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A kidney transplant is an operation where a healthy kidney from one person (the donor) is transferred to a person who has little or no kidney function (the recipient).
Mild reduction in food intake slows development of autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease

Mild reduction in food intake slows development of autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease

A small reduction in food intake—less than required to cause weight loss—dramatically slowed the development of a common genetic disorder called autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) in mice, a new study in American Journal of Physiology—Renal Physiology reports. [More]
USRDS report shows positive and negative trends in kidney disease in the U.S.

USRDS report shows positive and negative trends in kidney disease in the U.S.

The annual data report from the United States Renal Data System reveals both positive and negative trends in kidney disease in the U.S. [More]
JINARC (tolvaptan) accepted for use in Scotland for ADPKD treatment

JINARC (tolvaptan) accepted for use in Scotland for ADPKD treatment

From today, people in Scotland with the genetic kidney disease ADPKD could benefit from JINARC® (tolvaptan) following advice issued by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) for its use in adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages 1-3 at the start of treatment with evidence of rapidly progressing disease. [More]
New allocation system boosts kidney transplantation rates for black and Hispanic patients on waiting lists

New allocation system boosts kidney transplantation rates for black and Hispanic patients on waiting lists

Year-old changes to the system that distributes deceased donor kidneys nationwide have significantly boosted transplantation rates for black and Hispanic patients on waiting lists, reducing racial disparities inherent in the previous allocation formula used for decades, according to results of research led by a Johns Hopkins transplant surgeon. [More]
MUSC researchers awarded NIH grant to study use of technology for kidney transplant patients

MUSC researchers awarded NIH grant to study use of technology for kidney transplant patients

A group of MUSC researchers in the College of Medicine's Department of Surgery and the College of Nursing has been awarded a $1.11 million National Institutes of Health grant to examine a novel use of mobile health technology to reduce kidney transplant recipient premature graft loss. [More]
Variant signs worldwide exclusive license and development agreement with L&F Research

Variant signs worldwide exclusive license and development agreement with L&F Research

Variant Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an emerging pharmaceutical company focusing on rare diseases and other specialty conditions with limited or sub-optimal therapeutic options, announced today a worldwide exclusive license and development agreement with L&F Research LLC to advance development of Variant's lead product, VAR 200. [More]
Surgery more effective than drug therapy in patients with tertiary hyperparathyroidism

Surgery more effective than drug therapy in patients with tertiary hyperparathyroidism

A study led by researchers from the Nephrology group at Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) and the University Hospital of Bellvitge (HUB), compared the results of surgery with drug therapy in patients with tertiary hyperparathyroidism, ie after a kidney transplant. [More]
CRISPR/Cas9 turns hPSCs into cell-based lab model system for polycystic kidney disease

CRISPR/Cas9 turns hPSCs into cell-based lab model system for polycystic kidney disease

CRISPR/Cas9 is hot. News of the revolutionary gene editing technique that is already shaking up bioscience has finally reached the news media and the public. Now comes a first rate example of how CRISPR is changing the pace of biomedical research by linking up with another cutting edge technology -- human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs). [More]
New research finds disparity in post-transplant survival between Native Americans and whites

New research finds disparity in post-transplant survival between Native Americans and whites

Native Americans have decreased access to kidney transplants and are more likely to die on the waiting list than whites according to new research presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 held November 3-8 in San Diego, CA. Researchers also found that while short-term outcomes after receiving a kidney transplant were similar, Native Americans had worse long-term survival outcomes compared to whites. [More]
Patients with kidney failure at increased risk of developing different types of cancer

Patients with kidney failure at increased risk of developing different types of cancer

For patients with kidney failure, poor kidney function and immunosuppressant medications may increase their risk of developing different types of cancer. The findings, which are published in a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, suggest the need for persistent cancer screening and prevention in these patients. [More]
Circulating protein predicts risk of chronic kidney disease

Circulating protein predicts risk of chronic kidney disease

Make room, cholesterol. A new disease marker is entering the medical lexicon: suPAR, or soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor. [More]
VUMC, UCSF investigators awarded $6 million NIH grant to develop implantable artificial kidney

VUMC, UCSF investigators awarded $6 million NIH grant to develop implantable artificial kidney

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a four-year, $6 million grant to investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of California at San Francisco to develop an implantable artificial kidney. [More]
JDRF-funded study aims to find new types of diagnostic markers for diabetic kidney disease

JDRF-funded study aims to find new types of diagnostic markers for diabetic kidney disease

In an effort to pinpoint the earliest signs of diabetic kidney disease, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are leading a multi-institutional international effort dedicated to finding a new breed of disease indicators. [More]
Study suggests combination of MMF and CNIs can protect against rare lymphoma

Study suggests combination of MMF and CNIs can protect against rare lymphoma

A study led by Johns Hopkins researchers has linked the immunosuppressive drug mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) to an increased risk of central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma in solid organ transplant patients. [More]
ASN honors award-winning actor George Lopez for leading fight against kidney disease

ASN honors award-winning actor George Lopez for leading fight against kidney disease

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) will present the President's Medal to award-winning actor, comedian, and philanthropist George Lopez. [More]
Researchers link organ transplant drug to rise in rare lymphoma

Researchers link organ transplant drug to rise in rare lymphoma

A study led by Johns Hopkins researchers has linked the immunosuppressive drug mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) to an increased risk of central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma in solid organ transplant patients. But the same study also found that another class of immunosuppressive drugs, called calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs), given alone or in combination with MMF, appears to protect transplant patients against this rare form of lymphoma. [More]
University of Michigan-led team performs first kidney transplants in Ethiopia

University of Michigan-led team performs first kidney transplants in Ethiopia

A University of Michigan-led team performed the first kidney transplants in Ethiopia last week, after spending more than two years to help establish a transplant center in the African country. [More]
Donor and patient age more important in determining kidney transplant success

Donor and patient age more important in determining kidney transplant success

Infection by virus cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common and major complication following kidney transplantation. Previous studies have related CMV infection with increased kidney transplant failure and reduced patient survival. However, a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology—Renal Physiology reports that the age of the donor and the recipient, not CMV infection, are more important factors in determining transplant success. [More]
Researchers develop biophysical treatment method for dialysis patients

Researchers develop biophysical treatment method for dialysis patients

Researchers at Charité -- Universitätsmedizin Berlin have developed a biophysical treatment method that allows up to 50 percent more toxins to be removed from the blood of dialysis patients. Use of this technology may result in patients with kidney disease seeing a considerable reduction in the length of dialysis sessions. An initial patent application for this technology was filed in 2011. [More]
Winners of Renal Support Network's 13th Annual Essay Contest announced

Winners of Renal Support Network's 13th Annual Essay Contest announced

Now in its 13th year of providing a voice for people who have kidney disease and are passionate about writing, Renal Support Network announces the winners of its 13th Annual Essay Contest. [More]
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