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Short Takes Dietary Calcium May Boost
Higher Hemoglobin Goals
Raise Stroke Risk
bundle and thus preserve erectile
function and continence, according to
Prostate Cancer Risk
A meta-analysis of 27 trials evaluating ﬁnding presented at the recent annual
erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA)
treatment in 10,452 CKD patients
meeting of the American Roentgen
Ray Society. As a result of pre-RALP
D ietary calcium may raise the risk of prostate cancer among Chinese men,
recent study ﬁndings suggest.
Among 27,293 Chinese men aged 45-74 years with low dairy consumption,
shows that compared with a lower MRI, surgeons changed their nerve- prostate cancer was 25% more likely to develop in men who had an average
hemoglobin (Hb) target, higher Hb sparing plans for 29 of 104 patients, calcium intake of 659 mg/day than in those who consumed an average of 211
targets are associated with a according to Timothy McClure, MD, mg/day. As Lesley M. Butler, PhD, and co-investigators noted in their report
51% increased of stroke, a 67% and colleagues at the University of
in Cancer Research, popular calcium sources for the study population included
vegetables, dairy, grain products, soy foods, fruit, and ﬁsh, but no single source
increased risk of hypertension, and a California-Los Angeles.
was positively associated with prostate cancer risk.
33% increased risk of vascular
“This study is the ﬁrst to report an association at such low levels and among
access thrombosis. Suetonia C. Depression Associated primarily non-dairy food,” said Dr. Butler, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Palmer, MB, ChB, and an international With CKD Complications at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
team reported in Annals of Internal CKD patients who have been diag-
Medicine that the mechanisms for the nosed with a current major depres-
increased risks remain unclear.
The researchers observed no sig-
sive episode are twice as likely as
their non-depressed counterparts to
niﬁcant differences in the risks
for death, serious cardiovascular
be hospitalized, progress to long-
term dialysis treatments, or die
Found to Increase with Age
events, or end-stage renal disease. within a year, according to study
In addition, treatment effects were
consistent across subgroups, includ-
results published in the Journal of
the American Medical Association
R esearchers have found a strong association between age and nephrosclerosis
in healthy adults, and this association is not explained by kidney function
and CKD risk factors, according to a report in Annals of Internal Medicine
ing all CKD stages.