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Fri./Sat., June 20-21

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  June 20, 2014
bullet point Important Differences in Hospitalization Rates among Racial and Ethnic Groups on Dialysis
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Optimal Care of the Infant, Child, and Adolescent on Dialysis: 2014 Update
Free, full-text article from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Bone Mineral Density and Serum Biochemical Predictors of Bone Loss in Patients with CKD on Dialysis
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Nephropathy in Illicit Drug Abusers: A Postmortem Analysis
(Registration required, but free. Free is one article from American Journal of Kidney Diseases via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Lower Serum Fibroblast Growth Factor-23 Levels May Suggest Malnutrition in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Diabetes Gene 'Raises Risk Tenfold'
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Home Dialyzors United Adds Board Member and Makes Committee Appointments
bullet point Demand for Diabetes, Thyroid Care Outpaces Supply of Endocrinologists
bullet point 1 in 10 Moms-to-Be Develop Pregnancy-Linked Diabetes: CDC
bullet point Hospice, Inc. — How Dying Became A Multibillion-Dollar Industry
Article from The Huffington Post.
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Health Care at the VA:  Recommendations for Change
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.

bullet point Runaway Noise in the Hospital
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point MLN Connects™ National Provider Calls: ESRD Quality Incentive Program: Reviewing Your Facility's PY 2015 Performance Data — Registration Now Open
Call is scheduled for July 16, 2-3 PM.
bullet point MLN Connects™ National Provider Calls: ESRD Quality Incentive Program: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for PY 2017 and 2018 — Registration Now Open
Call is scheduled for July 23, 2:00–3:30 PM.


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Thursday, June 19

Hospice, Inc. — How Dying Became A Multibillion-Dollar Industry
Article from The Huffington Post.
MLN Connects™ National Provider Calls: ESRD Quality Incentive Program: Reviewing Your Facility's PY 2015 Performance Data — Registration Now Open
Call is scheduled for July 16, 2-3 PM.
MLN Connects™ National Provider Calls: ESRD Quality Incentive Program: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for PY 2017 and 2018 — Registration Now Open
Call is scheduled for July 23, 2:00–3:30 PM.
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  June 19, 2014
bullet point Karl Nolph, 1937-2014
Obituary from the Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri).

"Dr. Nolph was an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of nephrology and dialysis. His world-renowned research on kidney disease and development of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) transformed the field and has helped countless patients lead healthier, self-sufficient lives."
bullet point Don's Story: When People Feel Better, They Live Better
Video from NxStage.
bullet point Depression Linked to Increased Mortality in Dialysis
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Internal Medicine News.

"... a recent meta-analysis by University of Toronto researchers demonstrated that the presence of depressive symptoms in patients on long-term dialysis was independently associated with a 51% increase in mortality..."

Editor's note: Why have nephrologists neglected this for decades? Instead, they become alchemists, seeking magical biochemical markers. (They should call themselves the Alchemy Society of Nephrology... and the Renal Physicians and Alchemists.)

They need to start focusing on maintaining meaning and purpose in dialysis patients' lives.
bullet point Depression Doubles Odds of Heart Attack for Younger Women: Study
Article from HealthDay. Press release from the American Heart Association.
bullet point UC Irvine Health Receives NIH Grant to Study Kidney Disease, Track Treatment Methods
Press release.
bullet point The Impact of Warfarin on the Rate of Progression of Aortic Stiffness in Hemodialysis Patients: a Longitudinal Study
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Never Too Old For an Autogenous Dialysis Fistula? Results of Endovascular Interventions in Nonagenarians
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Postimplantation X-Ray Parameters Predict Functional Catheter Problems in Peritoneal Dialysis
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point Implementation of a Continuous Quality Improvement Program Reduces the Occurrence of Peritonitis in PD
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point MERS-CoV Not Spread to Household Members or Health Care Contacts of the Two U.S. Cases
Press release from the CDC.
bullet point Saline Supply Now Adequate
bullet point Ribavirin for Chronic Hepatitis E Virus Infection
bullet point Dr. Arnold Relman, ex-New England Journal of Medicine Editor, Dies at 91
Article from The Boston Globe.

“We should not allow the medical-industrial complex to distort our health care system to its own entrepreneurial ends,” he wrote in an early editorial.
bullet point Vitamin D and Mortality: Meta-Analysis of Individual Participant Data from a Large Consortium of Cohort Studies from Europe and the United States
Free, full-text article from British Medical Journal.
bullet point Press Releases from the National Institute of Health:
bullet point Tuberculosis Control in New York City — A Changing Landscape
Free, full-text, perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Wednesday, June 18

Karl Nolph, 1937-2014
Obituary from the Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri).

"Dr. Nolph was an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of nephrology and dialysis. His world-renowned research on kidney disease and development of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) transformed the field and has helped countless patients lead healthier, self-sufficient lives."
Dr. Arnold Relman, ex-New England Journal of Medicine Editor, Dies at 91
Article from The Boston Globe.

“We should not allow the medical-industrial complex to distort our health care system to its own entrepreneurial ends,” he wrote in an early editorial.
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  June 18, 2014
bullet point ESCO Application Workshop for Independent Providers
July 10-11 at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.
bullet point High Rate of Unemployment After Kidney Transplantation: Analysis of the United Network for Organ Sharing Database
Free, full-text article from Transplantation Proceedings.

Editor's note: Here is strong evidence that nephrology fails to restore patients' health and their normal lives even after successful kidney transplantation.

We have so far to go.
bullet point Relationship Between Inflammation and Sex Hormone Profile in Female Patients Receiving Different Types of Renal Replacement Therapy
Abstract from Transplantation Proceedings.
bullet point Heparin-Free Dialyzer Effective in High-Risk Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point Aluminum Transfer during Dialysis: a Systematic Review
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point FDA Issues Draft Guidances for Industry on Social Media and Internet Communications About Medical Products: Designed with Patients in Mind
Article from FDA Voice.
bullet point Alport Syndrome and Kidney Failure, A Family Story
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point $1,000-a-Pill Sovaldi (for Hepatitis C) Jolts US Health Care System
Article from AP.
bullet point What Should Congress Do To Help Medical Innovation?
Article from The Hill.

Editor's note: I would suggest financial incentives for dialysis providers to increase the number of healthy,employed, working-age patients. It would drive long-overdue technological innovations and would also force providers to incorporate patient input and suggestions into the dialysis-care system. It would establish a framework that balances medical, government, and patient interests and would be self-correcting.
bullet point Insurers Push Back Against Growing Cost Of Cancer Treatments
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Effect of Structured Physical Activity on Prevention of Major Mobility Disability in Older Adults:  The LIFE Study Randomized Clinical Trial
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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Tuesday, June 17

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  June 17, 2014
bullet point Regenerating Our Kidneys
Press release from Tel Aviv University.
bullet point NJ Man on Dialysis for 30 Years Is Inspiration to Others
Article from South Jersey Times.
bullet point Insight into Patients & Caregivers Perspectives on Conservative Management in End of Life Care
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition Announces Special Innovation Project
Press release.
bullet point U.S. Cracks down on Ambulance Overcharging in Philadelphia Area
Article from the Philadelphia Inquirer.
bullet point Study Ties Too Much Sitting to Risks for Certain Cancers
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point FDA Prepping Long-Awaited Plan to Reduce Salt in Food
Article from AP.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
bullet point New Kid on the Pretransplant Block: IgG Recognizing Apoptotic Cells
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Uric Acid: Association with Rate of Renal Function Decline and Time until Start of Dialysis in Incident Predialysis Patients
Provisional abstract and full-text article (17-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Eculizumab Reverses Renal Damage in aHUS
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point Press Releases from the American Diabetes Association:
bullet point The American Society of Hypertension and the International Society of Hypertension Guidelines for Hypertension Management: An In-Depth Guide
Article from Pharmacy Times.
bullet point High Blood Pressure May Sometimes Be Overtreated: Study
Article from HealthDay. Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point U.S. Ranked Last On Scorecard Of Health Care Systems
News summary from Kaiser Health News. Executive summary from the Commonwealth Fund.
bullet point Most People Satisfied with Healthcare System
Article from The Hill.

