Nephrology and Urology

  • FDA bans powdered gloves

    on December 16th, 2016
    The Food and Drug Administration has banned powdered gloves for use in health care settings, citing “numerous risks to patients and health care workers.” The ban extends to gloves currently in commercial distribution and in the hands of the ultimate user, meaning powdered gloves will have to be [...]
  • Lupus patients may be shortchanged on lipid management

    on December 7th, 2016
    AT THE ACR ANNUAL MEETING WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Many patients with systemic lupus erythematosus may not be getting lipid testing or statin prescriptions despite having risk factors and even frank cardiovascular conditions, according to a large Medicaid database study presented at t[...]
  • Ferric citrate effective for anemia in non–dialysis-dependent CKD

    on December 1st, 2016
    AT KIDNEY WEEK 2016 CHICAGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Ferric citrate was safe and effective for treatment of iron-deficiency anemia in patients who had non–dialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease (NDD-CKD), based on data from a phase III, randomized, double-blind study. The responses were dur[...]
  • Vaccine/PD-1 inhibitor combo shows early promise against mCRPC

    on November 29th, 2016
    AT SITC 2016 National Harbor, MD. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – To date, checkpoint inhibitors have shown little clinical activity as single agents against metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer, but a combination of a DNA vaccine and a programmed-death 1 inhibitor shows promise for enhanci[...]
  • Smoking might affect response to ACE inhibitor in chronic kidney disease

    on November 22nd, 2016
    AT KIDNEY WEEK 2016 CHICAGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Smoking appears to be a modifiable risk factor for progression of chronic kidney disease associated with primary hypertension in patients treated with ACE inhibitors, Bethany Roehm, MD, reported at a meeting sponsored by the American Society o[...]
  • VIDEO: Urate lowering therapy improved kidney function

    on November 22nd, 2016
    AT THE ACR ANNUAL MEETING WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Urate lowering therapy improved kidney function in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a large retrospective study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. Moreover, patients with C[...]
  • Tinzaparin is a safe, effective anticoagulant in patients on dialysis

    on November 22nd, 2016
    CHICAGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Tinzaparin was safe and effective as an anticoagulant for hemodialysis patients based on results from the Intermittent Hemodialysis Anticoagulation with Tinzaparin (HEMO-TIN) trial presented at the annual meeting sponsored by the American Society for Nephrology. [...]
  • ADT not associated with increased risk of dementia in larger study

    on November 21st, 2016
    FROM JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY Treatment with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) was not associated with an increased risk of dementia in a large, population-based study, according to investigators. Previous studies have demonstrated that low testosterone levels are associated with cognitive impa[...]
  • Liraglutide lessens risk of kidney disease progression in type 2 diabetes

    on November 21st, 2016
    CHICAGO – Liraglutide reduced the risk of kidney disease progression in patients with type 2 diabetes, a study showed. The latest results from the LEADER (Liraglutide Effect and Action in Diabetes: Evaluation of Cardiovascular Outcome Results) trial build on the previously reported success of lira[...]
  • AURA-LV study: Rapid remission with voclosporin for lupus nephritis

    on November 21st, 2016
    AT THE ACR ANNUAL MEETING WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The investigational calcineurin inhibitor voclosporin, given in addition to mycophenolate mofetil and low-dose steroids, was associated with rapid and complete remissions in lupus nephritis patients in the randomized, controlled AURA-[...]
  • Acute kidney injury common in children, young adults in ICU

    on November 21st, 2016
    FROM KIDNEY WEEK 2016 Acute kidney injury is common in children and young adults admitted to ICUs, and cannot always be identified by plasma creatinine level alone, according to the authors of a study presented at the meeting sponsored by the American Society of Nephrology. The Assessment of Worldwi[...]
  • Adjustment for fluid balance improved detection of AKI in critically ill children

    on November 21st, 2016
    AT KIDNEY WEEK 2016 CHICAGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Adjustment for fluid balance increased the detection rate of acute kidney injury, more accurately staged the kidney damage, and distinguished false-positive cases in critically ill children, based on a secondary analysis of the Study of the Pr[...]
  • Targeting HER1/2 falls flat in bladder cancer trial

    on November 4th, 2016
    FROM JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY Patients with metastatic urothelial bladder cancer (UBC) overexpressing HER1 or HER2 did not benefit from a course of lapatinib maintenance therapy following chemotherapy, a U.K.-based research group reported. The phase III study, led by Thomas Powles, MD, of Queen [...]
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