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Fri/Sat, April 27-28

New Booklet Advises Parents of Pediatric Transplant Patients
The OPTN/UNOS Patient Affairs Committee spearheaded the booklet's development in collaboration with a number of transplant professionals and parents of organ transplant recipients.
Northwest Kidney Centers To Open New $43 Million Clinic in SeaTac
Posting from the B-Town Blog. Northwest Kidney Centers web site.
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  April 27, 2018
ASN and US Department of Health and Human Services Sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) To Launch Kidney Innovation Accelerator
Press release from the American Society of Nephrology. Press release from Kidney Care Partners. Article from HealthLeaders Media. KidneyX web site, Twitter @KidneyX and Twitter #KidneyX.
Reforming the Treatment of Kidney Disease
Policy brief (10-page pdf) from the Progressive Policy Institute.

"Specifically, the government should:
  • Emphasize prevention
  • Enhance education around treatment options, including in-home dialysis devices
  • Invest in innovation
  • Reimburse for all immunosuppressant drugs after a kidney transplant"
California Physicians Oppose November Proposition That Would Put Dialysis Patients' Lives at Risk
Press release from the California Medical Association.
An Innovative IT Design to Enhance Relatedness, Satisfaction, & Outcomes
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
DaVita Continues to Improve Patient Care, Leads in Five-Star Quality Ratings
Press release.
Kidney Care Partners Spotlights Important Quality Gains in Dialysis Care
Press release.

"KCP believes that the Five-Star Program does not provide the full picture of the high-quality care being delivered at the individual facility level, and, therefore, cannot be used reliably by patients or their families to evaluate dialysis facilities. While CMS has made some improvements over time in the methods used to determine the star ratings, the program remains problematic because of outstanding, issues related to methodology, measure validity and actionability of information by dialysis facilities. These systemic flaws can mislead patients and the public."
Trial Design Innovations to Accelerate Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease — Moving from Single Trials to an Ongoing Platform
Free, full-text, CJASN Express article.

#NKFClinicals 2018: The Promise of PROMs
Posting from the AJKD blog.

The Role of Clinical Engineers in Dialysis Therapy in Japan
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial from Blood Purification.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Mid-life Chronic Inflammation May Be Linked to Frailty Later
Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce
Outbreak notice from the CDC.

"Forty-two ill people have been hospitalized, including nine people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure."
A Teacher's Lesson: Finding a Future After Transplant Failure
Article from the National Kidney Foundation.
Epicardial Adipose Tissue: New Parameter for Cardiovascular Risk Assessment in High Risk Populations
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Transplant-Damaging Virus Comes into Focus
Press release from University of Leeds.
Baxter Reports First-Quarter 2018 Results and Increases Financial Outlook for Full-Year 2018
Mayo Clinic's Epic EHR Go Live: a Look at Major Milestones Leading up to Big Switch
Article from Healthcare IT News.
Ronny Jackson Withdraws From VA Nomination Amid New Allegations Of Misconduct
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
VA Delivers Higher Quality Care Than Other Health Providers, Study Finds
Press release from the RAND Corporation.
Articles from HealthDay:
April 30-May 4 Policy Watch: How Policymakers Aim to Support Healthcare Innovation
Article from HFMA. Related article on AI from The Hill.
Purpose-Built Smartphones for Healthcare: Interview with Andrew Duncan, VP at Spectralink
Article from MedGadget.
Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Matters Articles:
Time to Get Screened: Medicare Begins Covering Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes in April
Press release from the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
CMS Releases New Medicare Advantage Data Resource
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.


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Thursday, April 26

Reforming the Treatment of Kidney Disease
Policy brief (10-page pdf) from the Progressive Policy Institute.
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Fresenius Kidney Care Tops Industry in Government Five-Star Quality Ratings
Press release.

Editor's note: Is the Five-Star Quality Rating System valid? It relies largely on self-reported data and the honor system. Since its inception, the results of the Five-Star System have not correlated with the mortality and hospitalization results published by the United States Renal Data System (USRDS). Apparently, to resolve the discrepancy, the USRDS has stopped publishing its comparisons of for-profit and non-profit dialysis providers. So what is the Five-Star System actually measuring?

