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Research Shows Eating More Fruits and Vegetables Cuts Kidney Patients’ Medicine Expense in Half

2019-08-22T17:14:41-05:00October 19th, 2016|Categories: Early Intervention, eNews, Lifestyle, Medication, Nutrition, What Causes Kidney Disease|Tags: , |

High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of kidney disease. When blood pressure is too high, blood vessel walls can thicken and become stiff which can also damage organs throughout the body such as the kidneys. Not only can high blood pressure damage kidneys, but kidney disease can lead to high blood pressure. If kidneys are damaged and can no longer make an enzyme known as renin, blood pressure can be elevated. With continued emphasis on managing and even preventing chronic conditions to improve overall health, research is continuing to occur to find effective interventions to treat conditions such as [...]

Acid Blockers Could Damage Kidney Function, Study Finds

2019-01-25T22:58:19-05:00July 8th, 2016|Categories: Early Intervention, eNews, Medication|Tags: , |

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI), or medications used to treat gastric issues as heartburn and acid reflux, were prescribed to an estimated 15 million people in the United States in 2013. A recent study from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the Veteran’s Affairs Saint Louis Health Care System and Washington University in St. Louis suggests that long-term use of these drugs could lead to chronic kidney disease. To determine the effects of PPI’s on kidney function, researchers looked at more than 173,000 new users of PPIs over a period of five years. Overtime, it was found that PPI users had [...]

Surgeons to Attempt Transplants and Drug Treatment with Hepatitis C Positive Kidneys

2018-12-11T13:12:39-05:00March 25th, 2016|Categories: eNews, Kidney Transplant, Medication|

For several years, kidneys infected with Hepatitis C have been considered unfit for transplants due to the risk for transmission. However, with a new wave of antiviral medications shown to cure Hepatitis C, doctors at the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University are planning to attempt transplants with kidneys from deceased Hepatitis C carriers. The patient who receives the kidney would then undergo a 12-week antiviral drug regimen to treat the disease. The trial’s leaders caution that the drugs won’t work for every participant, but argue the process has the potential to eliminate the waste that comes with the disposal [...]

Generic Version of Transplant Drug Found to Perform as well as Brand

2019-01-25T21:48:45-05:00March 17th, 2016|Categories: eNews, Kidney Transplant, Medication|

A recent study conducted by the University of Cincinnati found that patient outcomes were almost identical for generic and brand-name versions of tacrolimus, a drug used post-transplant to reduce the risk of organ rejection. With more affordable generics now on the market, the study took a closer look at the outcomes of what have often been referred to as narrow therapeutic index medications. The study’s lead investigator Rita Alloway, PharmD (a research professor of medicine and director of transplant clinical research at University of Cincinnati’s Department of Internal Medicine) presented the study findings at the 2015 American Transplant Congress. The Food [...]

Basics of Chronic Kidney Disease

2019-02-12T11:20:49-05:00March 8th, 2016|Categories: Fact Sheet, Hemodialysis, Kidney Transplant, Medication, Peritoneal Dialysis, Symptoms, The Kidney Citizen, What Causes Kidney Disease|

Chronic kidney disease (CKD), also called chronic kidney failure, describes the gradual loss of kidney function. Your kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from your blood, which are then removed from your body in your urine. When CKD reaches an advanced stage, dangerous levels of fluid, electrolytes and waste products can build up in your body and cause you harm. In the early stages of CKD, you may have few signs or symptoms, and may only be diagnosed with a blood and/or urine test. In fact, you may not feel sick from CKD up until most of your kidney function [...]

Drug Candidate Offers Treatment for Chronic Itch Condition Without Side Effects

2018-11-14T04:46:43-05:00October 29th, 2015|Categories: eNews, Medication, News & Events, Treatment|Tags: |

“Chronic irritable itch” is defined as a constant itchy sensation that’s difficult to treat, and is a common medical condition among dialysis patients. A study from the Florida campus of the Scripps Research Institute focused on a medication that could treat the condition without the adverse side effects normally associated with medicating the condition. Researchers tested the compound, a combination of opioids and other chemicals, on mouse models to determine effectiveness. The drug compounds target receptors in the central nervous system that moderate pain perception and stress responses. It was found that the combination was successful in stopping the itch without [...]

Drug Trial Focuses on Potential Hepatitis C Cure for ESRD Patients

2018-11-14T04:49:53-05:00October 29th, 2015|Categories: eNews, Medication, News & Events, Treatment|Tags: |

Nearly 8 percent of ESRD patients have Hepatitis C. Medications like Sovaldi have offered a chance to cure Hepatitis C, but are unavailable to ESRD patients due to chemical contents. However, a recent new drug combination has shown potential in curing the Hepatitis C virus in ESRD patients. The drug combination, developed by Merck, was the focus of a recent study involving 224 ESRD patients. The participants were divided into two groups; 116 took a single pill with the two drugs for 12 weeks, while the rest received the placebo. Results showed that 99 percent of the group who took the real pill [...]

Report Links Hypertension Medication to Increased Likelihood of Fall Injuries

2019-08-22T16:56:30-05:00August 26th, 2015|Categories: eNews, Medication, What Causes Kidney Disease|Tags: |

A recent study finds that elderly patients can have an increased risk of falling after starting a blood pressure medication. Researchers at the University Medical Center in New York studied 90,000 Medicaid patients who experienced fall injuries. Data indicated that patients who began taking hypertension medication had a 36 percent increase in the likelihood of falling within two weeks. Those who were already on blood pressure drugs had a 16 percent chance of falling after starting a new class of medication. The report mirrors another study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, although data in Hypertension contradicts the findings. [...]

FDA Increases Focus on Warning Labels for Everyday Painkillers

2018-11-15T02:20:09-05:00August 26th, 2015|Categories: eNews, Medication, News & Events, Treatment|

The Food and Drug Administration is stepping up to improve the warning labels on non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS.  Studies find that using these medications are linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The move comes 10 years after warnings were added to prescription pain relievers, but researchers have found that over-the-counter medication also contains risks. Health officials caution patients not to take more than one drug containing NSAIDs at a time and to seek medical attention if they experience symptoms of a heart attack or stroke. Patients should contact their physician with any questions about NSAIDs. [...]

Experimental Treatment has Potential to Resolve the Effects of Kidney Scarring

2019-01-25T23:23:58-05:00April 29th, 2015|Categories: Early Intervention, eNews, Medication, What Causes Kidney Disease|Tags: , |

Researchers at Monash University are currently developing a therapy, involving a drug called serelaxin, to reduce kidney scarring in a given patient. Once scarring is reduced, they introduce stem cells to the patient, and these stem cells help the injured kidney repair itself. Such a therapy could benefit kidney patients because kidney scarring and kidney fibrosis form the basis of kidney cell damage and renal diseases. Kidney scarring and fibrosis alter the normal kidney structure and cause chronic kidney disease (CKD) and loss of kidney function. There are many causes of kidney cell damage, including physical injury, infections, swelling, lack of [...]