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Kidney Stones Increase Risk of Adverse Kidney Outcomes

Kidney stones correlate with an increased risk of adverse kidney outcomes, including end-stage renal disease (ESRD), Stage 3b-5 chronic kidney disease, and sustained doubling of serum creatinine, but increases in absolute rates are small.

Vancomycin Overprescribed in Bloodstream MSSA Infections

In U.S. dialysis centers treating end-stage renal (ESRD) patients with methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) bacteremia, vancomycin is overprescribed, despite evidence of lower rates of hospitalization and death in cefazolin-treated patients.

Fenofibrate Found Safe in Diabetes With Renal Impairment

Long-term daily use of fenofibrate is beneficial for patients with type 2 diabetes and moderate renal impairment and is not associated with an increase in drug-related safety concerns compared with those with mild renal impairment.
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Phase 3 Study of Zerenex for Hyperphosphatemia in ESRD

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals announced positive final data from its Phase 3 study of Zerenex (ferric citrate) for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on dialysis.
American College of Cardiology 2011

Lipid Management in Special Populations

Statins are the most widely prescribed agents in the world. While muscle-related adverse effects associated with statins are well known, accurately quantifying their incidence to guide clinicians with respect to lipid management can be difficult, said Richard H. Karas, MD, PhD, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, at ACC.11, the American College of Cardiology's 60th Annual Scientific Session.