June 30, 2017 news item from RenalWEB: "In an accompanying (pay-for-view) CJASN editorial (entitled Infection Monitoring in Dialysis Units: A Plea for "Cleaner" Data), Dana Miskulin, MD (Tufts University School of Medicine) and Ambreen Gul, MD (Dialysis Clinic Inc.) noted that a major problem to the available data is that event reporting is based on an honors system, with dialysis units reporting their own information. "We make a plea to the dialysis community to 'clean up' the data, so that the QIP is fairer for all and to enable the full potential of these data, both for improving care now and for generating new evidence to provide future opportunities to improve care and outcomes, to be realized," they wrote."
American Society of Nephrology (ASN), along with 36 Kidney Organizations, Signed Letter to Senate Appropriations for Additional Kidney Research Funding at NIH
Article and letter (2-page pdf) from Kidney News Online.
Diabetes Self-Care Courses Can Come With Sticker Shock
Article from The New York Times.
Standardized Kt/V on Home Hemodialysis: Does It Matter?
Blog posting from Advancing Dialysis.
Fresenius Medical Care North America Launches Corporate Charitable Foundation
Press release.
NKFClinicals 2018: My Dialysis Patient Is Pregnant. What Should I Do?
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Obestatin, a Ghrelin-Cognate Protein, and Clinical Outcomes in Hemodialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Kidney Transplantation in HIV-Positive Patients: A Single-Center, 16-Year Experience
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

The Association of Mediterranean and DASH Diets with Mortality in Adults on Hemodialysis: The DIET-HD Multinational Cohort Study
JASN Express abstract.

Free, Full-Text, New Online Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
Organ Donors and Recipients Share Extraordinary Stories at Loyola Candle-lighting Ceremony
Can Puerto Rico Recover From Maria Before the Next Storm Hits?
Article from The Atlantic.
Article from HealthLeaders Media:
When Designing Bundled Payments, Don't Ignore The Lessons Of Behavioral Economics
Posting from the Health Affairs blog.
Articles from Healthcare Finance:


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Wednesday, April 25

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  April 25, 2018
Speakers at FDA Advisory Meetings Have Hidden Conflicts
Article from Internal Medicine News.

Editor's note: Nephrologists who are employed by for-profit dialysis providers or have ownership stakes in dialysis centers should be required to declare a conflict of interest before participation in all public forums. Considering that the largest non-profit dialysis provider had better mortality and hospitalization rates for 14 consecutive years than for-profit providers, failure to do so only perpetuates the harming of patients.
Otsuka's JYNARQUE™ (tolvaptan) Approved by U.S. FDA as the First Treatment to Slow Kidney Function Decline in Adults at Risk of Rapidly Progressing Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD)
Press release.
THC Use Should Not Affect Chance of Transplant
Opinion piece from Sonoma State Star.
DaVita and Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital Collaborate to Launch Technology Designed to Help Improve Transplant Readiness of Patients
Press release.
Webinar: A Livable, Lovable Approach to Kidney Disease Nutrition
April 26, 2018 - 2:00 PM EDT.
Dialysis Discussion Uncensored: Keeping the Conversation Going
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Hemodialysis or Hemodiafiltration: That Is the Question
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Transplantation:
Long-Term Outcomes of Kidney Transplantation in Fabry Disease
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
Bariatric Surgery Successes Lead to Type 2 Diabetes Treatment
Press release from Cornell University.
Drinking Baking Soda Could Be an Inexpensive, Safe Way to Combat Autoimmune Disease
Press release from Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.
Quanta Successfully Completes Pilot Treatments in France
Free, Full-Text Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Cancer Centers Sell out Science When They Advertise Clinical Trials As Treatment
First Opinion piece from STAT.
CMS Proposes Changes to Empower Patients and Reduce Administrative Burden
Press release and fact sheet from CMS.

Editor's note: There are mentions of dialysis scattered throughout the proposed rule (1883-page pdf).
Put Chargemaster Online by 2019, Says CMS Proposal
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
CMS Seeks Input on Potential Models for Direct Provider Contracting
News brief from the American Hospital Association.


