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Fri./Sat., March 3-4

Jury Clears Fresenius Dialysis Treatment in Patient Death Lawsuit
Article from Modern Healthcare.

"The verdict may be used by the company and other plaintiffs who opted out of the settlement to gauge the value of their claims. Fresenius still faces more than 4,000 lawsuits in federal court over dialysis treatments that use Naturalyte and Granuflo. Plaintiffs claimed the treatments caused patients to suffer heart attacks and deaths because Fresenius doctors didn't know how to use the treatment ingredients."
Beating Kidney Disease Together
Press release from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Summary of the BEAT-DKD study on diabetic kidney disease.
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Why DaVita Is Being Regulated, Investigated, and Sued
Article from State of Reform.
How 'Bundling' Changed Dialysis Care
Article from Renal & Urology News.

Editor's note: In U.S. dialysis care, nothing has driven more changes in clinical care than changes to the largest providers' financial incentives. Poorly designed financial incentives, which have financially enriched many influential US nephrologists and corporations, have led to decades of technology stagnation, medication interventions for poor renal replacement regimens, and dismal employment and rehabilitation rates.
Dialyzing a Patient with an Intracranial Hemorrhage
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Early Use of Autogenous Arteriovenous Fistula in Patients with Urgent Hemodialysis
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Abdominal Aortic Calcification on a Plain X-Ray and the Relation with Significant Coronary Artery Disease in Asymptomatic Chronic Dialysis Patients
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Comparison of the AN69ST Membrane versus Citrate-Enriched Dialysate on Clotting Events during Hemodialysis without Systemic Anticoagulation
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
Follow-Up of Acute Kidney Injury in Neonates during Childhood Years (FANCY): a Prospective Cohort Study
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Timing of Anti-Donor Antibody Responses Affects the Survival of Kidney Transplants
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Applying the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial Results to Older Adults
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from Journal of the American Geriatrics Society via Medscape Nephrology.
NxStage Medical Announces CE Mark for its NxGen Hemodialysis System
Rockwell Medical Announces Nomination of David Domzalski to Board of Directors
Republicans Fiercely Guarding New Draft Of Repeal Plan
News brief from Kaiser Health News. Article from The Hill.
President Trump's False Promises on Healthcare
Article from National Nurses United.
The Nursing Shortage? It's Complicated
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
Exercise Helps Counter Cancer-Linked Fatigue
Article from HealthDay.

Editor's note: Could the same be true for dialysis?
Verma Nomination for CMS Administrator Advances to Full Senate
News brief from AHANews. Opinion piece from Healthcare DIVE.
Brian Neale, Former Health Policy Adviser for Pence, Tapped for CMS Position


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Thursday, March 2

Why DaVita Is Being Regulated, Investigated, and Sued
Article from State of Reform.
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Researchers Can Put Organs in a Deep Freeze. Scientists Say They May Have a Way to Bring Them Back
Article from STAT.
Decreasing Sudden Deaths in Dialysis: Drugs, Devices, or Dialytic Developments?
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Choosing Wisely — The Canadian Society of Nephrology's List of 5 Items Physicians and Patients Should Question
Free, full-text article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
National Kidney Foundation Statement on “Conflicts of Interest for Patient-Advocacy Organizations”, a Special Report in The New England Journal of Medicine
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.

Editor's note: Despite the decades-long failure of dialysis-patient advocacy in U.S. dialysis care, I have yet to see any dialysis-related patient-advocacy organization admit to any possible conflicts of interest. Instead of only denials, it would be refreshing to see a leading organization list all of their known conflicts of interest from their past, as well as some of their current possible conflicts of interest.

Why would virtually all U.S. nephrologists refuse to accept for themselves and their family members the treatment regimens that over 85% of their patients receive? Why is there no well-patient model of care in U.S. dialysis care? Why are employment and rehabilitation not targeted as outcomes? Why are so many influential U.S. nephrologists multimillionaires and tied to junk-credit-rated corporations? Why does the U.S. have the shortest dialysis treatment times and the worst technology among first-world countries?
Patient Advocacy Groups Rake In Donations From Pharma
Article from Kaiser Health News.
A New Prescription Model for Regional Citrate Anticoagulation in Therapeutic Plasma Exchanges
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
An End-Of-Life Practice Survey among Clinical Nephrologists Associated with a Single Nephrology Fellowship Training Program
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
A Case-Based Analysis of Whether Living Related Donors Listed for Transplant Share ESRD Causes with Their Recipients
CJASN Express abstract.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Management of Type 2 Diabetes in 2017 – Getting to Goal
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Adults With Two or More Chronic Conditions More Likely to Use Care, More Likely to Delay Care
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Highly Prevalent Gene Variants in Minority Populations Cause Kidney Disease
Press release from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
We Must Remember to Humanize Our Patients
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Exercise Beats Weight Loss at Helping Seniors' Hearts
CDC Announces Workshops on Emerging Infectious Disease Preparedness
Rockwell Medical Announces Nomination of David Domzalski to Board of Directors
Best States: Health Care Rankings
Feature from U.S. News & World Report.
House Panel Plans to Mark up Obamacare Repeal Bill Next Week
Article from The Hill.
In Joint Address To Congress, Trump Touts Mainstays Of GOP Leadership's Replacement Plan
News summary from Kaiser Health News. News brief from AHANews.
Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
Nearly Half of Nurses Consider Changing Careers As Nationwide Shortage Looms, RNnetwork Study Says
Article from Healthcare Finance.
 


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Wednesday, March 1

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March Is National Kidney Month
Article from the International Society of Nephrology. Posting from the Chronic Disease Coalition web site.
Protections in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Acute Kidney Disease and Renal Recovery: Consensus Report of the Acute Disease Quality Initiative (ADQI) 16 Workgroup
Free, full-text, Advance Online consensus statement from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
Advance Online Abstracts from Nature Reviews Nephrology:
Free, Full-Text Articles from Nephrology:
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Membrane Pressures Predict Clotting of Pediatric Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Circuits
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Abstracts from Nephron:
Youth with Type 2 Diabetes Develop Complications More Often Than Type 1 Peers
Press release from the National Institutes of Health. Article from HealthDay.
What Do The Kidneys Do and Why Should You Care?
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
NxStage Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Financial Results
Press release. Earnings call transcript and analysis from Seeking Alpha.
NxStage Announces Appointment of Chief Medical Officer Allan J. Collins, M.D.
Dr. Adam Weinstein Joins DaVita Kidney Care Physician Leadership Team
Trump Backs Healthcare Tax Credit amid Conservative Opposition
Article from The Hill.
Is Excessive Resource Utilization an Adverse Event?
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Colon Cancer on the Rise Among Gen Xers, Millennials
Article from HealthDay.
CROWNWeb Deadline for December Data Extended


