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Fri/Sat/Sun, Sept. 29 - Oct. 1

Thousands with Kidney Disease at Risk in Puerto Rico
Article from The Hill. (Oct. 1)

"We have had people who need dialysis who have been without it for 9 days," House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) said at a press conference Thursday. "They are at risk and some have already died. This is a humanitarian crisis and demands the speediest, most robust reaction and action that we can take."

Hoyer said he had spoken with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on Thursday about the response to the kidney disease patients. Price resigned on Friday over his use of private jets for government business.
Fear after Maria as Dialysis Patients in Puerto Rico in 'Desperate Need' of Help
Article from WJLA (Washington, DC).
HHS Secretary Price Resigns
Article from NPR. Don Wright has been designated acting HHS Secretary.
Statement by Richard Neal (D-MA) of the Ways and Means Committee
Dated Sept. 28, 2017

"“I am deeply concerned about reports from Puerto Rico that millions of people, including thousands of dialysis patients, are not receiving the urgent medical care they depend on. In this day and age, no American should ever die of a manageable medical condition. Yet this appears to be the situation facing kidney disease patients in Puerto Rico. Those in need of dialysis are in dire condition due to Puerto Rico’s lack of needed fuel and supplies to dialyze those with kidney disease. More than a week after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, needed medical supplies and fuel have not been delivered, resulting in the death of kidney patients; these deaths were preventable and the failure to get needed help to the island is inexcusable."
Puerto Rico's Hospitals Continue To Struggle Without Power and Fuel; Thousands of Dialysis Patients in Dire Need of Care
Article from Fierce Healthcare.
When Will KCER Tell the Truth?
KCER Hurricane Maria page. KCER Twitter and KCER Facebook. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are part of ESRD Network 3.

Editor's note: KCER and the ESRD Network are once again hoarding information while patients and their families are in dire need of information.

What people want most during a disaster is information. How can the public ask for more help if they don't know how bad the situation is?

KCER Staff
  • Sally Gore, MSW, MBA, PMP – KCER Executive Director
  • Keely Smith, BS – KCER Manager
  • Beverly Whittet, RN, CDN, CPHQ – KCER Coordinator
  • Jerome Bailey, BA – KCER Communications Coordinator
'People Are Dying!': San Juan Mayor Tears Into U.S. Official Who Called Puerto Rico 'A Good News Story'
Blog posting from Splinter. Video from CNN.

"Dammit, this is not a good news story! This is a people are dying story. This is a life or death story. This is [a] there's a truckload of stuff that cannot be taken to people story. This is a story of devastation that continues to worsen because people are not getting food and water. If I could scream a lot more louder—it is not a good news story when people are dying, when they don't have dialysis, when their generators aren't working and their oxygen isn't providing for them. Where is the good news here?"
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  Sept. 29, 2017
Internists Urge Pres. Trump to 'Consider Taking Additional Actions' to Provide Relief
Press release from the American College of Physicians. Related article from Bloomberg.
Hurricane Maria's Death Toll in Puerto Rico Is Higher Than Official Count, Experts Say
Article from Miami Herald.
"The storm-related fatalities are mounting with each passing day, and official numbers are not counting patients who are not receiving dialysis, oxygen and other essential services."
Editor's note: Is this the information that KCER is using?
Puerto Rico's Humanitarian Crisis Nowhere More Obvious Than at Hospitals
Article from The Washington Post.
"The hospital's vice president is most concerned about the patients receiving dialysis — several times as many as the hospital usually takes in. About 140 patients were on dialysis in the Caguas hospital on Wednesday, while it usually receives about 15."
American Kidney Fund Statement on Growing Crisis in Puerto Rico for Dialysis Patients
Press release.
"Water and electricity are in short supply. The power grid is severely damaged, and the island doesn't currently have the capacity to produce clean water. Dialysis clinics are fighting just to stay open—they cannot operate without water and power."
Orlando Nurse Reaches out to Private Sector to Get Critical Patients out of Puerto Rico
Article from WFTV 9 (Orlando).
National Research Priorities for Kidney Disease Identified by Patients
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Can-SOLVE CKD Network Annual Report 2016/17
"In this report, we are pleased to highlight activities from our first year that are helping to change the culture of kidney research in Canada."
Increased Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients Administered High Doses of Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents: a Propensity Score-Matched Analysis
Advance Article abstract from NDT.

Editor's note: Remember this Boston Globe article from 2006? The last two paragraphs tell one of many tragedies of for-profit, junk-bond nephrology.
Why Are Many Dialysis Patients Readmitted to the Hospital Soon after Discharge?
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from HealthDay.
High Prevalence of Cardiovascular Pathology in Children on Dialysis
(3-page pdf) News release from ERA-EDTA.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Transplantation:
PDI in Press Abstracts:
Troponin I Levels in Asymptomatic Hemodialysis Patients
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
Impact of Statins on Arteriovenous Fistulas Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Analysis of Mandibular Changes Using Panoramic-based Indices in Patients with Chronic Renal Failure
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
How to Lower Blood Pressure in Real-World Primary Care Clinics
Article from Internal Medicine News.
It's Time to Get Your Flu Shot Again
Article from HealthDay. MMWR article on vaccination coverage among health care personnel.
Fresenius Medical Care Divests Shiel Medical Laboratory to Quest Diagnostics
Press release.
Diabetes Drug Cuts Parkinson's Risk by 28%, Study Finds
Halting Low-Dose Aspirin Increases Cardiovascular Events
Democrats Urge Sec. Price to Change ObamaCare Site Shutdown Planned during Open Enrollment
Article from The Hill.
With Deadlines Looming, Congress Tardy On Funding For Children's Insurance, Health Centers
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
CMS Announces Special Enrollment Periods for Americans Impacted by Recent Hurricanes
Press release.
2017-2018 Influenza (Flu) Resources for Health Care Professionals
(5-page pdf) Special Edition MLN Matters article.


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Thursday, Sept. 28

American Kidney Fund Statement on Growing Crisis in Puerto Rico for Dialysis Patients
Press release. KCER Hurricane Maria page. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are part of ESRD Network 3.

Editor's note: KCER is once again hoarding information while patients are in great need.
National Research Priorities for Kidney Disease Identified by Patients
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Can-SOLVE CKD Network Annual Report 2016/17
"In this report, we are pleased to highlight activities from our first year that are helping to change the culture of kidney research in Canada."
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For Dialysis Patients, Hurricanes Are A Race Against The Clock For Survival
Article from WLRN Miami/S.Florida.
Puerto Rico Officals Say 'People Are Going To Die' After Hurricane Maria
Article from International Business Times.
"People are going to die," said Dorado Mayor Carlos López Rivera about dialysis patients in the town on Wednesday.
Itching: Another Patient Commentary
Posting from the Nephrology Journal Club.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Augmented Nurse Care Management in CKD Stages 4 to 5: A Randomized Trial
Free, full-text article from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Delayed-Release Metformin Proves Promising for Diabetic Renal Disease
Article from Internal Medicine News.
Fractures in Patients with CKD — Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention: a Review by Members of the European Calcified Tissue Society and the European Renal Association of Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Pregnancy Related Acute Kidney Injury in High Income Countries: Still a Critical Issue
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Early Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Improves Nutrition Delivery in Neonates During Extracorporeal Life Support
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Articles from Renal & Urology News:
FDA Approves First Continuous Glucose Monitoring System for Adults Not Requiring Blood Sample Calibration
FDA press release.
Nephrology Clinics in the US Can Join the CKDopps
Chronic Kidney Disease Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study.
Researchers Uncover the Source of Diabetic Pain
A Patient's Guide to Enrolling in Obamacare in the Age of Trump
Article From STAT.
Want to Fix America's Health Care? We Need to Focus on Food
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Free, Full-Text, New Online Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Lost in Thought — The Limits of the Human Mind and the Future of Medicine
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Chronic Care (CHRONIC) Act of 2017 Passes Senate
Articles from MobiHealthNews and Medscape Nephrology (registration required).
CMS Will Not Update Overall Hospital Star Ratings in October
News brief from AHANews.

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Wednesday, Sept. 27

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  Sept. 27, 2017
San Juan Mayor to Trump: Hurricane Relief, Debt Crisis Are 'Two Different Issues'
Articles from CNN and The Daily Beast.
"We are finding dialysis patients that have not been able to contact their providers. We are having to transport them in near-death conditions."
Editor's note: The Hurricane Maria web page on the KCER web site provides no information on clinic closings beyond provider telephone numbers.
'This Is Like in War': a Scramble to Care for Puerto Rico's Sick, Injured
Article from The New York Times via The Daily Gazette.
"So far, seven regional hub hospitals are taking in patients. The island's dialysis patients are also getting care. But none of it is easy."
FDA Acts to Prevent Shortages of Drugs Made in Puerto Rico
AHANews news brief. FDA statement.
How Patient Preferences Contribute to Regulatory Decisions for Medical Devices
Article from FDA Voice.
Rafael Matesanz: The Threat of Transplant Tourism
Opinion piece from the Latin American Herald Tribune.
Cultural Challenges in the Care of Refugees with End-Stage Renal Disease: What Western Nephrologists Should Know
Free, full-text review from Nephron.
Abstracts from Nephron:
Mild Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults with Predialysis Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: Prevalence and Association with Physical Function
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Baxter Launches First 3-In-1 Set For Use in Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy and Sepsis Management Protocols
Press release.
New Survey of People with Chronic Kidney Disease Finds High Potassium Is Among Top Health Concerns
NKF press release.
Nation’s Organ Donation Network Wants To Make Liver Transplants ‘A Little Bit More Equal’
‘We Don’t Have The Votes’: Senate Republicans End Latest Push For Obamacare Replacement Bill
News summary from Kaiser Health News. Articles from HealthDay and Reuters.
Major U.S. Study Will Examine Precision Medicine
News item from HealthDay. All of US research program. Article from ABC News.
"In a quest to end cookie-cutter health care, U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact — and to finally customize ways to prevent and treat disease."
You've Heard about Precision Medicine. Now Get Ready for Precision Drug Ads
Article From STAT.
Right After Trump Blamed High Drug Prices On Campaign Cash, Drugmakers Gave More
Article from Kaiser Health News.
STDs Hit All-Time High in U.S.
 


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Tuesday, Sept. 26

‘We Don’t Have The Votes’: Senate Republicans End Latest Push For Obamacare Replacement Bill
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
San Juan Mayor to Trump: Hurricane Relief, Debt Crisis Are 'Two Different Issues'
Article from CNN.
"We are finding dialysis patients that have not been able to contact their providers. We are having to transport them in near-death conditions."
Editor's note: The Hurricane Maria web page on the KCER web site provides no information on clinic closings beyond provider telephone numbers.
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  Sept. 26, 2017
'This Is Chaos': Sweltering Puerto Rico on Day 6 Without Power
Articles from Bloomberg and Mic.
MacDill AFB's Lifesaving Crews Rush to Hurricane-Ravaged Islands
Article from FOX 13 News, Tampa.
Damage from Hurricane Maria Pushes Medical Services in Puerto Rico to the Brink
Article from Fierce Healthcare.
Act Now! Graham-Cassidy Bill Threatens Healthcare for People with Kidney Disease
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Statement by Eleanor D. Lederer, MD, FASN, President, the American Society of Nephrology, Opposing the Graham-Cassidy Proposal
Press release.
Gradual Initiation of Dialysis As a Means to Reduce Cost While Providing Quality Health Care
Free, full-text, Advance Online correspondence from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
New NephroCheck® Test Outcomes Data Show Significant Reduction in Kidney Injury, Hospital Stay
Press release from Ortho Clinical Diagnostics.
Addressing the Polypharmacy Conundrum
(Registration required, but free.) Article from U.S. Pharmacist via Medscape Nephrology.
Sen. Collins Announces Opposition To GOP Bill To Replace Obamacare
Articles from Kaiser Health News and Reuters.
Cybersecurity—A Serious Patient Care Concern
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
A Doctor Goes without a White Coat. Here's How His Visits Changed.
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Weight Loss for Adults at Any Age Leads to Cost Savings, Study Suggests
 


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Monday, Sept. 25

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  Sept. 25, 2017
Patients From St. Croix Evacuated To U.S. Mainland
Article from News America Now.

