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When your kidneys are healthy, they clean your blood. They also make hormones that keep your bones strong and your blood healthy. When your kidneys fail, you need treatment to replace the work your kidneys used to do. Unless you have a kidney transplant, you will need a treatment called dialysis.

There are two main types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Both types filter your blood to rid your body of harmful wastes, extra salt and water. Hemodialysis does that with a machine. Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of your abdomen, called the peritoneal membrane, to filter your blood. Each type has both risks and benefits. They also require that you follow a special diet. Your doctor can help you decide the best type of dialysis for you.
Chronic kidney disease patients have high out-of-pocket healthcare expenditures, study finds

Chronic kidney disease patients have high out-of-pocket healthcare expenditures, study finds

Patients who have chronic kidney disease but are not on dialysis have higher out-of-pocket healthcare expenses than even stroke and cancer patients, according to a study by researchers at Loyola University Chicago and Loyola Medicine. [More]
Prevalence of atrial fibrillation in haemodialysis patients higher than previously thought

Prevalence of atrial fibrillation in haemodialysis patients higher than previously thought

Atrial fibrillation, which is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, is an important risk factor for strokes. [More]
Many nursing home residents with renal disease lack advance directives to address end-of-life care

Many nursing home residents with renal disease lack advance directives to address end-of-life care

A new study indicates that many nursing home residents receiving dialysis do not have advance directives that sufficiently address end-of-life treatment decisions. [More]
Dense blood clots linked to increased risk of premature death in hemodialysis patients

Dense blood clots linked to increased risk of premature death in hemodialysis patients

Dialysis patients may have altered blood clots that increase their risk of dying prematurely, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology [More]
Ardelyx initiates two clinical trials to evaluate new treatment for hyperkalemia

Ardelyx initiates two clinical trials to evaluate new treatment for hyperkalemia

Ardelyx, Inc., a clinical-stage company focused on enhancing the treatment of patients with gastrointestinal and cardiorenal diseases, today announced the initiation of a Phase 3 clinical trial and an onset-of-action clinical trial evaluating RDX7675 in patients with hyperkalemia, a potentially life-threatening condition common in patients with cardiorenal disease. [More]
200th live donor kidney transplant offers promise of new life for the New Year

200th live donor kidney transplant offers promise of new life for the New Year

In late December in San Antonio, Texas, a 36-year-old mother of three from Jefferson City, Missouri, gave her best friend the most precious gift of all: a healthy kidney and the promise of a new life for the New Year. [More]
Children's access to kidney transplantation is marred by racial disparities

Children's access to kidney transplantation is marred by racial disparities

Researchers have uncovered a higher risk of death in black vs. white children with kidney failure over the last two decades that seems to be mediated by differences in access to kidney transplantation. [More]
DaVita releases recap of 2016 accomplishments

DaVita releases recap of 2016 accomplishments

DaVita Inc., a leading independent medical group and a leading provider of kidney care services in the United States, today released a recap of major accomplishments for the company in 2016, marking its 16th year bringing quality of life to patients and teammates around the world. [More]
Women with advanced kidney disease not receiving recommended breast or cervical cancer screening

Women with advanced kidney disease not receiving recommended breast or cervical cancer screening

A new study indicates that many women with advanced kidney disease are not receiving recommended breast or cervical cancer screening, even though they face a higher risk of developing cancer than women in the general population. [More]
Researchers explore kidney biomarkers to track lupus progression

Researchers explore kidney biomarkers to track lupus progression

Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease, can wreak havoc on an affected individual's body through inflammation, pain and even damage of the skin, joints and organs. [More]
Risks of dementia and Alzheimer's disease develop at high rates in older kidney transplant recipients

Risks of dementia and Alzheimer's disease develop at high rates in older kidney transplant recipients

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease develop at elevated rates in older kidney transplant recipients and may threaten the health of their transplanted organ as well as their own survival. [More]
Empa researchers developing solution to magnetically remove bacteria from blood

Empa researchers developing solution to magnetically remove bacteria from blood

Blood poisoning is still fatal in more than 50% of cases, but can be cured if treated at an early stage. The highest priority is therefore to act quickly. [More]
New drug receives FDA approval to reduce risk of cardiovascular death in adults with diabetes

New drug receives FDA approval to reduce risk of cardiovascular death in adults with diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a new indication for Jardiance (empagliflozin) to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adult patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. [More]
Report reveals hospitalization, mortality rates for kidney disease patients continue to decrease in the U.S.

Report reveals hospitalization, mortality rates for kidney disease patients continue to decrease in the U.S.

According to an annual data report from the United States Renal Data System, hospitalization and mortality rates for patients with chronic kidney disease continue to decline in the U.S. [More]
Simple exercise program improves walking performance and quality of life in dialysis patients

Simple exercise program improves walking performance and quality of life in dialysis patients

In a recent study, a simple exercise program carried out at home improved dialysis patients' walking performance and quality of life. The findings appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. [More]
Experts use MRI scans to investigate heart function of kidney patients during dialysis treatment

Experts use MRI scans to investigate heart function of kidney patients during dialysis treatment

Experts in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and kidney disease have carried out the first ever scans to study the heart function of kidney patients while they are having dialysis treatment. [More]
Improving innovation uptake in the NHS

Improving innovation uptake in the NHS

I think innovation is one of those rather slippery terms that means different things to different people. First of all, I would make a distinction between innovations that are essentially about a new, physical product and innovations that are more to do with services or processes. [More]
Multi-disciplinary care in patients with CKD likely to be cost effective intervention, study finds

Multi-disciplinary care in patients with CKD likely to be cost effective intervention, study finds

Coordination of care designed to slow the progression of kidney disease is likely to be cost effective because it prevents the need for dialysis, according to a study that will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2016 November 15¬-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. [More]
Results of high-impact clinical trials could improve kidney-related medical care

Results of high-impact clinical trials could improve kidney-related medical care

The results of numerous high-impact clinical trials that could affect kidney-related medical care will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2016, November 15-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. [More]
Researchers move closer to creating functional bioartificial kidney

Researchers move closer to creating functional bioartificial kidney

Investigators are getting closer to creating a functional bioartificial kidney, with advances being presented at ASN Kidney Week 2016 November 15-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. [More]
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