreated have twice the overall risk of CVD-related hospitalizations, according to data reported at the 67th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association.

Pentraxin 3 Elevated in HD Patients

Pentraxin 3, a mediator of inflammation, is markedly elevated in patients on hemodialysis (HD) but not in patients on peritoneal dialysis (PD) or in patients with chronic renal failure (CRF) not on dialysis, according to researchers.

Statin Helps Diabetics Who Have Low GFR

CHICAGO—Atorvastatin (Lipitor) is as effective in preventing major cardiovascular events in type 2 diabetics who have impaired renal function as it is in those with normal renal function, according to data presented here at the 67th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association.

Combination Therapy Benefits Fabry Disease Patients

Combining an ACE inhibitor (ACEI) and angiotensin-receptor blocker (ARB) with enzyme replacement therapy using agalsidase-beta (Fabrazyme, Genzyme) may help stop progressive loss of kidney function in patients with severe kidney involvement due to Fabry disease, researchers report.

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