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Tuesday, Feb. 28

NxStage Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Financial Results
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Kidney Transplant Success Rates Improve in Children and Infants
Press release and Online First abstract from the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
Pain Management in End Stage Renal Disease
Article from Pharmacy Times.
New Continuing Education Symposium Targeting Nephrology Technicians
Press release the National Kidney Foundation.
Effect of Reminder Devices on Medication Adherence — The REMIND Randomized Clinical Trial
New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
The Effect of Intra-Dialytic Exercise on Inflammation and Blood Endotoxin Levels
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
Impact of Pay-For-Performance on Access at First Dialysis in Queensland
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Transplantation:
Epidemiology of Chronic Kidney Disease: Think (At Least) Twice!
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Statistical Methods for Cohort Studies of CKD: Survival Analysis in the Setting of Competing Risks
CJASN Express abstract.
Nutritional Issues with Incremental Dialysis: The Role of Low-Protein Diets
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Effect of AST-120 in Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment: Still a Controversy?
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from Nephron.
Association of Triiodothyronine Levels with Left Ventricular Function, Cardiovascular Events, and Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
New Concepts in the Management of Restless Legs Syndrome
Abstract from The BMJ.
Inactivity, Excess Weight Linked to Hard to Treat Heart Failures
Press release from UT Southwestern Medical Center. Article from HealthDay.
Long-term Trends in the Prevalence of Obesity in the United States
Data from the CDC's Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance Project.
RPA Sign-On Letter to Pres. Trump Regarding the Impact of the Proposed Federal Hiring Freeze on the Public Health and Biomedical Research Workforce
Letter from the Renal Physicians Association.
Hospitals, Both Rural And Urban, Dread Losing Ground With Health Law Repeal
Article from Kaiser Health News. Free, full-text, New Online perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Achieving Universal Coverage Without Turning to a Single Payer – Lessons From 3 Other Countries
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
World's Most Threatening Superbugs Ranked in New List
Article from the BBC.
'Superbug' Infections Striking More U.S. Kids
Article and Harris poll results from Healthday.
The Quest for One of Science's Holy Grails: Artificial Blood
Article from STAT.
Indiana's Claims About Its Medicaid Experiment Don't All Check Out
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, Feb. 27

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When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes
Article from ProPublica.

Editor's note: In the case of the majority of U.S. nephrologists, they have tended to choose courses of action that lead to their own financial gain.
Grievance Toolkit in Spanish
The National Forum of ESRD Networks has created a Spanish version of its new Dialysis Patient Grievance Toolkit.
Drug OD Deaths Have Nearly Tripled Since 1999: CDC
Article from HealthDay. Report from MMWR.
Telehealth in Nephrology —  Free Jan. 2017 Issue of Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease; Articles Include:
Targeting Immunity in End-Stage Renal Disease
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress, in-depth topic review from American Journal of Nephrology.
Hypoxia-Inducible Factor Prolyl Hydroxylase Inhibitors: A Potential New Treatment for Anemia in Patients With CKD
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Article in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Issue-in-Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
Early View Abstracts from Seminars in Dialysis:
Metrics and Data Analysis in Transplantation: Quality Improvement via Transparency
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
Cognitive Remediation in Pediatric Chronic Kidney Disease and End-Stage Kidney Disease: Rationale, Candidate Interventions, and Applicability
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Video: How Digital Tools Can Help Rural Patients With Chronic Conditions
Video interview from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Study Reports Multidrug Resistant Bacteria Found in Hospital Sinks
Press release from the American Society for Microbiology.
Awesome HTN Trial Cheat Sheet and Info for Becoming an ASH Specialist in Clinical Hypertension
The Heroism of Incremental Care
Article by Atul Gawande from The New Yorker.
Universal Public Coverage of Essential Medicines Would Improve Access, Save Billions
Press release from the University of British Columbia.
 


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Fri./Sat., Feb. 24-25

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Advocates Across U.S. to Bring “My Kidneys, My Life” Mantra to Washington DC for 4th Annual Kidney Patient Summit on March 6-7
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Kidney Damage Diagnosis May Be Inaccurate for Many, Suggests Study
Press release from Columbia University Medical Center. Commentary extract from The Lancet.
HIV+ Kidney Failure Patients Face Hurdles in Receiving Necessary Transplants
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Peritoneal Dialysis Growth in the US Encounters Unexpected Hurdles
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
DaVita Names Chief Medical Officer for Integrated Kidney Care
Press release.
FDA Allows Marketing of Test to Identify Organisms That Cause Bloodstream Infections and Provide Antibiotic Sensitivity Results
FDA news release.
WebEx on Antibiotic Stewardship in Dialysis Units
Presented by the ESRD NCC HAI LAN on Thursday, March 30, 2017, 3:00 to 4:00 pm EST.
Abstracts from The Lancet:
Transplant Infectious Diseases: A Review of the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients Published Data
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Evaluation of Renal Function in a Specific Population of Living Kidney Donors
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
Diabetic Kidney Disease Is Decoded, Offering New Avenues for Diagnosis and Treatment
Press release from Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Study: Two-Thirds of Clinicians Lack Knowledge of Diabetes Related Foot Complication
Press release from the University of Michigan.
Furosemide With Matched Hydration Prevents Contrast Nephropathy
Article from Renal & Urology News. Full-text article from Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentage* of Adults Aged =65 Years, by Number of 10 Selected Diagnosed Chronic Conditions and Poverty Status — National Health Interview Survey, 2013–2015
Data from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
12 Steps to Make America's Health Care Great Again
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Study Reveals Proven Ways to Improve Doctor-Patient Communication
Poll: 84% Want to Keep Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion
Article from The Hill.


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Thursday, Feb. 23

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DaVita Steered Poor Dialysis Patients to Private Insurers To Pump up Profits, Lawsuit Says
Article from The Denver Post.
2 Investigators: Mistakes, Delays At DaVita Dialysis Centers Caused Deaths Of 2 Women, Families Say
Article and video from CBS Chicago.

"The facility did not want to call 9-1-1, and they didn't want her to go to the closest hospital, Jackson Park, Watkins says. She says Davita workers wanted to call a private ambulance, which was going to take longer, and they insisted on sending Heather to the University of Chicago.

"The University of Chicago is not the closest hospital, but it has a medical director tied to Davita.

"Watkins says staff finally got an ambulance, but not until about four to five hours after her daughter's troubles began."
New York State Considers Bill to Pay Live Organ Donors' Costs
Article from Crain's New York Business.
Organ Transplant Programs Are so Prestigious, They're Sparking Crosstown Rivalry in Chicago
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Lung Ultrasound in Hemodialysis: A Card to be Played?
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from Blood Purification.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Prevalence of Frailty in End-Stage Renal Disease: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.