"An additional 40 dialysis patients are also now being prepared to leave the Territory."

Editor's note: Neither the ESRD Network 3 nor the KCER Hurricane Maria page lists any dialysis clinic closings in the Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico.
Red Tape Keeping Mobile Dialysis from Saving Lives, Critics Say
Article from STAT via The Boston Globe.
A Coordinated Assault to Stop Frequent Hemodialysis — Action Needed!
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
DaVita Inc.: Warren and Charlie's Excellent Insurance Gambit
Report from the Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation. DaVita stock chart.

"The definition of HIPP (American Kidney Fund's Health Insurance Payment Program) is unusually subjective, depending largely on whether you provide or receive dialysis, or insure those who undergo it.

To the former, the AKF and dialysis clinics–especially the larger chains–it's an elegant solution to an end stage renal disease conundrum of longstanding: with the one-two punch of its steep financial costs and the physical exhaustion emerging from treatment, working is often not an option, and many patients exhaust savings or go deeply into debt to maintain their private healthcare insurance policies. As a function of that, AKF's HIPP pays its recipients monthly insurance premiums for the duration of their dialysis treatment.

For the latter, mostly insurance companies offering healthcare to the public, HIPP is a financial headache of a scale eclipsed only by its sheer evil brilliance."

“No one is saying that the AKF or its policies are all bad,” she said, “but [the fund] is [incentivized] to expand clinic-centered dialysis. The large dialysis organizations, who give the fund most of its money, are the obvious beneficiaries.”
Scientists Grow Bullish on Pig-to-Human Transplants
Article from Science magazine.
Organ Donation in Ontario Increased 57 Percent Since 2006 after New Canadian Donation Policy
Press release and full-text article from Canadian Medical Association Journal.
National Kidney Foundation Statement on Senate Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Proposal
NKF news release.
Should You Just Scratch the Itch?
Nephrology Journal Club chat scheduled for Wednesday Sep 27. Related patient commentary videos.
Free, Open Access, First Online Articles from Journal of Nephrology:
Achievement of Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes Mineral and Bone Targets between 2010 and 2014 in Incident Dialysis Patients in France: the Photo-Graphe3 Study
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Kidney Allocation Based on Proven Acceptable Antigens Results in Superior Graft Survival in Highly Sensitized Patients
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Improving Kidney Transplant Outcomes
Press release from University of Manitoba.
Strengths and Weaknesses of Using SRTR Data to Shape the Management of the HIV-Infected Kidney Transplant Recipient
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
Use of the Viabahn Stent Graft for the Treatment of Recurrent Cephalic Arch Stenosis in Hemodialysis Accesses
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Diet Quality in Patients with End-Stage Kidney Disease Undergoing Dialysis
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
Hyperkalemia Linked to Poor Outcomes in Diabetes Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Sunday Hours: Obamacare Website To Be Shut Down For Portion of Most Weekends during Open Enrollment
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Health Benefits In 2017: Stable Coverage, Workers Faced Considerable Variation In Costs
Free, full-text article from Health Affairs.
GOP Changes Graham-Cassidy Bill to Win over Wary Senators
Article from The Hill.
The Graham–Cassidy Plan — The Most Harmful ACA-Repeal Bill Yet
Free, full-text, First Online perspective piece from The New England Journal of Medicine.
GOP Health Bill's Changes Go Far Beyond Preexisting Conditions
Article from Kaiser Health News.
American Nurses Association Adamantly Opposes Graham-Cassidy Proposal
 


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Fri/Sat, Sept. 22-23

Red Tape Keeping Mobile Dialysis from Saving Lives, Critics Say
Article from STAT via The Boston Globe.
A Coordinated Assault to Stop Frequent Hemodialysis — Action Needed!
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Republican Sen. John McCain Announces Opposition to Health Care Bill, Dashing Hopes for GOP Leaders
Article from AP.
DaVita Inc.: Warren and Charlie's Excellent Insurance Gambit
Report from the Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation. DaVita stock chart.

"The definition of HIPP (American Kidney Fund's Health Insurance Payment Program) is unusually subjective, depending largely on whether you provide or receive dialysis, or insure those who undergo it.

To the former, the AKF and dialysis clinics–especially the larger chains–it's an elegant solution to an end stage renal disease conundrum of longstanding: with the one-two punch of its steep financial costs and the physical exhaustion emerging from treatment, working is often not an option, and many patients exhaust savings or go deeply into debt to maintain their private healthcare insurance policies. As a function of that, AKF's HIPP pays its recipients monthly insurance premiums for the duration of their dialysis treatment.

For the latter, mostly insurance companies offering healthcare to the public, HIPP is a financial headache of a scale eclipsed only by its sheer evil brilliance."

“No one is saying that the AKF or its policies are all bad,” she said, “but [the fund] is [incentivized] to expand clinic-centered dialysis. The large dialysis organizations, who give the fund most of its money, are the obvious beneficiaries.”
Scientists Grow Bullish on Pig-to-Human Transplants
Article from Science magazine.
Should You Just Scratch the Itch?
Nephrology Journal Club chat scheduled for Wednesday Sep 27. Related patient commentary videos.
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Puerto Rico's Power Outage Could Be A Death Sentence For Many
Article from The Huffington Post. 5-day forecast cone for Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are part of ESRD Network 3.
In one instance, 89 kidney disease patients at Puerto Rico's Fresenius Kidney Care clinic were transferred to the Fresenius location in Miami to continue their lifesaving dialysis treatment after Maria hit. Those same 89 patients had just been transferred from Saint Thomas, part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, after Hurricane Irma pummeled that island earlier this month.
Critical Aid Shipments Poised for Hurricane-Impacted Caribbean
Article from Reliefweb.
Lastly, Puerto Rico is currently caring for at least 120 dialysis patients that are currently being housed in hotels but will likely be placed in special needs shelters and will require long-term care. Direct Relief is in contact with a physician from the U.S. Public Health Service, in coordination with the EOC, who is putting together a list of insulin needs for those patients. A shipment will be built and sent in the coming week.
Moved to Tears
Article from Barbados Today.
" ... (in Dominica) the dialysis machines are down; the ICU has been destroyed by the hurricane. That is one of our major concerns. Any country that can assist us with airlifting patients to Martinique. One patient who has to receive dialysis everyday walked over 21 miles and I met him at the hospital . . . another patient, if he doesn't get airlifted, he will expire."
ESRD Medication Reconciliation & Management TEP Conference Call
September 25, 2017, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET. The agenda and dial in information for the call is included below, and will be posted along with the TEP composition form on the CMS website in the near future.
 
Call-in Information
Toll-Free Phone Number: 1-888-296-6500
Guest Code: 965094
 
WebEx Link (please copy and paste into your browser):
 
Meeting Agenda
3:00 – 3:10   Review of In-Person Summary Report
3:10 – 3:55   Discussion of Measure Specifications
3:55 – 4:00   Public Comment Period
Study Reveals High Rates of Opioid Prescriptions and Excessive Dosing in Dialysis Patients
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. Articles from HealthDay and MedPage Today (registration required, but free).
Air Pollution May Have Damaging Effects on the Kidneys
Press release and free, full-text, JASN Express article from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from HealthDay.
Body Composition and Inflammation in Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Dynamics of Nutritional Competence in the Last Year Before Death in a Large Cohort of US Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Comparative Effectiveness of One Stage Versus Two-Stage Basilic Vein Transposition Arteriovenous Fistulas
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Accumulation of Uremic Toxins Is Reflected Only Partially by Estimated GFR in Pediatric Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Narrow Networks Get Even Tighter When Shopping For Mental Health Specialists
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Free, Full-Text, News Online Articles from The Journal of the American Medical Association:
Antidepressants Tied to a Significantly Increased Risk for Death
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
All 50 State Medicaid Directors Oppose Obamacare Repeal Bill
News item from MarketWatch. Related news summary from Kaiser Health News.
Drug-Resistant Infections, Lack Of Innovative Antibiotic Development Pose ‘Global Health Emergency,’ WHO Warns
Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy report.
A Physician's Perspective On Vertical Integration
Abstract from Health Affairs.
Medicare Contractors Propose Tougher Rules for Covering More Frequent Dialysis
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Hurricane Maria and Medicare Disaster Related United States Virgin Islands and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Claims
(5-page pdf) MLN Matters® Special Edition Article.
CMS Announces Efforts to Support Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands with Hurricane Maria Emergency Response
Press release.
CROWNWeb: “Reinforcing Processes in the Wake of Natural Disasters” Town Hall Registration Now Open
Scheduled for Thursday, September 28th, at 2:00 PM ET.


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Thursday, Sept. 21

Hurricane Maria and Medicare Disaster Related United States Virgin Islands and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Claims
(5-page pdf) MLN Matters® Special Edition Article.
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  Sept. 21, 2017
Puerto Rico Entirely without Power As Hurricane Maria Hammers Island with Devastating Force
Article from The Washington Post. Article and video from The Weather Channel. 5-day forecast cone for Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are part of ESRD Network 3.
7 Days Without Dialysis (in Houston)
Q&A from the American Kidney Fund.

Editor's note: Can you imagine worse care than this? What does this say about the dialysis community's emergency planning?

This is what happens when KCER functions as an informational black hole to patients and the public.
CDC Issues Guidance on Storm Recovery
Article from Reuters. After a Hurricane resources from the CDC.
American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week 2017: The Intersection of Basic Science and Clinical Care: The Future of Personalized Nephrology
Press release.
Older Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Report More Disability than Older Adults Without CKD
Report from the CDC 's Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Tobacco Use: A Chronic Kidney Disease Accelerant
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
Vascular Access Placement Order and Outcomes in Hemodialysis Patients: A Longitudinal Study
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Article in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Managing Chronic Kidney Disease with Medication Therapy Management
(Registration required, but free.) Article from U.S. Pharmacist via Medscape Nephrology.
Abstracts from PDI:
Mortality Prediction in Stable Hemodialysis Patients Is Refined by YKL-40, a 40-kDa Glycoprotein Associated with Inflammation
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Renal Support Network's Annual Essay Contest Winners
The theme this year was "Describe a positive decision that you have made about your healthcare."
American Renal Associates Holdings, Inc. Names Don E. Williamson, M.D. as Chief Operating Officer
Press release.
Both High, Low Levels of Magnesium in Blood Linked to Risk of Dementia
Communication Key to Preventing Spread of Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Republicans Plan Healthcare Vote; Obama and TV Host Denounce Bill
Article from Reuters.
Research: the Readability of Scientific Texts Is Decreasing over Time
Article from the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
Five Reasons Physicians Should Choose Marijuana over Opioids
Article from Medical Economics.
Drone Sets New Record for Transporting Blood Samples
CMS Says It Will Change Direction of CMMI, Wants Providers to Have Greater Flexibility in Payment Model Design
Article from Healthcare IT News. News brief from AHANews.


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Wednesday, Sept. 20

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  Sept. 20, 2017
Category 4/5 Hurricane Maria Impacts the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
Article and video from The Weather Channel. 5-day forecast cone for Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are part of ESRD Network 3.
Puerto Rico Braces for Hurricane Maria
Article from Metro US.