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Tuesday, April 24

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  April 24, 2018
Impact of Residual Kidney Function on Hemodialysis Adequacy and Patient Survival
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Free, Open Access, Articles in Press from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Concept Map: Drug Induced Kidney Injury
Posting from NephronPower blog.
Nicotinic Acid May Improve Hyperphosphatemia in Hemodialysis Patients
Summary from Renal & Urology News. Free, full-text article from Medicine.
Incidence, Risk Factors, and Sequelae of Post-kidney Transplant Delirium
JASN Express abstract.
HLA-DQ Mismatching and Kidney Transplant Outcomes
CJASN Express abstract.
Impact of a Primary Care CKD Registry in a US Public Safety-Net Health Care Delivery System: A Pragmatic Randomized Trial
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
What Effect Do New Guidelines Have on Prevalence of High Blood Pressure in Children?
Press release and free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Pediatrics.
Wiping out the Gut Microbiome Could Help with Heart Failure
Press release from Experimental Biology 2018.
Wearables Can Enhance Practice, But Questions Remain
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Bum Kidneys No Problem for Dabigatran Reversal
Kaiser RNs/NPs Ratify New Accord, Cite Safe Staffing Gains, Protection of RN Standards
Press release from National Nurses United.
The Role of Telehealth in the Medical Response to Disasters
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Feedback on New Direction Request for Information (RFI) Released, CMS Innovation Center's Market-Driven Reforms to Focus on Patient-Centered Care
CMS press release.
CROWNWeb Town Hall Event: New CROWNWeb Release – EQRS 1.2
Thu, April 26th 2018, 2:00 pm ET.
Latest ACO Trends Identified
Article from HFMA.
RPA Sign-on Letter to CMS re: 2018 MIPS Reporting Period


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Monday, April 23

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  April 23, 2018
The US Is Entering a Golden Age of Corporate Medicine
Article from The Guardian.

"But whatever the purported efficiencies of vertical integration may be, these deals should be seen as part of a larger corporate transformation that is remaking American healthcare – for the worse.

"Consider corporate medicine's track record. Dialysis is dominated by corporations – the two largest are DaVita and Fresenius – that do a comparatively poor job keeping their patients alive. A 2011 study in Health Services Research found that for-profit chains had 13% higher risk of mortality than not-for-profits. DaVita, meanwhile, has paid out hundreds of millions in recent years to settle claims including Medicare fraud and overuse of a potentially harmful medication."

"But whatever their financial future, the advancing corporatization of American healthcare will fail for a more fundamental reason: cutthroat corporate profiteering and the humane provision of healthcare don't mix."

Editor's note: How does US nephrology respond to being named the poster child of bad corporate medicine? They've gone full-ostrich. They eliminated any reporting on the effects of profit/non-profit clinic ownership from the annual United States Renal Data System (USRDS) report. This results in a '3-monkey' approach to medicine and is probably best summed up by Sinclair Lewis.
Fresenius Medical Sells U.S. Sound Inpatient for $2.15 Billion
Article from Reuters. Press release from Fresenius Medical Care.

Sound Inpatient web site and company overview from Bloomberg.

Editor's note: In December 2017, DaVita announced it was selling its physician network for $4.9 billion.

Perhaps these companies will finally pursue the business opportunity that would benefit their patients and society most: renal re/habilitation. They should work to prevent renal disease, optimize the lives of those with renal disease and renal failure, and bring business efficiencies to renal disease spending.

What organization is doing this already? DCI, the largest non-profit dialysis provider. And what organization has had the best mortality and hospitalization rates for 14 consecutive years (until they stopped reporting this data)?

What will Fresenius and DaVita likely do with the money? Buy back stock, pay off and restructure debt, and offer larger incentives to US nephrologists to join their for-profit model of care.
Fresenius Medical Cuts 2018 Sales Target after Drug Dosage Shift
Article from Reuters. Press release from Fresenius Medical Care.
Fresenius SE Terminates $4.3 Billion Akorn Takeover After Probe
Article from Bloomberg.
Woman on Dialysis Completes London Marathon
Madeleine Warren's Twitter: @queenofdialysis. "20 happy years on nocturnal home dialysis." 
Dialysis Bus Makes Vacations Possible for Patients Suffering Kidney Disease
Article from ABC News (Australia).
Addressing Social Determinants 'the Right Thing to Do'
Article from Medical Economics.

