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Significant racial differences seen in rate of progression
of chronic kidney disease

from Medscape Medical News

African-Americans and some Hispanic people have significantly faster rates of decline in kidney function prior to the onset of chronic kidney disease, according to research presented at Renal Week 2010: American Society of Nephrology 43rd Annual Meeting. Researchers evaluating data on 5179 patients in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), a nationwide study of heart disease risk factors, found that kidney function in African-Americans declined at a rate that was approximately 60 percent faster than white participants over a five-year period. more

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