"It was also reported that the Federal Department of Health will move the 127 dialysis patients repatriated from the islands of Saint Thomas and Saint Martin to the continental United States to ensure their treatment in the wake of Hurricane Maria."
Sept. 19, 5 PM EDT — KCER Updates Facility Closings in Florida — 6 Dialysis Clinics Listed as Closed
Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER). ESRD Network of Florida.
Tropical Storm Jose 5-Day Forecast Cone
Graphic from the National Hurricane Center.
ISN and ASN Join Forces Helping Dialysis Patients after Hurricane Irma
Press release from the International Society of Nephrology.
ASN and Advocates from 21 Other Health Care Organizations are on Capitol Hill Urging Congress to Support Kidney Disease Research and the Living Donor Protection Act
Press release from the American Society of Nephrology.
How First ‘Vouchers’ in UCLA Kidney Donation Program Led to 25 Lifesaving Transplants
Press release.
FDA Recall Notice: Baxter Amia Automated Peritoneal Dialysis Set with Cassette
Recall was initiated Sept. 1, 2017 for 164,700 units.

"The firm received increased customer complaints for Missing Red Line, Patient Slow Flow, Solution Slow Flow, and Inadequate Drain alerts on certain lots of the AMIA Automated Peritoneal Dialysis Set with Cassette."
Free, Open Access Articles from PLOS ONE:
Early Effects of Renal Replacement Therapy on Cardiovascular Comorbidity in Children with End-Stage Kidney Disease: Findings from the 4C- T Study.
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
Exercise May Stem Kidney Damage in Lupus Patients
Article from HealthDay.
Aldosterone Antagonist Therapy and Its Relationship with Inflammation, Fibrosis, Thrombosis, Mineral Bone Disorder and Cardiovascular Complications in Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Patients
Free, Open Access article from International Urology and Nephrology.
Obesity Rates Have Stopped Rising for Young Americans
Home Blood Pressure Monitoring for Hypertension Best Combined with Intensive Support
Jimmy Kimmel Slams Cassidy over Obamacare Repeal Bill
Article from The Hill.
Articles and News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
The High Cost of Public Reporting
Posting from The Health Care Blog.
Graham-Cassidy: A Closer Look at the Medicaid Provisions
Posting from the HealthAffairs Blog.


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Tuesday, Sept. 19

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  Sept. 19, 2017
Category 5 Hurricane Maria Targeting the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
Article and video from The Weather Channel. 5-day forecast cone for Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are part of ESRD Network 3.
Sept. 18, 4 PM EDT — KCER Updates Facility Closings in Florida — 9 Dialysis Clinics Listed as Closed
Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER). ESRD Network of Florida.
Tropical Storm Jose 5-Day Forecast Cone
Graphic from the National Hurricane Center..
Selena Gomez's Kidney Transplant Puts Lupus Center Stage
Article from HealthDay.
International Comparisons of Prevalence, Awareness, and Treatment of Pruritus in People on Hemodialysis
Free, full-text CJASN Express article.
First UK Case Report of Kidney Transplantation from an HIV-Infected Deceased Donor to Two HIV-Infected Recipients
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
July Issue of Renal Society of Australasia Journal
6 full-text articles in PDF format.
Effect of Dialyzer Membrane Materials on Survival in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients: Results from the Annual Survey of the Japanese Nationwide Dialysis Registry
Free, Open Access article from PLOS ONE.
Harms of Unsuccessful Donation after Circulatory Death: an Exploratory Study
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.

CJASN Express Abstracts:

New Ultrasound Techniques Promise Further Advances in AKI and CKD
JASN Express abstract.
When and How Can Nephrologists Treat Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Dialysis Patients?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Effects of Intensive Systolic Blood Pressure Control on Kidney and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Persons Without Kidney Disease: A Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Trial
Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring Versus Usual Care in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Receiving Multiple Daily Insulin Injections: A Randomized Trial
Abstract and Summary for Patients from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Nutrition in Renal Supportive Care: Patient Driven and Flexible
Free, full-text review article from Nephrology.
The Misuse of Meta-analysis in Nutrition Research
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
American Kidney Fund, American Society of Pediatric Nephrology Partner To Provide Disaster Relief To Youngest Dialysis Patients In Harvey's And Irma's Paths
Senate GOP Tries One Last Time To Repeal Obamacare
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Global, Regional, and National Comparative Risk Assessment of 84 Behavioral, Environmental and Occupational, and Metabolic Risks or Clusters of Risks, 1990-2016: a Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016
Free, full-text article from The Lancet.
Ethics and the Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide: An American College of Physicians Position Paper
Free, full-text Latest Article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
The Relationship of Health Insurance and Mortality: Is Lack of Insurance Deadly?
Free, full-text article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
 


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Monday, Sept. 18

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Sept. 16, 2 PM EDT — KCER Updates Facility Closings in Florida — 14 Dialysis Clinics Listed as Closed
The information is only available in a very large Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, making it inaccesible for most people using phones.


Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER).

ESRD Networks of: Editor's note: From the public's and the patients' perspectives, KCER and the ESRD Network of Florida functioned as a perfect informational black hole during the five days after Hurricane Irma made landfall on Sunday morning.
Tropical Storm Jose 5-Day Forecast Cone
Graphic from the National Hurricane Center. 5-day forecast cone for Hurricane Maria.
This Gift Voucher Might Just Get You A Kidney
Article from Kaiser Health News.

The Kidney Allocation System Claims Equity: It Is Time to Review Utility and Fairness
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.

The Association of Donor and Recipient Age with Graft Survival in Pediatric Renal Transplant Recipients in a European Society for Pediatric Nephrology/European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplantation Association Registry Study
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
Validity and Reproducibility of a Short Food Frequency Questionnaire among Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Comparison of a Handheld Indirect Calorimetry Device and Predictive Energy Equations Among Individuals on Maintenance Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Management of Hypertension in Patients during Percutaneous Dialysis Access Interventions
Free, full-text article from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Eicosapentaenoic Acid as a Potential Therapeutic Approach to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease on Hemodialysis: A Review
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress review article from CardioRenal Medicine.
Press Releases from the American Heart Association:
Nearly 25 Million U.S. Workers Now Have High-Deductible Health Plans
Article from HealthDay.
Hurricane Irma - Disaster Exceptions/Exemptions for Medicare Certified Providers Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding
(7-page pdf dated Sept. 14) "The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to acute care hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, renal dialysis facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers located in areas affected by Hurricane Irma due to the devastating impact of the storm."

CMS Hurricane Irma web page.
CROWNWeb Reporting for Dialysis Facilities Affected by Hurricane Irma


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Fri/Sat, Sept. 15-16

Sept. 16, 2 PM EDT — KCER Updates Facility Closings in Florida — 14 Dialysis Clinics Listed as Closed
The information is only available in a very large Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, making it inaccesible for most people using phones.
Sept. 15, 6 PM EDT — KCER Finally Reports on Facility Closings in Florida — 18 Dialysis Clinics Now Listed as Closed
The information is only available in a very large Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, making it inaccesible and/or hard to navigate for most people using phones.
Hurricane Irma - Disaster Exceptions/Exemptions for Medicare Certified Providers Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding
(7-page pdf dated Sept. 14) "The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to acute care hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, renal dialysis facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers located in areas affected by Hurricane Irma due to the devastating impact of the storm."

CMS Hurricane Irma web page.
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KCER Hurricane Irma Web Page
As of 2:00 PM EDT, Friday Sept. 15, neither the Kidney Community Emergency Response Program nor the ESRD Network of Florida has provided any information on closed dialysis facilities in Florida.

According to the KCER web site, "There are no Hurricane Irma facility closings at this time."


Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER).

ESRD Networks of: Editor's note: Sept. 13, 9 AM (and unchanged at 2:00 PM on Sept. 15). The Dialysis Units in the USA web site lists two Florida dialysis centers as closed (Mount Dora, Key West) — and none in Georgia.
Dialysis Facility Closings/Change in Schedule for GA, NC, and SC Due to Hurricane Irma
Updated listings (9/14, 3:00 PM - 1 facility closed) from the ESRD Network of the South Atlantic.
DaVita Kidney Care Issues Statement about Florida Boil Water Advisory
Press release.
Tropical Storm Jose 5-Day Forecast Cone
Graphic from the National Hurricane Center.
Article from Nephrology News & Issues:
National Kidney Foundation Statement on Selena Gomez and Living Organ Donation
NKF news release.
How Spain Became the World Leader in Organ Transplants
Article from THE LOCAL.
Kidney Voucher Program Counts on Karma to Improve Donations
Article from CNN.
PCORI Has Awarded to MTPPI a Contract to Host a 2019 Conference — ESRD Anemia Research Priorities: Perspectives from Dialysis Patients and Stakeholders
(1-page pdf) News release from Medical Technology and Practice Patterns Institute, Inc.
House Energy and Commerce Panel Clears Bipartisan Medicare Bills, On Path With Ways and Means Committee To Replicate Senate Chronic Care Bill
(Pay-for-view web site) Article extract from InsideHealthPolicy.com.
Endovascular AVF Creation – A NEAT Option
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Incremental Dialysis
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Skin Cancers in Organ Transplant Recipients
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Multi-Disciplinary Vascular Access Care and Access Outcomes in People Starting Hemodialysis Therapy
CJASN Express abstract.
Warfarin Use and Increased Mortality in End-Stage Renal Disease
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
University of Rhode Island Research Examines Cause of Kidney Transplant Failures
Press release.
Impaired Sleep May Have Serious Health Consequences for Kidney Disease Patients
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Intraperitoneal Antibiotic Administration for Prevention of Postoperative Peritoneal Catheter-Related Infections
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Articles from Renal & Urology News:
Which Single Behavior Best Prevents High Blood Pressure?
Article from HealthDay.
Mediterranean Diet As the Diet of Choice in CKD Patients
Posting from the European Nephrology Portal.
Sodium (Salt) Intake Is Associated with a Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes
Press release from Diabetologia. Article from HealthDay.
Nutritional Considerations for Older Patients on Dialysis
(Registration required, but free.) Article from NDT via Medscape Nephrology.
Estimating Renal Function in Old People: an In-Depth Review
Free, Open Access, First Online article from International Urology and Nephrology.
Start-up Working on Breakthrough in 3-D Printing of Human Organs
Article from Healthcare IT News.
New Material With Live Cells for Organ, Tissue Printing
Article from MedGadget.
FDA OKs First 'Biosimilar' Drug to Fight Cancer
Article from HealthDay.
FDA Approval of Nonadjunctive Use of Continuous Glucose Monitors for Insulin Dosing — A Potentially Risky Decision
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Too Many Older Diabetes Patients Are Being Overtreated
RPA Comments on 2018 Medicare Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
(4-page pdf) Letter from the Renal Physicians Association.
CMS Reveals New Medicare Card Design
Press release and image.


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Thursday, Sept. 14

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KCER Hurricane Irma Web Page
As of 7:00 PM EDT, Thursday Sept. 14, neither the Kidney Community Emergency Response Program nor the ESRD Network of Florida has provided any information on closed dialysis facilities in Florida.

According to the KCER web site, "There are no Hurricane Irma facility closings at this time."


Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER).

