FDA Alert For Nulojix
Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) informed healthcare professionals about the risk evaluation and mitigation strategy ( REMS ) that is required for Nulojix to ensure that the benefits of Nulojix outweigh the risks of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder ( PTLD ) and progressive m ultifocal l eukoencephalopathy ( PML ), both of which can be fatal.
Patients Receive Blood Vessels Made From Donor Cells
Three patients with end stage renal disease mark the first to successfully receive blood vessels engineered in a lab from human skin cells. Following additional testing, "off the shelf" blood vessels could be as readily available as medical gauze.
Nighttime Blood Pressure Shows Risk
Knowing that you're at risk for certain health problems makes it easier to take steps to avoid those problems. Now, kidney disease patients have a way to know if they are headed for trouble.
FDA Approves Nulojix For Kidney Transplant Patients
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Nulojix ( belatacept ) to prevent acute rejection in adult patients who have had a kidney transplant.
No Good News for Lupus Patients' Kidneys
In recent years, treatment for lupus nephritis (kidney damage caused by lupus) has gotten better. Yet outcomes for many patients with the disease still do not look good.
Take Control with Dialysis at Home
When a person suffers kidney failure, their kidneys can no longer remove waste from the body. The best fix for kidney failure is an organ transplant, but the wait for a new kidney can take years.
No Added Risks for Evening Transplants
There has been mounting concern that surgeon fatigue has been leading to dangerous conditions for transplant patients. This was especially true of late night transplants if that is when a donor organ is available. New research from John Hopkins University School of Medicine suggests it's simply not the case.
It's in the Genes, Not the Skin
Doctors have noticed that kidneys taken from some African-American donors for transplant don't last as long as kidneys from other donors. However, race may not have much to do with the failure of these organs.
Long-Lasting Kidney Transplants
Even after getting a kidney transplant, patients' new kidneys can develop serious, life-threatening problems. The good news is research shows that damage to kidney transplants may be less of a problem than previously thought.
Not Looking Good for Lupus and Kidney Patients
According to findings from two new studies, kidney failure is affecting more and more young people and African Americans. In addition, there hasn't been much improvement in the end results for these patients, especially for children with kidney failure caused by a type of lupus.