Misc. Kidney Problem News

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3/14/2008
Blood-Thinner Contaminant Traced to Chinese Plant

As a result, FDA to require testing of all imported heparin

3/12/2008
Doctors See How Cancer Drug Can Damage Kidneys

But the finding shouldn't keep physicians from using Avastin, researchers say

3/12/2008
New Test Predicts Risk of Post-Surgery Kidney Injury

Finding could lead to earlier treatments, better patient outcomes

3/7/2008
Heparin Problems Reported in Germany

Adverse reactions similar to those in U.S., but product source is different, FDA says

3/5/2008
FDA Finds Contaminant in Baxter's Recalled Heparin Products

But officials can't say if it's responsible for adverse events, deaths reported

3/5/2008
Naturally Occurring Bacteria Cut Kidney Stone Recurrence

With no apparent side effects, O. formigenes reduced incidence by 70%

2/29/2008
Baxter Recalls Rest of Heparin Products

Investigation into allergic reactions, deaths related to blood thinner continues

2/28/2008
Researchers ID Gene Behind Rare Form of Epilepsy

Findings 'crack open the cell biology' of lethal inherited syndrome

2/25/2008
Laser Screen Detects Diseases in Breath

Chemical molecules in exhalations hint at wide range of conditions

2/22/2008
Current Blood Sugar Control Test Results 'Inaccurate'

Study says measurement underestimates true glucose control in hemodialysis patients

2/20/2008
More Evidence of Danger From Heart Surgery Drug

Anti-bleeding agent Trasylol tied to increased death, complications, studies find

2/19/2008
No Difference Found in Treatments for Acute Kidney Failure

Continuous vs. intermittent dialysis produced same results, analysis shows

2/18/2008
Mix-Up Behind FDA's Failure to Inspect China Blood-Thinner Plant

Agency error means facility linked to fatal lots of injected heparin was ignored, officials say

2/13/2008
Kidney Cancer Drug Linked to Higher Rate of Heart Problems

But Sutent's benefits may still outweigh its risks for many patients, experts say

2/11/2008
Manufacturer Halts Production of Blood Thinner Heparin

Drug linked to hundreds of allergic reactions and possibly 4 deaths, FDA says

2/8/2008
Drug Combo Tied to Kidney Risk With Some Cardiac Surgeries

Aprotinin plus ACE inhibitor associated with renal woes during off-pump surgery, U.K. study finds

2/4/2008
Black Men Most at Risk for Kidney Disease Complications

Black women also less likely to have blood pressure under control, study finds

1/3/2008
FDA Reports New Risks Posed by Anemia Drugs

ESAs can spur faster cancer growth and earlier death, agency says

12/28/2007
Childhood Diabetes Boosts Risk for Kidney Problems

Lifestyle changes are key to avoiding complications, doctors say

12/21/2007
New Combo Treatment Extends Kidney Cancer Survival

Avastin plus interferon almost doubled patients' time without disease progression, study found

12/14/2007
Wearable Artificial Kidney Passes Test

8 end-stage kidney failure patients used the device for up to 8 hours, researchers say

11/20/2007
Urine Test Results Can Point to Heart Dangers

Presence of the protein albumin suggests worsening coronary artery disease, study finds

11/16/2007
Older Patients Can Do Well With Kidney Transplant

Matching those over 60 with appropriate donor organs could ease wait times, experts say

11/10/2007
Blacks in Poor Areas Less Likely to Be On Kidney Transplant Lists

Distance to care not a factor, study finds, urging greater outreach to bridge racial gap

11/8/2007
FDA Issues New Warnings for Anemia Drugs

ESAs can increase cancer growth, cause stroke and heart attacks, revised label warns

11/6/2007
Kidney Disease Increasing in U.S.

More obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure are driving the trend, study says

10/30/2007
New Drug Promising Against Tough-to-Treat Kidney Cancer

Axitinib produced good responses in almost half of patients, study found

10/29/2007
Study Supports Controversial Heart Failure Drug

But small, short-term trial is unlikely to quiet Natrecor's critics

10/19/2007
Simpler Anemia Treatment May Help Kidney Patients

Newer drug is given just once per month, experts say

10/10/2007
Low Lead Exposures Can Hurt Kidneys

Rat study suggests it boosts blood pressure, damages cells

10/5/2007
New Kidney Disease Can Be Fatal

Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis is linked to MRI exposure, scientists say

9/26/2007
Scientists Spot Key to Kidney Transplant Success

A tough-to-detect antibody explains why even 'matched' organs get rejected

9/18/2007
Nighttime Home Dialysis a Boon for Kidney Patients

Heart health, blood pressure and quality of life improve with frequent dialysis

9/12/2007
Stem Cell Therapy Disappoints Against Rare Kidney Ailment

Transplanted cells don't boost AL amyloidosis outcomes, study finds

9/11/2007
Lowering Blood Protein Won't Help Kidney Patients

Homocysteine may be a marker, not a cause, of renal trouble, study suggests

8/23/2007
Advanced Age No Bar to Liver Transplant

Patients over 70 did as well as those in their 50s, study found

8/23/2007
Expenses Overshadow Optimism for Kidney Failure Patients

Outcomes improve, but related costs increased 57% from 1999 to 2004, analysis shows

8/16/2007
Obesity Heightens Kidney Disease Risks

It can spur parathyroid disorder and heart woes, study finds

7/31/2007
Two-Drug Combo Tough on Kidney Cancer

Early trial shows promise for interferon, sorafenib together

6/30/2007
Drinking Water Is Key to Kidney Stone Prevention

Expert advises 6 to 8 glasses a day, especially during summer's hotter months

6/29/2007
Opening of Kidney Arteries Brings Dangers

Microscopic 'debris' is left behind with these angioplasties, study finds

6/20/2007
Research Gives Hope Against Rare Muscle Disorder

People with HIBM are typically wheelchair-bound by 40, experts say

6/14/2007
Heart and Kidneys Share Tight Medical Bond

When one system fails, so can the other, new research shows

6/6/2007
New Medication Slows Rare Kidney Disease

Eprodisate blocks buildup of protein in the organs, study suggests

5/17/2007
Moderate Drinking May Lower Kidney Cancer Risk

But alcohol can raise odds for other malignancies, researchers warn

5/10/2007
FDA Panel Urges Stronger Warnings for Anemia Drugs

Prescribing medications in higher doses poses dangers, research has suggested

4/26/2007
Changing Heart Transplant Drugs Could Boost Kidney Function

Gradual switch should benefit patients, researchers say

4/24/2007
Food Prep May Be as Important as Ingredients Themselves

Frying, grilling can boost hazardous inflammatory toxins, scientists say

4/17/2007
Some Dialysis Centers Overtreat Anemia: Study

The practice may put kidney patients at risk of complications, researchers say

4/13/2007
Weightlifting During Dialysis Combats Muscle Wasting: Study

High-intensity exercise was safe, improved patients' strength, quality of life