Starting dialysis with a fistula has been shown to improve patient outcomes, but the challenge of getting a surgically created fistula in time to start dialysis is often hard to overcome. But trial results presented at Kidney Week suggest a minimally invasive technique for creating a fistula may one day allow interventional nephrologists to quickly and safely create fistulas.

Eating a lower acid diet—typically lots of fruits and vegetables—may help boost exercise capacity, particularly for older patients, according to an abstract presented at Kidney Week.

Consuming caffeine—the more the better—may help reduce the risk of early death among patients with chronic kidney disease, suggests a study presented at Kidney Week.

Greater reductions of mean arterial pressure were linked to reduced kidney function, according to an analysis of data from the SPRINT trial presented at Kidney Week.

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Report Outlines Deficiencies in Kidney Research Funding

At present, the renal community suffers from a limited array of noninvasive tools in routine clinical use that can accurately and rapidly identify acute kidney injury (AKI) and generate useful prognostic information to help guide current therapy and anticipate major subsequent events, some of which may require substantial interventions, such as initiating renal replacement therapy.