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Federal Report to Assess Adequacy of Investment in Kidney Research
U.S. Congressional Kidney Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) recently requested a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to review the state of federal investments in kidney research. Obtaining a congressional request for a GAO report on this topic is the cornerstone of ASN’s aggressive new Research Advocacy Strategic Plan to bolster support for more federal kidney research funding.

In addition to assessing the adequacy of investments in kidney research compared to the cost of kidney care, Rep.

Kidney Donation Costs: Too High for Potential Donors with Low Income?

Although living kidney donation increased 125 percent between 1990 and 1999, the rates have been declining since 2005 for unknown reasons. A new study indicates that the financial implications of donation may play a role.

Knowing which first-time kidney stone patients are likely to experience another symptomatic kidney stone could help physicians advise patients on whether to follow stone prevention diets or take medications. A new tool described in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology accomplishes just that.