Seeing Sudden Death on Dialysis
When a diabetes patient's kidneys fail, that patient has to be put on dialysis. These patients may be at risk of having their heart suddenly stop. Now, researchers have found a way to spot who is most at risk.
Staying Alive after a Kidney Transplant
Kidney disease patients can wait years before they get a transplant. Even when they get a new organ, their body might reject it. Now, there is a way to make patient's bodies more accepting of transplants.
Low Blood Pressure During Dialysis May Lead to Clots
It's been known that low blood pressure while undergoing kidney dialysis is linked to some nasty side effects. Now the risk of blood clots has been added to that expanding list.
FDA: Modified dosing recommendations for Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing healthcare professionals of modified recommendations for more conservative dosing of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents ( ESAs ) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) to improve the safe use of these drugs.
FDA Alert For Nulojix
Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) informed healthcare professionals about the risk evaluation and mitigation strategy ( REMS ) that is required for Nulojix to ensure that the benefits of Nulojix outweigh the risks of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder ( PTLD ) and progressive m ultifocal l eukoencephalopathy ( PML ), both of which can be fatal.
Patients Receive Blood Vessels Made From Donor Cells
Three patients with end stage renal disease mark the first to successfully receive blood vessels engineered in a lab from human skin cells. Following additional testing, "off the shelf" blood vessels could be as readily available as medical gauze.
Easy Access Dialysis
While dialysis is an important way to keep kidney disease patients alive, it can also cause other health problems. Now, a team of students has created a tool to make dialysis safer.
Nighttime Dialysis Repairs the Damage
Going to a dialysis center day after day can be a huge strain on people with kidney failure. That's why many patients do dialysis at home. Now, there may be another reason to do dialysis at home.
FDA Approves Nulojix For Kidney Transplant Patients
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Nulojix ( belatacept ) to prevent acute rejection in adult patients who have had a kidney transplant.
No Good News for Lupus Patients' Kidneys
In recent years, treatment for lupus nephritis (kidney damage caused by lupus) has gotten better. Yet outcomes for many patients with the disease still do not look good.