ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
Needling Away Your Headaches With Acupuncture
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
'Snowbirds' Beware the Climate Changes
CANCER
Smokeout '08: The Perfect Time to Quit
Herb May Counter Liver Damage From Chemo
Some Spices Cut Cancer Risk That Comes With Grilled Burgers
CAREGIVING
Late-Life Fatherhood May Lower Child's Intelligence
Are Hospital Mobile Phones Dialing Up Superbugs?
Babies Born in High Pollen Months at Wheezing Risk
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
DIABETES
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
DIET, NUTRITION
Mediterranean Diet Enriched With Nuts Cuts Heart Risks
Compound in Berries May Lessen Sun Damage
Holiday Eating Without the Guilt -- or the Pounds
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Fertilizer Ban Makes a Difference
U.S. Diet Needs Heart-Felt Overhaul
Arsenic in Drinking Water Raises Diabetes Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
Glaucoma Associated With Reading Impairments in Elderly
Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
FITNESS
MRSA Infections Can Bug Fitness Buffs
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
Seniors Who Exercise Help Their Health
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Hand-Washing Habits Still Need Improvement: Survey Says
Autumn Chores Often Hazardous
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Protect Your Kids From Swine Flu While at Camp
Safety Should Be Priority for Those Involved in Kids' Sports
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
MENTAL HEALTH
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
SENIORS
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Natural Childbirth Moms More Attuned to Babies' Cry
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
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Diet, Exercise May Slow Kidney Disease Progression

(HealthDay News) -- Shedding pounds may be good for most people, but especially for those with kidney disease, a new study has found.

A review of previously published studies on weight loss through diet, exercise or surgical intervention found that the weight loss had a positive effect on kidney function in obese kidney disease patients, according to the article appearing online Sept. 17 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Traditional weight loss from dieting and exercising cut down on proteinuria -- the increased output of protein in the urine -- while also preventing kidney function from worsening, the researchers noted in a news release from the American Society of Nephrology. In addition, surgical procedures to induce weight loss helped bring down high filtration rates, a condition that increases disease risk in kidney patients, the studies showed.

The authors of the new report, led by Dr. Sankar Navaneethan of the Cleveland Clinic, pointed out that their findings were based on their review of only 13 studies, and that a larger, more long-term look at weight loss and kidney function in obese kidney disease patients should be completed before definitive conclusions are drawn.

SOURCES: American Society of Nephrology, news release, Sept. 17, 2009 Published on: September 18, 2009