January 2012

  • How Salt, Potassium Levels Are Moderated Revealed By Study Of Rare Kidney Disease

    High blood pressure (hypertension) is a principal risk factor for heart disease and affects 1 billion people. At least half of them are estimated to be salt-sensitive; their blood pressure rises with sodium intake. New research shows important aspects of how sodium and potassium are regulated in the kidney. 

  • New Drug Labels For Kidney Disease Patients

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently recommended that clinicians be more conservative when they prescribe chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients with drugs that treat red blood cell deficiencies. But the drug label's recommendations fall short, according to two commentaries appearing in an upcoming issue of theClinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN). 

  • Nurse Donates Own Kidney To Patient

    Nurse Allison Batson donated one of her own kidneys to 23-year old patient, Clay Taber; somebody she barely knew, after working on the transplant department of Emory University Hospital for over two years. Allison was not even Clay's primary nurse, but says she felt an instant connection with him.

  • Stopping Immunosuppressive Prednisone Soon After Transplantation Found To Be Safe

    Rapid discontinuation of the immunosuppressive steroid prednisone after a kidney transplant can help prevent serious side effects, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology(CJASN). Also, doing so does not appear to jeopardize the long-term survival of transplant patients and their new organs.