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.
Modest Incomes in Kidney Transplants
A transplant is a kidney failure patient's best chance at living a long life. Sadly, there are not enough kidneys to go around, even with living kidney donation. Transplant costs may play a role in this shortage.
Popular Antibiotic May Not Be Best
Besides transplant, dialysis is the only way to keep a kidney failure patient alive. While dialysis may be lifesaving, it can lead to infection. Luckily, there are drugs to treat such infections.
Lifetime Risk of Kidney Failure
Rates of kidney failure are on the rise, which could lead to more people in poor health and higher health care costs. To stop these possible problems, we need to better understand our risk of kidney failure.