Venous Hemodialysis Catheters and Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices: Avoiding a High-Risk Combination
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.

Blood Pressure Targets in Older Patients: Many Guidelines, Much Confusion
(Registration required, but free.) Interview from Medscape Nephrology.
In Mexico, Evidence Of Sustained Consumer Response Two Years After Implementing A Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax
Free, full-text article from Health Affairs.
FMC's Frenova Announces Collaboration Agreement with PPD
Standing Up for Science in the Era of Trump
Full-text editorial from The BMJ.
A New Diagnosis: ‘Post-Election Stress Disorder’
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Smartphones to Become Pocket Doctors after Scientists Discover Camera Flash and Microphone Can Be Used to Diagnose Illness
Article from The Telegraph (UK).
DHS Official: Ransomware an Increasing Threat to Medical Device Cybersecurity
Article from MassDevice.
Free, Full-Text, New Online Viewpoint Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Protecting the Tired, the Poor, the Huddled Masses
Free, full-text, perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
CMS Launches MACRA Assistance as Prep Lags
Article from HFMA.


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Wednesday, Feb. 22

DaVita Steered Poor Dialysis Patients to Private Insurers To Pump up Profits, Lawsuit Says
Article from The Denver Post.
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Fresenius Medical Care Misses 4Q Revenue Forecasts
News briefs from AP and ReutersPress release from Fresenius Medical Care. Earnings call transcript from Seeking Alpha.
DaVita Is Targeted by California Bill to Increase Its Staffing Levels at Clinics
Article from Denver Business Journal. Related article from Record-Bee.
PD or HD: Which One Gets a Higher Readmisssion Score?
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Right to Try, Right to Buy, Right to Test
Opinion piece from The Washington Post.
Popular Heartburn Drugs Linked to Gradual Yet 'Silent' Kidney Damage
Press release from Washington University in St. Louis. Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International.
Hemodialysis Abstracts from the 37th Annual Dialysis Conference March 11–14, 2017 Long Beach, California
Free access via Hemodialysis International.
Nephrologists' Perspectives on Defining and Applying Patient-Centered Outcomes in Hemodialysis
CJASN Express abstract.

Free Issue (January 2017) of Hemodialysis International; Included among the 23 Articles and Case Reports:

Vascular Access Conversion and Patient Outcome after Hemodialysis Initiation with a Nonfunctional Arteriovenous Access: a Prospective Registry-based Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Identification of the Appropriate Fixation Site to Avoid Peritoneal Catheter Migration Based on a Mechanical Analysis
Issue in Progress abstract from Renal Failure.
Peritoneal Dialysis Safe for Post-Op Fluid Overload in Infants with CHD
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today. Online First abstract from JAMA Pediatrics.
In the News: Death of Contrast-Induced Nephropathy
Posting from the NephronPower blog.
Testosterone Treatment Improves Bone Density and Anemia, May Lead to Cardiac Risk
Press releases from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Yale University and the JAMA Network Journals. Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text articles from JAMA and Online First articles from JAMA Internal Medicine:
Raising Dietary Potassium to Sodium Ratio Helps Reduce Heart, Kidney Disease
3,000 Steps in 30 Minutes Improves the Prognosis for Heart Failure
Rockwell Medical Updates Progress on Calcitriol Commercial Launch
Trump's Policies Set to Damage Health and Science, Warns The BMJ
Press release from The BMJ.
Life Expectancy Study Shows Many Likely to Live beyond 90 by 2030
Articles from Reuters and HealthDay.
Health Law's 10 Essential Benefits: A Look At What's At Risk In GOP Overhaul
Article from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Tuesday, Feb. 21

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Initial Session Duration and Mortality Among Incident Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press Abstract from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases.

"Conclusions: Patients in facilities routinely initiating hemodialysis therapy for = 4 hours may have substantially lower mortality as compared with patients in facilities initiating for only 3 hours of treatment."
Kidney Disease Is Not For the Faint of Heart
Posting via the KidneyViews blog.
Place Emotional Harms on a Par with Physical Ones
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal of Renal Care:
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
JASN Express Abstracts:
Preventing Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy-Induced Hypophosphatemia: An Extended Clinical Experience with a Phosphate-Containing Solution in the Setting of Regional Citrate Anticoagulation
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
Prophylactic Hydration to Protect Renal Function from Intravascular Iodinated Contrast Material in Patients at High Risk of Contrast Induced Nephropathy (AMACING): a Prospective, Randomized, Phase 3, Controlled, Open Label, Noninferiority Trial
Online First abstract from The Lancet.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Annals of Internal Medicine:
Steep BP Drop Using 'Quadpill' in Untreated HTN: Pilot Study
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Effect of Magnesium Oxide Supplementation on Nocturnal Leg Cramps — A Randomized Clinical Trial
New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
The Short- and Long-Term Prognosis for Obamacare
Article from HealthDay.
Single-Payer Reform Is 'the Only Way to Fulfill the President's Pledge' on Health Care
Press release from Physicians for a National Health Program.
Republicans' Answer To Covering The Sickest Of The Sick: High-Risk Pools
News brief from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Monday, Feb. 20

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The DOPPS Program Marks Its 20th Anniversary with an Overview of Major Findings
Notice from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program.
Public Health or Public Shaming
Posting on diabetes from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
Why Should We Worry about Conflict of Interest?
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Persistent Variation in Medicare Payment Authorization for Home Hemodialysis Treatments
Early View abstract from Health Services Research.
Factors Affecting the Choice of Peritoneal Dialysis: Perspective of Patients and Nephrologists
In Press abstract from Néphrologie & Thérapeutique.
Free, Open Access Articles from Journal of Nephrology:
Sudden Cardiac Death Among Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
Strategies for the Optimal Timing to Start Renal Replacement Therapy in Critically Ill Patients with Acute Kidney Injury
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Thirty-Day and 90-Day Hospital Readmission after Outpatient Upper Extremity Hemodialysis Access Creation
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Impact of the Type of Dialysis Membranes on the Circulating Concentration of Markers of Vitamin D Metabolism
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Hard Choices, Better Outcomes: a Review of Shared Decision-Making and Patient Decision Aids around Dialysis Initiation and Conservative Kidney Management
(Click on "+ Abstract") Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
Compensating Kidney Donors Is Supported by Over 85% of US Adults as Reported by Acumen Health Research Institute
Chronic Pain More Likely for Poor, Less Educated
Hundreds Gather to 'Stand up for Science'
Article from The Boston Globe. Related article from STAT.
 


