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Kidney Survival Better Across the Pond
Kidney transplants can save the lives of patients with kidney failure. Unfortunately, patients' bodies do not always accept the new organ.
Gene Points to Donated Kidney Rejection
While kidney transplants can save lives, not every transplanted organ survives the test of time. Now, researchers have found a new sign that may help predict which donated kidneys will survive for the long haul.
Disability Quiz Spots Dialysis Death Risk
While dialysis can replace the work your kidneys used to do, it is far from a cure for kidney failure. In fact, many dialysis patients die before they can get a transplant.
Kidney Disease Changes Gut Flora
As many as 1,000 different species of bacteria live in your gut. These bacteria play a large role in fending off disease. Now, research suggests kidney disease can change the makeup of these bacteria.
Offbeat Rhythms in Dialysis
If your kidneys are not working properly, you may need to go on dialysis. Both poor kidney function and dialysis have been linked to an offbeat heart rhythm - a problem that seems to be strong in older dialysis patients.
More Doctor Visits Good for Dialysis
Dialysis can be a life-saving measure for kidney disease patients waiting for a transplant. While long-term dialysis has its risks, patients who see their doctor more often may do better.
Kidney Stones Linked to ESRD
While passing kidney stones can be quite painful, the stones usually do not cause permanent damage. Yet, new research suggests people who have had kidney stones may be faced with other kidney and urinary problems.
Expanding the Kidney Chain
When people with kidney disease need a new kidney, their family members may be able to offer that organ. But patients don't always have a relative that is a good match. This is where living donor chains come into play.
Less May Be More in Kidney Donation
To donate a kidney is a giant act of generosity. Living kidney donors must go through a serious surgery and recovery, which is not easy for everyone. One type of kidney removal surgery may make donors happier.
Kidney Transplants May Improve Life
Both dialysis and kidney transplantation can save the lives of patients with chronic kidney disease. But dialysis patients may feel differently than transplant patients about their quality of life.