"“This is about your zip code, not your gene code,” ACP President Jack Ende, MD, said during the society’s annual conference, held this year in New Orleans. “Where a person is born and what the social determinants of health are for them can have very, very significant outcomes on health.”
Greater Fluid Overload and Lower Interdialytic Weight Gain Are Independently Associated with Mortality in a Large International Hemodialysis Population
Free, Open Access, Advance Article from NDT.
Dialysis and Dementia: Four Very Different Conversations
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Make It Stop (Itching)
Blog posting from TheNephrologist.com.
Dialysis Vintage and Outcomes in Renal Transplantation
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Successful Practice Transitioning Between Hemodialysis and Hemodiafiltration in Outpatient Units: Ten Key Issues for Physicians to Remember
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
Healthcare Utilization after Acute Kidney Injury in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
CJASN Express abstract.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
Low Serum Phosphate Is Associated with Ischemic Stroke in Hemodialysis Patients
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
American Renal Associates Holdings, Inc. Announces Settlement of Shareholder Derivative Litigation
Press release.
West Australia: Fresenius Issues Product Alert for Bloodlines after West Australia Dialysis Patient Reveals Leak Fears
Articles from The Hill:



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Fri/Sat, April 20-21

Fresenius Medical Sells U.S. Sound Inpatient for $2.15 Billion
Article from Reuters. Press release and ad hoc announcement from Fresenius Medical Care.

Sound Inpatient web site and company overview from Bloomberg.
Dialysis and Dementia: Four Very Different Conversations
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Make It Stop (Itching)
Blog posting from TheNephrologist.com.
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Bill Restricting Third-Party Premium Payment for Patients with ESRD Wins California Senate Committee Approval
Article from Healio.
Medscape Nephrologist Compensation Report 2018
(Registration required, but free.) Slideshow from Medscape Nephrology.
Opioids May Carry Unique Risks for Patients on Hemodialysis
Press release and free, full-text, CJASN Express articles from the American Society of Nephrology:
Citation Classics: Ranking of the Top 100 Most Cited Articles in Nephrology
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Mortality in Living Kidney Donors with ESRD: a Propensity Score Analysis Using the United States Renal Data System
Article in Press abstract and full text article (21-page PDF) from Kidney International Reports.
First Published Abstracts from Seminars in Dialysis:
Issue-In-Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
The Prognostic Importance of Duration of AKI: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Contrast-Induced Acute Kidney Injury in the Trial — Lessons Learned
Free, full-text, CJASN Express article.
PDI in Press Abstracts:
Prevalence of Hypertension in Children with Early-Stage ADPKD
CJASN Express abstract.
Artificial Pancreas Is a Safe and Effective Treatment for Type I Diabetes
Press release and full-text article from The BMJ.
Novel Antioxidant Makes Old Blood Vessels Seem Young Again
Press release from University of Colorado at Boulder.
Low Total Testosterone in Men Widespread, Linked to Chronic Disease
Press release from the University of Michigan.
Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Greater Risk of Diabetes
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
In the Throes of an Opioid Crisis, Prescriptions Fell Dramatically Last Year
Article from STAT.
Almost 1 in 3 Patients Used No Opioids Prescribed after Surgery
Survey from the Mayo Clinic. Related article from HealthDay.
Study Predicts 2018 Flu Vaccine Will Have 20% Efficacy
Press release from Rice University.
New Medicare Perk For Diabetes Prevention Stumbles At Rollout
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Thursday, April 19

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  April 19, 2018
International Committee of the Red Cross Warns of Collapse of Dialysis Treatment in Yemen
Article from Middle East Monitor.
Save Your Vein
2-minute video from Kidney Care UK.
24-Hour Ambulatory BP Measurements Strongly Predict Mortality
Articles from Internal Medicine News, MedPage Today, and HealthDay. Abstract from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Transplanted Livers Help Body Defend against (Kidney) Organ Rejection
Press release from the Mayo Clinic.
A 'Breakthrough in Organ Preservation': Study Shows Keeping Livers Warm Helps Preserve Them for Transplant
Article from STAT.
Early Results of Percutaneous Arteriovenous Fistula Creation with the Ellipsys Vascular Access System
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Advance Articles Abstracts from NDT:
Declining Comorbidity-Adjusted Mortality Rates in English Patients Receiving Maintenance Renal Replacement Therapy
Free, Open Access article from Kidney International.
Acute Kidney Injury and Subsequent Frailty Status in Survivors of Critical Illness: A Secondary Analysis
Abstract from Critical Care Medicine.
Articles from HealthDay:

Sentinel Event Alert on Physical and Verbal Violence against Health Care Workers
(9-page PDF) Publication from The Joint Commission. Response from the American Nurses Association.