ESRD Networks of: Editor's note: Sept. 13, 9 AM (and unchanged at 7:00 PM on Sept. 14). The Dialysis Units in the USA web site lists two Florida dialysis centers as closed (Mount Dora, Key West) — and none in Georgia.
Dialysis Facility Closings/Change in Schedule for GA, NC, and SC Due to Hurricane Irma
Updated listings (9/14, 11:00 AM - 5 facilities closed) from the ESRD Network of the South Atlantic.
Hurricane Season Public Health Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Guidance for Health Care Providers, Response and Recovery Workers, and Affected Communities
Early Release article from the CDC's MMWR.
DOPPS Practice Monitor: Latest US Hemodialysis Trends and New Peritoneal Dialysis Data from PDOPPS
News release from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS). Researchers from the DOPPS Practice Monitor (DPM) will host a web conference on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 3 p.m. EDT. The conference will be moderated by Dr. Bruce Robinson, Principal Investigator of the DOPPS Program.
Postings from the KidneyViews Blog:
Articles from Nephrology News & Issues:
Clinical Management of Patients on Peritoneal Dialysis in Italy: Results from the ATENA Study
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Transplanting HCV-Infected Kidneys into Uninfected Recipients
Free, full-text correspondence from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Free, Full-Text, Early View Letters to the Editor from American Journal of Transplantation:
Management Considerations in the Failing Renal Allograft
Accepted Article abstract and full-text 25-page PDF from Nephrology.
An Increasingly Complex Relationship Between Salt and Water
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Research Highlights Therapeutic Effect of Dialysis on Nerve Structure and Function
Press release from the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
Articles from Internal Medicine News:
Diabetes Threatens Kidneys, Vision of Millions of Americans
Article from HealthDay.
Type 2 Diabetes Is a Reversible Condition
Press release from Newcastle University.
Losing Weight Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes, but Is Rarely Achieved or Recorded
Press release and full-text article from BMJ.
Press release from DIABETOLOGIA:
Risk of Heart Disease in Urban 'Food Deserts' Is Associated with Individual's Income Rather Than Access to Healthy Food
Press release from the American Heart Association.
Caregiver Fatigue Increases Healthcare Costs
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
Researchers Turn to Creative Approaches to Battle Kidney Stones
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
Selena Gomez Receives Kidney Transplant From Best Friend
Rockwell Medical Updates Progress on Calcitriol Commercial Launch
Articles from The Hill:
Press Releases from National Nurses United:
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Measuring Sepsis Incidence and Trends in US Hospitals Using Clinical Data
Press release from Brigham and Women's Hospital. Free, full-text, New Online article and editorial from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
CMS Announces Ongoing Efforts to Support Hurricane Irma Emergency Response
CMS press release. (Sept. 13)


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Wednesday, Sept. 13

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KCER Hurricane Irma Web Page
As of 6:00 PM EDT, Wednesday Sept. 13, neither the Kidney Community Emergency Response Program nor the ESRD Network of Florida has provided any information on closed dialysis facilities in Florida. According to KCER, "There are no Hurricane Irma facility closings at this time."

Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER).

ESRD Networks of: Editor's note: Sept. 13, 9 AM (and at 6 PM). The Dialysis Units in the USA web site lists two Florida dialysis centers as closed (Mount Dora, Key West).
Dialysis Facility Closings/Change in Schedule for GA, NC, and SC for Wednesday, September 13th Due to Hurricane Irma
Updated listings from the ESRD Network of the South Atlantic.
Puerto Rico Takes Post-Irma Dialysis Patients
Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free).
Florida Confronts Irma's Aftermath
Article from HealthDay.
After Irma, Florida Prepares for Days — and Maybe Weeks — Without Power
Article from The Washington Post.
Central Florida Lights Could Be Out for Days, Weeks
Article from the Orlando Sentinel.

Updates on Power Outages in Georgia
News arrticle from Georgia Power.

Service to nearly 1 million Georgia Power customers impacted at height of Hurricane Irma.

Sept. 12, 10 p.m. Update: 425,000 customers currently without power throughout Georgia. Power to 525,000 Georgia Power customers restored.

The Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority has Released the Following Statement Pertaining to Hurricane Irma
Press release (Monday, Sept. 5 PM) with listing of available routes and times from The Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority.

"Access Lynx service will begin providing dialysis and oncology trips on Tuesday. Access Lynx will determine trip availability for future dates as road conditions improve and services become available."
Teaching the Health Care Sector About Managing Disasters
Article from Harvard Business Review.
Study Shows That Close to 2 Million US Adults Are at High Risk of Serious Chronic Kidney Disease Progression and Subsequent Death
Press release from Diabetologia.
Association between Intradialytic Central Venous Oxygen Saturation and Ultrafiltration Volume in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access, Advance Article from NDT.
Association of Plasma Potassium with Mortality and End-Stage Kidney Disease in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease under Nephrologist Care — The NephroTest Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Effect of Renal Transplantation on Cognitive Function in Hemodialysis Patients: a Longitudinal Study
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
Administration of Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis: a Time and Motion Study
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Published Ahead-of-Print Abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology & Hypertension:
Efficacy and Safety of Sevelamer Carbonate in Hyperphosphatemic Pediatric Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
The Use of Bone Mineral Density Measured by Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) and Peripheral Quantitative Computed Microtomography in Chronic Kidney Disease
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Impact of Renal Replacement Therapy on Survival in Patients with KDIGO Stage 3 Acute Kidney Injury: a Propensity Score Matched Analysis
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Proximal Radial Artery Arteriovenous Fistula for Hemodialysis Vascular Access
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Articles from Renal & Urology News:
Type 2 Diabetes Is Being Misdiagnosed in African-Americans, Genetic Study Suggests
Press release from Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
Effects of Sotagliflozin Added to Insulin in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes
Free, full-text, First Online article and editorial from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Aethlon Medical Wins FDA EAP Designation for Hemopurifier
Senators Announce Bipartisan Extension of Children's Health Program
Article from The Hill.
PCORI Board Approves $97.9 Million to Support Patient-Centered Comparative Clinical Effectiveness Research
Press release from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
NIH Awards $15 Million to Support Development of 3-D Human Tissue Models
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
Cost is Top Reason for Not Filling a Medication Prescription
 


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Tuesday, September 12

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Unprecedented Power Outages in Florida, US Southeast

Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER). KCER Hurricane Irma web page.

Disaster Preparedness for Dialysis Patients from the American Kidney Fund blog.

ESRD Networks of:
HHS, DoD Rescue Dialysis Patients from U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma
EIN News Desk.
National Kidney Foundation Statement on Hurricanes Irma and Harvey --Resources for Dialysis Patients
Press release.
Many Florida Hospitals Show ‘Tremendous Spirit’ In Face Of Hurricane And Remain Open
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Irma Blows Out of Florida After Emptying 30 Hospitals
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.

"Records indicate that 130 Americans in St Thomas (US Virgin Islands) are on dialysis.
Mitigating the Mental and Physical Health Consequences of Hurricane Harvey
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Open Dialogue between Professionals with Different Opinions Builds the Best Policy
Free, full-text, Early View letter to the editor from American Journal of Transplantation.
Articles from ASN's Kidney News Online:
Free, Full-Text, CJASN Express Articles:
Efficacy of Blood Flow Restriction Exercise during Dialysis for End Stage Kidney Disease Patients: Protocol of a Randomized Controlled Trial
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Effectiveness of Pharmacist Interventions on Cardiovascular Risk in Patients With CKD: A Subgroup Analysis of the Randomized Controlled RxEACH Trial
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Randomized, Controlled Trial of the Effect of Dietary Potassium Restriction on Nerve Function in CKD
CJASN Express abstract.
Sitting Most of the Day May Lead to an Early Grave
Articles from Reuters and HealthDay. Latest Article abstract and full-text Summary for Patients from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Articles from Renal & Urology News:
New Research Shows People of Black or Mixed Ethnicities Less Likely to Be Monitored for Diabetes and Complications
Press release from Diabetologia.
Treatment of Type I Diabetes: Synopsis of the 2017 American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes
Free, full-text, Latest Article clinical guidelines from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Does Study Claim a Cure? Beware of Scientific 'Spin'
Article from HealthDay. Free, Open Access article from PLOS Biology.
Association of Trial Registration With Reporting of Primary Outcomes in Protocols and Publications
Free, full-text, New Online research letter from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
CMS Announces Ongoing Efforts to Support Florida with Hurricane Irma Emergency Response
Sept. 11 press release.
HHS Announces Additional Hurricane Waivers, Resources
News brief from AHANews.


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Monday, September 11

HHS, DoD Rescue Dialysis Patients from U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma
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Irma Now Tropical Storm
Hurricane news and Storm Tracker from The Weather Channel. National Hurricane Center 5-day forecast cone.

Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER). KCER Hurricane Irma web page.

Disaster Preparedness for Dialysis Patients from the American Kidney Fund blog.

ESRD Networks of:
Information on Disaster Relief and Assistance for Transplant Patients
Press release from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
More Than 60 Dialysis Patients Flown from St. Maarten to Curacao by Dutch Military
Article from Fox 35 Orlando.
Union-Backed Dialysis Clinic Bill Shelved by California Lawmaker
Article from The Sacramento Bee. Press release from the 'NO on SB 349' web site..
Kidney Community Executes Rapid Response to Help Dialysis Patients Affected by Hurricane Harvey
Press release from Kidney Care Partners.
Nephrology Journal Club Chat: Longer Is Better, Except When It Is Not, Really: Hemodialysis Edition
Tuesday Sept 12 at 9 PM EDT, Wednesday Sept 13 8PM BST.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Role of Kidney Health Advocacy Organizations in Reducing the Global Burden of Kidney Disease
Update from The Lancet Kidney Campaign.
Full-Text Articles from Clinical Journal of the American Society Of Nephrology:
Factors Associated with Foot Ulceration and Amputation in Adults on Dialysis: a Cross-Sectional Observational Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Safety of Intravenous Ferric Carboxymaltose Versus Oral Iron in Patients with Nondialysis-Dependent CKD: an Analysis of the 1-Year FIND-CKD Trial
Free, full-text article from NDT.
Physical Activity Dose for Hemodialysis Patients: Where to Begin? Results from a Prospective Cohort Study
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Article in Press Abstracts from Kidney International:
Paricalcitol Versus Calcifediol For Treating Hyperparathyroidism In Kidney Transplant Recipients
Article in Press abstract and full-text article (37-page PDF) from Kidney International Reports.
Nurses' Regular Use of Disinfectants Is Associated with Developing COPD
News release from European Lung Foundation.
Celebrate Nephrology Nurses Week (September 10-16)
Sanders to Unveil 'Medicare for All' Bill on Wednesday
Article from The Hill.
As Left-Wing Chases ‘Medicare For All’ Dream, This Senator Is Taking More Pragmatic Approach
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
HHS Eases Certain Provider Requirements Due to Hurricane Emergencies
News brief from AHANews.
CMS Press Releases:
Medicare Weighs Opening Website To Include Consumers' Comments On Doctors


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Fri/Sat, Sept. 8-9

Union-Backed Dialysis Clinic Bill Shelved by California Lawmaker
Article from The Sacramento Bee. Press release from the 'NO on SB 349' web site.
Kidney Community Executes Rapid Response to Help Dialysis Patients Affected by Hurricane Harvey
Press release from Kidney Care Partners.
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Irma Forecast To Hit Southwest Florida as Category 4 Hurricane
Hurricane news and Storm Tracker from The Weather Channel. National Hurricane Center 5-day forecast cone.

Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER). KCER Hurricane Irma web page.

Disaster Preparedness for Dialysis Patients from the American Kidney Fund blog.

