CDC Helps Patients and Their Families “Get Ahead of Sepsis”

2019-02-05T11:05:50-04:00September 6th, 2017|Categories: eNews, What Causes Kidney Disease|Tags: , , |

Each year in the U.S., more than 1.5 million people get sepsis, and at least 250,000 Americans die as a result. CDC’s Get Ahead of Sepsis education effort encourages patients and caregivers to prevent infections that lead to sepsis and seek immediate medical care if they suspect sepsis. Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is life-threatening, and without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly cause tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Anyone can get an infection, and almost any infection can lead to sepsis. Certain people are at higher risk including: adults 65 or older; people with chronic conditions such [...]

Drug Candidate Offers Treatment for Chronic Itch Condition Without Side Effects

2018-11-14T04:46:43-04:00October 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

2018-11-14T04:49:53-04:00October 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 [...]

Experts Offer Tips on Care Coordination

2018-11-15T02:16:18-04:00August 26th, 2015|Categories: eNews, News & Events, Treatment|Tags: |

Managing health care for a patient with multiple health conditions can involve many medications and specialists. A recent article by Sumathi Reddy in the Wall Street Journal features suggestions for both physicians and patients on how they can help coordinate care. For physicians, suggestions include considering a patient’s other conditions when prescribing medications. For example, if patients are on drugs for hypertension, their doctors should ensure an arthritis prescription won’t affect them negatively. Experts also encourage communication between specialists to help keep each of them updated on a patient’s health. For patients, tips focus on maintaining awareness of one’s health, including bringing a [...]