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Preventive nephrology

Heng-Chih Pan, Pei-Chen Wu, Vin-Cent Wu, Ya-Fei Yang, Tao-Min Huang, Chih-Chung Shiao, Te-Chuan Chen, Der-Cherng Tarng, Jui-Hsiang Lin, Wei-Shun Yang, Chiao-Yin Sun, Chan-Yu Lin, Tzong-Shinn Chu, Mai-Szu Wu, Kwan-Dun Wu, Yung-Chang Chen, Chiu-Ching Huang
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common complication in hospitalized patients. The International Society of Nephrology implemented the "0 by 25" initiative aimed at preventing deaths from treatable AKI worldwide by 2025 and conducted a global snapshot survey in 2014. We joined in the project and conducted this study to compare the epidemiology, risk factors, and prognosis between patients with pure AKI and those with acute-on-chronic kidney disease (ACKD). In this study, we prospectively collected demographic parameters and data on clinical characteristics, baseline comorbidities, management, and outcomes of 201 AKI patients in 18 hospitals in Taiwan from September 2014 to November 2014...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Hannelore Sprenger-Mähr, Emanuel Zitt, Karl Lhotta
INTRODUCTION: The number of patients suffering from acute kidney injury requiring dialysis (AKI-D) is increasing. Whereas causes and outcome of AKI-D in the intensive care unit (ICU) are described extensively, few data exist about AKI-D patients treated outside the ICU. Aim of this study was to identify the causes of AKI-D, determine in-depth the comorbid conditions and outcome of this particular patient group and identify possibilities for its prevention. METHODS: We retrospectively studied all AKI-D patients treated outside the ICU in a single nephrology referral center between January 2010 and June 2015...
2016: PloS One
Martin Ritt, Karl-Günter Gaßmann, Cornel Christian Sieber
Frailty is a major health burden in an aging society. It constitutes a clinical state of reduced physiological reserves that is associated with a diminished ability to withstand internal and external stressors. Frail patients have an increased risk for adverse clinical outcomes, such as mortality, readmission to hospital, institutionalization and falls. Of further clinical interest, frailty might be at least in part reversible in some patients and subject to preventive strategies. In daily clinical practice older patients with a complex health status, who are mostly frail or at least at risk of developing frailty, are frequently cared for by geriatricians...
October 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
Matthew L Basiaga, Evanette K Burrows, Michelle R Denburg, Kevin E Meyers, Andrew B Grossman, Petar Mamula, Robert W Grundmeier, Jon M Burnham
OBJECTIVE: To assess preventive care measure prescribing in children exposed to glucocorticoids and identify prescribing variation according to subspecialty and patient characteristics. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study of children initiating chronic glucocorticoids in the gastroenterology, nephrology, and rheumatology divisions at a pediatric tertiary care center. Outcomes included 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) and lipid testing, pneumococcal polysaccharide (PPV) and influenza vaccination, and stress dose hydrocortisone prescriptions...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Adamasco Cupisti, Claudia D'Alessandro, Biagio Di Iorio, Anna Bottai, Claudia Zullo, Domenico Giannese, Massimiliano Barsotti, Maria Francesca Egidi
BACKGROUND: Dietary treatment is helpful in CKD patients, but nutritional interventions are scarcely implemented. The main concern of the renal diets is its feasibility with regards to daily clinical practice especially in the elderly and co-morbid patients. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of a pragmatic, step-wise, personalized nutritional support in the management of CKD patients on tertiary care. METHODS: This is a case-control study. It included 823 prevalent out-patients affected by CKD stage 3b to 5 not-in-dialysis, followed by tertiary care in nephrology clinics; 305 patients (190 males, aged 70 ± 12 years) received nutritional support (nutritional treatment Group, NTG); 518 patients (281 males, aged 73 ± 13 years) who did not receive any dietary therapy, formed the control group (CG)...
2016: BMC Nephrology
Marco Cascella
Professor Giuseppe Moscati (1880-1927) was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1987. This act recognized the extraordinary qualities of a doctor who, considering his work as a "sublime mission", dedicated his life to helping the sick. The fame of the "Holy doctor" or "doctor of the poor", as people called him, was soon widespread and, immediately after his death, made him the subject of several biographies. These treatises, mainly written by religious hagiographers, have little analyzed Moscati as a doctor and scientist, or, in rare cases, privileged the description of his medical career, touching only marginally salient aspects of his work as a scientist and researcher...