ESRD Networks of: Editor's note: It appears there will devastating damage to Florida's infrastructure and economy. Dialysis services may be impossible in large parts of southern Florida for days or even weeks. What people want most during a disaster is information. There should be a standard for sharing information with the public about dialysis availability.
Senate Passes Debt Ceiling, Funding Bill with Hurricane Relief
News brief from AHANews.
How People with Diabetes Can Prepare for Hurricane Irma
Press release from the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
California Patients, Workers Push Bill to Reform Dialysis Treatment
Article from Public News Service.
A Silly Web Series with a Serious Aim: to Find Gene a Kidney Donor
Article From STAT.
Meta-Analysis of Cognitive Functioning in Patients Following Kidney Transplantation
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Living Donor Follow-Up: Unfunded Mandates and the Hippocratic Oath Where Perfect May Be the Enemy of Good?
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
Article from Nephrology News & Issues:
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Taurolidine-based Catheter Lock Regimen Significantly Reduces Overall Costs, Infection, and Dysfunction Rates of Tunneled Hemodialysis Catheters
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
HCV Treatment Found Safe and Effective in Individuals with Kidney Disease
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Bristol-Myers Stops Kidney Cancer Drug Test after Early Success
Article from Reuters.
Nutrition Counseling in Clinical Practice — How Clinicians Can Do Better
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
SPRINT: Caution on Aggressive BP Reduction in Certain Groups
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Temple Researchers Help Uncover Mechanism behind Heart Failure and Mortality in Sepsis
Many Americans Getting Medical Care They Don't Need
Article from HealthDay.
Intimidated Patients May Act like Hostages
Article from Reuters Health News.
'Pen' Identifies Cancer in 10 Seconds
Article from the BBC.
CMS Continues Helping Texas and Louisiana with Hurricane Harvey Recovery
CMS press release.


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Thursday, Sept. 7

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Category 5 Hurricane Irma Likely To Impact Florida
Hurricane news and Storm Tracker from The Weather Channel. National Hurricane Center 5-day forecast cone.

Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER).

Disaster Preparedness for Dialysis Patients from the American Kidney Fund blog.
Hurricanes and Dialysis: Lessons Learned
Posting from the AJKD blog. Also see July 2015 posting on What Nephrologists Learned from Hurricane Sandy.
As Irma Aims for Florida, Residents Prepare for the Worst
Article from HealthDay.
House Passes Harvey Relief Package; Hurricane Irma Emergencies Declared
News brief from AHANews.
Dialysis Bills in California Legislature Head to Floor for Votes
Article from Sacramento Business Journal.
FDA Recommends Separating Dosing of Potassium-Lowering Drug Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate (Kayexalate) from All Other Oral Drugs
FDA Drug Safety Communication.
Effectiveness of Quality Improvement Strategies for the Management of CKD — A Meta-Analysis
CJASN Express abstract.
Published Ahead-of-Print Abstracts from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension:
Glomerular Filtration Rate and Initiation of Dialysis
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Probiotic Supplementation in Chronic Kidney Disease: A Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Trial
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Kidney Disease Is Linked to Higher Risk for Atrial Fibrillation
(Registration required, but free.) Commentary from Medscape Nephrology.
Articles from Renal & Urology News:
Importance of Glomerular Filtration Rate Change As Surrogate Endpoint for the Future Incidence of End-Stage Renal Disease in General Japanese Population: Community-Based Cohort Study
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Synthetic Version of Popular Anticoagulant Poised for Clinical Trials
Press release from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Dialysis Schedules – Tips for Patients and Staff
2-page pdf from the Northwest Renal Network.
Urinary Markers May Indicate Prognosis after Kidney Transplantation
Free, Full-Text articles from The New England Journal of Medicine:
Shared Understanding With Patients
Free, full-text, viewpoint article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
In A Houston Emergency Room, It Was A Week Like No Other
Article from NPR.
IBM Pitched Its Watson Supercomputer As a Revolution in Cancer Care. It's Nowhere Close
Article From STAT.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Information
CMS page.
Hurricane Harvey - Disaster Exceptions/Exemptions for Medicare Certified Providers Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding
CMS updates and announcements.
Statement from Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma on Public Health Emergency Declaration in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands


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Wednesday, Sept. 6

Dialysis Bills in California Legislature Head to Floor for Votes
Article from Sacramento Business Journal.
Hurricanes and Dialysis: Lessons Learned
Posting from the AJKD blog. Also see July 2015 posting on What Nephrologists Learned from Hurricane Sandy.
FDA Recommends Separating Dosing of Potassium-Lowering Drug Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate (Kayexalate) from All Other Oral Drugs
FDA Drug Safety Communication.
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Category 5 Hurricane Irma Likely To Impact Puerto Rico, Florida
Hurricane news and Storm Tracker from The Weather Channel. National Hurricane Center 5-day forecast cone.

Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER).

Disaster Preparedness for Dialysis Patients from The American Kidney Fund blog.

Editor's note: There is a very murky line between the people running KCER and the ESRD Network of Florida. The renewal of their federal contracts depends on the feedback of ESRD stakeholders, the most power and influential of which are the for-profit dialysis providers.

Information about dialysis availability during disasters is power, money, and profits. Patients and their families should note that, when compared to news reports, dialysis clinic closures during Hurricane Harvey were significantly underreported by the official ESRD-disaster information source. Dialysis patients can become commodities that are hoarded and staged by corporate officials for maximum profit. BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE (and make sure you get your full treatment time and EPO).
Hurricane Redux: A Doctor Tending To Texans Taps Lessons Learned From Katrina
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Houston Hospitals Show Heart, Heroism Against Harvey
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
The storm posed particular problems for Houston patients with chronic illnesses. "Dialysis patients have been a huge issue," said Marc L. Boom, M.D., president and CEO of Houston Methodist. "One day, one of my emergency rooms had 150 patients, and 48 of them were individuals whose normal dialysis centers were shut down. So they're coming into our hospitals and getting dialysis there."
Harvey Pushes Dialysis Staff to the Edge
Article From Nephrology News & Issues.
Dialysis Clinic In Nashville's Public Housing Trains Residents To Provide In-Home Care
Article from Nashville Public Radio.
Prediction Models for the Mortality Risk in Chronic Dialysis Patients: a Systematic Review and Independent External Validation Study
Abstract and link to full-text PDF from Clinical Epidemiology.
Development and Validation of a Prediction Model for Loss of Physical Function in Elderly Hemodialysis Patients
Advance Article from NDT.
Association Between More Intensive vs Less Intensive Blood Pressure Lowering and Risk of Mortality in Chronic Kidney Disease Stages 3 to 5 — A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
New Online abstract and editorial extract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Ten-Year Outcomes in a Randomized Phase II Study of Kidney Transplant Recipients Administered Belatacept 4-Weekly or 8-Weekly
Free, full-text, Early View brief communication from American Journal of Transplantation.
Health Beliefs of Salt Intake among Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
A Personal Tribute to Frank A. Gotch and Lee W. Henderson, Giants in Dialysis and in Life
Free, full-text editorial from Blood Purification.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Sevelamer Reduces Endothelial Inflammatory Response to Advanced Glycation End Products
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Use of the RenalGuard System to Prevent Contrast-Induced AKI: A Meta-Analysis
Early View abstract from Journal of Interventional Cardiology.
Last Month in Nephrology
September 2017 update.
Protein Shown to be Predictor of Kidney Damage in Children
Press release from Rush University Medical Center.
Singapore Startup Seeks Simpler Way to Monitor Dialysis Patients' Accesses
Article from The Straits Times.
Heparin Stimulates Food Intake and Body Weight Gain in Mice
Eating Meat Linked to Higher Risk of Diabetes
Calling Nurse A 'Hero,' Utah Hospital Bars Police From Patient-Care Areas
Article from NPR.
Yemen's Cholera Epidemic Hits 600,000, Confounding Expectations
Article from Reuters.
 


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Tuesday, Sept. 5

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Category 5 Hurricane Irma Likely To Impact Puerto Rico, Florida
Hurricane news and Storm Tracker from The Weather Channel. National Hurricane Center 5-day forecast cone.

Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER).
Longest-Surviving Person with Kidney Failure Passes Away
Notice from the International Society of Nephrology. 2010 article on Dr. Robin Eady from The Seattle Times. Also see his mention and picture in "The Record Holders" (The Seattle Programme) from the History of Nephrology web site.
Houston Dialysis Clinic Steps up to Ensure Vital Care in Harvey's Aftermath
Article from GANT News.
Clinical Trial Aims to Slow Bone Loss in Dialysis Patients
News release from the University of Kentucky.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
Uremic Restless Legs Syndrome Pleads "Not Guilty"
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Effects of Intensive Systolic Blood Pressure Control on Kidney and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Persons Without Kidney Disease: A Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Trial
Latest Article abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Scientists Find Link between Cognitive Fatigue and Effort and Reward
Press release from the Kessler Foundation.
Diabetes and Heart Disease Linked by Genes, Reveals Penn-Led Study
Free, Full-Text Articles from Annals of Internal Medicine:
Fentanyl Drives Rise in Opioid-Linked Deaths in US
Article from HealthDay.
 


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Monday, Sept. 4

Hurricane Irma Likely To Impact Puerto Rico, Florida
Hurricane news and Storm Tracker from The Weather Channel. National Hurricane Center 5-day forecast cone.
Longest-Surviving Person with Kidney Failure Passes Away
Notice from the International Society of Nephrology. 2010 article on Dr. Robin Eady from The Seattle Times. Also see his mention and picture in "The Record Holders" (The Seattle Programme) from the History of Nephrology web site.
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Hurricane Harvey Information
SEPT 4, 4:45 AM CDT.  (NO UPDATES MADE SINCE SEPT. 2) 13 dialysis clinics in the Houston Metro area are reported as closed. Many open clinics are only partially staffed. Another 13 clinics in south Texas are also listed as closed or diverting.


A spreadsheet and map of Texas dialysis facilities' status can be accessed with username: txdialview and password: Teec2015!@ .

Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER). KCER Hurricane Harvey web page.

Texas Emergency ESRD Coalition. End Stage Renal Disease Network of Texas (14) and their Disaster Planning page.  Twitter: #ESRDNetworkofTX.

Also see #HC_Ready and www.HealthcareReady.org.
Inside The ‘Impossible’ Mission To Rescue 33 Kids Desperate For Dialysis During Harvey
Article from The Huffington Post.
'He's Going To Die': Dialysis Patients Airlifted from Flooded Town near Beaumont
Posting from Dallas News blog.
Dialysis And Cancer Patients Displaced By Harvey Seek Care
Video and article from NBC 5 Dallas-Forth Worth.

"A DaVita spokesperson says they have more than 100 centers in the Houston area and right now, 70 percent of them are open and treating patients."

