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Learning to Say No to Dialysis
Article from The New York Times.

"Typical hemodialysis sessions take place three times a week, and each lasts three to four hours, not including travel — a regimen Dr. O’Hare compares to holding down a part-time job. Afterward, “patients may have cramping. They can feel dizzy, washed out,” Dr. Moss said.

Many report pain or nausea. “A typical older dialysis patient will say, ‘I just go home afterwards and go to bed,’ ” Dr. Moss said. After the good day that usually follows, the cycle repeats."

Editor's note: When will U.S. nephrologists embrace the concept that a physician's role is to make the most of life --- not just to extend it for the sake of statistics?

U.S. nephrologists need to embrace the realities of their patients' lives and answer these questions (after second paragraph).

Why are the two leading dialysis news sites (NN&I and RenalWEB) calling for a change of leadership in U.S. nephrology?

Death, Hospitalization Rates Falling for Dialysis Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.

White House Releases Plan to Combat and Prevent Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Posting from the White House Blog.
DaVita HealthCare Partners Announces CFO Transition
  Mar. 27, 2015
bullet point Press Releases from the National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings:
bullet point AJKD Blog Coverage of National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings:
bullet point FDA Recall Notices from the Enforcement Report for March 25, 2015:
bullet point Home Dialyzors United Opens Discussions with EPOCH-RRT PI Francesca Tentori With a Call on Home Hemodialysis Day
Press release.
bullet point Kidneys From Dead Older Donors May Help Seniors, Study Finds
Article from HealthDay. JASN Express abstract and press release.
bullet point Refining the Definition of Clinically Important Mineral and Bone Disorder in Hemodialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
bullet point Interventional Decentralized Telemonitoring: Bridging the Gap Between Patient's Device and Physician's Needs in Well Selected Indications
Free, full-text, Issue in Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point Gout After Living Kidney Donation: A Matched Cohort Study
Free, full-text, Article in Press article from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Early View abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
bullet point A Comparison of 8 Nutrition-Related Tests to Predict Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Aortic Stiffness, Ambulatory Blood Pressure, and Predictors of Response to Antihypertensive Therapy in Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Longitudinal Changes in Hematocrit in Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease: Results from the African-American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension (AASK)
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Oral Findings in Chronic Kidney Disease: Implications for Management in Developing Countries
Free full-text article from BMC Oral Health.
bullet point Associations of Pre-Transplant Prescription Narcotic Use with Clinical Complications after Kidney Transplantation
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Rockwell Medical Announces Triferic™ Clinical Data Selected for Four Poster Presentations at National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings
bullet point Senna May Relieve Itching In Some Dialysis Patients
bullet point U.S. Deaths Due to High Blood Pressure Keep Rising: CDC
bullet point Change From the Inside Out: Health Care Leaders Taking the Helm
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point CDC Launches New Round of Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads
Article from HealthDay. CDC press release.
bullet point Ebola Test Vaccines Appear Safe in Phase 2 Liberian Clinical Trial
House Passes 'Doc Fix' Legislation by 392-27
Brief from Healthcare DIVE. Articles from Kaiser Health News and The Hill.
“CROWNWeb 4.7 – A Sneak Peek” Town Hall Slides Now Available
CMS: April 17 Deadline to Apply for ICD-10 End-To-End Testing in June
Marilyn Tavenner, RN, Talks about Life during and after the CMS

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