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Fri./Sat., Feb. 17-18

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California Dialysis Centers May Receive Quality Boost under New Legislation
Article from San Francisco Examiner.
DaVita Quarterly Revenue Rises 5.15%
News item from Reuters. Press release from DaVita. Earnings call transcript from Seeking Alpha.
After Successful 2016, DaVita Predicts Income Drop in 2017
Article from Denver Business Journal.
Why Does Quality of Life Remain an Underinvestigated Issue in Chronic Kidney Disease and Why Is It Rarely Set As an Outcome Measure in Trials in This Population?
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Public Comments Sought for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) Star Ratings Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
The in-person meeting date is Feb 21, 8:30 am to 4:00 PM in Baltimore, MD. Public Comments may be submitted before the meeting by emailing the comment to DialysisData@umich.edu by 5pm (EST) on February 17, 2017. Additionally, the Public Comment Period will be held at the end of the in-person TEP meeting.
Free, Open Access, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Home Hemodialysis: a Comprehensive Review of Patient Centered and Economic Considerations
Abstract and link to full-text PDF from ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research.
Free, Open Access Articles from PLOS ONE:
Dietary Sources of Energy and Nutrient Intake among Children and Adolescents with Chronic Kidney Disease
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
Advance Articles Abstracts from NDT:
Infectious Complications As the Leading Cause of Death after Kidney Transplantation: Analysis of More Than 10,000 Transplants from a Single Center (in Brazil)
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Role of Intravascular Ultrasound Imaging during Endovascular Interventions of Failing Hemodialysis Access Grafts
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Mayo Clinic Radio: the Importance of Organ Donation
Listen to the program on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 9:05 a.m. CST.
Discovery May Help Prevent Tissue Scarring and Rejection of Transplanted Kidneys
Limiting Salt Consumption Lowers Blood Pressure in Patients with Kidney Disease
UT Southwestern Researchers Develop Potential Treatment for Polycystic Kidney Disease
Right-To-Die Fight Hits National Stage
Article from Kaiser Health News.
New Analysis Links 30,000 Excess Deaths in 2015 to Cuts in Health and Social Care (in England and Wales)
Press release and Open Access article from the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.
CDC: Flu Vaccine a Pretty Good Match for Viruses This Year
Seema Verma Says She's against Medicare Vouchers, Suggests Risk Models Hurt Rural Healthcare
Articles from Healthcare Finance, The Hill, and Modern Healthcare.


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Thursday, Feb. 16

New Bill in California to Mandate for Staffing Ratios, Transition Time between Patients:
Public Comments Sought for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) Star Ratings Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
The in-person meeting date is Feb 21, 8:30 am to 4:00 PM in Baltimore, MD. Public Comments may be submitted before the meeting by emailing the comment to DialysisData@umich.edu by 5pm (EST) on February 17, 2017. Additionally, the Public Comment Period will be held at the end of the in-person TEP meeting.
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Why You Should Donate Your Health Data (As Well As Your Organs) When You Die
Article from The Conversation.
How Does My Diet Affect My Treatment?
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Patients Are Unique with Individual Needs. That Is the Art of Medicine.
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Investors Accuse Dialysis Provider DaVita of Ethics Breach
Article from Courthouse News Service.
Pain, CKD, and What to Do About It
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Free, Open Access Articles from PLOS ONE:
A Comparative Study of the Risk Profile of Hemodialysis Patients in a for Profit Network and in Two Regional Registries of the Italian Society of Nephrology
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Abstracts from Nephrology:
Factors Associated with Reduction of Left Ventricular Mass in Children On Peritoneal Dialysis
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Prevalence and Risk Factors for Human T-Lymphotropic Virus Type I (HTLV-1) among Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Artificial Organs: Current Status and Future Directions
Free, full-text article from The International Journal of Artificial Organs.
American Nurses Association Partners with CDC to Improve Infection Prevention and Control Education for Nurses
Press release.
Vitamin D Pills 'Could Stop Colds or Flu'
Article from the BBC. Full-text article from The BMJ.
Ardelyx's Hyperphosphatemia Drug Meets Endpoint in Phase 3 Study
Uninsured Rate Lowest On Record As Republicans Prepare To Dismantle Health Law
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Trump Administration Rolls Out New Obamacare Rules
Article from HealthDay. News brief from AHANews.
Sugar, Salt, and Fat Taxes Could Save Billions in Health Care Costs
Press release and article from PLOS Medicine.
Aetna, Humana Call Off $34 Billion Deal
US Healthcare Costs to Escalate over Next Decade: Government Agency
Article from Reuters. Press release from CMS. News brief from AHANews. Full-text article from Health Affairs.
Medicaid Expansion Possibly Reduced 'Medical Divorces,' Economists Find
Press release from the University of Kansas.


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Wednesday, Feb. 15

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  Feb. 15, 2017
A New Contrast Agent for MRI
Press release from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Acknowledging and Overcoming Nonreproducibility in Basic and Preclinical Research
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Annual Congress of the Blood Purification Management Branch of Chinese Hospital Society, August 11-14, 2016, Nanjing, China: Selected Abstracts
(11-page pdf) Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress collection from Blood Purification.
Stop Adding Insult to Injury-Identifying and Managing Risk Factors for the Progression of Acute Kidney Injury in Children
Free, full-text, First Online, Open Access, educational review from Pediatric Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Assessing the Adequacy of Small Solute Clearance for Various Dialysis Modalities, with Inclusion of Residual Native Kidney Function
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Abnormal Ankle Brachial Index and Risk of Cardiovascular or All-Cause Mortality in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: a Meta-Analysis
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
The Blame Game: It's Not Alright to Blame the Patient
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
U.S. Renal CMO Stan Lindenfeld Retires
Michigan-based Trinity to Provide Home Health Patients With Continual Remote Monitoring
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Humana to Exit Exchange Business in 2018
Article from Healthcare Finance.
China Bird Flu Deaths Surge in What Could Be Worst Season Ever
Article from Reuters.
Cardiovascular Disease Costs Will Exceed $1 Trillion by 2035
 


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Tuesday, Feb. 14

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  Feb. 14, 2017
Texas Judge Upends Effort To Limit Charity Funding For Kidney Care
Kaiser Health News article via NPR.
Impact of Fluid Status and Inflammation and Their Interaction on Survival: a Study in an International Hemodialysis Patient Cohort
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International.
Inflammation and Elevated Levels of Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 Are Independent Risk Factors for Death in Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text article from Kidney International.
Cardiac Troponins in Chronic Kidney Disease: A Marker of Global Cardiovascular Risk
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Pregnancy in Chronic Kidney Disease and Kidney Transplantation
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Association of Serum Triglyceride to HDL Cholesterol Ratio with All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality in Incident Hemodialysis Patients
CJASN Express abstract.

