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Research evidence affirms that good nutrition can help prevent and control type 2 diabetes

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In a comprehensive review of recent randomized clinical trials and observational studies of diabetes and nutrition, Joslin Diabetes Center and Harvard School of Public Health investigators have identified specific foods and dietary patterns that are beneficial in preventing and controlling diabetes


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Fresenius Medical Care introduces ‘Chair Yoga’ program to dialysis patients

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Yoga instructor and author Lakshmi Voelker will demonstrate new exercise program for dialysis patients


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Losing weight lowers health care costs for adults with type 2 diabetes

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Overweight individuals with diabetes who lose weight by dieting and increasing their physical activity can reduce their health care costs by an average of more than $500 per year, according to a new study


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Calcium buildup in coronary arteries predicts heart disease risk in patients with chronic kidney disease

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Calcium buildup in the coronary arteries may be a better indicator of kidney disease patients’ risk of heart disease than traditional risk factors used in the general population, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology


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Potential drug therapy for kidney stones identified in mouse study

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A new mouse study suggests that a class of drugs approved to treat leukemia and epilepsy also may be effective against kidney stones, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report


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Amgen parathyroid drug for dialysis patients reaches endpoints in 2nd phase 3 study

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Seventy-four percent of hemodialysis patients who received Amgen Inc.'s experimental drug AMG 416 as part of a second phase 3 study experienced a drop in their parathyroid hormone levels of more than 30%


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Diabetes education improves health, quality of life for diabetics

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Diabetes education significantly improves outcomes among people with the condition, leading to reduced blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, according to data presented by the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program from New York-Presbyterian Hospital at the American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Meeting & Exhibition


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Less radical procedures offer similar cancer control compared to surgery for kidney cancer patients

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Needle-guided tumor destruction procedures offer near equivalent lengths of local cancer control compared to surgery for patients with small kidney cancer tumors, according to the results of a large study published in the journal European Urology


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Study shows Southern-style eating increases risk of death for kidney disease patients

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Consuming a “Southern-style” diet—consisting of processed meats, fried foods and sugar-sweetened beverages—results in higher risk of death in those with chronic kidney disease, according to research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases


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Depressive symptoms, pain may affect adherence and health outcomes in dialysis patients

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Among patients on hemodialysis, those with depressive symptoms and pain were more likely to abbreviate or miss dialysis sessions, visit the emergency department, and be hospitalized
 


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