Editor's note: This story was published Fri., Sept. 1 at 6:30 PM CDT. According to the Texas ESRD Network at that time, only 10 facilities are closed (among all providers) in the Houston area. The information on clinic closures given to the public, dialysis patients and their families is at best, far from accurate, and at worst, untruthful and exploitative.
Harvey Is Keeping Kidney Failure Patients From Getting Dialysis Treatment
Commentary from Fortune.
For Vulnerable Older Adults, a Harrowing Sense of Being Trapped
Article from The New York Times. (Sept. 1)

"More than 100 dialysis centers in the regions are closed, and in some cases patients have not been able to get transportation to the few that are open. Patients are separated from caregivers by flooded highways. And at the downtown convention center here that shelters thousands of people, a crew of volunteer doctors has been treating evacuees around the clock."
Hurricane Harvey's Public-Health Nightmare
Article from The Atlantic.
At Least 100,000 Homes Were Affected By Harvey. Moving Back In Won't Be Easy
Article from NPR.
Harvey's Health Hazards Will Continue During Cleanup
Article from HealthDay.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Hundreds 'Dying Unnecessarily' Each Year Because Families Don't Approve Organ Donation
Articles from The Huffington Post (UK) and the BBC.
Associations of Body Mass Index and Body Fat With Markers of Inflammation and Nutrition Among Patients Receiving Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Article in Press Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from Kidney International Reports:
A Mixed-Methods Investigation of Incident Hemodialysis Access in a Safety-Net Population
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Association of Serum Potassium with All-Cause Mortality in Patients with and without Heart Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease, and/or Diabetes
Free, Open Access, Issue-in-Progress article from American Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Transplantation:
Free, Full-Text, Early View Letters to the Editor from American Journal of Transplantation:
What Is the Best Setting for Receiving Dialysis Vascular Access Repair and Maintenance Services?
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Abstracts from Nephron:
Matrix-Metalloproteinase-2 Predicts Arteriovenous Fistula Failure in Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Causes and Management of Postrenal Transplant Diarrhea: an Underappreciated Cause of Transplant Associated Morbidity.
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
Lifestyle Factors May Affect How Long Individuals Live Free of Disability
September Is National Preparedness Month
Get Ahead of Sepsis Webinar on Sept. 6
Has Salt Gotten An Unfair Shake?
Ex-Medicare Chief Promotes ObamaCare Enrollment on Twitter after Trump Cuts Outreach Funding
Article from The Hill.
Video Shows Utah Nurse Screaming, Being Dragged into Police Car after Refusing To Let Officer Take Blood from Unconscious Victim
Article and video from The Salt Lake Tribune. Full 18-minute YouTube video (police officer begins assault at 6:10) . Articles from The New York Times, The Hill, and The Washington Post.

Sept. 2 follow-up story from SLT: SLC Mayor, Police Dhief Apologize for Officer Who Arrested Nurse; Criminal Investigation To Follow

News release from the American Nurses Association. Posting from the Nurse.com blog.
If Anyone Can Work Miracles To Get Bipartisan Solution On Health Care It May Be These Two Senators
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Hospitals Expect Financial Impacts From Harvey
Article from HFMA.
CMS Helping Texas and Louisiana with Hurricane Harvey Recovery
CMS press release.


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Fri/Sat, Sept. 1-2

'He's Going To Die': Dialysis Patients Airlifted from Flooded Town near Beaumont
Posting from Dallas News blog.
Hurricane Harvey's Public-Health Nightmare
Article from The Atlantic.
For Vulnerable Older Adults, a Harrowing Sense of Being Trapped
Article from The New York Times. (Sept. 1)

"More than 100 dialysis centers in the regions are closed, and in some cases patients have not been able to get transportation to the few that are open. Patients are separated from caregivers by flooded highways. And at the downtown convention center here that shelters thousands of people, a crew of volunteer doctors has been treating evacuees around the clock."
At Least 100,000 Homes Were Affected By Harvey. Moving Back In Won't Be Easy
Article from NPR.
Dialysis And Cancer Patients Displaced By Harvey Seek Care
Video and article from NBC 5 Dallas-Forth Worth.

"A DaVita spokesperson says they have more than 100 centers in the Houston area and right now, 70 percent of them are open and treating patients."

Editor's note: This story was published Fri., Sept. 1 at 6:30 PM CDT. According to the Texas ESRD Network at that time, only 10 facilities are closed (among all providers) in the Houston area. The information on clinic closures given to the public, dialysis patients and their families is at best, far from accurate, and at worst, untruthful and exploitative.
Inside The ‘Impossible’ Mission To Rescue 33 Kids Desperate For Dialysis During Harvey
Article from The Huffington Post.
Harvey Is Keeping Kidney Failure Patients From Getting Dialysis Treatment
Commentary from Fortune.
Dialysis and Disaster Preparedness | Today's Live NIDDK Facebook Event
Tune into the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases' (NIDDK) Facebook at TODAY, Friday, September 1 at 1:00 PM ET (Noon PM CT, 11:00 AM PT) for a live event. Dr. Jeffrey Kopp, Chief, Kidney Diseases Branch, at NIDDK, part of the National Institutes of Health, will talk about what to consider for people who are on dialysis before, during, and after natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey.

Editor's note: This is very elementary material.
Video Shows Utah Nurse Screaming, Being Dragged into Police Car after Refusing To Let Officer Take Blood from Unconscious Victim
Article and video from The Salt Lake Tribune. Full 18-minute YouTube video (police officer begins assault at 6:10) . Articles from The New York Times, The Hill, and The Washington Post.

Sept. 2 follow-up story from SLT: SLC Mayor, Police Dhief Apologize for Officer Who Arrested Nurse; Criminal Investigation To Follow
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Hurricane Harvey Information
SEPT 1, 6:20 PM CDT.  12 dialysis clinics in the Houston Metro area are reported as closed. Many open clinics are only partially staffed. Another 14 clinics in south Texas are also listed as closed or diverting.


No reported closed clinics in Louisiana at this time.

A spreadsheet and map of Texas dialysis facilities' status can be accessed with username: txdialview and password: Teec2015!@ .

The home page of the National Weather Service web site has a map of the flood-affected areas.

Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER). KCER Hurricane Harvey web page.

Texas Emergency ESRD Coalition. End Stage Renal Disease Network of Texas (14) and their Disaster Planning page.  Twitter: #ESRDNetworkofTX.

ESRD Network 13 covers Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.  ESRD Network 13 Emergency Preparedness Page.

Also see #HC_Ready and www.HealthcareReady.org.
The Entire City of Beaumont, Texas, Has Lost Access to Clean Water
Article from PBS Newshour. Beaumont (map) has a population of 118,000. Dialysis patients have been told to evacuate.
Floods From Hurricane Harvey Will Make Bridges and Buildings Vulnerable to Collapse
Press release from Virginia Tech.
DaVita Works To Keep Dialysis Clinics Open After Harvey Destruction
Video and article from CBS Denver.

Editor's note: The report says DaVita has 150 facilities in the path of the storm. DaVita Kidney Care CEO Javier Rodriguez then says that, "Out of those clinics, only about one-third were able to operate yesterday (Tuesday), and we worked day and night and we were able to open about half of those centers today."

This would mean that well approximately 100 DaVita clinics would have been reported as closed. DaVita had this information. KCER likely had this information.

RenalWEB has been monitoring the number of closed clinics and found that the highest number ever reported publically on the Texas ESRD Network web site was 90 clinics for all providers (72 in Houston metro area and 18 elsewhere). Mr. Rodriquez's totals are not close to what has been reported publically. Not reporting clinic closures makes patient hoarding and profiteering possible.

How can patients make decisions to save their own lives and protect their health when so much information is withheld from the public?
Here's How to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims
List from Nurse.com.
Five Public Health Crises Facing Houston after Harvey
Article from The Hill.
Intravenous Drug Users Who Require Dialysis: Causes of Renal Failure and Outcomes
Free, Open Access, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Nephron:
No Increase in Small Solute Transport in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients Treated without Hypertonic Glucose for 54 Months
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Association between Testosterone and Mortality Risk among U.S. Males Receiving Dialysis
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Abstracts from the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology 13th Annual Scientific Meeting
Free pdf from The Journal of Vascular Access. Meeting was held Feb. 10-12, 2017 in New Orleans. 10-page pdf or use link on abstract page.
New Findings May Help Protect the Kidney Health of Individuals with Obesity
Advertising Budget for Obamacare to Be Cut 90 Percent: US Health Agency
Articles from Reuters and Kaiser Health NewsPress release from CMS.
The United States Can Reduce Socioeconomic Disparities By Focusing On Chronic Diseases
Posting from the Health Affairs Blog.
U.S. Obesity Rate Holding Steady, but still High
Article from HealthDay.
Measuring the Cost of Quality Measurement — A Missing Link in Quality Strategy
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Articles from MMWR Weekly:
No Action on Opioid Emergency Three Weeks after Trump Declaration
CMS Facilitates Access to Care for Dialysis Patients Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
CMS press release.
For Nephrology, an Easier Path to MACRA
Article From Nephrology News & Issues.


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Thursday, Aug. 31

DaVita Works To Keep Dialysis Clinics Open After Harvey Destruction
Video and article from CBS Denver.

Editor's note: The report says DaVita has 150 facilities in the path of the storm. DaVita Kidney Care CEO Javier Rodriguez then says that, "Out of those clinics, only about one-third were able to operate yesterday (Tuesday), and we worked day and night and we were able to open about half of those centers today."

This would mean that well approximately 100 DaVita clinics would have been reported as closed. DaVita had this information. KCER likely had this information.

RenalWEB has been monitoring the number of closed clinics and found that the highest number ever reported publically on the Texas ESRD Network web site was 90 clinics for all providers (72 in Houston metro area and 18 elsewhere). Mr. Rodriquez's totals are not close to what has been reported publically. Not reporting clinic closures makes patient hoarding and profiteering possible.

How can patients make decisions to save their own lives and protect their health when so much information is withheld from the public?
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For Houston Dialysis Patients, Getting Treatment during the Disaster Means Life or Death
Video and article from PBS NewsHour.

Editor's note: Is KCER even mentioned — or relevant?
AUG 31, 1:55 PM CDT.  25 dialysis clinics in the Houston Metro area are reported as closed. Many open clinics are only partially staffed. Another 20 clinics in south Texas are also listed as closed or diverting.

No reported closed clinics in Louisiana at this time.

A spreadsheet and map of Texas dialysis facilities' status can be accessed with username: txdialview and password: Teec2015!@ .

There are 138 dialysis centers and approximately 10,000 dialysis patients in the Houston metropolitan area. As of 2016, there were an estimated 6.7 million people in the Houston Metro area. Twitter #Houston, #HurricaneHarvey,

It is estimated that one-third of Houston is under water. Harvey's Floodwaters Harbor Many Health Hazards - HealthDay.
  Articles from NPR:
Tweets on Impact of Harvey/Katrina on Dialysis Patients
Observations by journalist Maryn McKenna.

Editor's note: Why doesn't any U.S. nephrologist articulate this?

Instead, U.S. nephrology is letting KCER take the lead. Is KCER more concerned with protecting business interests than patients' interests? Keeping information hidden from view only protects the kind of decision making that has led to higher mortality and hospitalization rates at large for-profit dialysis providers for the last 14 years (USRDS data).
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
  • WHAT ARE THE NEEDS OF THE DIALYSIS COMMUNITY?
  • WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF THE PROBLEMS?
  • WHERE ARE THE KCER DAILY REPORTS?
Editor's note: One can find out more information about the needs of the dialysis community during an emergency from an NPR story than from KCER. Patients who have not been dialyzed since the start of the storm are likely to begin dying today. A big picture view is badly needed.

The home page of the National Weather Service web site has a map of the flood-affected areas.

Hurricane Harvey updates from Weather.com.  Forecast cone, rainfall potentials, podcasts, and key messages from the National Hurricane Center.

Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER). KCER Hurricane Harvey web page.

CMS Emergency Preparedness Guide (39-page pdf) for dialysis patients.

Texas Emergency ESRD Coalition. End Stage Renal Disease Network of Texas (14) and their Disaster Planning page.  Twitter: #ESRDNetworkofTX.

A spreadsheet and map of Texas dialysis facilities' status can be accessed with username: txdialview and password: Teec2015!@ .

ESRD Network 13 covers Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.  ESRD Network 13 Emergency Preparedness Page.

Also see #HC_Ready and www.HealthcareReady.org.

RenalWEB discussion forum topic.
Medical Students Fall Short on Blood Pressure Check Challenge
Free, full-text, New Online article from The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):

Liraglutide and Renal Outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes
Abstract and editorial extract from The New England Journal of Medicine. Article from Renal & Urology News.

