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New urine biomarker may predict earlier kidney failure diagnoses – US study

Researchers have found a new biomarker in urine – other than albumin – that could help with diagnosing kidney failure five to 10 years...

Added sugars may raise kidney stone risk – Chinese study

A recent study has suggested that kidney stones, which affect thousands of people around the world could be triggered by added sugars in the...

Kidneys from Covid patients safe to transplant – US study

A recent study has confirmed that kidneys from organ donors who were diagnosed with Covid-19 are perfectly safe to transplant and do not transmit...

Provincial and public/private sector disparities in kidney treatment – SA study

With end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) continuing to increase worldwide, and the prevalence in South Africa estimated to range from 6% to 17% and predicted...

Common bacteria linked to higher mortality in kidney patients – US study

A usually harmless and common group of bacteria found in soil, water and shower heads has been associated with an increased risk of dying...

Low-cost legacy drug effective for hypertension in advanced chronic kidney disease

Chlorthalidone was effective in lowering blood pressure in individuals with advanced kidney disease, found a double-blind, placebo-controlled and randomised study from  Indiana University in the...

Blood metabolites linked to coffee consumption may affect CKD risk — Johns Hopkins

Several metabolites in the blood whose levels are altered by coffee consumption and might affect the risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD), found...

Roxadustat’s efficacy in treating anaemia linked to CKD disease

Roxadustat was more effective than placebo at increasing haemoglobin in patients with non–dialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease (CKD) and anaemia, while decreasing transfusion rate, found...

Implantable bio-artificial kidney achieves pre-clinical milestone

US scientists have successfully implanted a prototype kidney bioreactor containing functional human kidney cells into pigs without significant safety concerns. Separately,  a study found...

AWAK device effective for toxin removal in kidney failure — first in-human study

Peritoneal dialysis performed with an automated wearable artificial kidney (AWAK) can effectively remove toxins from the blood of patients with kidney failure. The findings...

Long-term kidney damage a risk for those on high protein diets

High protein diets may lead to long-term kidney damage among those suffering from chronic kidney disease, according to research led by nephrologist Dr Kamyar...

Stereotactic radiation highly effective for kidney cancer

Treating metastatic kidney cancer with stereotactic ablative radiation therapy achieves more than 90% control of local tumours, and offers the possibility of safely delaying...

Significant variability in capacity for kidney care across the world

Survey results representing 125 countries indicate there is significant variability in the current capacity for kidney care across the world, including important gaps in...

More vigilant monitoring of PPIs by doctors needed

A study evaluating the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in 125,000 patients indicates that more than half of patients who develop chronic kidney...

Oral iron formulation found to be safe and effective

An oral iron formulation may be a safe and effective treatment for anaemia in patients with chronic kidney disease, Stanford researchers found, pointing to...

Urine protein may predict kidney injury risk

Levels of a urine protein may predict which patients with acute heart failure are at increased risk of developing acute kidney injury during hospitalisation, an international study found.

Statins have no effect on kidney function – study

The cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins ‘have no effect – neither good nor bad – on kidney function,’ are the findings of Dr Richard...

A little wine might keeps kidney disease at bay

An occasional glass of wine might help keep your kidneys healthy, new research suggests. And for those who already have chronic kidney disease (CKD),...

Chinese herbal remedy effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis

Although there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, medications, such as methotrexate, are used to reduce symptoms. But Medical News Today reports that research...

‘Southern-style diet’ increases risk of kidney disease

Research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham shows consuming a ‘Southern-style’ diet – consisting of processed meats, fried foods and sugar-sweetened beverages –...

Kidney transplant drug halves risk of early rejection

Oxford University scientists have shown that a drug given at the time of a kidney transplant operation halves the risk of early rejection of...