August 2016: Acta Medico-historica Adriatica: AMHA
Henriette Engberg, Sonja Wehberg, Claus Bistrup, James Heaf, Søren Schwartz Sørensen, Helle Charlotte Thiesson, Jesper Melchior Hansen, My Svensson, Anders Green, Peter Marckmann
BACKGROUND: Kidney recipients receive immunosuppression to prevent graft rejection, and long-term outcomes such as post-transplant cancer and mortality may vary according to the different protocols of immunosuppression. METHODS: A national register-based historical cohort study was conducted to examine whether post-transplant cancer and all-cause mortality differed between Danish renal transplantation centres using standard immunosuppressive protocols including steroids (Centres 2, 3, 4) or a steroid-free protocol (Centre 1)...
September 1, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Daniela Ponce, Andre Balbi
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a major global health problem in both developed and developing nations, negatively affecting patient morbidity and responsible for an estimated 1.4 million deaths per year. Although the International Society of Nephrology set a goal of eliminating preventable deaths from AKI by 2025, implementation of this program in developing countries presents major challenges not only because of the lack of resources but also because of the scarce data addressing the epidemiology and causes of AKI in developing countries, the limited health care resources to diagnose and treat AKI, and the poor awareness of the impact of AKI on patient outcomes...
2016: International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease
Carlo Caffarelli, Francesca Santamaria, Dora Di Mauro, Carla Mastrorilli, Virginia Mirra, Sergio Bernasconi
This review focuses key advances in different pediatric fields that were published in Italian Journal of Pediatrics and in international journals in 2015. Weaning studies continue to show promise for preventing food allergy. New diagnostic tools are available for identifying the allergic origin of allergic-like symptoms. Advances have been reported in obesity, short stature and autoimmune endocrine disorders. New molecules are offered to reduce weight gain and insulin-resistance in obese children. Regional investigations may provide suggestions for preventing short stature...
August 27, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
Fatiu A Arogundade, Muzamil O Hassan, Bolanle A Omotoso, Stephen O Oguntola, Oluyomi O Okunola, Abubakr A Sanusi, Adewale Akinsola
Kidney diseases have assumed epidemic proportions in both developed and developing countries, particularly chronic kidney disease (CKD). While treatment modalities are available and accessible in developed economies with improvement in outcomes, survival, and quality of life, they are either unavailable or inaccessible in nations with emerging economies, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), with an attendant worsening outcome and survival for CKD patients. The epidemiology of CKD in SSA has revealed that it preferentially affects adults in their economically productive years, usually below the age of 50 years, with consequent drain on the economy...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
John Feehally
ISN (the International Society of Nephrology) is a global organization with more than 9,000 members in 130 countries. The ISN's mission is to "advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kidney diseases in the developing and developed world". ISN delivers this mission in low-resource settings through its five education and training programs available exclusively to low- and middle-income countries. These programs are designed to enable sustainable growth in capacity in nephrology and related disciplines to provide the basis for the improvement of care for kidney patients worldwide...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Mohd Ashraf, Virender Kumar, Rifat Ara Bano, Khursheed Ahmed Wani, Javed Ahmed, Kaisar Ahmed
INTRODUCTION: Definite paucity of data pertaining to spectrum of renal and urinary tract diseases in our state and in various parts of India forms the basis of this study. Available data has emphasized more on specific clinical syndromes and chronic renal diseases rather than over all spectrums of renal and urinary tract diseases, that too in adult population. AIM: The present study a retrospective analysis, forms one of the basic data of paediatric nephrology and urology related disorders in our state...
June 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Daniel Murphy, Charles E McCulloch, Feng Lin, Tanushree Banerjee, Jennifer L Bragg-Gresham, Mark S Eberhardt, Hal Morgenstern, Meda E Pavkov, Rajiv Saran, Neil R Powe, Chi-Yuan Hsu
Background: Trends in the prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) are important for health care policy and planning. Objective: To update trends in CKD prevalence. Design: Repeated cross-sectional study. Setting: NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) for 1988 to 1994 and every 2 years from 1999 to 2012. Participants: Adults aged 20 years or older. Measurements: Chronic kidney disease (stages 3 and 4) was defined as an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) of 15 to 59 mL/min/1...