"A new Gallup poll finds 66 percent are satisfied with how the healthcare system is working for them."
bullet point Direct-to-Patient Laboratory Test Reporting:  Balancing Access With Effective Clinical Communication
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Study: Blood Infections Play Role in up to Half of Hospital Deaths
Article from Nurse.com.
bullet point Say What? Many Patients Struggling To Learn The Foreign Language Of Health Insurance
Article from Kaiser Health News and the Sacramento Bee.
bullet point Doctors Turning To Super Software For Advice
bullet point MedPAC Sends Comment Letter on ACOs to Congress
(18-page pdf) June 16 letter from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.


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Monday, June 16

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  June 16, 2014
bullet point Home Dialyzors United Responds to the 21st Century Cures Initiative
Letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Editor's note: Be sure to read the patients' comments at the end of the letter.

"Dialysis machines have evolved extremely slowly for about 50 years. I usually say that if the evolution in consumer electronics had followed that of dialysis machines, my laptop would be the size of Manhattan."

"Unlike other diseases, like some forms of cancer, where huge gains have been made in the last forty years, dialysis is still back in the 1970s."
bullet point Affymax, Takeda End Anemia Drug Partnership
Article from Dow Jones Business News.
bullet point Answering Patients' Questions on Kidney, Pancreas Policy
Brochures from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
  Bionic Pancreas Outperforms Insulin Pump in Adults, Youth
Press release from the National Institutes of Health. Free, full-text, Online First article and press release from the New England Journal of Medicine. Articles from AP and MedPage Today.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Serum Phosphorus and Mortality in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III): Effect Modification by Fasting
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point 2014 Patient-Engagement Learning and Action Network (PE LAN)
Resources from ESRD Network 15.
bullet point FDA Safety Labeling Changes for May 2014
Includes 37 products with revisions to Prescribing Information.
bullet point iHealth Align, World's Smallest FDA Cleared Glucometer, Now Available in U.S.
bullet point Insurers Flocking to ObamaCare
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Distribution of 2014 Dialysis Facility Reports, Quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare- Preview for October 2014, and Payment Year 2015 End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program Preview Performance Score Reports – Advance Notice
(9-page pdf) Letter from CMS to ESRD Medical Directors/Unit Administrators.


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Fri./Sat., June 13-14

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  June 13, 2014
bullet point Medicare Taken For a Ride By Ambulance Companies in New Jersey
Article from ProPublica.

"The Garden State costs Medicare more than any other state for ambulance rides per kidney dialysis patient. A new crackdown is set to start, but at one big dialysis center, ambulances remain everywhere."
bullet point China Probes Dumping by EU, Japan Dialysis-Kit Makers
Article from Reuters.
bullet point Survival Differences Among Young Black and White Adults on Dialysis Are Most Striking in Poor Neighborhoods
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Advance Access Extracts from NDT:
bullet point Validity and Reliability of a Novel Immunosuppressive Adverse Effects Scoring System in Renal Transplant Recipients
Provisional abstract and full-text article (16-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Left Atrial Volume and Adverse Cardiovascular Outcomes in Unselected Patients with and without CKD
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Moxifloxacin-Induced Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia in a Chronic Kidney Disease Patient Receiving Hemodialysis
Abstract from The Annals of Pharmacotherapy.
bullet point Race May Attenuate Metformin Benefit
Article from Healthday. Press release from the Endocrine Society.
bullet point Europe's Hypertension Strategy: Charting a Different Course?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape.
bullet point Saudi MERS Response Hobbled by Institutional Failings
Article from Reuters.
bullet point Texas Man Sues Doctors for Removing Wrong Kidney
bullet point Nationwide Voluntary Recall of BMB-BA006A Advocate Redi-Code+ Blood Glucose Test Strips
bullet point PhRMA, Advocates: Specialty Drug Costs For Patients Too High
Posting from the Kaiser Health News blog.
bullet point Medical Costs and Productivity Losses of Cancer Survivors — United States, 2008–2011
Article from the CDC's MMWR.
bullet point Nurses Group Targets CEO Pay
bullet point Some Medicare Practices On Quality, Patient Stays Questioned


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Thursday, June 12

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  June 12, 2014
bullet point Patients Upset after Tainted Dialysis Fluid Prompts Recall
Article from The Boston Globe.
bullet point Mysterious Kidney Disease Plagues Central America
Article from CNN.
bullet point Snoring Amplifies the Risk of Heart Failure and Mortality in Dialysis Patients
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Treating Sleep Apnea May Lower Heart Risks, Study Finds
Article from HealthDay. Press release and abstracts #1 and #2 from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point The Role of Bioimpedance and Biomarkers in Helping to Aid Clinical Decision-Making of Volume Assessments in Dialysis Patients
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point A New Clinical Multivariable Model That Predicts Postoperative Acute Kidney Injury: Impact of Endogenous Ouabain
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Unusual Transplant Immunology Case
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point Medication Safety Essential For Seniors
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Xenetic Biosciences Announces Dosing of First Patient on Dialysis in Phase 2a Clinical Study of ErepoXen®
bullet point ‘Nothing Is Broken’: For An Injured Doctor, Quality-Focused Care Misses The Mark
Article from Health Affairs.
bullet point In UK, Recession 'Led to 10,000 Suicides'
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Big Marijuana — Lessons from Big Tobacco
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Michigan To Reward Medicaid Enrollees Who Take ‘Personal Responsibility’
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Wednesday, June 11

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  June 11, 2014
bullet point Top-Ranked Pediatric Hospitals for Nephrology
Annual rankings from U.S. News & World Report. The top five are:
  1. Boston Childrens Hospital
  2. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  3. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  4. Texas Children's Hospital
  5. Seattle Children's Hospital
bullet point More Than 29 Million Americans Have Diabetes; 1 in 4 Doesn't Know
Press release from the CDC. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Flip Flopping in China Over Sourcing Organs From Prisoners
Article from Epoch Times.
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. Announces Pricing of $1.75 Billion Senior Notes
Press release.
bullet point ERA-EDTA: CV Outcomes Better With Cinacalcet, But Only in the Elderly
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point Practical Considerations When Prescribing Icodextrin: A Narrative Review
Free, full-text, Issue in Progress article from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Multiple Chronic Conditions Among US Adults: A 2012 Update
Free, full-text brief from Preventing Chronic Disease.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point Diabetes: Out-of-Pocket Costs Soar in Type 2 Diabetes
bullet point Renal Measures Predict Stroke Risk
bullet point CKD Stage 4 Patients Have Equal Risk of ESRD, Death
bullet point Sphere Medical's Real-Time In-Line Blood Analyzer Gets a Go in Europe
bullet point Four Hurt as Car Is Driven into Arizona Dialysis Center
bullet point Dream Teams: Ambulatory Care Nurses Are Taking Control and Empowering Patients to Join Them
Article from Nurse.com.
bullet point CMS Announces Opportunity to Apply for Navigator Grants in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces
Press release.


