Research and News

Severe skin itching remains a problem for hemodialysis patients
Pruritus, severe and chronic itching of the skin, is common in people with chronic kidney disease. While mild pruritus may be a nuisance, severe pruritus has a major negative effect on patients’ lives. In a recent paper, investigators studied the prevalence, awareness, and treatment of pruritus to assess how well this important condition is currently managed internationally. Read more... 

What motivates someone to seek treatment for lower urinary tract symptoms?
Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) can have a negative impact on quality of life. Yet not all of those who report having LUTS seek clinical care for their symptoms. In a paper in The Journal of Urology, the Symptoms of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network (LURN) sought to understand and evaluate reasons why people do or do not seek treatment for LUTS. Read more... 

Starting sevelamer may reduce mortality risk among hemodialysis patients
People with end-stage renal disease often have abnormally high levels of phosphorus in their blood, which raises their risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality. Calcium-based phosphate binders have been the standard treatment for many years, but a newer treatment, sevelamer hydrochloride or sevelamer carbonate, is becoming increasingly common as an add-on or alternative therapy. Read more...