What is Kidney Disease? (Definition)

According to the National Library of Medicine, Kidney disease means the kidneys are damaged and can no longer remove wastes and extra water from the blood as they should. Kidney disease is most often caused by diabetes or high blood pressure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20 million Americans may have kidney disease. Many more are at risk. The main risk factors for developing kidney disease are

  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) disease
  • a family history of kidney failure

Kidney disease can get worse over time, and may lead to kidney failure. Kidney failure means very advanced kidney damage with less than 15% normal function. End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is kidney failure treated by dialysis or kidney transplant.

See below for updated news and information regarding Kidney Disease including new medical research, treatment options and advancements. 

Latest Kidney Disease News

Kidney Transplant Research: New Research Finds Adding Data Helps Physicians Better Predict Outcomes For Kidney Transplant Patients

(SOURCE: INTERMOUNTAIN MEDICAL CENTER) - Kidney transplant patients have a better chance of survival if physicians use all the data that’s available to them — including data that’s tracked over time — to predict the likelihood of organ failure, according to new research from Intermountain Medical Center. Although national databases contain vast amounts of information about kidney transplants, predictive models for when ...
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Kidney Disease News: New discovery may aid search for kidney disease treatment and prevent recurrence after transplant

(SOURCE: RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER) - A protein known as suPAR has been identified in recent years as both a reliable marker for chronic kidney disease and a pathogen of the often deadly condition. Its place of origin in the human body, however, has been a mystery — until now. In study results published Dec. 12 in the journal Nature Medicine, a ...
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Diabetes Research News: Copeptin levels associated with renal and cardiac disease

(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO ANSCHUTZ MEDICAL CAMPUS) - Discovery could lead to new life-saving treatments and therapies for type 1 diabetes patients. Type 1 diabetes patients with elevated albumin in their urine had three times the risk of life-threatening kidney and cardiac disease as those with normal levels, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The ...
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Kidney Disease Research News: World first MRI study sheds light on heart damage during kidney dialysis

(SOURCE - UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM) - Experts in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and kidney disease have carried out the first ever scans to study the heart function of kidney patients while they are having dialysis treatment. People with kidney failure need regular dialysis to remove fluid and waste products from their blood, but this process can cause falls in blood ...
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Researchers Uncover Link Between Poor Kidney Health and Constipation

(AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY) According to a recent press release, researchers have discovered a link between constipation and poor kidney health. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), suggest that the diagnosis and management of constipation might be helpful for preventing or treating kidney disease ...
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Kidney Disease News: Researchers Find Connection With First-time Kidney Stone Formers and Chronic Kidney Disease

(MAYO CLINIC)  According to a recent press release, Mayo Clinic nephrologists have uncovered a connection between first-time kidney stone formers and chronic kidney disease. In a paper published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers announce a persistent decline in kidney functioning following an individual's first case of kidney stones ...
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Low HDL and High Triglyceride May Lead to Higher Risk of Diabetic Kidney Disease in Type 2 Diabetes

(DiabetesUK) According to a recent article published in Diabetes UK, low HDL cholesterol levels and high triglyceride levels can indicate a higher risk of developing diabetic kidney disease (DKD) in people with type 2 diabetes. The findings come from an Italian study which monitored more than 47,000 participants with type 2 diabetes, and no sign of kidney disease at the start of the study ...
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