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Tuesday, June 10

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  June 10, 2014
bullet point Kidney Care Partners Lauds Bi-Partisan Legislation to Enhance Research, Expand Choice, and Improve Care Coordination for People with Kidney Disease
Press release. Use Thomas.gov to locate bill H.R. 4814.
bullet point EURODOPPS: A Collaborative Partnership of Arbor Research and ERA-EDTA
Press release.
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care and Aetna Collaborate to Provide Coordinated Care Management for End Stage Renal Disease Patients
Press release.
bullet point Version 2.0 of "My Life, My Dialysis Choice"
Tool to assist patients in choosing dialysis modalities.
bullet point The Optimal Timing of Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy for Patients with Sepsis Induced Acute Kidney Injury
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Cardiovascular Disease Relates To Intestinal Uptake of p-cresol in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Provisional abstract and full-text article (17-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Desensitization Outcomes: Quantifying and Questioning
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Quantifying the Risk of Incompatible Kidney Transplantation: A Multicenter Study
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point PTH Levels Affect Glucose Metabolism
bullet point Amgen CFO Gets $2 Million Signing Bonus
bullet point Mayo Clinic Health System CEO: Health Care Incentives Not Properly Aligned
Video from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Association of Marketing Interactions With Medical Trainees’ Knowledge About Evidence-Based Prescribing:  Results From a National Survey
Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Assessing Value in Biomedical Research:  The PQRST of Appraisal and Reward
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Men Who Take Statins May Exercise Less
Article from HealthDay.
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Monday, June 9

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  June 9, 2014
bullet point DCI and Billings Clinic Enter Joint Venture Forming Billings Clinic Dialysis Center
Press release.
bullet point June 11 Webinar on RPA's iPad App: Clinical Practice Guideline on Shared Decision Making in the Appropriate Initiation of and Withdrawal from Dialysis
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network. The webinar is hosted by the Renal Physicians Association.
bullet point Exercise Training in Adults With CKD: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Safety of Medical Therapy in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease and End-Stage Renal Disease
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Strategies to Increase the Donor Pool and Access to Kidney Transplantation: an International Perspective
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
bullet point Gaining the Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Perspective in Chronic Kidney Disease: a Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium Study
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Symptom Clusters Predict Mortality Among Dialysis Patients In Norway: A Prospective Observational Cohort Study
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
bullet point ERA-EDTA: New Oral Compound Redresses Metabolic Abnormalities in CKD
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Relative Safety of Peginesatide and Epoetin alfa
Early View abstract from Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety.
bullet point Medication Safety and Chronic Kidney Disease in Older Adults Prescribed Metformin: a Cross-Sectional Analysis
Provisional abstract and full-text article (15-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Survey: RN Staffing Critical
Article from The Boston Herald via National Nurses United.
bullet point Gallup: Uninsured Rate for Adults Down 3.7 Percentage Points Since 2013
bullet point CMS 2014 End Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System PC PRICER Now Available
Also see download instructions and frequently asked questions.
bullet point The Cost Of A Cure: Medicare’s Role In Treating Hepatitis C
Article from Health Affairs.
bullet point GAO Makes MedPAC Appointments and Designates Vice Chair


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Fri./Sat., June 6-7

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  June 6, 2014
bullet point Longer Dialysis Session Length Is Associated with Better Intermediate Outcomes and Survival among Patients on In-Center Three Times per Week Hemodialysis: Results from the DOPPS
Presentation by Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study via the International Society of Nephrology website.

(At 3:50) "Overall, the longest treatment times were observed in Australia and New Zealand, and the shortest in the United States."
bullet point AHRQ Safety Program for End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities
This is an ongoing Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality project that will result in a toolkit to help End-Stage Renal Disease clinics prevent healthcare-associated infections in dialysis patients.
bullet point Scientists Find Bromine To Be Essential for Tissue Development — Do Dialysis Patients Need Bromine?
Press release from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. (Also see this December 2006 Letter to the Editor from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.)

"Bromine supplementation may improve the health of patients on dialysis or total parenteral nutrition (TPN), for example."
bullet point The Elderly Patient on Dialysis: Geriatric Considerations
Free, full-text article from NDT.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point How Do Hospitalization Patterns of Home Hemodialysis Patients Compare with a Reasonably Well Dialysis Patient Cohort?
Abstract from International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease.
bullet point Effect of Intradialytic Exercise on Echocardiographic Findings in Hemodialysis Patients
Abstract from Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Peritoneal Dialysis International:
bullet point Serum Magnesium Concentration Is Inversely Associated with Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 in Hemodialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point JASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Silent Epidemic: Kidney Disease in the African-American Population
Posting from The Huffington Post.
bullet point Bloodstream Infections Reduced through Better Central Line Care at Three Hospitals
Press release from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
bullet point Scientists Question Saudi Openness on Deadly MERS Virus Outbreak
Article from Reuters.
bullet point The $272 Billion Swindle — Why Thieves Love America's Health-care System
Article from The Economist.
bullet point Report Recommends Steps to Promote Systems Engineering in Health Care
News item from AHANewsNow. Report summary (2-page pdf) and full report (66-page pdf) from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
bullet point Rural Clinics Increasingly Turned to Telemedicine
Article from AP.
bullet point Senate Confirms Sylvia Burwell as New HHS Chief
Article from The New York Times.
bullet point Medicaid Adds 6 Million Enrollees


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Thursday, June 5

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  June 5, 2014
bullet point FDA Okays 'Professional' Continuous Glucose Monitoring System
(Registration required, but free.) Articles from MedPage Today and Medscape. Press release from Dexcom.
bullet point Vascular Access Vulnerability in Intensive Hemodialysis: A Significant Achilles' Heel?
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from Blood Purification.
bullet point Cost Savings Using a Protocol Approach to Manage Anemia in a Hemodialysis Unit
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point A Comparison between Residual Renal Function and Peritoneal Clearance for Na/H2O And Urea Removal in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point Comparison of Bioimpedance and Clinical Methods for Dry Weight Prediction in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Accepted Article Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from Nephrology:
bullet point Evidence for Camel-to-Human Transmission of MERS Coronavirus
Free, full-text, Online First report from the New England Journal of Medicine. Articles from Reuters and AP. Related political/public health article from The Tyee.
bullet point Transplant Quarter Century Club: The Club Recipients Want to Join!
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point Pollution Link to Irregular Heartbeat and Lung Clotting
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Learning from Big Health Care Data
Free, full-text, perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Guidelines, Online Training Aim to Teach Physicians to Weigh Costs of Care, Become Better Stewards of Medical Resources
Free, full-text Online First perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Medicare Gives Primary Care Permission to Increase Hepatitis C Testing
Decision memo from CMS.
bullet point Medicaid Enrollment Surges by More Than 1 Million in April


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Wednesday, June 4

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  June 4, 2014
bullet point Cardiovascular Remodeling during Long-Term Nocturnal Home Hemodialysis
Free, full-text, Online First article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.

Conclusions: Long-term nocturnal hemodialysis leads to favorable cardiovascular remodeling with a reduction in cavity dimensions, regression of left ventricular hypertrophy, and an improvement in diastolic function, as assessed by both transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR).

Editor's note: This industry is still causing myocardial stunning in most patients.
bullet point Decline in Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate and Subsequent Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease and Mortality
Free, full-text, Online First article from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Articles from Doctors Lounge and MedPage Today (registration required, but free.)
bullet point ERA-EDTA Congress Annual Meeting Coverage
Feature from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point Saudi Review Finds over 100 More MERS Infections — Toll Now Reaches 282 Deaths
Articles from AP, the BBC, and Reuters.
bullet point HIV Transmission Documented within Hemodialysis Unit in Saudi Arabia
Article from Healio.
bullet point Coping with Fluid Restriction and the Quality of Life in Hemodialysis Patients with Very Low or No Daily Urine Output
Article in Press abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point Erythropoietin Stimulating Agents in the Management of Anemia of End-Stage Renal Disease Patients on Regular Hemodialysis: a Prospective Randomized Comparative Study from Qatar
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Peritoneal Transport Rate, Systemic Inflammation, and Residual Renal Function Determine Peritoneal Protein Clearance in Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Uric Acid Levels, Kidney Function, and Cardiovascular Mortality in US Adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1988-1994 and 1999-2002
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point New Onset Diabetes after Kidney Transplant in Children
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators Linked to Increased Survival for Heart Failure Patients
bullet point Community Program Helps Lower Blood Pressure among Minorities
bullet point

You Live in Alabama; Here’s How You’re Going to Die
Article from Slate.