Free February 2017 Issue of Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis; Articles Include:

Chronic Kidney Disease and Fragility Fracture
Free, Open Access article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Early Conversion From Calcineurin Inhibitor- to Everolimus-Based Therapy Following Kidney Transplantation: Results of the Randomized ELEVATE Trial
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Outcome of Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants with a History of Neonatal Acute Kidney Injury
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Nipro To Build Vietnamese Plant for Dialysis Equipment
Intensive Blood Pressure Control Could Prevent 100,000 U.S. Deaths Each Year

Try Drug-Free Options First for Low Back Pain, New Guidelines Say
Article from HealthDay. Latest clinical guidelines and summary for patients from Annals of Internal Medicine.

Why High-Risk Pools Won't Crack the Pre-Existing Condition Dilemma
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
Death Doesn't Have To Be So Scary
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Researchers Find Clues to Why Diet with Olive Oil Is Tied Lower Heart Disease Risk
Allegheny Science & Technology (AST) Under Contract with CMS to Validate the Accuracy of CROWNWeb and NHSN Data
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
Medicare, Medicaid ACO Models Show Gains Increase Over Time
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.  Free, full-text, New Online articles from JAMA Internal Medicine:


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Monday, Feb. 13

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Nano Dimension Launching 3-D Bioprinting Subsidiary Dedicated to Kidney Disease Solutions
Press release via Morningstar.
Patients Receiving Frequent Hemodialysis Have Better Health-Related Quality of Life Compared to Patients Receiving Conventional Hemodialysis
Free, full-text article from Kidney International. Also see this recent supplemental issue on intensive hemodialysis from AJKD.
The Limits of Compassion: Dialysis and the Undocumented – A Solution
Part 2 blog posting from the Center for Ethics and Health Policy — Baylor College of Medicine.
Reducing Cardiovascular Mortality in Kidney Disease: Time to Focus on Heart Failure?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Anemia Management
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from NDT:
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Low Renal Replacement Therapy Incidence among Slowly Progressing Elderly Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Referred to Nephrology Care: an Observational Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Advance Online Abstracts from the International Journal of Artificial Organs:
Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
Long-term Risks of Kidney Living Donation: Review and Position Paper by The ERA-EDTA DESCARTES Working Group
Abstract from NDT.
Caregivers Should Be Screened Early, Often to Prevent Depression, Anxiety
Press release from University of Missouri.
'Antiaging' Hormone Could Unlock New Treatments for Kidney and Heart Disease
Five Quick Ways HHS Secretary Tom Price Could Change The Course Of Health Policy
Article from Kaiser Health News.
What's Next for the Obamacare Insurance Exchanges?
Article from HealthDay.
 


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Fri./Sat., Feb. 10-11

The Limits of Compassion: Dialysis and the Undocumented – A Solution
Part 2 blog posting from the Center for Ethics and Health Policy — Baylor College of Medicine.
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Researchers Develop Device That Emulates Human Kidney Function
Press release from Binghamton University (NY).
China Punishes Hospital Staff after Dialysis Patients Infected with Hepatitis B
Articles from Reuters and South China Morning Post.
IV Contrast for CT Is Not Associated with Increased Risk of Acute Kidney Injury
Press release from the American College of Emergency Physicians. Free, full-text, Article in Press from Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Language Barriers May Interfere with Access to Kidney Transplantation
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from HealthDay.
New Simple Method Quickly Reveals Kidney Damage
Press release from Aarhus University.
Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Incremental Hemodialysis – A European Perspective
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
PDI in Press Abstracts:
Low Prognostic Nutritional Index Associated with Cardiovascular Disease Mortality in Incident Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Effects of Ferric Citrate in Patients with Nondialysis-Dependent CKD and Iron Deficiency Anemia
Free, full-text, JASN Express article.
ESRD Patient/Advocate Celeste Castillo Lee Dies
Notice from Home Dialyzors United.
Physio-Control Recalls LIFEPAK15 Monitor/Defibrillator Due to Failure of Electrical Shock Delivery
Feb. 23 Employment Options Webinar
Polarizing HHS Nominee Tom Price Confirmed by Senate on Partyline Vote
Articles from The Washington Post and The Hill.
Taking Full Load Of Antibiotics May Actually Exacerbate Resistance, Not Protect Against It
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Will Avoid 'Controversial Venues' after Mar-A-Lago Fundraiser
Article from STAT.
Dozens Of New Cancer Drugs Do Little To Improve Survival, Frustrating Patients
Article from Kaiser Health News.
The Medicare-for-All Imperative: Beyond “Saving” the Affordable Care Act
Blog posting from National Nurses United.


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Thursday, Feb. 9

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The Limits of Compassion: Dialysis and the Undocumented – The Problem
Part I blog posting from the Center for Ethics and Health Policy — Baylor College of Medicine.
These 53 Hospitals Have the Best Organ Transplant Outcomes
Article from Becker's Hospital Review.
American Society of Nephrology Partners with the Department of Veterans Affairs
Press release.
Kidney Care Advocates and America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Bring Spat Over Premium Assistance To Congress
Article extract from InsideHealthPolicy.com.
Obesity and Kidney Disease: Hidden Consequences of the Epidemic
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial from American Journal of Nephrology.
Transformation of 5-D Itch Scale and Numerical Rating Scale in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Advance Online Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
Effect of Hypothermic Machine Perfusion on the Preservation of Kidneys Donated After Cardiac Death: A Single-Center, Randomized, Controlled Trial
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
Study Provides New Insight into Different Forms of Heart Failure
Poor and Less Educated Suffer the Most from Chronic Pain
HHS: Fraud and Abuse Laws Are Impediment to Improved Care and Efficiencies
News brief from AHANews.
Immorality of Inaction on Inequality
Free, full-text editorial from the BMJ.
To Make Medicare Better for All, Take Social Risk Factors into Account, Experts Recommend
Press releases from the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University. Free, full-text, perspective pieces from the New England Journal of Medicine:


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Wednesday, Feb. 8

The Limits of Compassion: Dialysis and the Undocumented – The Problem
Part I blog posting from the Center for Ethics and Health Policy — Baylor College of Medicine.
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China 'Mending Its Ways' on Unethical Organ Transplants, Official Says
Articles from Reuters and Xinhua.

FDA Approves Amgen's Parsabiv™ (Etelcalcetide) for Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
Article from Reuters.

The Day I Zipped My Lips and Let My Patients Talk
Article from STAT.

"According to a group of Swiss researchers, when doctors did not interrupt, the average duration of their patients' monologues was 92 seconds."

"This was first time I'd ever felt good after a visit with a patient with chronic pain — I was actually doing something to help, rather than just rearranging deck chairs."

