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First Edition: April 17, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about emerging political strategies related to the health law and the upcoming congressional elections. [More]
NEPHRON+ project improves lives of kidney failure patients by developing wearable artificial kidney device

NEPHRON+ project improves lives of kidney failure patients by developing wearable artificial kidney device

End stage kidney disease is a global public health problem with an estimated 2.4 million patients on dialysis. The number of new cases is rising (7-8% annually) due to population ageing and increased diabetes prevalence. [More]
Lin28 gene may hold clues to regeneration of damaged kidneys in adults

Lin28 gene may hold clues to regeneration of damaged kidneys in adults

​Nearly one-third of cases of Wilms tumor, a pediatric cancer of the kidney, are linked to a gene called Lin28, according to research from Boston Children's Hospital. Mice engineered to express Lin28 in their kidneys developed Wilms tumor, which regressed when Lin28 was withdrawn, indicating that strategies aimed at blocking or deactivating the gene hold therapeutic promise for children with Wilms. [More]
Researchers reveal why Peel has one of highest rates of diabetes in Ontario

Researchers reveal why Peel has one of highest rates of diabetes in Ontario

According to researchers at St. Michael's Hospital, there are two significant reasons why Peel has one of the highest rates of diabetes in Ontario: neighbourhood design that discourages walking and a population with many residents whose ethnic backgrounds predispose them to diabetes. [More]
President of ASN urges Congress to spur scientific innovation in kidney research through federal prize competition

President of ASN urges Congress to spur scientific innovation in kidney research through federal prize competition

Today the President of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) urged Congress to spur scientific innovation in kidney research through a federal prize competition. [More]

Siemens, NKF form new alliance to improve screening for kidney disease in high-risk individuals

Siemens Healthcare and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) announced today a new strategic alliance focusing on education, awareness and screening for kidney disease in high-risk individuals. This important collaboration will leverage the latest testing recommendations from the NKF to improve detection among the 73 million Americans at risk for kidney disease. [More]

Low levels of sodium prior to liver transplantation do not increase risk of death, say researchers

Researchers report that low levels of sodium, known as hyponatremia, prior to transplantation does not increase the risk of death following liver transplant. Full findings are published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society. [More]
NxStage Medical receives American Red Cross Northeast Chapter's Workplace Hero Award

NxStage Medical receives American Red Cross Northeast Chapter's Workplace Hero Award

NxStage Medical Inc., a leading manufacturer of home dialysis products, today announced the Company has been awarded the 2014 Workplace Hero Award by the Northeast Chapter of the American Red Cross. [More]
Research: Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of diabetes

Research: Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of diabetes

Adoption of a Mediterranean diet is linked to a lower risk of diabetes, especially among people at high risk for cardiovascular disease, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. [More]
Renal Ventures Management publishes first cookbook of kidney friendly recipes for renal patients

Renal Ventures Management publishes first cookbook of kidney friendly recipes for renal patients

In recognition of Kidney Health Awareness Month, Renal Ventures Management, LLC (RVM), a leading provider of dialysis services for patients suffering from chronic kidney failure, has published its first cookbook of kidney friendly recipes for it renal patients and their families. [More]
Antisense Therapeutics enrolls acromegalic patients in ATL1103 Phase II trial

Antisense Therapeutics enrolls acromegalic patients in ATL1103 Phase II trial

Antisense Therapeutics Limited is pleased to report that 24 acromegalic patients have been successfully enrolled and randomized to one of the two treatment regimens of dosing in the Phase II trial of ATL1103 for the growth disorder, acromegaly. This satisfies the necessary patient numbers proposed for the trial. [More]

TVM Capital Healthcare Partners signs affiliation with Joslin Diabetes Center

TVM Capital Healthcare Partners, the region's first private equity firm dedicated exclusively to the healthcare sector, has signed an affiliation with Joslin Diabetes Center. [More]

New ASN educational materials highlight importance of kidney health in older individuals

The American Society of Nephrology has released new educational materials highlighting the importance of kidney health in older individuals, the fastest growing group of Americans with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). [More]

DaVita to host Google+ Hangout on Air to global kidney disease awareness on World Kidney Day

DaVita, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. and a leading provider of kidney care services, will host a Google+ Hangout on Air dedicated to global kidney disease awareness on World Kidney Day. [More]
Fibrotech successfully completes Phase Ia trial of anti-fibrotic compound FT011

Fibrotech successfully completes Phase Ia trial of anti-fibrotic compound FT011

Fibrotech, an Australian biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of drugs to prevent a massive health burden associated with fibrosis, today announced that its lead anti-fibrotic compound FT011 has successfully completed a Phase Ia trial in healthy volunteers demonstrating safety and tolerability up to doses of 1000mg. [More]

NICE guidance influences medical policy towards diabetes prevention nationwide

A team of academics from the University of Leicester has been instrumental in shaping National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance that will influence medical policy towards diabetes prevention nationwide. [More]

Experts recommend several steps to improve care for prisoners

The very premise of prison invites members of society to think of the people there as walled-off and removed. But more than 95 percent of prisoners will return to the community, often carrying significant health burdens and associated costs with them. In an article in the March issue of the journal Health Affairs, several experts who participated in a scientific workshop convened by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine recommend several steps and ideas consistent with health reform to improve care for prisoners while they are incarcerated and after they return to society. [More]
New research uncovers abnormal molecular signaling pathways for kidney failure

New research uncovers abnormal molecular signaling pathways for kidney failure

Prevention and reversal of chronic kidney disease is an urgent public health need. The disease affects 1 in 10 Americans, is debilitating and deadly, and existing drugs, at best, offer only mild delay in progression to end-stage kidney failure. [More]
Doctors offer ways to help protect kidneys

Doctors offer ways to help protect kidneys

The kidneys, two very important organs located in your back, help to continuously clean out wastes and extra fluid from your body. One in 10 Americans develops kidney disease due to diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney failure. [More]

NxStage Medical revenue increases 7% to $69.4 million in fourth quarter 2013

NxStage Medical, Inc., a leading manufacturer of innovative dialysis products, today reported record financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013, that include revenue slightly above its recent guidance. [More]