Study focuses on dialysis success in children
A study by University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center researchers suggests dialysis is less effective than it should be.
Dialysis, which is used to treat adults and children who have kidney failure, flushes toxins and excess water from blood, according to an OU news release. In this study, researchers focused on a particular molecule to see what happens to it during dialysis in children.
“Cystatin C is a molecule that recently has been suggested as a better molecule for measuring how well kidneys work,” said Dr. Olivera Marsenic Couloures, a pediatric nephrologist with OU Children's Physicians. “We hypothesized that if Cystatin C is so good at measuring kidney function, then it is possibly also good at measuring artificial kidney function; i.e., dialysis.”
The study followed seven children through 21 dialysis sessions, the release notes. Doctors tested the children's blood to see how well Cystatin C and two other molecules were cleared during dialysis. They measured the change in Cystatin C levels between treatments.
The results? Not good.
Dialysis doesn't remove even a tiny amount of Cystatin C, which suggests current treatments don't touch similarly sized, larger molecules, either. Researchers also found that Cystatin C levels are higher in larger pediatric patients, a discovery that runs contrary to standard medical wisdom. The findings indicate a need for different, intensified dialysis treatments to remove larger molecules from patients' blood. They also signify that Cystatin C levels should be used to monitor the effectiveness of intensified treatments. The next step is to launch a clinical study with a larger number of patients. The Cystatin C research is published in the online edition of Pediatric Nephrology, a journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association.
More volunteers needed
Integris Health's Hospice of Oklahoma County is seeking volunteers to help with nonmedical tasks for the terminally ill. Volunteers generally are caring people willing to give of their time to help patients and their families during painful transitions. Volunteers are strong, brave and compassionate, and their main responsibility is to give family caregivers short breaks from the pressure and responsibility of tending to dying loved ones. Patient care volunteers also may run errands for a caregiver or become companions to patients who are living alone or in a nursing home. A free, two-week training course begins Feb. 5. For more information or to enroll, call Ruth Ann Frick at 848-8884.
Spanish language lecture on gynecological cancer is planned
Each year, about 71,500 women in the United States are diagnosed with a cancer that begins in their reproductive organs, according to Integris Health. Each gynecologic cancer is unique and has different symptoms. All women are at risk of these cancers, and risk increases with age. Early detection is key to the most effective treatments, so it's vital to learn the signs of cancer. Dr. Pablo Pinzon, a gynecologist, will deliver an informative talk in Spanish about the signs and symptoms of gynecologic cancers. He will speak from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Integris Hispanic Initiative office at Integris Southwest Medical Center, Medical Office Building, 4200 S Douglas Ave., Suite B-10. For more information or to register, call 951-2277 and press 2 for Spanish.
Win by losing
The Integris Hispanic Initiative is launching its fourth annual Hispanic Weight Loss Challenge, also known as “Gane … Perdiendo” (in English, “Win … Losing”). During the 13-week program, dietitians, doctors, fitness trainers and other health professionals will provide tips and suggestions to assist participants with their lifestyle changes. The Challenge, which aims to help people become healthy and fit, launches from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 in Suite B-10 of the Medical Office Building at Integris Southwest Medical Center, 4200 S Douglas Ave. For more information or to register, call 951-2277 and press 2 for Spanish.
Integris Health Edmond set
to host free lecture series
Two free lectures will be held this month at the Integris Health Edmond Memorial Conference Room, 4801 Integris Pkwy., Edmond. Lunch will be provided; tours will be available. To sign up, call 951-2277. Join Dr. Jay Gannaway at noon Thursday to learn more about joint replacement and decide if it's the best option for dealing with your joint pain. At noon Friday, Dr. Charles Morgan will discuss symptoms and warning signs of stroke and the latest advances in stroke treatments.
Compiled by Ken Raymond, Staff Writer