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Blog Date: May 17, 2021

NANI Summer tips for patients with kidney disease

The goals of Clinical Research are and to better understand diseases and to advance the science of health care. Research uses clinical trials to perform diligent, systematic investigation in which people, data or samples provided by people, are studied. Clinical trials test new medicinal or devices for diseases or chronic conditions, including kidney disease.

In Nephrology, clinical trials may evaluate the efficacy of a new medication for kidney disease or for one of the side effects that are common in people undergoing treatment for kidney disease. Summer’s extreme heat can be a problem for individuals of any age and health conditions, but those with kidney disease need to take extra precautions to ensure they have a happy and safe summer. Take advantage of the opportunity of sunny days to enjoy activities and gentle exercise, but keep the tips below in mind. In addition, a lot of people living with chronic kidney disease also have co-existing chronic conditions, like diabetes or hypertension. A clinical trial through NANI Research might evaluate the effect of a kidney disease treatment, as it relates to these other chronic conditions.

Clinical trials are very important for the development of new therapies and medications to treat kidney diseases and conditions that are so rare that they may not yet have an effective treatment. Clinical trials are even more important for people living with rare kidney conditions because little research may have been done to determine the best way for them to be treated since they are so uncommon.

Clinical trials are research studies performed in people that are aimed at evaluating a medical, surgical, or behavioral intervention. They are the primary way that researchers find out if a new treatment, like a new drug or diet or medical device is safe and effective in people.

Other clinical trials test ways to find a disease early, sometimes before there are symptoms. Still others test ways to prevent a health problem. A clinical trial may also look at how to make life better for people living with a life-threatening disease or a chronic health problem. Clinical trials sometimes study the role of caregivers or support groups.

Before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves a clinical trial and it can begin, scientists perform studies in animals to test a potential therapy’s safety and efficacy. If these studies show favorable results, the FDA gives approval for the intervention to be tested in humans. A clinical trial has very specific guidelines that the FDA requires researchers and physicians to follow for it to be approved and performed. The US Government has set up a Code of Federal Regulations and there are international guidelines that researchers must follow, as well. They are thoroughly trained and regularly monitored to ensure that study participants are safe and the results of each study are reliable.

According to Joseph Vassalotti, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the National Kidney Foundation, “Clinical trials offer patients the chance to receive treatment which may otherwise not be available, and also help promote general knowledge or treatment of a specific condition that may benefit other patients.”

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