Kidney disease, as a cause of death, occurs most disproportionately in Missouri, Louisiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, and Massachusetts.

bullet point White House Considering Cleveland Clinic's Cosgrove To Take over Veterans Affairs: Source
Article from Reuters.
bullet point Apple Announces HealthKit and Health App for iOS 8
Article from MedGadget.com.
bullet point NIH, PCORI Announce $30 Million Study on Preventing Fall-Related Injuries
bullet point CMS: Early ICD-10 Tests Show Promise


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Tuesday, June 3

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  June 3, 2014
bullet point Baxter Presents Efficacy and Safety Data on VIVIA Haemodialysis System at ERA-EDTA Congress
Press release. Their approach will utilize the VIVIA machine, which has received the CE Mark for use in Europe. Also see Baxter's High Dose Haemodialysis web site and its benefits.

"Moreover, while conventional haemodialysis sustains life, it rarely restores health."

Editor's note: Finally, the therapy option that most dialysis professionals would choose for themselves is identified by a major industry player.

Will Fresenius and DaVita embrace this or will the need for profits drive them in another direction?
bullet point DaVita Refinancing $7.25 Billion in Debt
Article from The Denver Post. Press release from DaVita.
bullet point More Palliative Care Options Needed for Dialysis Patients
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.

"We often fail to realize that while dialysis can help extend life for the majority of patients, it does not restore health. It is therefore imperative that we invest resources into improving the quality of life for patients with ESRD."
bullet point The Patient-Centered Medical Home, Electronic Health Records, and Quality of CarePatient-Centered Medical Home and Quality of Care
Abstract and press release from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Regulatory And Cost Barriers Are Likely To Limit Biosimilar Development And Expected Savings In The Near Future
Abstract from Health Affairs.
bullet point Kidney Function After Off-Pump or On-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Free, full-text Online First article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point The “Retinal” View of CKD
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Abstracts from International Urology and Nephrology:
bullet point Parathyroidectomy in Dialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Surgical Research.
bullet point Abstracts from Drugs:
bullet point FIND-CKD: A Randomized Trial of Intravenous Ferric Carboxymaltose Versus Oral Iron in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease and Iron Deficiency Anemia
Advance Access Open Access article from NDT.
bullet point Mechanisms Contributing to Adverse Cardiovascular Events in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease Treated with Bardoxolone Methyl
Issue-in-Progress, Open Access article from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Plasma Levels of the Pro-Inflammatory Protein S100A12 (EN-RAGE) Are Associated with Muscle and Fat Mass in Hemodialysis Patients: a Cross-Sectional Study
Provisional abstract and full-text article (16-page pdf) from Nutrition Journal.
bullet point Kansas Startup Company Hopes To Make More Dialysis Patients Eligible for AV Fistulas
bullet point Open FDA Project Releases Millions of Reports
Article/video from The Hill. The openFDA web site has more than 3 million adverse drug events available.
bullet point First Survey of ACOs Reveals Surprising Level of Physician Leadership
Press release from the Dartmouth Institute.
bullet point When Doctors Need Advice, It Might Not Come From A Fellow Human
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point The Political Polarization of Physicians in the United States:  An Analysis of Campaign Contributions to Federal Elections, 1991 Through 2012
Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine:
bullet point Apple Highlights New Mayo Clinic App During Worldwide Developers Keynote
bullet point There's No 'Obesity Paradox' for Stroke, Study Finds
bullet point Medicare Again Releases Hospital Charge and Utilization Data
bullet point Medicare Could Save Billions By Scrapping Random Drug Plan Assignment
bullet point Medicare To Cover Sex-Change Surgery


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Monday, June 2

Baxter Introduces 'High Dose Home Hemodialysis' at ERA-EDTA Conference in Amsterdam
Their approach will utilize the VIVIA machine, which has received the CE Mark for use in Europe. Also see Baxter's High Dose Haemodialysis web page.

Editor's note: Finally, the therapy option that most dialysis professionals would choose for themselves, is identified by a major industry player.
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bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles on Transplantation from Kidney International:
bullet point With More Inmates on Dialysis, Officials Deal With Rising Costs
Article from The New York Times.
bullet point The Challenge of Dialysis at the End of Life
Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point Daily Congress News from ERA-EDTA 2014 in Amsterdam:
bullet point FDA Clears Sensory Medical’s Relaxis™, First Device for Restless Leg Syndrome
Press release. Article from MedGagdet.com.
bullet point The Trouble with Organ Banking
Article from The Boston Globe.
bullet point

Printed Kidney Tissue Closer to Reality
News release from the University of Queensland (Australia).

bullet point Dialysis-Related Product Recalls from the FDA Enforcement Report from May 28, 2014:
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:

bullet point Test Your Knowledge: Bone Disease and CKD
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point CDC Awards $19.5 Million to Prevention Research Centers Nationwide
Press release.
bullet point FDA Okays Noninvasive Kidney Test for pMGN
bullet point Rising Drug Prices Trigger Civil War
Article from The Hill.

"The insurance industry is picking a fight with pharmaceutical companies over the rising cost of specialty drugs."
bullet point CMS Innovation Center Webinar Replays:
bullet point Comment Request on IVIG


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Fri./Sat., May 30-31

With More Inmates on Dialysis, Officials Deal With Rising Costs
Article from The New York Times.
FDA Clears Sensory Medical’s Relaxis™, First Device for Restless Leg Syndrome
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  May 30, 2014
bullet point One Death and Two Injuries May Be Related to Use of Fresenius NaturaLyte Liquid Bicarbonate Concentrate
News item from The Tennessean. Notice from the FDA's MedWatch site. Official recall notice from the FDA.
bullet point Make-A-Wish Helps 14-Year-Old St. Louis Dialysis Patient Experience Dream Day
Article from St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
bullet point Average Daily Organ Placement on the Rise
News item from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
bullet point Educational Materials on the New Kidney Allocation System
Resources from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN).
bullet point Early View Abstracts and Press Release from American Journal of Transplantation:
bullet point Heart Risks Depend on Which Blood Pressure Number Is High: Study
Article from HealthDay. Press release and abstract from The Lancet.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
bullet point Preserved Autonomic Heart Rate Modulation in Chronic Renal Failure Patients in Response to Hemodialysis and Orthostatism
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Initial and Extended Use of Femoral Versus Nonfemoral Double-Lumen Vascular Catheters and Catheter-Related Infection During Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Dialysis Access Venous Stenosis: Treatment with Balloon Angioplasty 30-Second vs. 1-Minute Inflation Times
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Risk of AKI with Gentamicin as Surgical Prophylaxis
Free, full-text JASN Express article.
bullet point Treatment of Established Left Ventricular Hypertrophy with Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor Blockade in an Animal Model of CKD
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Programs Make Sense for Safety and Economic Reasons, ANA Tells Capitol Hill Audience
News release and June 18 webinar from the American Nurses Association.
bullet point Reduced Kidney Function Associated With Higher Risk of Renal and Urothelial Cancer
bullet point FDA Allows Marketing of First Noninvasive Test to Help in Identifying Cause of Certain Kidney Disease
bullet point Million Hearts: Prevalence of Leading Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors — United States, 2005–2012
Article from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
bullet point Lobbyist News: Patton Boggs Healthcare Team Defects to Akin Gump
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Avoiding the Antibiotic Armageddon
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Algorithmic MDs Will Ruin Healthcare, Nurses Say
Article from National Nurses United.
bullet point US Measles Cases Reach 20-Year High
bullet point Transplant Immunosuppressant Drugs To Remain a Medicare Part D Benefit
News item from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
bullet point OIG: 21 Percent of Physician Visit Payments Inappropriate


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Thursday, May 29

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  May 29, 2014
bullet point Highflying CEO Perk: Private Trips on Company Jet
Article from The Wall Street Journal.

