Research and News

Arbor Research Collaborative for Health celebrates groundbreaking for new office
“We are thrilled to celebrate this important milestone in the history of our organization,” said Robert M. Merion, president and CEO of Arbor Research. Read more... 

Neurodevelopment in young children with biliary atresia
Infancy and early childhood is a time of critical neurodevelopment. It is also an important time for monitoring that development, particularly in children with chronic illnesses. Using data from the Childhood Liver Disease Research Network (ChiLDReN), researchers assessed neurodevelopment among children with biliary atresia and evaluated variables that could predict impaired neurodevelopment. Read more... 

Describing patients seeking care for lower urinary tract symptoms
The term “lower urinary tract symptoms” (LUTS) includes a wide range of symptoms. Much is still unknown about the effects of LUTS, and treatments often fall short of fully addressing the problem. The Symptoms of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network (LURN) was established to better understand and describe patients’ experiences with LUTS. In a paper in the Journal of Urology, LURN researchers describe the baseline symptoms of the LURN study cohort. Read more... 

Long-term kidney transplant failure rates worse in United States compared to other countries
The best option for people with end-stage kidney disease is to receive a kidney transplant, and yet failure of the transplanted kidney in the long term remains an important limitation. Are there differences across countries in the rates of kidney transplant failure? Researchers sought to answer this question, with the ultimate goal of learning from these differences to decrease long-term kidney transplant failure. Read more... 

The long-term psychosocial impact of liver donation
In order for potential liver donors to be fully informed about the risks of donation, they need to have information about the long-term impacts of donation. Researchers examined data from A2ALL to learn about clinically significant mental health problems and self-reported physical health problems in the long-term years after liver donation. Read more... 

Successful use & placement of AVF vascular accesses: US AVF placement trend of concern
People who receive chronic hemodialysis depend on a functional vascular access to allow use of this predominant form of treatment for end stage kidney failure. Vascular access practice varies greatly internationally, and researchers sought to further understand international differences by examining data from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS). Read more...