Health News

Nighttime Dialysis Repairs the Damage
Going to a dialysis center day after day can be a huge strain on people with kidney failure. That's why many patients do dialysis at home. Now, there may be another reason to do dialysis at home.
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.
A Sign of Kidney Failure to Come
Sometimes, doctors can look for signs in patients to see if they are at risk for complication from a disease further down the road. This lets the doctors help their patients to take steps to avoid that problem.
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.
More Men Need the Knife
For many men, dealing with an enlarged prostate just means waiting it out. However, others may need surgery to avoid the most harmful effects of an enlarged prostate, including kidney damage. Now, research shows that some men aren't getting surgery when they need it.
Former Cowboy Ron Springs Dead at 54
Ron Springs, former running back for the Dallas Cowboys, died last Thursday from a heart attack, according to the Cowboys website. He was 54 years old.
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.
Two Visits Are Better than One
Before someone goes through heart surgery doctors need to evaluate the heart's ability to pump blood. The test performed can be harmful to patients' kidneys. However, researchers found a way that may reduce the risk of kidney damage.