October 4, 2016: Annals of Internal Medicine
Julius Okel, Ike G Okpechi, Bilal Qarni, Timothy Olanrewaju, Mark J Courtney, Valerie Luyckx, Sarala Naicker, Aminu K Bello
An effective workforce is essential for delivery of high-quality chronic disease care. Low-income nations are challenged by a dearth and/or maldistribution of an essential workforce required for all chronic disease care including chronic kidney disease (CKD). Nephrology education and training in developed countries have grown at pace with the technological advancement in the practice of medicine in order to meet the standards required of kidney health professionals towards high-quality, patient-centered medical care...
July 29, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Saraladevi Naicker
Chronic kidney disease (CKD), a major public health problem, is especially challenging for patients and healthcare personnel in Africa, a region with poor economic resources and a massive shortage of health-care workers. The burden of kidney disease is increased in poorly-resourced regions due to increased exposure to infections, poverty, poor access to healthcare, and genetic predisposition to kidney disease, contributing further to the problems when managing CKD and acute kidney injury. The vast majority of patients do not have access to renal replacement therapy...
July 29, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Georgi Abraham, Madhusudan Vijayan, Rajalakshmi Ravi, Latha Kumaraswami, Malathy Venkatesan
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major public health problem in India. The CKD registry of India has been formed to understand the epidemiology of CKD in India. Due to health economics in India, the majority of CKD-affected patients cannot afford renal replacement therapy (RRT) services. There is an unmet need to improve the awareness of kidney disease in India, and the focus should be on prevention and early detection of CKD by screening high risk populations. The Tamilnad Kidney Research (TANKER) Foundation is a charitable trust established in 1993 with the aim to improve awareness and provide quality affordable treatment to underprivileged patients...
July 29, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Omar Bjanid, Piotr Adamczyk, Małgorzata Stojewska, Dagmara Roszkowska-Bjanid, Magdalena Paszyna-Grześkowiak, Agnieszka Jędzura, Joanna Oświęcimska, Katarzyna Ziora, Aurelia Morawiec-Knysak, Maria Szczepańska
A 14-year-old Caucasian girl with a history of primary hypoparathyroidism and unstable calcium and phosphorus levels and on ongoing treatment was admitted to the Department of Pediatric Nephrology because of the onset of nephrocalcinosis and difficulties achieving normocalcemia. Coexistence of hypoparathyroidism, oral candidiasis, dental enamel hypoplasia, and subclinical Hashimoto's disease was strongly suggestive for autoimmune polyglandular syndrome (APS) type I. One of the clinical implications of this diagnosis is the high probability of future occurrence of adrenal insufficiency and hence the importance of maintaining a high level of suspicion in case of the onset of symptoms like weakness, fainting, hypotonia, or hyperkaliemia...
July 6, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Vincenzo Bellizzi, Stefano Bianchi, Piergiorgio Bolasco, Giuliano Brunori, Adamasco Cupisti, Giovanni Gambaro, Loreto Gesualdo, Pasquale Polito, Domenico Santoro, Antonio Santoro
The conservative management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) includes nutritional therapy (NT) with the aim to reduce the intake of proteins, phosphorus, organic acids, sodium, and potassium, while ensuring adequate caloric intake. While there is evidence that NT may help to prevent and control metabolic alterations in CKD, the criteria for implementing a low-protein regimen in CKD are still debated. There is no final consensus on the composition of the diet, nor indications for specific patient settings or different stages of CKD...
October 2016: Journal of Nephrology
Norm R Campbell, Tej Khalsa, Daniel T Lackland, Mark L Niebylski, Peter M Nilsson, Kimbree A Redburn, Marcelo Orias, Xin-Hua Zhang, Louise Burrell, Masatsugu Horiuchi, Neil R Poulter, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Agustin J Ramirez, Ernesto L Schiffrin, Rhian M Touyz, Ji-Guang Wang, Michael A Weber
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August 2016: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
Anand Prasad, Aaron Sohn, Jonathan Morales, Ken Williams, Steven R Bailey, Daniel Levin, Peter A McCullough, Roxana Mehran, Georgina Lopez-Cruz, Joel Harder
OBJECTIVES: The goal of the present study was to survey the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention (SCAI) member cardiologists to evaluate contemporary practice patterns with regards to contrast use, acute kidney injury (AKI) risk assessment, and prevention in patients undergoing invasive angiography. We sought to compare the physician responses against guideline statements and evidence-based data from clinical studies. METHODS: A 20-question online survey based on a modified Likert scale was sent out via email to the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention (SCAI) member cardiologists...
June 17, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
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