According to the article, as part of his compensation in 2013, Kent Thiry of DaVita enjoyed personal travel valued at $667,113 on corporate-paid aircraft.
bullet point Berkshire Hathaway Ups Its Stake in DaVita Healthcare Partners
News item from Market Realist via Yahoo Finance News.
bullet point 30-Year Dialysis Patient in Australia Strives To Become Triathlete
Article from ABC Illawarra.
bullet point NJ Dialysis Nurse Donates Kidney as Part of a Chain of Living Donors
Article from the Star-Ledger.
bullet point Relationship Between Lower Extremity Muscle Strength and All-Cause Mortality in Japanese Patients Undergoing Dialysis
Online First abstract from Physical Therapy.

"Conclusions — Decreased lower extremity muscle strength was strongly associated with increased mortality risk in patients undergoing hemodialysis."
bullet point Fully Automated Artificial Pancreas Finally Within Reach
Free, full-text, Online First article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Obesity, Overweight Rates Jump Worldwide, Report Finds
Articles from HealthDay and AP. Press release and abstract from The Lancet.

"And the United States is home to highest proportion of world's obese people, researchers add."
bullet point Rockwell Medical Announces FDA Acceptance for Filing of Triferic™ New Drug Application
Press release.
bullet point Selected Abstracts from the 32nd International Vicenza Course on Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis, Vicenza, June 10–13, 2014
25-page pdf from Blood Purification.
bullet point Researchers Address Major Geographic Disparities in Access to Kidney Transplantation
Press release and recent Early View abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point The Clinical Significance of Medial Arterial Calcification in End-Stage Renal Disease in Women
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point Global Survey on the Treatment of Acute Kidney Injury
Initiative from the International Society of Nephrology.
bullet point New Magnetic Resonance Imaging Methods in Nephrology
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from Kidney International via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point ‘National Dialogue’ Urged On Cost Of New Hepatitis C Drug
Posting from the Kaiser Health News blog.
bullet point New Fluid Protocols Help Cut Contrast AKI
bullet point 3rd Case of MERS in US Was False Alarm, CDC Says
bullet point NxStage Kidney Care Announces Opening Of New Dialysis Center In Jacksonville
bullet point Most Physicians Would Forgo Aggressive Treatment for Themselves at the End of Life
Press release from Stanford University Medical Center.
bullet point Healthy People 2020: A Report Card on the Health of the Nation
Free, full-text, Online First article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Safety Net Hospitals Already Seeing More Paying Patients — And Revenue
Article from Kaiser Health News and USA Today.
bullet point IRS Cautions Employers Not to Shift Coverage to Marketplaces
Article from HFMA.
bullet point Obsessive Searching for Health Information: Cyberchondria
Video from The Mayo Clinic.
bullet point Introducing CROWNWeb 4.4 - Town Hall Meeting, May 29 WebEx
You must preregister in order to join today's 2 PM EDT WebEx.
bullet point The Medicare Physician-Data Release — Context and Rationale
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Caution Advised: Medicare's Physician-Payment Data Release
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.


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Wednesday, May 28

Highflying CEO Perk: Private Trips on Company Jet
Article from The Wall Street Journal.

According to the article, as part of his compensation in 2013, Kent Thiry of DaVita enjoyed personal travel valued at $667,113 on corporate aircraft.
Introducing CROWNWeb 4.4 - Town Hall Meeting, May 29 WebEx
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  May 28, 2014
bullet point North Shore-LIJ Receives $2.5 Million Federal Grant to Expand Kidney Disease Program
Press release from North Shore University Hospital (NY) - Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Structured Physical Activity Program Can Help Maintain Mobility in Vulnerable Older People
Press releases from the National Institute on Aging and Yale University. Free, full-text, Online First article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Quantifying Risk of Kidney Donation: The Truth Is Not Out There (Yet)
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices in Hemodialysis Patients: Prevalence and Implications for Arteriovenous Hemodialysis Access Interventions
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point The Effect of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Depressive Symptoms and Inflammatory Markers in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients: a Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial
Online First abstract from European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
bullet point Fragility Fractures and Osteoporosis in Chronic Kidney Disease
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Published Ahead-of-Print Abstracts from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension:
bullet point Acute Kidney Injury Due to Decompression Illness
Advance Access abstract from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Acute and Chronic Antibody Mediated Rejection in Pediatric Kidney Transplantation
Free, full-text, Online First educational review from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point

Trust Your Doctor, Not Wikipedia, Say Scientists
Article from the BBC.

bullet point 1 in 5 Elderly U.S. Patients Injured by Medical Care
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Nurses' Union Launches Campaign Against Risky Technology
Article from Nurse.com. Press release from National Nurses United.
bullet point Penn Study: Longest Lasting Cardiology Guidelines Built on Findings of Randomized Controlled Trials
Press release from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
bullet point Federal Pain Research Database Launched
bullet point HHS Office of Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress
(99-page pdf) ESRD is mentioned on pages 14 and 17.
bullet point Lawsuit Targets Medicare Appeal Delay


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Tuesday, May 27

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  May 27, 2014
bullet point

For Patients: Hand Hygiene Audits
Tools from the Northwest Renal Network website include:

bullet point Changing Our Prior Assumptions: Adapting to New Bayesian Transplant Center Report Cards
Free, full-text editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point It Ain't Over: Renal Denervation Data Dominate EuroPCR as Research Presses On
(Registration required, but free.) Conference news via Medscape.
bullet point Early and Frequent Development of Ocular Hypertension in Children with Nephrotic Syndrome
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point FDA Warning Letter to Advanced Renal Technologies
This concerns their product Citrasate (not CitraPure, which is manufactured by another company).
bullet point Florida Man Gets Flat Tire on His Way to Kidney Transplant, Police Offer Him a Ride
bullet point Guam Dialysis Patients Denied Transportation
bullet point

Task Force Recommends Hep B Screening for High-Risk People
Article from HealthDay. Abstract and full-text, Online First articles from Annals of Internal Medicine:

bullet point Transitional Care Interventions to Prevent Readmissions for Persons With Heart Failure: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Free, full-text, Online First article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Why is the New Obama Health Chief Sailing to Her Confirmation?
Article from The Hill.


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Monday, May 26

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  May 26, 2014
bullet point Pittsburg Nephrologist Donates Kidney to Patient She Just Met
Article from the Tribune Review.
bullet point Renal Failure Patients 'Are Most at Risk' for MERS
Article from Arab News.
bullet point Dialysis Patient at California VA Hospital Allegedly Beaten to Death in 2011 by Hospital Guards
Article from Opposing Views.
bullet point Man with Kidney Failure Who Was Threatened with Deportation from New Zealand Dies after Returning to Fiji
Article from Radio New Zealand.
bullet point Renal Replacement Therapy in Latin American End-Stage Renal Disease
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Psychosocial Support for Children and Families Requiring Renal Replacement Therapy
Free, full-text Educational Review from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point

Clinical and Pathological Features of Acute Kidney Injury in Children
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point Brain Changes May Accompany Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis in Kids
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Differences in the Delivery of Health Education to Patients With Chronic Disease by Provider Type, 2005–2009
Free, full-text article from Preventing Chronic Disease.
bullet point Exercise Is Medicine for People with Diabetes or Kidney Disease
bullet point Mental Illness Linked to Shortened Life Spans
Article from HealthDay.