In A Puerto Rican Mountain Town, Hope Ebbs And Health Suffers
Article from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Wednesday, April 18

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  April 18, 2018
AHIP, Blue Cross, SEIU Seek Action on Dialysis 'Gaming'
Articles from HealthLeaders Media.
Statement on AHIP Letter to HHS
News release from the American Kidney Fund.
Debate over Third-Party Payments for Dialysis Patients Revived in Washington As California Eyes Limits
(Registration required, but free.) Articles from Modern Healthcare and Healthcare Finance.
FDA Recall: (Fresenius) Liberty Select Cycler
Notice from the FDA Enforcement Report for April 18, 2018.
Question of the Day: How Much Dialysis per Week You Feel Is Enough for You?
Posting from the Dialysis Discussion Uncensored Facebook page.
Renal Nurses Asked to Improve Insertion of Needles for Dialysis
Article from Nursing Times.
First Published Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
Circulating Bacterial Fragments as Cardiovascular Risk Factors in CKD
JASN Express abstract.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
Ethanol Lock Is Effective on Reducing the Incidence of Tunneled Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections in Hemodialysis Patients: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Measurement of Iron Status in Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Pediatric Nephrology.
Safety, Immunogenicity, Pharmacokinetics, And Efficacy of Degradation of Anti-HLA antibodies by IdeS (imlifidase) In Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Free, Open Access, First Published article from American Journal of Transplantation.
First Published Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
Hip Fracture Incidence and Mortality in Chronic Kidney Disease: the GLOMMS-II Record Linkage Cohort Study
Free, Open Access article from BMJ Open.
Competing Risks of Fracture and Death in Older Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease
Abstract from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Exercise In, Vitamin D Out for Preventing Falls: U.S. Panel
Article from HealthDay. Press release and free, full-text, New Online articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
USPSTF Recommendation Statement on Vitamin D, Calcium Supplementation to Prevent Fractures
Press release and free, full-text, articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Free, Full-Text Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Drug Test Spurs Frank Talk Between Hypertension Patients And Doctors
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Second BP Measurement Often Brings Better News
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
Summary of the 2018 ISN Frontiers Meeting: Kidney Disease & Cardiovascular Disease
(36-page PDF) Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International Reports.
Active Young Adults with Type I Diabetes Have Muscle Complications: Study
Press release from McMaster University.
Comparison of Type 2 Diabetes Treatments in Improving Survival
Press release from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
FDA Approves New Standard of Care for Kidney Cancer
Press release from UT Southwestern Medical Center.
FDA Issues Plan to Improve Medical Device Safety
News brief from the American Hospital Association. FDA statement.
Towards Regeneration: The Evolution of Medicine from Fighting to Building
Article extract from The BMJ.

"The practice of medicine and the art of caring for patients are evolving, driven in part by the new epidemiology of chronic disease and the technological advances made to tackle it. Medicine is increasingly shifting its focus from combating disease to helping to build or rebuild human life."
Trump To Give Speech On Drug Prices, But No New Policies Are Expected To Be Unveiled
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill to Impose Jail Time for Execs behind Opioid Crisis
Article from STAT.
DEA Moves to Curb Oversupply of Opioids
Article from The Hill.
People Who Use Medical Marijuana More Likely to Use and Misuse Prescription Drugs
Press release from Journal of Addiction Medicine.
Mentoring Millennials
Opinion piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Report Estimates Impact of Medicaid Work Proposals in 10 States
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
Opioid-Related Hospitalizations Rising in Medicare Patients without Opioid Prescriptions
Press release from University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.