Cigna and Fresenius Medical Care North America Collaborate
Press release.
Weaving Integrated Care into the ESRD Model
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Mortality, Hospitalization, and Quality of Life among Patients with Hepatitis C Infection on Hemodialysis
Free, full-text CJASN article.
Prognostic Value of the Delivery Dialysis Dose on Twice-Weekly Hemodialysis Patients
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Suggests Obesity Predicts Onset of Chronic Kidney Disease in the General Population
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Effect of Hypothermic Machine Perfusion on the Preservation of Kidneys Donated After Cardiac Death: A Single-Center, Randomized, Controlled Trial
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
Four Pivotal NIH Funded Artificial Pancreas Research Efforts Begin
Publications on the Management of Gout
HHS Pick Price Made ‘Brazen’ Stock Trades While His Committee Was Under Scrutiny
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Trump, GOP Lawmakers Pump The Brakes On Replacement Amid Political Backlash
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
The 10 Most Promising Healthcare Jobs, According to LinkedIn
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.
Cruz, Sanders Face Off on Obamacare
February CROWNWeb New User Training on Feb. 14


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Tuesday, Feb. 7

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Researchers Study Care for Undocumented Immigrants with Kidney Failure
Press release from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Press release, full-text New Online article and editorial from JAMA Internal Medicine. Article/video from MedPage Today (registration required, but free).

"Conclusions and Relevance: Undocumented patients with ESRD experience debilitating, potentially life-threatening physical symptoms and psychosocial distress resulting from emergent-only hemodialysis. States excluding undocumented immigrants with ESRD from scheduled dialysis should reconsider their policies."
USRDS Quarterly Update
Data through second quarter of 2016 from the United States Renal Data System.
Open Access February 2017 Issue of Clinical Kidney Journal; Full-Text Articles Include:
PCI-first or Preemptive Dialysis-first Approach in CKD Patients Needing Cardiac Catheterization
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Advance Online Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
Clinical Outcomes of Metformin Use in Populations With Chronic Kidney Disease, Congestive Heart Failure, or Chronic Liver Disease: A Systematic Review
Abstract and editorial extract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Effect of Intensive Blood Pressure Control on Gait Speed and Mobility Limitation in Adults 75 Years or Older – A Randomized Clinical Trial
New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years or Older, United States, 2017
Free, Latest, clinical guideline from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Federal Agency Blames Kansas for Delay on Certifying New Dialysis Center
Australian Woman Winched from Cruise Ship for Kidney Transplant
Penn Study Finds New Clues to Causes of Heart Failure
Step Therapy—Clinical Algorithms, Legislation, and Optimal Prescribing
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
7 More Health Myths That Need To Be Debunked
Video from the KevinMD blog.
Projected Coding Intensity In Medicare Advantage Could Increase Medicare Spending By $200 Billion Over Ten Years
Abstract from Health Affairs. Press release from UCSD.
CMS: 9.2 Million Select 2017 Marketplace Plans in States Using HealthCare.gov


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Monday, Feb. 6

Researchers Study Care for Undocumented Immigrants with Kidney Failure
Press release from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Full-text New Online article and editorial from JAMA Internal Medicine.

"Conclusions and Relevance: Undocumented patients with ESRD experience debilitating, potentially life-threatening physical symptoms and psychosocial distress resulting from emergent-only hemodialysis. States excluding undocumented immigrants with ESRD from scheduled dialysis should reconsider their policies."
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The Pig-Man Isn't
Article from First Things.

"There has been much handwringing about the news that scientists injected human stem cells into pig embryos, creating a mostly-pig-but-a-little-bit-human chimera."
UVA: Inconsistency Found in Dialysis Blood Testing Methods (for Albumin)
Article from NBC29.com (Charlottesville, VA). Abstract from Clinical Chemistry.
Hemodialysis eGFR Equivalence: Why More—and More Often—Matters*
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
If Fish Oil Can't Lower AVF Risk in Dialysis, What Can?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Effect of Tenapanor on Serum Phosphate in Patients Receiving Hemodialysis
Free, full-text JASN Express article.
Consult Rounds: Thrombocytopenia in ESRD
Posting from the NephronPower blog.
Peritonitis Outcomes in Patients with HIV and End-Stage Renal Failure on Peritoneal Dialysis: a Prospective Cohort Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Association of Serum Phosphorus Concentration with Mortality and Graft Failure among Kidney Transplant Recipients
CJASN Express abstract.
Assessment of Intradialysis Calcium Mass Balance by Single Pool Variable-Volume Calcium Kinetic Model
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Chlorhexidine Impregnated Transparent Dressings Decrease Catheter Related Infections in Hemodialysis Patients: a Quality Improvement Project
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Induction Therapy for Kidney Transplant Recipients
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from American Journal of Transplantation via Medscape Nephrology.
Predonation Cognitions of Potential Living Organ Donors: the Development of the Donation Cognition Instrument in Potential Kidney Donors
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Response to Active Hepatitis B Vaccination and Mortality in Incident Dialysis Patients
Free, Open Access article from Vaccine.
Universal Sustained Viral Response to the Combination of Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/Ritonavir and Dasabuvir with/without Ribavirin in Patients on Hemodialysis Infected with Hepatitis C Virus Genotypes 1 and 4
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Can Duration of Hemodialysis Be Estimated Based on the On-Arrival Laboratory Tests and Clinical Manifestations in Methanol-Poisoned Patients?
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement Audio Program: Practicing Respect and Preventing Emotional Harm
Scheduled for Feb. 9, 2 PM ET. Registration now open.
FDA Warns of Reaction to Skin Antiseptic Products Containing Chlorhexidine Gluconate
New Kansas Dialysis Center Grapples with Certification Delays
HHS Nominee Price Introduced Bill To Reverse Medicare Cuts After Company He Invested In Warned They Could Hurt Profits
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Trump: ObamaCare Plan Could Take until Next Year
Article from The Hill.
Judge Accepts Medicare's Plan To Remedy Misunderstanding On Therapy Coverage
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Implementation of New Influenza Virus Vaccine Code


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Fri./Sat., Feb. 3-4

UVA: Inconsistency Found in Dialysis Blood Testing Methods (for Albumin)
Article from NBC29.com (Charlottesville, VA). Abstract from Clinical Chemistry.
Hemodialysis eGFR Equivalence: Why More—and More Often—Matters
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
If Fish Oil Can't Lower AVF Risk in Dialysis, What Can?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
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Fresenius Medical Care Is Acquiring a Majority Stake in Cura Group and Scales Up in Australia
Press release. Article from Reuters.
Skin Sodium Concentration Correlates with Left Ventricular Hypertrophy in CKD
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Survival Probabilities of End Stage Renal Disease Patients on Renal Replacement Therapy in Iran
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Preventive Strategies Against Cytomegalovirus and Incidence of a-Herpesvirus Infections in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients: A Nationwide Cohort Study
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Chronic Kidney Disease Progression: a Retrospective Analysis of 3-Year Adherence to a Low Protein Diet
Full-text article from Renal Failure.
Patient Satisfaction with Nurse LED Chronic Kidney Disease Clinics: a Multicenter Evaluation
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
Is Metformin Safe for Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease?
(Registration required, but free.) Viewpoint video from Medscape Nephrology.
Amgen CEO: Will Work with Trump To Lower Drug Prices
Patients Treated by Foreign Educated Doctors Are Less Likely to Die, Study Finds
Article from STAT. Free, full-text article from the BMJ.
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
Improving the Health of the United States With a "Winnable Battles" Initiative
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
 


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Thursday, Feb. 2

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More Dialysis Does Not Deliver Benefits, Study Finds
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.

