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Archive for the 'Kidney Disease' Category

Does water really improve health?

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

indexFirst lady, Michelle Obama tells us that drinking more water will improve the health of kids and all Americans.

Really? Here’s what we know. (more…)

Benefits of reducing salt intake: Reality sets in

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

salt1The NIH Committee on the Consequences of Sodium Reduction… reports it might be time to entertain second thoughts on the importance of salt restriction.

It was just a matter of time. (more…)

Contaminated and adulterated herbals

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Prof. Ernst and colleagues reviewed the evidence and they aren’t sanguine. (more…)

Effect of vitamin D supplements on cancer and fracture risks

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Researchers in Boston and Japan, reviewed the effects of vitamin D with or without calcium supplementation. (more…)

Pomegranate juice improves cardiovascular risk factors

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

During the American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting, researchers at Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya, Israel, reported that patients on hemodialysis who drank moderate amounts of pomegranate juice saw improvement in lipids, blood pressure, and the number of antihypertensive medications required. (more…)

New view of the risks of sodium intake on health and disease

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

After more than 2 decades of warning us about the evils of too much salt in the diet, an international group of researchers looked for an association between estimated urinary sodium and potassium excretion (surrogates for intake) and cardiovascular events in patients with established cardiovascular disease or diabetes mellitus. (more…)

Omega-3 fatty acid effect on lipids in hemodialysis patients

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Researchers at Laikon General Hospital, in Athens, Greece, looked for a response. (more…)

Benefits of tai chi in patients with kidney disease

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Researchers at Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital, in Hong Kong, China, studied patients with end-stage kidney disease — complete, or almost complete failure of the kidneys to function.

The hardest part is maintaining commitment. (more…)

Another review of acupuncture to treat uremic pruritus

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Uremic pruritus (itchiness) is a common, bothersome symptom in people with end-stage kidney disease that doesn’t always respond to conventional care.

Researchers at the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, in Daejeon, reviewed the evidence for acupuncture. (more…)

Benefits of music therapy during kidney dialysis

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Researchers at the Cardinal Tien Hospital, in New Taipei City, Taiwan, explored the use of music during hemodialysis as a complementary therapy to improve overall well-being in elderly patients. (more…)

Risk of kidney stones with calcium and vitamin D

Monday, June 20th, 2011

The Women’s Health Initiative reported a 17% excess in urinary tract stone formation with calcium + vitamin D supplements.

Now, researchers in the US evaluated whether this risk might be modified by certain patient characteristics. (more…)

Pomegranate juice for kidney dialysis patients

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

During the American Society of Nephrology’s 43rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition, researchers at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa, Israel reported their results in patients with chronic kidney disease. (more…)

Review: Acupuncture to control itch in dialysis patients

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Uremic pruritus is characterized by continuous scratching, with lesions and superimposed infections. It’s a frustrating, common, and potentially disabling complication in patients treated with kidney dialysis.

Prof. Ernst reviewed the effectiveness of acupuncture for treating uremic pruritus in patients with end-stage renal disease. (more…)

Omega-3 and the risk of kidney stones

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Bonn, in Germany, evaluated the effects of supplementation with eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid (omega-3 fatty acids) on risk factors for calcium oxalate stone formation. (more…)

Consumer Alert: Aromatase inhibitors in dietary supplements

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Aromatase inhibitors are a class of drugs used to treat breast cancer and ovarian cancer in postmenopausal women.

Now, the FDA is recalling the following supplements that illegally contain these drugs. (more…)

B vitamins to treat diabetic kidney disease?

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Hyperhomocysteinemia (high blood levels of homocysteine) increases the risk of blood vessel complications in people with diabetes. Supplementation with B vitamins (pyridoxine, folic acid, B12) reduces these levels.

Researchers in Canada report the results of the (Diabetic Intervention with Vitamins to Improve Nephropathy [DIVINe]) study, which was designed to determine whether B-vitamin therapy might slow progression of diabetic kidney disease and prevent vascular complications. (more…)

Vitamin D and the risk of heart disease

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, looked at Vitamin D levels and found that about two-thirds of patients had low levels.

And, an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to results presented during the 59th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology. (more…)

Viamin D levels in kidney dialysis patients

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Researchers from Canada and the US looked for factors that might predict patients with kidney failure who are vitamin D deficient. (more…)

Consumer Alert: Hydroxycut

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Do you find that you’re not getting the weight loss results you want from diet and exercise alone?

If you do and you tried Hydroxycut, be forewarned that this product has been associated with serious liver injury. (more…)

Chitosan lowers phosphate levels in kidney disease

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

High phosphate blood levels are associated with a higher risk of death due to heart disease in patients with advanced kidney disease. Despite current treatments, only half of patients receiving kidney dialysis maintain recommended phosphate levels.

Researchers from the US, UK, and Italy assessed the phosphate-binding capacity of the natural polymer chitosan added to chewing gum. (more…)