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Tuesday, April 17

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  April 17, 2018
Guinness World Record for Longest Time on Dialysis
Article from Hillingdon and Uxbridge Times (UK).
ANNA 2018 National Symposium
April 15-18, Las Vegas, NV meeting of the American Nephrology Nurses Association. Tweet: #ANNA18.
Transplant Docs Too Picky About Organs from Overdose Deaths?
(Registration required, but free.) Video and article from MedPage Today. Latest Article abstract and editorial extract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Living Kidney Donation Might Be The Answer To National Shortage
Article from Health News Florida.
Cuomo: Number of NY Registered Organ Donors Tops 5 Million
AP article.
Korean Professor Gets $1.2 Million for Xenotransplantation Research
Article from Korea Biomedical Review.
Groundbreaking Study Yields Insight into the Well-Being and Safety of Nurses and Providing Quality Patient Care
Press release and full-text article (24-page pdf) from the American Nephrology Nurses Association.
Advance Articles from NDT:
Is the Management of Diabetes Different in Dialysis Patients?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Hydroxychloroquine Use and Risk of CKD in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis
CJASN Express abstract.
Novel Equations for Estimating Lean Body Mass in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text article from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Effect of Neprilysin Inhibition on Renal Function in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Chronic Heart Failure Who Are Receiving Target Doses of Inhibitors of the Renin-Angiotensin System: a Secondary Analysis of the PARADIGM-HF Trial
Online First abstract from The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.
Hemoglobin A1c Targets for Glycemic Control With Pharmacologic Therapy for Nonpregnant Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Guidance Statement Update From the American College of Physicians
Free, full-text, clinical guidelines and summary for patients from Annals of Internal Medicine.
New Blood Pressure Guidelines Could Put Lives at Risk, Say Experts
Press release from University of Sydney.
Association of a Smartphone Application With Medication Adherence and Blood Pressure Control—The MedISAFE-BP Randomized Clinical Trial
Free, full-text, New Online article, commentary, and related research letter extract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Music Intensifies Effects of Anti-Hypertensive Medication
Health Care Employment Growth and the Future of US Cost Containment
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Pharma's Anti-Competitive Tactics That Stymie Generics Drugmakers Targeted By Officials, Lawmakers
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Addressing Social Determinants to Improve Patient Care and Promote Health Equity: An American College of Physicians Position Paper
Free, full-text, Latest Article from Annals of Internal Medicine.



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Monday, April 16

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  April 16, 2018
Latest USRDS Incident and Prevalent Counts by Quarter
Data from the United States Renal Data System.
News Coverage from NKF Spring Clinical Meeting
Articles from Renal & Urology News, MedPage Today, and Healio. Tweets @NKFCLINICALS and #NKFClinicals.
So Just a Bit of Reflection Here...
Posting from the Dialysis Discussion Uncensored blog.
"Is Curing Patients a Sustainable Business Model?" Goldman Sachs Analysts Ask
Article from Ars Technica.
Suit Filed against American Renal Associates, American Renal Management
Article from Legal NewsLine.
CDC to Host Four NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Training Webinars
Notice from the American Nephrology Nurses Association.
KDIGO Announces Publication of The Advanced CKD Controversies Conference Report
News release from Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes.
Free, Full-Text, CJASN Express Articles:
Effect of Dialysis on Cerebral Blood Flow and Cognition
Article from Medscape Nephrology. Abstract from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Hemodynamic Response to Fluid Removal during Hemodialysis: Categorization of Causes of Intradialytic Hypotension
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
An Aspirational Diet for Dialysis Patients: Evidence and Theory
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Zinc Inhibits Phosphate-Induced Vascular Calcification through TNFAIP3-Mediated Suppression of NF-kB
JASN Express abstract.
Effect of High Amylose Resistant Starch (HAM-RS2) Supplementation on Biomarkers of Inflammation and Oxidative Stress in Hemodialysis Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Combined Contribution of Reduced Functional Mobility, Muscle Weakness, and Low Serum Albumin in Prediction of All-Cause Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients: A Retrospective Cohort Study
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Siren Diabetic Socks Monitor Temperature of Feet, Detects Early Signs of Injury
Article from MedGadget.
Screenings Miss Half of Diabetic, Prediabetic Patients
Press release from Northwestern University.
Trump Order Targets Wide Swath of Public Assistance Programs
Article from The Hill.
How Profiteers Lure Women Into Often-Unneeded Surgery
Aritlce from The New York Times.
Ketamine Has 'Fast-Acting Benefits' for Depression
Article from the BBC.
Most Medicare Telehealth Claims Fail Documentation Audit
Article from HealthLeaders Media. Report from the Office of Audit Services of the HHS office of Inspector General.