Pregnancy-Associated Plasma Protein A2 in Hemodialysis Patients: Significance for Prognosis
Free, Open Access, Issue-in-Progress article from Kidney and Blood Pressure Research.
Variation in Sodium Intake and Intra-Individual Change in Blood Pressure in Chronic Kidney Disease
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Safety and Efficacy of Polyurethane Vascular Grafts for Early Hemodialysis Access
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
An Unusual Case of an Irretrievable Hemodialysis Catheter in a Patient with End Stage Renal Disease
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Pre-Kidney Transplant Lower Extremity Impairment and Post-Kidney Transplant Mortality
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Guidelines for Treatment of Renal Injury during Cancer Chemotherapy 2016
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Total Parathyroidectomy Versus Total Parathyroidectomy with Autotransplantation for Secondary Hyperparathyroidism: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Free, Open Access article from Renal Failure.

Obesity and Synergistic Risk Factors for Chronic Kidney Disease in African American Adults: the Jackson Heart Study
Advance Article abstract from NDT.

Reverse Epidemiology of Elevated Blood Pressure among Chronic Hemodialysis Black Patients with Stroke: a Historical Cohort Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
American Kidney Fund Expands Disaster Relief Assistance To Help Dialysis Patients in Louisiana Affected by Harvey
National Kidney Foundation Statement on Hurricane Harvey and Resources for Dialysis Patients
Researchers Discover MRI Can Measure Kidney Scarring and Predict Future Kidney Function
Eating Protein Three Times A Day Could Make Our Seniors Stronger
Fetal Membranes May Help Transform Regenerative Medicine
FDA Approval Brings First Gene Therapy to the United States
FDA news release. Articles from HealthDay and Kaiser Health News.
Sen. Kamala Harris Announces She Will Co-Sponsor Single-Payer Healthcare
Article from The Hill.
How Should Physicians Be Rated? Here Are Eight Factors That Should Be Included.
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
A Tale of Two Epidemics — HCV Treatment among Native Americans and Veterans
Free, full-text perspective piece from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Cardiac Arrests in Black Neighborhoods Less Likely to get CPR, Defibrillation
Press release from Duke Health.
Percentage of Uninsured Americans Drops Slightly to 8.8%
CMS Helping Texas and Louisiana with Hurricane Harvey Recovery
CMS press release.
Comments on Proposed Rule for ESRD Payments:


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Wednesday, Aug. 30

AUG 30, 2:45 PM CDT.  43 dialysis clinics in the Houston Metro area are reported as either closed or diverting patients. Many open clinics are only partially staffed. Another 19 clinics in south Texas are also closed or diverting.

No information from Louisiana at this time.

A spreadsheet and map of Texas dialysis facilities' status can be accessed with username: txdialview and password: Teec2015!@ .

There are 138 dialysis centers and approximately 10,000 dialysis patients in the Houston metropolitan area. As of 2016, there were an estimated 6.7 million people in the Houston Metro area. Twitter #Houston, #HurricaneHarvey,
'This Is Surreal': Houston Dialysis Center Struggles To Treat Patients
Article from NPR.
Tweets on Impact of Harvey/Katrina on Dialysis Patients
Observations by journalist Maryn McKenna.
American Kidney Fund Expands Disaster Relief Assistance To Help Dialysis Patients in Louisiana Affected by Harvey
National Kidney Foundation Statement on Hurricane Harvey and Resources for Dialysis Patients
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Health Issues Stack Up In Houston As Harvey Evacuees Seek Shelter
Article from NPR.
Dialysis Clinic Employees Trying To Help Patients Despite Flooded Roads
Video and article from Newson6.com.

"It's a life and death situation. You can't mess this up." - Houston dialysis clinic employee
Gulf Coast Ducks Head Out to Texas to Help Dialysis Patients
Article from WKRG.com
  • WHAT ARE THE NEEDS OF THE DIALYSIS COMMUNITY?
  • WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF THE PROBLEMS?
  • WHERE ARE THE KCER DAILY REPORTS?
Editor's note: One can find out more information about the needs of the dialysis community during an emergency from an NPR story than from KCER. Patients who have not been dialyzed since the start of the storm are likely to begin becoming very ill today. A big picture view is badly needed.

The home page of the National Weather Service web site has a map of the flood-affected areas.

Hurricane Harvey updates from Weather.com.  Forecast cone, rainfall potentials, podcasts, and key messages from the National Hurricane Center.

Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER). KCER Hurricane Harvey web page.

CMS Emergency Preparedness Guide (39-page pdf) for dialysis patients.

Texas Emergency ESRD Coalition. End Stage Renal Disease Network of Texas (14) and their Disaster Planning page.  Twitter: #ESRDNetworkofTX.

A spreadsheet and map of Texas dialysis facilities' status can be accessed with username: txdialview and password: Teec2015!@ .

ESRD Network 13 covers Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.  ESRD Network 13 Emergency Preparedness Page.

Also see #HC_Ready and www.HealthcareReady.org.

RenalWEB discussion forum topic.
Dialysis Providers Respond to Hurricane Harvey
Article From Nephrology News & Issues.
ASN Supports Hurricane Harvey Kidney Patient Relief Efforts
Press release from the American Society of Nephrology.
Storm Harvey Could Financially Hurt Already Strained Houston Hospitals
Article from Reuters.
When a Fellow Dialysis Patient Died, I Feared I Was Next
Article from The Fresno Bee.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:

Article in Press Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from Kidney International Reports:

SPYRAL HTN-OFF MED: Reopens Renal-Denervation Conversation
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.

Renal Denervation Using Carbon Dioxide Renal Angiography in Patients with Uncontrolled Hypertension and Moderate to Severe Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Study Shows Nurses' Scrubs Become Contaminated with Bacteria in Hospitals
Press release from Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
Eight Executives Resign from Trump's Cybersecurity Council
Article from Healthcare IT News.
FDA Approves New Antibacterial Drug
FDA news release.
Why One Florida Hospital is Trying its Hand at Farming
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations Have Shown Potential for Reducing Spending and Improving Quality
Report summary from the HHS Office of Inspector General. Report is a 43-page pdf.


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Tuesday, Aug. 29

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  • WHAT ARE THE NEEDS OF THE DIALYSIS COMMUNITY?
  • WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF THE PROBLEMS?
  • WHERE ARE THE KCER DAILY REPORTS?
AUG 29, 2:00 PM CDT. 62 dialysis clinics in the Houston Metro area are reported as either closed or diverting patients. Another 17 clinics in south Texas are also closed or diverting.

There are over 130 dialysis centers and approximately 10,000 dialysis patients in the Houston metropolitan area. As of 2016, there were an estimated 6.7 million people in the Houston Metro area. Twitter #Houston, #HurricaneHarvey,

The home page of the National Weather Service web site has a map of the flood-affected areas.

Hurricane Harvey updates from Weather.com.  Forecast cone, rainfall potentials, podcasts, and key messages from the National Hurricane Center.

Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER). KCER Hurricane Harvey web page.

CMS Emergency Preparedness Guide (39-page pdf) for dialysis patients.

Texas Emergency ESRD Coalition. End Stage Renal Disease Network of Texas (14) and their Disaster Planning page.  Twitter: #ESRDNetworkofTX.

A spreadsheet and map of Texas dialysis facilities' status can be accessed with username: txdialview and password: Teec2015!@ .

ESRD Network 13 covers Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.  ESRD Network 13 Emergency Preparedness Page.

RenalWEB discussion forum topic.

Editor's note: What people want most during disasters is INFORMATION. Publically-funded emergency/disaster organizations that hoard information for the benefit of for-profit companies are unethical and corrupt.

Houston's Hospitals Treat Storm Victims and Become Victims Themselves
Article from The New York Times. Additional articles from Healthcare DIVE and TIME.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Department Press Releases:
Texas Floodwaters Pose Unique Health Risks, US Experts Say
Article from Reuters.
NxStage Medical Announces FDA Clearance for Solo Home Hemodialysis Using NxStage®System One™
Press release.
Therapy Dogs in Dialysis
YouTube video from DCI Yorktown (NY).
  Should We Pay Organ Donor Heroes?
(Registration required, but free.) Commentary from Medscape Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text, CJASN Express Articles: Editor's note: Two big problems here. The first is that this is just an expansion of the sick-patient model of care using clinical trials. This approach will not drive rapid innovations in dialysis care or changes in technology. What is needed instead is a well-patient model that responds directly and immediately to patient needs. The second problem is that without a significant financial incentive, the large for-profit providers will not embrace change in any meaningful way. In the U.S., payment drives practice.
The Cost of Phosphate Binders
Tweet from Graham Abra, MD.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Transplantation:
Longitudinal Dialysis Adequacy and Clinical Performance of the VectorFlow Hemodialysis Catheter: a Prospective Study
Free, full-text, Advance Online article from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Renal Denervation Lowers Blood Pressure in Hypertensive Patients
Press release from European Society of Cardiology.
Pooled Analysis of Phase III Trials Indicate Contrasting Influences of Renal Function on Blood Pressure, Body Weight, and HbA1c Reductions with Empagliflozin
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Topic Discussion: Downsizing in Nephrology
Posting from NephronPower blog.
Young Adults May Be Ignoring High Blood Pressure
Self-Identifying As Disabled and Developing Pride in Disability Aid Overall Well-Being
Married Patients with Heart Disease Have Better Survival Rates
C. R. Bard Receives FDA Premarket Approval of the LUTONIX® 035 Drug Coated Balloon for Treatment of Patients with Dysfunctional AV Fistulae
More Than Half of Americans Will Need Nursing Home Care
Article from HealthDay.
What Happens If You're Forced To Switch Health Plans When You're Sick?
Article from Kaiser Health News.
CMS Administrator Statement on Hurricane Harvey


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Monday, Aug. 28

NxStage Medical Announces FDA Clearance for Solo Home Hemodialysis Using NxStage®System One™
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US's 4th-Largest City Experiencing Historic Catastrophic Flooding, Houston Freeways Impassable, Both Airports Closed, Some Areas Will See 50 Inches of Rain
"It's going to last four to five days," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said late Saturday. He urged drivers to stay off the road. "This is Day One," he said.
There are over 130 dialysis centers and approximately 10,000 dialysis patients in the Houston metropolitan area. There were an estimated 6.7 million people in the Houston Metro area. Twitter #Houston, #HurricaneHarvey,

The home page of the National Weather Service web site has a map of the flood-affected areas.

Hurricane Harvey updates from Weather.com.  Forecast cone, rainfall potentials, podcasts, and key messages from the National Hurricane Center.

Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER). KCER Hurricane Harvey web page.

CMS Emergency Preparedness Guide (39-page pdf) for dialysis patients.

Texas Emergency ESRD Coalition. End Stage Renal Disease Network of Texas (14) and their Disaster Planning page.  Twitter: #ESRDNetworkofTX.

A spreadsheet and map of Texas dialysis facilities' status can be accessed with username: txdialview and password: Teec2015!@ .

ESRD Network 13 covers Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.  ESRD Network 13 Emergency Preparedness Page.

Also see #HC_Ready and www.HealthcareReady.org.

RenalWEB discussion forum topic.

Editor's note: What people want most during disasters is INFORMATION. Publically-funded emergency/disaster organizations that hoard information for the benefit of for-profit companies are unethical and corrupt.

