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Juniper berries are great for your kidneys, bladder and urinary tract

Posted March 5, 2014

Juniper berries grow from shrubs in various parts of the world including Asia, Europe and North America. There are many different kinds of juniper berries but the most common one to North Americans is known as juniperus communis. The berries’ popularity has primarily come from the fact that they’ve been added to gin in order to enhance its flavor, but as the years have gone by, many interesting health benefits have also gotten well deserved attention.

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Vitamin E and L-Carnitine in Patients with End-stage Renal Disease

Posted January 12, 2014

In a prospective study involving 20 patients with end-stage renal disease on chronic hemodialysis with intradialytic complications such as hypotension, muscle cramp, nausea, vomiting, and headache, treatments with vitamin E (200 IU/d) and L-carnitine (500 mg/d), alone and in combination, were found to be effective in reducing these intradialytic complications.

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Oleanolic acid attenuates renal fibrosis in mice with unilateral ureteral obstruction via facilitating nuclear translocation of Nrf2

Posted January 8, 2014

Renal interstitial fibrosis is a common final pathological process in the progression of kidney disease. This is primarily due to oxidative stress, which contributes to renal inflammation and fibrosis. Nuclear factor-erythroid-2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is known to coordinate induction of genes that encode antioxidant enzymes. We investigated the effects of oleanolic acid, a known Nrf2 activator, on oxidative stress-induced renal inflammation and fibrosis.

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Kidney disease patients who consume more vegetable protein may live longer

Posted November 11, 2013

Increased consumption of vegetable protein was linked with prolonged survival among kidney disease patients in a new a study. The findings were presented at ASN Kidney Week at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.

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Adequate vitamin D levels vital for maintaining the health of kidney transplant recipients

Posted November 11, 2013

Adequate vitamin D levels are important for maintaining kidney transplant recipients’ health, according to a study that will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2013 November 5-10 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.

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Mediterranean Diet May Protect Kidneys

Posted November 10, 2013

A Mediterranean-style diet may reduce the risk of kidney disease in healthy patients, researchers reported here. In a prospective cohort study, patients whose eating habits were closer to the tenets of a Mediterranean diet had about a 50% reduced odds of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) over 7 years compared with those whose diets didn’t resemble the fruit-and-vegetable-rich, low-saturated-fat diet, according to Minesh Khatri, MD, of Columbia University Medical Center, and colleagues.

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Component of Citrus Fruits Found to Block the Formation of Kidney Cysts

Posted October 3, 2013

A new study published in British Journal of Pharmacology has identified that a component of grapefruit and other citrus fruits, naringenin, successfully blocks the formation of kidney cysts. Known as polycystic kidney disease, this is an inherited disorder which leads to the loss of kidney function, high blood pressure and the need for dialysis. Few treatment options are currently available.

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Meta-analysis Suggests Vitamin C Protective Against Acute Kidney Injury

Posted August 29, 2013

Vitamin C appears to reduce the risk of contrast-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) by one-third in patients undergoing coronary angiography, reports a meta-analysis published online August 28, 2013, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. However, additional research is required to determine optimal dose and administration route.

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Right Diet May Cut Kidney Risk in Diabetes

Posted August 14, 2013

A healthy diet was associated with a lower risk of incidence or progression of chronic kidney disease in people with type 2 diabetes, an observational substudy of participants in a randomized trial showed. Moderate alcohol drinking also was linked to a lower risk of chronic kidney disease, according to Rainer Oberbauer, MD, of the Medical University of Vienna in Austria, and colleagues.

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The Correct Diet Can Help Avoid Kidney Disease

Posted April 17, 2013

Bad diet choices and habits like smoking and obesity are linked to an increased risk for kidney disease, suggests a new study published in the American Journal of Kidney Disease.

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