"For example, the average life expectancy was 10 to 20 years shorter than normal for people with schizophrenia, 9 to 20 years shorter for those with bipolar disorder, 7 to 11 years shorter for those with recurrent depression, and 9 to 24 years shorter for people with drug and alcohol abuse."

Editor's note: When will nephrologists recognize that depression dialysis patients must be addressed in a far more meaningful way than current practices?
bullet point Promising Discovery in the Fight against Biofilms
Press release from the University of British Columbia.
bullet point CMS Announces Texas Dual Eligible Demonstration
bullet point Drugs for Macular Degeneration, Price Discrimination, and Medicare’s Responsibility Not to Overpay


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Fri./Sat., May 23-24

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  May 23, 2014
bullet point Major Step Towards Portable Artificial Kidney
Press release from Debiotech, AWAK Technologies and Neokidney Development.
bullet point Kidney Dialysis Machine 'Miniaturized' for Babies
Articles from the BBC and HealthDay.
bullet point Kidney Transplant Beats Intensive Dialysis, Study Says
Article from HealthDay. Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Type of Kidney Disease May Dictate Cancer Risk after Transplant
Article from HealthDay. Press release and JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Understanding Discordant Meta-analyses of Convective Dialytic Therapies for Chronic Kidney Failure
Free, full-text editorial referencing abstract #1 and abstract #2 in the June issue of American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

"In summary, the hypothesis that convective therapies might confer superior clinical benefit compared with diffusive dialytic therapies for the treatment of patients with chronic kidney failure remains unproved."
bullet point Product Recall Notices from FDA Enforcement Report for May 21, 2014:
bullet point The Delicate Dance of GranuFlo Litigation
Article from LawyersandSettlements.com.
bullet point Updated CDC Guidance on Infection Control for MERS and Upcoming FREE Webinar from APIC on May 28
Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Latest travel alert on MERS in the Arabian Peninsula.
bullet point New Project Seeks to Align Primary and Specialty Care for Older Adults with Complex Chronic Conditions
Press release from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
bullet point Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis on Management of Hemodialysis Catheter-Related Bacteremia
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Free Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point In Advanced CKD, Thiazide May Help Control BP
(Registration required, but free.) Article/video from Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Do We Need a Different Organ Allocation System for Kidney Transplants Using Donors after Circulatory Death?
Provisional abstract and full-text article (15-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Biochemical Parameters After Cholecalciferol Repletion in Hemodialysis: Results From the VitaDial Randomized Trial
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Liver Transplantation in Recipients Receiving Renal Replacement Therapy: Outcomes Analysis and the Role of Intraoperative Hemodialysis
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Online First Abstracts from International Urology And Nephrology:
bullet point Study Confirms Doctors’ Experience: Rheumatoid Arthritis Puts Kidneys at Risk
Article from Arthritis Today.
bullet point Eating Two Large Meals Beneficial for Type 2 Diabetics
Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point Diabetes May Be Bigger Threat to the Female Heart: Study
bullet point New Technology May Help Identify Safe Alternatives to BPA
bullet point HTN Well-Controlled at Kaiser
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point The Politics Of Health In 2014 Aren’t What You Think
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point CROWNWeb 4.4 Trainings and Town Hall Open for Registration
Space in these events is limited to 1000 attendees, so register today!
bullet point CMS Innovation Center Announces Round Two of Health Care Innovation Awards
Notice and press release. Article from HFMA.
bullet point Upcoming CROWNWeb Downtime
   

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Thursday, May 22

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  May 22, 2014
bullet point Class I Recall for U.S. and Canada: NaturaLyte® Liquid Bicarbonate Concentrate Due to Potential Health Risk
Press release from Fresenius Medical Care. Notice from the FDA MedWatch site. FMCNA recall notices from April 10, 2014 (3-page pdf) and May 1, 2014 (3-page pdf). See the FMCNA home page for more information.

FDA definition of a Class I recall: A situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
bullet point Saudi Arabia Takes Heat for Spread of MERS Virus
Special report from Reuters.

MERS-CoV Infects Four More (including another dialysis patient) in Saudi Arabia - Report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
bullet point Infection Control in Hemodialysis Units: a Quick Access to Essential Elements
Free, full-text article from Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation.
bullet point A Comparison of End-Stage Renal Disease and Alzheimer's Disease in the Elderly through a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Published Ahead-of-Print Abstracts from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension:
bullet point Early Online Abstracts from Renal Failure:
bullet point HealthCrew Aims to Empower Patients and Clinicians in Chronic Disease Care
Article from MedGadget.com.
bullet point A Personal Renal Chef for the Weekend
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point United States, Canada and Mexico Strengthen Information Sharing in Health Emergencies
News release from HHS.gov.
bullet point Single-Payer Advocates Hit Capitol With New Sense Of Reality
Posting from the Kaiser Health News blog.
bullet point Why So Much Fake, Unduplicable Stem Cell Research?
(Registration required, but free.) Video/article from Medscape Business of Medicine.
bullet point MRSA: Hospital Superbug 'Shared with Pets'
Article from BBC.
bullet point Painful and Rapid Spread of New Virus in Caribbean
bullet point Overwhelming Vote for Obama's HHS Nominee
Video/article from The Hill.


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Wednesday, May 21

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  May 21, 2014
bullet point Continuous Quality Improvement in Daily Clinical Practice: A Proof of Concept Study
Free, full-text article from PLOS ONE. Press release from MIQS and the Rogosin Institute.

"The study was done on 250 patients treated by maintenance hemodialysis (HD), receiving epoetin prior to February 1, 2010 and followed to July 31, 2011."

"By months 16–18, epoetin had decreased 42% to 9,720 units/week while hemoglobin increased 8% to 123.6 g/L. Hemoglobin and epoetin were stable from month 7 onward. New epoetin orders decreased 83%. Transferrin saturation increased after the study start. Individual patient hemoglobin variation decreased by 23%, range by 27%. Mortality, 11.78 per 100 patient years, was 42% less than United States dialysis patient mortality. Allowable epoetin charges decreased by $15.33 per treatment and were $22.88 less than current Medicare allowance."
bullet point Updated: Recall of NxStage SAK Dialysate Concentrate
4-page pdf.
bullet point Predictors of Sustained Arteriovenous Access Use for Haemodialysis
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Nitric Oxide Production and Blood Pressure Reduction during Hemodialysis
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Chronic Kidney Disease: Should Sodium Intake Be Restricted in Patients with CKD?
Advance Online abstract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
bullet point U.S. Health Insurers Say Gilead Hepatitis C Drug Too Costly
Article from Reuters.
bullet point DaVita To Test Hepatitis C Treatment on 10 Patients
Press release.
bullet point Baxter Settles Plasma Derivatives Price-Fixing Class-Action Suit for $64 Million More, Denies Wrongdoing
bullet point Racial Disparity Found for Masked Hypertension
bullet point Patients Lose When Doctors Can't Do Good Physical Exams
Article from Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post.
bullet point Bundled Payments Could Reduce Costs, Fraud, Experts Say
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Problems With the Medicalization of Marijuana
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point CMS Proposes Stretching Stages of Meaningful Use of EHR Technology
Press release. Articles from HFMA and The Hill.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Viewpoint Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Assoication:


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Tuesday, May 20

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  May 20, 2014
bullet point Market For Black Market Organs Expands
Article from NBC 5 Chicago.
bullet point Supreme Court Declines To Hear Baxter vs. FMC Dialysis Machine Patent Case
Articles from Reuters and the Chicago Tribune.
bullet point Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Offers $90 Million in Second Call for Large Pragmatic Study Proposals
Press release.
bullet point Dialysis Patient Runs Half Marathon
Press release from NxStage.
bullet point Lead & ESRD
Graphic from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Evaluation of Potassium Levels Before Hemodialysis Access Procedures
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Sodium Homeostasis and Bone
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
bullet point Effects of Enoxaparin on Myeloperoxidase Release during Hemodialysis
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Deceased Donor Kidney Allocation 2014
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point Organ Transplantation for Nonresidents of the United States: A Policy for Transparency
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Validation of the Comprehensive International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) Core Set for Diabetes Mellitus in Patients with Diabetic Nephropathy
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Effect of Niacin on FGF23 Concentration in Chronic Kidney Disease
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Vascular Access Check Tool
Link to resources on the ESRD Network Coordinating Council web site.
bullet point Solution to Helping Teens with Chronic Disease May Be at Fingertips
Press release from UCSD. Early Release abstract from Pediatrics.
bullet point Poll: More Stress in Caring for Spouse Than Parent
Article from AP.
bullet point Patient Rights
1-page pdf from the Northwest Renal Network.
bullet point Healthcare Technology Management Week, May 18-24
This annual celebration is designed to promote the awareness of—and appreciation for—the critical work of biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs), clinical engineers, and other members of the healthcare technology management (HTM) field.
bullet point Sports Injuries Can Damage Kidneys, Study Finds
bullet point BP Guidelines: No Simple Answers
bullet point Blood Pressure Variability Does Not Predict Mortality in Elderly Patients
bullet point Health Provider Consolidation - Market Opportunity Or Failure?
Press release from Health Affairs.

"Current research shows that large provider organizations may use market power to obtain high prices from payers without necessarily delivering high quality. Four papers examine different aspects of this issue."
bullet point Jury Still Out on Whether Doctors Should Screen for Suicide Risk
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text article and summary for patients from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Maybe Making Care Safer, More Patient-Centered Means Being a Little More Selfish
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Report Examines RN Work Environments
Article from Nurse.com. Report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
bullet point Texas Nurse Practitioners Look to Ease Supervision Rules
bullet point Forces Shaping The Global Health-Care Industry
bullet point Senate Poised To Move on Burwell Nomination
bullet point CMS Makes Improvements to Medicare Drug and Health Plans


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Monday, May 19

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  May 19, 2014
bullet point MERS Contracted by 19 Kidney Failure Patients in Saudi Arabia
Articles from Al Arabiya and the Saudi Gazette. Saudi Health Ministry MERS-CoV information web page.
bullet point Foreign Doctors, Nurses in Saudi Arabia Could Take MERS Global
Article from Reuters. DaVita recently announced plans to treat dialysis patients in Saudi Arabia and is actively recruiting healthcare workers to work there.
bullet point Third U.S. Man Tests Positive for MERS Virus, CDC Reports
Articles from HealthDay and AP. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) information web page.
bullet point Voluntary Recall of Some Lots of NxStage PureFlow SL SAK Concentrate
See comments on these Facebook posts from Dialysis Discussion Uncensored. Related postings from the I Hate Dialysis dicussion boards.
bullet point Twice-Weekly and Incremental Hemodialysis Treatment for Initiation of Kidney Replacement Therapy
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Novel, Selective Vitamin D Analog Suppresses Parathyroid Hormone in Uremic Animals and Postmenopausal Women
Free, full-text, Open Access article from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point The Duration of Hepatitis B Vaccine Immunity in Pediatric Dialysis Patients
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point FDA Safety Labeling Changes for April 2014
Includes 53 products with revisions to Prescribing Information.
bullet point Live & Give Newsletter for Spring/Summer 2014
(16-page Flash presentation) Patient newsletter from Renal Support Network.
bullet point Seat Belts, Air Bags May Save Your Kidneys
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Sepsis/Blood Infections Involved in Up to Half of Hospital Deaths
Press release and full-text, Online First research letter from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Comparing Countries: Life Expectancy by Health Spending per Capita
bullet point Functional Impairment and Internet Use Among Older Adults:  Implications for Meaningful Use of Patient Portals
Research letter extract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Hospital Admissions for Hypoglycemia Now Exceed Those for Hyperglycemia in Medicare Beneficiaries
Editor's note extract and abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.


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Fri./Sat., May 16-17

Voluntary Recall of Some Lots of NxStage PureFlow SL SAK Concentrate
See comments on these Facebook posts from Dialysis Discussion Uncensored. Related postings from the I Hate Dialysis dicussion boards.
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  May 16, 2014
bullet point Walking May Have Profound Benefits for Patients with Kidney Disease
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point New Kidney Allocation Policy Could Improve the Success of Transplantations in the US
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point A Patient-Centered Vision of Care for ESRD: Dialysis as a Bridging Treatment or as a Final Destination?
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Burnout Levels of Hemodialysis Nurses
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point How Do Thai Patients Receiving Hemodialysis Cope with Pain?
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Abstracts from Journal of Nephrology:
bullet point Two Meals a Day 'Effective' To Treat Type 2 Diabetes
bullet point Two Articles Claiming That Statins May Be Unsafe Are to Be Investigated and Could Be Retracted by British Medical Journal
Article from the BBC.
bullet point 'Physician Partners' Free Doctors to Focus on Patients, Not Paperwork
Press release from UCLA Health Sciences.
bullet point Banning the Handshake From the Health Care Setting
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Best and Worst Places to Practice 2014: Big Cities, Small Towns
(Registration required, but free.) Slideshow from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point Medicare ACO Presents Unique Challenges
Article from HFMA.
bullet point Medicare Reverses Denial Of Costly Treatment For Hepatitis C Patient
Posting from the Kaiser Health News blog.


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Thursday, May 15

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bullet point In UK, 14 Businesses Receive Innovative Funding to Improve Kidney Care
News item from the NHS's Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Devices for Dignity (D4D) Healthcare Technology Co-operative web site.

“The competition has produced some truly excellent technology initiatives which, I believe, will greatly transform patient welfare and facilitate greater independence. Devices for Dignity has found a winning formula to leverage technology for the benefit of patients at every stage of renal disease," said David Coyle.

"Three of the 14 winners will develop new treatments aimed at preventing acute kidney injury, an abrupt loss of kidney function that develops within seven days.

"Another of the projects will see the development of a test for kidney disease in patients with diabetes, the most common cause of kidney failure.

"The remaining 10 successful projects aim to improve patient independence and quality of life of people with kidney disease, including for patients needing kidney dialysis and transplantation."

Editor's note: "Devices for Dignity." Lots of lessons here for CMS, U.S. providers, patient organizations, and nephrology professionals.