A search of the KCER web site does not provide a list of its leadership.
High Salt Intake Associated with Doubled Risk of Heart Failure
Press release from the European Society of Cardiology.
A First: Drug Lowers Heart Risks by Curbing Inflammation
AP article. Free, full-text, Online First article from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Attitudes and Opinions of Canadian Nephrologists Toward Continuous Quality Improvement Options
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Published Ahead-of-Print Abstractsfrom Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension:
Impact of Trajectories of Abdominal Aortic Calcification over 2 Years on Subsequent Mortality: a 10-Year Longitudinal Study
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Clinical Value of Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Pediatric Patients after Renal Transplantation
Free, Open Access, First Online educational review from Pediatric Nephrology.
Could Your Mouthwash Be Putting You at Risk for High Blood Pressure?
Researchers Find Combination Therapy Works Best for Heart Diseases
When Two Is Better Than Three: Dual Antithrombotic Therapy Cuts Bleeding Risk
Catheter Ablation Better Than Traditional Drug Therapies for Treating Atrial Fibrillation
Undiagnosed Heart Condition 'AFib' May Be Common
Freseno Patients, Providers Rally for California Dialysis Bill
American Kidney Fund Opens Disaster Relief Program For Texas Dialysis Patients Affected By Storm
Administrators Who Don't See Patients Often Make the Most Important Decisions
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and Organoids Are Revolutionizing Medicine
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Infants' Race Influences Quality of Hospital Care in California
Press release from Stanford University Medical Center.
'We Didn't Want To Sugarcoat It': Obituaries Are Telling The Story Of Opioid Crisis
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Fri/Sat, Aug. 25-26

US's 4th-Largest City Experiencing Historic Catastrophic Flooding, Houston Freeways Impassable, Hobby Runways Flooded, Some Areas Will See 50 Inches of Rain
"It's going to last four to five days," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said late Saturday. He urged drivers to stay off the road. "This is Day One," he said.

Editor's note: There are over 130 dialysis centers and approximately 10,000 dialysis patients in the Houston metropolitan area.

There were an estimated 6.7 million people in the Houston Metro area. Twitter #Houston, #Harvey.

The home page of the National Weather Service web site has a map of the flood-affected areas.

KCER Hurricane Harvey Page — No Updates since Friday, Aug. 25
A First: Drug Lowers Heart Risks by Curbing Inflammation
AP article. Free, full-text, Online First article from The New England Journal of Medicine.
American Kidney Fund Opens Disaster Relief Program For Texas Dialysis Patients Affected By Storm
Freseno Patients, Providers Rally for California Dialysis Bill
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  Aug. 25, 2017
A Perfect Storm — Texas Coast Braces for Category 4 Hurricane, Up to 13-Foot Storm Surge, Locally 40+ Inches of Rain, Days of Massive Flooding, Weeks of Power Outages
Hurricane Harvey updates from Weather.com.  Forecast cone, rainfall potentials, podcasts, and key messages from the National Hurricane Center.

Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER).

CMS Emergency Preparedness Guide (39-page pdf) for dialysis patients.

Texas Emergency ESRD Coalition. End Stage Renal Disease Network of Texas (14).

RenalWEB discussion forum topic.

Editor's note: What people want most during disasters is INFORMATION. Publically-funded emergency/disaster organizations that hoard information for for-profit companies are unethical and corrupt.
Hurricane & Flood Handbook: Before the Storm
News release from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Fresenius Medical Care Asks Court to Toss 10 Suits from Dialysis Multidistrict Litigation
Article from Reuters. In February 2016, Fresenius reached a $250 million agreement in principle to settle multidistrict litigation over the alleged side effects from dialysis drugs GranuFlo and NaturaLyte.
Missed Nursing Care Due to Low Nurse Staffing Increases Patient Mortality
Press release from University of Southampton. Free, Open Access, Article in Press from International Journal of Nursing Studies.

Editor's note: This could be used to counter many of the 'NO on SB349' coalition's arguments (in California).
New California Panel Tackles Health Worker Shortage
Article from California Healthline. The California Future Health Workforce Commission web site.
Ultrapure Dialysis Water Obtained with Additional Ultrafilter May Reduce Inflammation in Patients on Hemodialysis
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Journal of Nephrology.
Social Media and Organ Donation: Ethically Navigating the Next Frontier
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Marijuana Won't Harm Healthy Young People's Kidneys, Study Suggests
Article from HealthDay. Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
ASN Opposes Proposed Cuts to NIH and F&A Costs
Article from Kidney News Online.
Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — United States, 2017–18 Influenza Season
Summary from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
India Swine Flu Death Toll Rises above 1000 This Year
Cancer Drug May Benefit Patients with Inherited Form of Kidney Disease
National Institutes Of Health Wipes References to Climate 'Change' from Site
Article from The Hill.
Concerns Over Trump's Mental Health No Longer Just Fodder For Late Night TV Hosts
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Last 'Bare County' in U.S. To Get Obamacare Health Insurer Next Year
Articles from Reuters and The Hill.
This Tissue Paper Is Made from Actual Organ Tissues
Comments Close Aug 28 — Medicare and Medicaid Programs: End Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System. CMS-1674-P
13 comments received to date. The proposed rule went on display on June 29, 2017.


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Thursday, Aug. 24

Texas Coast Braces for Hurricane, Up to 25 Inches of Rain, Days of Massive Flooding
Hurricane Harvey update from Weather.com. Forecast cone, rainfall potentials, podcasts, and key messages from the National Hurricane Center.

Patient resources and professional resources from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER).

CMS Emergency Preparedness Guide (39-page pdf) for dialysis patients.

Texas Emergency ESRD Coalition. End Stage Renal Disease Network of Texas (14).

RenalWEB discussion forum topic.
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Short Daily-, Nocturnal- and Conventional-Home Hemodialysis Have Similar Patient and Treatment Survival
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
The Painless Guide to Mastering Clinical Acid-Base
Notice from the Renal Fellow Network blog about a free eBook from Amazon.com. Offer expires Aug. 27.
The Dialysis Orders Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE): a Formative Assessment for Nephrology Fellows
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Impact of Nutritional Index on the Association between Phosphorus Concentrations and Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients: a Cohort Study from Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Pattern Study in Japan
Free, full-text article from BMJ Open.
Advance Article Abstracts from NDT:
Racial Differences in Home Dialysis Utilization and Outcomes in Canada
CJASN Express abstract.
Long-Term Effects of Etelcalcetide As Intravenous Calcimimetic Therapy in Hemodialysis Patients with Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Evaluation of the Expected Ventilatory Response to Metabolic Acidosis in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Pre-Transplant Histology Does Not Improve Prediction of 5-Year Kidney Allograft Outcomes above and beyond Clinical Parameters
Free, full-text, Open Access article from Renal Failure.
Infographic: Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
Resource from the Mayo Clinic.
Two Studies Support Intensive Blood Pressure Control for Long-Term Health, Quality of Life
Press release from University of Utah Health. Article abstract and special article abstract from The New England Journal of Medicine. Article from HealthDay.
New Use of Blood Cleaning Device Saves High-Risk Patients with Liver Failure
Press release from the University of Maryland Medical Center.
‘Breakthrough’ Leukemia Drug Also Portends ‘Quantum Leap’ In Cost — $649,000
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Reframing the Opioid Epidemic as a National Emergency
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
More Than 99 Percent of the Microbes Inside Us Are Unknown to Science
 


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Wednesday, Aug. 23

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  Aug. 23, 2017
FDA Recall Notices:
  • Baxter HomeChoice Automated PD System Model Numbers: 5C4471, 5C4471R - 15,144 units
  • Baxter HomeChoice Pro Automated PD System Model Numbers: 5C8310, 5C8310R - 23,732 units

    Reason for recall: Baxter Healthcare Corporation has been made aware that users may not be following the instructions in the Operators Manual and incorrectly (using sharp objects) opening disposable set packaging while setting up their Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) therapy, damaging the cassettes for the HomeChoice or HomeChoice PRO cyclers. If damaged cassettes are used, the cyclers may not consistently detect very small holes/cuts in the sheeting of the cassette in the patient valve region and the cycler may deliver air into the patient
Death Rate for People with Heart Disease and Depression Double Than for Non-Depressed Heart Patients
Press release from Intermountain Medical Center.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Kidney Failure Deaths Move Filmmaker to Raise Research Funds
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Article in Press Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from Kidney International Reports:
Update on the Role of Bone Biopsy in the Management of Patients with CKD-MBD
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Intensive Hemodialysis Using PMMA Dialyzer Does Not Increase Renal Response Rate in Multiple Myeloma Patients with Acute Kidney Injury
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Low-Income Patients More Likely to Take Blood Pressure Medication When Doctor Involves Them in Conversation
How Text Messaging Could Help Tackle High Blood Pressure in at-Risk Patients
Home Monitoring Fails to Improve Glycemic Control
Trump 'Officially' Declared an Opioid Emergency and Then Officially Did Nothing
Article from VICE News.
Dying At Home In An Opioid Crisis: Hospices Grapple With Stolen Meds
Article from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Tuesday, Aug. 22

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  Aug. 22, 2017
Breakthroughs in Antibody Desensitization Therapy
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
B. Braun Launches New Dialyzer
Press release.
How Many Nurses Does It Take To Change a Patient's Blood?
Editorial from Los Angeles Times. News release from NO on SB 349.

Editor's note: In terms of knowledge and expertise on this topic, the headline says it all.
Lower Blood Pressure Best for Seniors' Minds
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Neurology. Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free).
Kids' Cases of High Blood Pressure May Rise under New Guidelines
Article from HealthDay. Press release from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
Predictors of First Ischemic Lower Limb Ulcer in Dialysis Patients: an Observational Cohort Study
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Researchers: Iron-based Binders Best for Hyperphosphatemia
Article from Renal & Urology News.
New Tool Identifies Diabetes Patients at Risk for Low Blood Sugar Emergencies
Press release from Kaiser Permanente. Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring Versus Usual Care in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Receiving Multiple Daily Insulin Injections: A Randomized Trial
Latest Article abstract and full-text Summary for Patients from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Too Few Patients Follow The Adage: You Better Shop Around
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Sharing and Healing Through Storytelling in Medicine
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
RPA Comments on 2018 Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule
(6-page pdf) Letter to the CMS Administrator from the Renal Physicians Association.


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Monday, Aug. 21

B. Braun Launches New Dialyzer
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  Aug. 21, 2017
Nurses at NYC Dialysis Centers, Fresenius Medical Care Reach New Pension, Pay Deal
Article from NY Daily News.
Surge of Kidney Failure Deaths Blamed on Heat Exposure
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
Let's Use Pigs as Organ "Donors"
Essay from First Things.
The Affordable Dialysis System, Finalist 2017 Eureka Prize for Innovation in Medical Research
34-second YouTube Video. Descriptions of the three finalists.
Serum-to-Dialysate Potassium Gradient and Its Association with Short-Term Outcomes in Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access, Advance Article from NDT.
2017 Update on Pain Management in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Intradialytic Cognitive and Exercise Training May Preserve Cognitive Function
Article in Press abstract and Open Access article (29-page pdf) from Kidney International Reports.
Renal Allograft Histology at 10 Years After Transplantation in the Tacrolimus Era: Evidence of Pervasive Chronic Injury
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
The Often Missed Diagnosis of Primary Hyperparathyroidism
(Registration required, but free.) Article and video from Medscape Nephrology.
A Survey of Canadian Nephrologists Assessing Prognostication in End-Stage Renal Disease
Free, full-text, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Impact of Simulation-based Learning on Immediate Outcomes of Temporary Haemodialysis Catheter Placements by Nephrology Fellows
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Near-Adult Height in Male Kidney Transplant Recipients Started on Growth Hormone Treatment in Late Puberty
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Study of California Kidney Cancer Shows Declining Incidence, End of a Trend
Safely Viewing Solar Eclipses
Free, full-text, New Online JAMA Patient Page. Article from HealthDay.
Trump Administration Still Sabotaging Affordable Care Act, Sebelius Says
Article and podcast from KCUR.
Nurses Face More Violence Than Most
Summary from Hospitals & Health Networks. Article from the Chicago Tribune.
 


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