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Serious kidney injury common during cancer chemotherapy

Nearly one in 10 cancer patients treated with chemotherapy or newer targeted drugs may be hospitalized for serious kidney injury, a Canadian study suggests. The study involved roughly 163,000 patients who started chemotherapy or targeted therapies for a new cancer diagnosis in Ontario from 2007 to 2014. Overall, 10,880 were hospitalized with serious kidney damage or for dialysis. This translated into a cumulative acute kidney injury rate of 9.3 percent, the study found. People with advanced tumors were 41 percent…

Slightly elevated blood sugar tied to heart and kidney problems

WASHINGTON: People who have slightly elevated blood sugar that’s not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis may still have a higher risk of heart and kidney disease than individuals with normal blood sugar, a U.S. study suggests. Diabetes has long been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Plenty of previous research also ties diabetes to an increased risk of kidney disease. Research has been mixed, however, on whether slightly elevated blood sugar that is sometimes called “pre-diabetes” might also increase the…

Women more likely to donate kidney to partner than men: study

PARIS: Women are statistically far more likely to donate a kidney to a partner than receive one, according to a study released Thursday to coincide with World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day. Based on European data assessed, 36 percent of women donate a kidney to their husband in clinically suitable cases. That compares with just seven percent of clinically suitable men donating a kidney to their spouse, said the study by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney…

Indian woman’s kidney stolen after failure to pay dowry

KOLTKATA: Police in the Indian state of West Bengal police have arrested a woman's husband and brother-in-law after she complained that they tricked her to sell her kidney after her family failed to pay dowry. The woman, Rita Sarkar, aged 28, complained that her husband of twelve years and her in-laws tortured her often for dowry and took advantage of her appendicitis to steal a kidney from her. "Around two years ago, I began suffering from acute stomach ache. My husband took me to a private nursing home in Kolkata,…