Chronic Kidney Disease

Online risk calculator predicts kidney failure odds in chronic kidney disease patients

Online risk calculator predicts kidney failure odds in chronic kidney disease patients

A new online risk calculation tool predicts kidney failure odds in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Ventricle pacing reduces heart failure in chronic kidney disease patients

Ventricle pacing reduces heart failure in chronic kidney disease patients

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Researchers found a 15% to 20% reduction in the risk of hospitalization for or death from heart failure in patients who received cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator (CRT-D).

EKG metrics may signal risk for cardiovascular death in CKD patients

EKG metrics may signal risk for cardiovascular death in CKD patients

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Five EKG parameters can identify chronic kidney disease patients at risk for cardiovascular death.

Additional evidence of link between psoriasis, kidney disease

Additional evidence of link between psoriasis, kidney disease

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Patients with psoriasis should avoid long-term use of medications that are toxic to the kidneys.

New risk score assesses chronic kidney disease risk in patients with HIV

New risk score assesses chronic kidney disease risk in patients with HIV

The new risk score model helps clinicians weigh the benefits and risks associated with antiretroviral drugs.

Diets high in meat, acid up kidney failure risk in CKD patients

Diets high in meat, acid up kidney failure risk in CKD patients

Those who consumed high-acid diets appeared to face triple the risk of kidney failure compared with those who consumed low-acid diets.

Antidepressant for neuropathy pain leads to hyponatremia

Antidepressant for neuropathy pain leads to hyponatremia

An older male patient started antidepressants for neuropathy pain but developed hyponatremia as a result.

Psoriasis linked to increased chronic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis risk

Psoriasis linked to increased chronic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis risk

The increased risk of CKD and GN was seen in patients with both mild and severe psoriasis.

Yellow lights, digoxin toxicity


Yellow lights, digoxin toxicity


A woman complaining of seeing yellow lights is diagnosed with digoxin toxicity.

Statin use advised in chronic kidney disease


Statin use advised in chronic kidney disease


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A new study indicated that older patients with predialysis chronic kidney disease should take statins.

Patient receives a kidney diagnosis and a life lesson


Patient receives a kidney diagnosis and a life lesson


Patient with back pain and blood in urine is diagnosed with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease.

Antiretrovirals excluding tenofovir OK for HIV patients with kidney problems

Antiretrovirals excluding tenofovir OK for HIV patients with kidney problems

With the advent of new treatment options, ART excluding tenofovir is beneficial for HIV-infected patients with reduced kidney function.

Processed, fried foods up mortality in chronic kidney disease

Processed, fried foods up mortality in chronic kidney disease

Patients who ate a diet of processed and fried foods, organ meats, and sweetened beverages had a 50% heightened risk of death.

Be cautious of metformin
 use in chronic kidney disease patients

Be cautious of metformin
 use in chronic kidney disease patients

In specific situations, clinicians should monitor a patient's metformin use in order to prevent dialysis and higher risk of kidney failure.

Tech program helps PCPs identify undiagnosed hypertension

Tech program helps PCPs identify undiagnosed hypertension

Hypertension is the leading modifiable risk factor for coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, and chronic kidney disease.

Chronic kidney disease linked to some cancers

Chronic kidney disease linked to some cancers

A history of reduced kidney function may put an individual at greater risk for developing renal and urothelial cancers.

CKD risk factors identified years before diagnosis

CKD risk factors identified years before diagnosis

Hypertension, obesity, diabetes and other risk factors were found in patients with chronic kidney disease years before diagnosis.

Kidney transplants linked to higher survival rates

Kidney transplants linked to higher survival rates

Compared with intensive home hemodialysis treatments, kidney transplant patients had better survival rates, but higher early rates of hospitalization.

Lowering cholesterol may not benefit CKD patients

Lowering cholesterol may not benefit CKD patients

Research suggests that lowering LDL has a non-significant impact on end-stage renal disease.

Blood glucose test reliability

Blood glucose test reliability

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In which disease states or at what stages of chronic kidney disease is the HbA1c test no longer reliable?

Psoriasis linked to increased CKD risk

Psoriasis linked to increased CKD risk

Patients with moderate to severe psoriasis have significantly increased risk for chronic kidney disease.

Gout management 
in patients with CKD

Gout management 
in patients with CKD

The most recent guidelines from the American College of Rheumatology
include pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapy for hyperuricemia.

Omontys recalled after reports of fatal reactions

Omontys recalled after reports of fatal reactions

All lots of the new anemia drug peginesatide have been recalled because of severe, sometimes fatal, hypersensitivity reactions.

Kidney guide features albuminuria testing

Kidney guide features albuminuria testing

Albuminuria levels help clinicians better stratify risk and evaluate likely outcomes.

CKD as much of a risk as previous MI?

CKD as much of a risk as previous MI?

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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) could earn a spot near "previous heart attack" on the list of criteria defining people at highest risk of future coronary events.

FDA announces new warning and contraindication for aliskiren

Clinicians should be cautious when using aliskiren-containing BP medications with angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) in patients with diabetes or renal impairment.

CKD predicts mortality 
in diabetes

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Patients with CKD who had the highest mortality tended be older, had diabetes longer and had higher BP.

Explaining kidney function to prevent CKD

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Patients often have trouble understanding health outcomes they cannot see. It is our job as health-care providers to help patients understand their bodies in efforts to improve treatment compliance for chronic conditions.

Osteoporosis medications in patients with kidney disease


Is it safe to restart osteoporosis medications in patients with stage 5 chronic kidney disease?

Cooking technique for dialysis patients

Patients on dialysis much watch their potassium intake from vegetables like potatoes. Offer this cooking tip.

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