Medications

Farxiga approved to reduce risk for CKD progression

(HealthDay)—Farxiga (dapagliflozin) oral tablets are now approved for adults with chronic kidney disease at risk for disease progression, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among patients undergoing dialysis

In a nationwide survey of U.S. patients undergoing dialysis, one-fifth of patients were hesitant to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and hesitancy was especially high among certain age and minority racial and ethnic groups. The ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

The impact of COVID-19 on people with kidney failure

A new analysis reveals that individuals with kidney failure have faced especially high hospitalization and death rates during the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of JASN, support prioritization ...

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Renal failure

Renal failure or kidney failure is a situation in which the kidneys fail to function adequately. It is divided into acute and chronic forms; either form may be due to a large number of other medical problems.

Biochemically, it is typically detected by an elevated serum creatinine. In the science of physiology, renal failure is described as a decrease in the glomerular filtration rate. When the kidneys malfunction, problems frequently encountered are abnormal fluid levels in the body, deranged acid levels, abnormal levels of potassium, calcium, phosphate, hematuria (blood in the urine) and (in the longer term) anemia. Long-term kidney problems have significant repercussions on other diseases, such as cardiovascular disease.

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