January 2015

  • Alternate drug therapy lowers antibodies in kidney patients - may decrease the likelihood of organ rejection

    Findings of a three-year clinical trial led by University of Cincinnati (UC) transplant researchers suggest that a novel pre-operative drug therapy reduces antibodies in kidney patients with greater success than with traditional methods, with the potential to increase the patients' candidacy for kidney transplantation and decrease the likelihood of organ rejection.

  • Certain genetic variants may influence progression of kidney disease

    A new study suggests that patients with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis - a type of kidney disease - may have a more advanced form of the condition at diagnosis if they possess certain genetic variants, with this association being strongest among African Americans.

  • Finger prick testing in diabetes could be replaced by tattoo-like sensor

    Scientists have developed the first ultra-thin, flexible device that sticks to skin like a rub-on tattoo and can detect a person's glucose levels. The sensor, reported in a proof-of-concept study in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry, has the potential to eliminate finger-pricking for many people with diabetes.

  • Should a more frequent dialysis schedule be applied?

    In general, patients with End Stage Renal Disease are dialyzed 3 times per week for about four hours each time. Observational studies have associated long dialysis intervals with an excess risk of mortality and cardiovascular disease hospitalizations, and on the other hand a rather new study has suggested that daily dialysis might improve left-ventricular mass and health-related quality of life.

  • Unlocking the kidney riddle in newborns

    Researchers are closer to understanding why babies born with smaller kidneys have a high risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

    The findings, published in the journal, Circulation, could have important implications for affected children, who are more likely to develop chronic kidney disease and high blood pressure as adults.

  • High blood calcium linked with increased risk of premature death in dialysis patients

    Elevated blood levels of calcium and phosphorus are linked with an increased risk of premature death in kidney disease patients on dialysis, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).