When will maintaining the meaning and purpose of U.S. dialysis patients lives be considered a treatment target?
bullet point University of Rochester Grad Students' Idea for Portable Dialysis Wins Competition
Article from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. SmartDialysis web site.
bullet point Saline Solution Shortage Likely to Stretch into 2015
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
bullet point Texas Court of Appeals To Review Lufkin Dialysis Nurse's Murder Conviction
News item from Longview News-Journal.
bullet point Register for a Series of New Short Webinars Organized by ISN Education
ISN (International Society of Nephrology) Education is organising short webinars of maximum 30 minutes, every month held by renowned ISN experts, followed by a live Q&A session.
bullet point Mar Cor Purification Given 510(k) Clearance for Double Pass Heat DISINFECTABLE Water System for Dialysis — Biopure HX2
Press release.
bullet point Nephrology Research Review™
(4-page pdf) Publication for Australian health professionals.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point The Effect of Hemodialysis on Cardiac Enzyme Levels and Echocardiographic Parameters
Online First abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point Analysis of Data from the ERA-EDTA Registry Indicates That Conventional Treatments for Chronic Kidney Disease Do Not Reduce the Need for Renal Replacement Therapy in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point Chronic Kidney Disease Rather Than Illness Severity Predicts Medium-to Long-Term Mortality and Renal Outcome after Acute Kidney Injury
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Delta-He: A Novel Marker of Inflammation Predicting Mortality and ESA Response in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Advance Access abstract from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Neurocognition in Children with Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease in the CKiD Cohort Study
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Rockwell Medical to Present Triferic™ Iron Replacement Clinical Data at 51st ERA-EDTA Congress in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 31 - June 3, 2014
bullet point FDA Recall Notice: Mar Cor Purification, Central Water Platform (CWP), 102, 104 and 106
bullet point Researchers Propose Treating Prison Population to Fight US Hepatitis C Epidemic
bullet point Colorado Tackles Medical Implications of Marijuana
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Saudi Arabia Reports 10 More Deaths from MERS Virus, 20 Other Cases
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Wednesday, May 14

University of Rochester Grad Students' Idea for Portable Dialysis Wins Competition
Article from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. SmartDialysis web site.
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bullet point DaVita Launches 6-Month Hemodiafiltration Trial in Colorado Springs
Press release. Related press release from Nephros.
bullet point

Top 100 Most Prescribed, Top Selling Drugs
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News. These are the Amgen medications on the list:

  • #6 Enbrel, arthritis drug; $4,896,267,318
  • #10 Neulasta, stimulates WBC production, $3,634,919,067
  • #20 Epogen, ESA, $2,346,224,521
  • #58 Neupogen, stimulates WBC production, $944,389,150
  • #69 Sensipar, calcimimetic, $824,871,721
  • #70 Xgeva, antibody for bone disorders, $822,603,435
  • #73 Aranesp, ESA, $814,017,366
Editor's note: With $14.2 billion in revenues per year from these medications alone, is it any wonder that Amgen is able to effectively control dialysis-related legislation and the nephrology/ESRD-industrial complex?

This is mostly taxpayer/Medicare money. Amgen's profit margins on ESAs are over 90%. Congress takes its share for campaign financing. And who in this field doesn't take Amgen money? It buys an unholy silence.

I believe in rewarding risk taking, but Amgen has simply used legal and business strategies to soak American taxpayers for decades. Its control of the legislative process also keeps thousands of low-income patients on dialysis and using Amgen's drugs.
bullet point Health Reform and Physician-Led Accountable Care:  The Paradox of Primary Care Physician Leadership
Free, full-text, Viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"... only 7% of physicians enthusiastically supported moving away from the familiarity afforded by fee-for-service."
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Combination Therapy with Low-Dose Metolazone and Furosemide: a "Needleless" Approach in Managing Refractory Fluid Overload in Elderly Renal Failure Patients under Palliative Care
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Intraperitoneal Interleukin-6 Levels Predict Peritoneal Solute Transport Rate: A Prospective Cohort Study
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Is Moderate Alcohol Consumption a Risk Factor for Kidney Function Decline? A Systematic Review of Observational Studies
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Yoga May Help Manage Blood Pressure, but More Research Needed
bullet point Little-Known Condition Causes 5%-10% of High Blood Pressure Cases
bullet point FDA Drug Safety Communication: Pradaxa (dabigatran) - Lower Risk for Stroke and Death, but Higher Risk for GI Bleeding Compared to Warfarin
bullet point New Amgen Drug May Help Lower 'Bad' Cholesterol Beyond Statins
Article from HealthDay. Abstract and press release from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point 2 Florida Hospital Workers Who Treated MERS Patient Fall ill
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Feds Nab 90 Suspects in $260 Million Medicare Fraud Sting


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Tuesday, May 13

DaVita Launches 6-Month Hemodiafiltration Trial in Colorado Springs
Press release.
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bullet point Dialysis Clinic Operator Pure Life Renal Raises $20M
News headline only from VENTUREWIRE. Pure Life Renal web site.
bullet point Physician Rating Website Names UC Irvine Nephrologist Top ESRD Expert
Article from Renal & Urology News. Expertscape website.
bullet point Rockwell Medical, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2014 Results
Press release. Earnings call transcript from Seeking Alpha.
bullet point ISN Education Webinar "The Value of Sodium Restriction in Dialysis Patients"
The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) Education is airing a webinar by Dr. Nathan Levin on Friday May 16, 2014 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).
bullet point Prevalence and Incidence of Chronic Kidney Disease Stage G5 in Japan
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Iron Dosing in Kidney Disease: Inconsistency of Evidence and Clinical Practice
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Preventing 30-Day Hospital Readmissions:  A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Trials
Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine. Video/article from the Mayo Clinic.
bullet point Former Virginia DaVita Employee Gets 3 1/2 Months in Jail for Illegally Filming Co-Workers
bullet point What Surge? Nation’s Primary Care System Holding Up Well So Far Under Obamacare
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point 2nd MERS Case Identified in U.S.
Article from HealthDay. Saudi Arabia reports five more MERS deaths.
bullet point Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 11 Countries Mark ‘Nurses Week’
bullet point Resveratrol in Red Wine May Not Be Such a Health Booster, After All
bullet point Medicare Struggling With Hepatitis-C Cure Costs
Article from NPR and Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Harvard: Overused Medical Services Cost Medicare Billions
Article from Kaiser Health News. Online First abstract and press release from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Final Hearing Set for HHS Nominee Burwell


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Monday, May 12

Dialysis Clinic Operator Pure Life Renal Raises $20M
Former Virginia DaVita Employee Gets 3 1/2 Months in Jail for Illegally Filming Co-Workers
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bullet point CKDu Has Killed 20,000 in Central America
Article from The New York Times.
bullet point Nephrologists Take Fistulas Into Their Own Hands
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Students Design Artificial Kidney with 3-D Printing
Article from UCONN Today.
bullet point Making Organ Donations Worthwhile
Letters to the Editor from The New York Times.
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Development of a Standardized Transfusion Ratio as a Metric for Evaluating Dialysis Facility Anemia Management Practices
Article in Press abstract from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases.

bullet point Home Dialysis: More Than Just a Convenience?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Home Hemodialysis: Beliefs, Attitudes, and Practice Patterns
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Urgent Start Peritoneal Dialysis: Time to Change Our Renal Replacement Algorithm
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from American Journal of Nephrology:
bullet point Eradication of Hepatitis C on the Horizon
Article from The Washington Post.
bullet point The Use of IVIg in Kidney Disease
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point National Living Donor Assistance Center
Website developed by Transplant Informatics Institute, a subsidiary of UNOS.
bullet point One Kidney for Life
Free, full-text, Online First editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
bullet point Higher Antidepressant Dose and Major Adverse Outcomes in Moderate Chronic Kidney Disease: a Retrospective Population-based Study
Provisional abstract and full-text article (22-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Jeff Stewart: Drumming and Dialysis
bullet point Patient Advocates: The Coach in Your Corner for Taking On the Health-Care System
Article from The Motley Fool.
bullet point Study Predicts Adult Obesity Prevalence in Almost All European Countries by 2030
bullet point Most People Have Unwanted Thoughts, International Study Finds
bullet point Obama's HHS Nominee Breezes through Senate Confirmation Hearing
Article from The Hill.


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