Editor's note: Sometimes, more time on dialysis can be like torture. Is it time to go back to Tassin and embrace a whole-patient, whole-life approach that includes employment and rehabilitation?
Federal Government Agrees To Pay DaVita $538 Million over VA Underpayment Claims
Articles from The Denver Post and Denver Business Journal.
Multidisciplinary Staff Attitudes to Home Hemodialysis Therapy
Free, full-text, Advance article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Hyponatremia and ESRD
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Changing Landscape for Peritoneal Dialysis: Optimizing Utilization
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Advance Articles Abstracts from NDT:
New, Free Continuing Education Courses for Social Workers
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients: Recommendations for Diagnostics and Treatment
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Baxter Reports 2016 Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results
Evolving US Workforce Is Central to Quality of Care, Says New Research
Press release from George Washington University.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Success and Failure in the Insurance Exchanges
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Health Care Needs a Moral Wake-Up Call
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Report: Hospitals Support 1 in 9 U.S. Jobs
U.S. Proposes 0.25 Percent Hike in Medicare Advantage Payments
Article from Reuters. Press release and fact sheet from CMS.
Economic Effects of Medicaid Expansion in Michigan
Free, full-text, perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Seven Heart-Healthy Habits Could Save Billions in Medicare Costs
Press release from the American Heart Association.


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Wednesday, Feb. 1

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American Society of Nephrology Statement on US President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order on Immigration
Press release. News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Can I Switch My Kidney Transplant Patient from Tacrolimus to Belatacept?
Posting from the AJKD blog.
History of Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents, the Development of Biosimilars, and the Future of Anemia Treatment in Nephrology
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from American Journal of Nephrology.
Hypertension in 2017—What Is the Right Target?
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from The Journal of the American Medical Association.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Novel Treatment Protocol for Ameliorating Refractory, Chronic Pain in Patients with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Abstracts from Nephron:
Onco-Nephrology — Valuing the Link between Cancer and Kidney Disease
News brief from the International Society of Nephrology.
Dialysis, Kidneys and African Americans
Article from The Philadelphia Tribune.
AAKP Announces 2017 Medal of Excellence Award Winners
Viewpoints: Rebuilding The Health System In A Post-Obamacare Landscape; Tom Price's Dark View Of Medicare
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Smoking Costs World $1.4 Trillion a Year in Disease, Lost Productivity
Article from HealthDay.
DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Round 2019 Announced


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Tuesday, Jan. 31

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Nephrology in Crisis: Trainees in Short Supply
Commentary from Renal & Urology News.

Editor's note: Who wants to practice American (junk-bond and zombie) nephrology?
Fresenius Medical Care Reaches Agreement on Reimbursement with US Departments of Justice and Veterans Affairs
Press release.
AKI Moves into the Outpatient Dialysis Setting
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Issue-in-Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
A National Appraisal of Hemodialysis Vascular Access Provision in Scotland
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Shift to Tighter Physician-Hospital Integration Is More Complex Than Expected
Press release from Rice University.
Regular Exercise May Reduce High Blood Pressure Risk in African-Americans
Press release from the American Heart Association. Article from HealthDay.
What Primary Care Providers Should Know about Diabetic Neuropathy
Press release from University of Michigan.
Mayo Clinic Researchers Find Mental Activities May Protect against Mild Cognitive Impairment
Heart Failure Survival Rates Show No Improvement
Over 100 New Blood Pressure Genes Could Provide New Targets for Treating Hypertension
Kidney Function in Stroke Patients Associated with Short-Term Outcomes
High-Altitude Living Decreases the Risk of Heart Disease
Ban Sparks Panic among Refugees Awaiting Urgent Medical Care in US
Articles from Reuters and STAT.
Trump Order on Regulations Could Create Hurdles for FDA, Cures Act
Article from STAT.
  Majority Of Americans Extremely Worried That Repeal Will Cost Many Health Coverage
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
UTHealth Study: 78% of Hospital Workers in Houston Are Overweight or Obese
Medicare's Coverage Of Therapy Services Again Is In Center Of Court Dispute
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, Jan. 30

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Loss of Executive Function after Dialysis Initiation in Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Self Cannulation: A Sticking Point
Posting from KidneyViews blog.
Serious Fall Injuries Before and After Initiation of Hemodialysis Among Older ESRD Patients in the United States: A Retrospective Cohort Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
The ESRD Quality Incentive Program: The Current Limitations of Evidence and Data to Develop Measures, Drive Improvement, and Incentivize Outcomes
Abstract from Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease.
The Effect of Nephrectomy on Klotho, FGF-23 and Bone Metabolism
Free, Open Access, First Online article from International Urology and Nephrology.
Hypoproteinemia As a Prognostic Risk Factor for Arteriovenous Fistula Failure
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
A Lifetime of Discovery
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Trump's Immigration Order Could Stop Medical Careers before They Begin
Article from STAT.
Robots Could Help Solve Social Care Crisis, Say Academics
AARP Launches Ad Campaign Urging Republicans to 'Protect' Medicare
Article from The Hill.


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Fri./Sat., Jan. 27-28

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First Human Pig Chimeras Created, Sparking Hopes for Transplantable Organs — and Debate
Article and opinion piece from STAT. Articles from HealthDay, The Washington Post, and the BBC. Free, full-text article from Cell.
Depression Is Under-Treated in Patients Receiving Chronic Dialysis
Press release and CJASN Express abstract #1 and abstract #2 from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from HealthDay.

Editor's note:
Can a pill fix the fact that nephrologists and for-profit dialysis providers are shepherding patients into treatment regimens and insurance plans that destroy the meaning and purpose of their lives? How do you deal with a system of care and a professional medical society that after 50 years places virtually no emphasis on patient rehabilitation and employment?

