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What Happened During Kidney Week 2014?

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) hosts periodic conferences entitled “Kidney Week” to reveal a whole bunch of kidney-related research. The abstracts of the November 2014 presentations are available in a supplement to the JASN (journal of… you get it), found here.

Here are some things of interest:


Streja, et al. found that the use of Niacin is associated with a slower progression of chronic kidney disease in a cohort of veterans (page A13)


Smyth et al.  support an association between healthy dietary patterns, including a diet lower in sodium and higher in potassium intake, and reduced risk of major renal outcomes.” (page A14)


Chang et. al. says that “Weight loss after bariatric surgery is associated with increased eGFR and resolution of albuminuria”[protein in the urine]. (page 51A)


Bleyer realized that more than 70% of the US population are ineligible to be living donors due to preventable diseases and socio-economic conditions (page 67A)


Mjoen says: don’t worry about mild hypertension. Take those kidneys anyway! (page 67A)


Snyder thinks we’re measuring kidney function wrong for potential living donors (67A)


Lam, et al.  “suggest that donating a kidney modestly increases an individual’s absolute long-term risk of gout” (page 67A)


Ashby, et al found that “Male recipients have significantly better graft survival outcomes with a kidney from a male donor. This difference is larger for living donors than differences due to age or HLA mismatch” (page 68A)


Gupta reiterates that better HLA matching matters for child recipients (69A)


Foster et al discover that  Serum B-trace protein (BTP) and B-2 microglobulin (B2M) are associated with increased risk of ESRD in adults with moderate chronic kidney disease (page 83A)


Koikie et al. found that low birth weight is associated with fewer nephrons. (198A)


Okay folks, I got to page 266 and my eyes glazed over. Please see the link at the beginning of this post and feel free to read the rest of the abstracts yourself. If anything is interesting, post it in the comments.

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