World Congress of Nephrology Annual Meeting Coverage

Peritoneal Dialysis Cheaper than Hemodialysis Worldwide

Boosting PD use in the U.S. to 12% of dialysis patients from the current 7% would save about $300 million a year, researcher says.

Kidney Disease, Fatigue Linked

Fatigue in CKD and ESRD patients may be due to reasons other than sleep quality.

Discharge eGFR in AKI Patients Can Be Misleading

Calculations may fail to take into account the expected fall in creatinine due to loss of muscle mass.

ACE Inhibitors May Improve Survival after Acute Kidney Injury

Use of the drugs is also associated with a decreased need for dialysis.

Novel Approach Could Prevent Volume Overload

VANCOUVER, B.C.—An overhydration (OH) index derived from spectroscopic bioimpedance may help guide ultrafiltration in hemodialysis (HD) patients and the modification of their antihypertensive therapy, according to a researcher.

Squirrels May Offer Clues to Preserving Organs

VANCOUVER, B.C.—The 13-lined hibernating ground squirrel may provide clues to keeping organs cold and well preserved for prolonged periods, according to research presented at the 2011 World Congress of Nephrology.

Factors Can Predict Sudden Cardiac Death in Dialysis Patients

VANCOUVER, B.C.—A German team is gathering information to create a tool to accurately predict which dialysis patients are most likely to succumb to sudden cardiac death.

Medical Abnormalities Need Not Exclude Middle-Aged Kidney Donors

VANCOUVER, B.C.—Middle-aged individuals with isolated medical abnormalities are often acceptable as kidney donors, a researcher said.

High Uric Acid Predicts Albuminuria

VANCOUVER, B.C.—Elevated serum uric acid levels strongly predict development of albuminuria in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to researchers in Romania.

High CRP May Raise Death Risk

VANCOUVER, B.C.—High circulating levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) independently predict an increased risk of cardiovascular and overall mortality in dialysis patients, data suggest.

Post-MI AKI May Worsen Survival

VANCOUVER, B.C.—Patients who experience moderate or severe acute kidney injury (AKI) after suffering an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) may have worse short- and mid-term survival than patients who not have AKI, data suggest.

High Plasma Renin Activity May Worsen Outcomes

VANCOUVER, B.C.—High plasma renin activity (PRA) is associated with adverse renal outcomes in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), according to study findings presented at the World Congress of Nephrology.

Eating Fish May Slow Renal Function Decline in Women

VANCOUVER, B.C.—Greater fish consumption is associated with smaller declines in kidney function in women, researchers reported at the World Congress of Nephrology.

Drug is Renoprotective in Diabetic CKD Patients

VANCOUVER, B.C.—Pentoxiphylline (PTF) may slow the rate of renal function decline in patients with diabetes-related chronic kidney disease who are taking drugs that block the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), a Spanish study found.

Statin May Lower Risk of CV Events, Death Among HD Patients

VANCOUVER, B.C.—Statin treatment may decrease the risk of cardiovascular (CV) events and all-cause mortality in hemodialysis (HD) patients, according to researchers.

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