It should be called the American Society of Junk-Bond and Zombie Nephrology. It has an enormous blind spot for its own financial conflicts of interest which non-American nephrologists can easily recognize.
PPI Use & Hip Fracture in Kidney Transplantation
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Insights from Screening a Racially and Ethnically Diverse Population for Chronic Kidney Disease
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Two New Combination Injectable Drugs for Type 2 Diabetes Coming to Market
(Registration required, but free.) Commentary via Medscape Nephrology.
US Deaths from Diabetes Significantly Underestimated, Analysis Shows
Press release from Boston University Medical Center.
Is Hemoglobin A1c the Right Outcome for Studies of Diabetes?
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Rockwell Medical will Present Data on Triferic Intravenous (IV) Administration at the 19th International Conference on Dialysis in Las Vegas, February 1-3, 2017
Oral Devices Reduce Sleep Apnea but May Not Affect Heart Disease Risk Factors
Trump's Healthcare Promise Too Sunny for Reality
Articles from Modern Healthcare, Kaiser Health News, The Hill, and Medical Economics.
Rates of Early Deaths Rise for Whites, Drop for Blacks
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from The Lancet.
Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) Patients
(1-page pdf) Medicare coverage summary and resources from Northwest Renal Network.


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Thursday, Jan. 26

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U.S. Court Issues Injunction on Assistance for Dialysis Patients
Article from Reuters and CNBC. Press releases from the American Kidney Fund, Fresenius Medical Care, and DaVita.

"The decision upholds a temporary hold on the rule and is a victory for dialysis providers FMC, DaVita Inc and U.S. Renal Care Inc, which had filed a lawsuit to block the rule."
Should a Mental Disability Keep Patients off Organ Transplants Lists?
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text perspective piece from The New England Journal of Medicine.
FDA Recall Notices: Maintenance Kits for Baxter's Phoenix Hemodialysis Machines:
KCER Participation Form Requires Patients To Give Up Rights to Photographs/Images; Patient Photographs Can Be Used by KCER "Partners"
Participation form from the Kidney Community Emergency Response Program.

Editor's note: This is a major disincentive for patient participation and another counterproductive move by KCER. This organization is dysfunctional. They provide daily frost warnings (Live Emergency Updates!) on KCER's home page, yet fail to update their site when weather emergencies close dialysis facilities.
PCORI Seeks Proposals for Up to $200 Million in New Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
News release from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Oral Anticoagulation in End-Stage Renal Disease and Atrial Fibrillation: Is It Time to Just Say No to Drugs?
Online First editorial extract and related abstract from Heart.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Transplantation:
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Advance Online Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
Latest Articles Abstracts from International Urology and Nephrology:
Contribution of Volume Overload to the Arterial Stiffness of Hemodialysis Patients
Issue in Progress abstract from Renal Failure.
How EHR Tweak Brings Better Medication Management
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Randomized Trial Will Reveal Diabetes Drug's Effects on Kidney Health
Repealing the ACA without a Replacement — The Risks to American Health Care
Free, full-text perspective piece by B.H. Obama from The New England Journal of Medicine. Related Online First perspective pieces:
Majority of Primary Care Docs Oppose Repeal of Obamacare
Article from HealthDay.
Americans Split on Whether US Will Be Viewed As Leader in Science under Pres. Trump
 


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Wednesday, Jan. 25

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  Jan. 25, 2017
Nutritional Study Sponsored by Dialysis Clinic, Inc. Has over 5300 Patients Enrolled
DCI press release.
FDA Recall Notice: Baxter APD Set with Cassette 3-Prong Peritoneal Dialysis Set
Customer complaints received for the presence of leaks.
Financial Incompatibility and Paired Kidney Exchange: Walking a Tightrope or Blazing a Trail?
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
Changing Paradigms in the Management of Rejection in Kidney Transplantation
Free, full-text article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Targeting Hypoxia-Inducible Factors for the Treatment of Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress in-depth topic review from American Journal of Nephrology.
Prostacyclin as an Anticoagulant for Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy in Children
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress in-depth topic review from Blood Purification.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease:
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Factors Influencing Dialysis Arteriovenous Graft Survival
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Dietary Modeling of Foods for Advanced CKD Based on General Healthy Eating Guidelines: What Should Be on the Plate?
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Phosphate Equilibration Rate and Daily Clearance in Patients on CAPD, CCPD and APD
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation with Warfarin among Older Adults with End Stage Renal Disease
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Use of Ultrasound by Registered Nurses - A Systematic Literature Review
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
Renal Function Impairment in Patients Undergoing Elective EVAR vs. Elective Open Repair
3D Printed Skin Ready for Transplants
Lung Cancer Patients with Anxiety, Depression Die Sooner: Study
A Look at Republican Plans for Repealing and Replacing Obamacare
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Trump's HHS Choice: First A Letter To Medicare. Then A Campaign Contribution
Article from Kaiser Health News. News brief from AHANews.
Association of Intensive Care Unit Patient-to-Intensivist Ratios With Hospital Mortality
Free, full-text, New Online article and editorial from JAMA Internal Medicine.
January 2017 MedPAC and MACPAC Data Book: Beneficiaries Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid
80-page pdf.
Everything You Need to Know About Block Grants — The Heart of GOP's Medicaid Plans
Article from Kaiser Health News. Related article from HFMA.


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Tuesday, Jan. 24

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Illinois Woman Convicted of Defrauding Organ Donation Nonprofit
AP article.
Renal Morphology, Clinical Findings, and Progression Rate in Mesoamerican Nephropathy
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Organ Donation After Euthanasia: A Pure Act of Altruism Fulfilling the Patient's Last Wish
Early View Letter to the Editor from American Journal of Transplantation.
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Chronic Disease Management Interventions for People with Chronic Kidney Disease in Primary Care: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
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Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial Analyzing Telemedically Supported Case Management in the First Year after Living Donor Kidney Transplantation — a Budget Impact Analysis from the Healthcare Perspective
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Federal Court Blocks Proposed Merger of Aetna and Humana
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Nurse Practitioners Step in to Fill Growing Need for House Calls, Study Finds
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From “Adequate” to Optimal Dialysis—By Adding a Single Word
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Mortality after Renal Allograft Failure and Return to Dialysis
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Health Insurance Trends in United States Living Kidney Donors (2004 to 2015)
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Reducing the Dietary Acid Load: How a More Alkaline Diet Benefits Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease
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Viewpoints: Trump's Difficult Insurance Pledge; Cheaper, Better 'Insurance For Everybody'? Good Luck With That
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7 Steps to Prepare Your Hospital for an Active Shooter
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Can Patient Satisfaction and Quality Care Coexist?
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