Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nephrology for September 2012. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
Many Support Financial Incentives for Organ Donation
FRIDAY, Sept. 28 (HealthDay News) -- At least 40 percent of Canadians consider it acceptable to offer financial incentives to encourage kidney donation, according to a study published online Sept. 27 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Pediatric Kidney Disease Tied to Abnormal Carotid Arteries
THURSDAY, Sept. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Ultrasound measurements of carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) are significantly elevated among children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) compared with healthy controls, according to a study published online Sept. 13 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
AHA: Sesame, Rice Oil Blend Lowers Blood Pressure
THURSDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Daily use of a blend of sesame and rice bran oils can significantly lower blood pressure and lipids in patients with hypertension, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions, held from Sept. 19 to 22 in Washington, D.C.
African-Americans Less Adherent to DASH Diet for Lowering BP
THURSDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Greater adherence to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is associated with larger reductions in blood pressure (BP), independent of weight loss; however, African-Americans are less likely to adhere to the DASH diet, according to a study published online Sept. 19 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
'Choosing Wisely' Suggestions Should Improve Kidney Care
FRIDAY, Sept. 14 (HealthDay News) -- The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Quality and Patient Safety (QPS) Task Force has developed a set of five recommendations to improve care for patients with kidney disease, according to an article published online Sept. 13 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Antibody Titer Prognostic in Membranous Nephropathy
FRIDAY, Sept. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Two techniques can be used to measure antiphospholipase A2 receptor (aPLA2R) antibody titers in patients with idiopathic membranous nephropathy (iMN), with antibody titers indicative of outcome, according to research published online Sept. 6 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Not All Docs/Nurses Want to Be Asked About Hand Hygiene
FRIDAY, Sept. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Although most health care workers (HCWs) appreciate the role of patients in preventing health care-associated infection, a considerable proportion are uncomfortable with patients asking about their hand hygiene, according to a letter published online Sept. 3 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Good Long-Term Prognosis for Benign IgA Nephropathy
FRIDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- The long-term prognosis for Caucasian patients with immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephropathy with benign presentation (consisting of only minor urinary abnormalities and normal renal function) is excellent, without special treatment, according to research published online Sept. 6 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
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