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Fri/Sat, April 13-14

Free, Full-Text, CJASN Express Articles:
Effect of Dialysis on Cerebral Blood Flow and Cognition
Article from Medscape Nephrology. Abstract from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
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  April 13, 2018
Dialysis Patients (in Puerto Rico) are Still Trekking 12 Hours for Care After Hurricane Maria
Article from The Atlantic.
Researchers: Screen Depressed Dialysis Patients for Suicidality
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
News Coverage from NKF Spring Clinical Meeting
Articles from Renal & Urology News, MedPage Today, and Healio.
ISN and SLANH Stand United on Venezuela's Kidney Health Crisis
News brief and full statement (2-page pdf) from the International Society of Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text, Issue-In-Progress Articles from Blood Purification:
Dialysis Providers' Awareness of Racial Disparities in Transplantation Is Low
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Issue-in-Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
Nephrology Comanagement and the Quality of Antibiotic Prescribing in Primary Care for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: a Retrospective Cross-Sectional Study
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Evidence-based Recommendations for Beta Blockers Use in ESRD Patients
Article from the European Nephrology Portal.
What Is an "eGFR," and Why And When Does It Matter?
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Improving the Prognosis of Patients with Severely Decreased Glomerular Filtration Rate (CKD G4 +): Conclusions from a Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Controversies Conference
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney International.
Continuous Glucose Monitors Proven Cost-Effective, Add to Quality of Life for Diabetics
Press release from the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Physicians' Political Preferences and the Delivery of End of Life Care in the United States: Retrospective Observational Study
Free, full-text article from The BMJ.
First Seeds of Kidney Cancer Sown in Adolescence
Can Retail Clinics Transform Health Care?
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
After 3-Month Stint, RN's Whistleblower Suit Costs Banner Health $18.3M
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
Philly's Soda Tax Is Working, Study Finds
Article from HealthDay.
Medicare Spending Projected to Climb 7 Percent Annually after This Year, Says Congressional Budget Office
Article from Healthcare Finance.
Early Data Indicates Medicare Accountable Care Organizations Varied in Primary Care Management for Chronic Conditions
Press release and full-text article from Medical Care.
Are ACOs Saving Medicare Money?
Article from HFMA.


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Thursday, April 12

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  April 12, 2018
Press Releases from the National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings: Tweets @NKFCLINICALS and #NKFClinicals.
CVS Faces Challenges, Opportunities in Home Dialysis Market
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
Breaking the Cycle of Functional Decline in Older Dialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Psoriasis and Risk of Incident Chronic Kidney Disease and End-Stage Renal Disease: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Diversity of the Midstream Urine Microbiome in Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, Open Access, First Online article from International Urology and Nephrology.
Nephros Announces $2.9 Million Private Placement
Press release.
Certain Iron Supplements May Influence the Development of Colon Cancer
Press release from Chalmers University of Technology.
Mayo Clinic Minute: Living Donor Transplants Save Lives
1-minute video.
In Executive Order, Trump Directs Agencies To Strengthen Work Requirements For Recipients Of Government Aid
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Divisions, New and Old — Conscience and Religious Freedom at HHS
Free, full-text, perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Betamax or VHS: EMRs Are 100 Times Worse
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Medicare Cut to Ambulance Pay Threatens Dialysis Patients' Access
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.


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Wednesday, April 11

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  April 11, 2018
Risk Stages Defined for Children with Chronic Kidney Disease
Press release from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Former DaVita Executive Raises $11 Million for Kidney Care Company Somatus
Article from Fierce Healthcare. Somatus press release and website.
Potential Impact of Medicare Payment Policy on Misclassification of Dialysis-Requiring Acute Kidney Injury as ESRD: A National Temporal Trend Analysis
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Focused on Patient Experience
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.

Editor's note: Not a single mention of patient employment and/or rehabilitation in a 27-minute interview.

Fresenius Medical Care leaders never mention employment or renal rehabilitation. What is their goal? Is it to control and modify expectations? How can they provide holistic, patient-centered care if they never mention employment or rehabilitation?
Very Low-Protein Diet Can Delay the Need for Dialysis in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
(2-page pdf) Press release from ERA-EDTA. Full-text article from Chronic Diseases and Translational Medicine.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Haste Makes Waste — Should Current Guideline Recommendations for Initiation of Renal Replacement Therapy for Acute Kidney Injury Be Changed?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
A Comparative Study of Carvedilol Versus Metoprolol Initiation and 1-Year Mortality Among Individuals Receiving Maintenance Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Kinetics of Carnitine Concentration after Switching from Oral Administration to Intravenous Injection in Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access article from Renal Failure.
Eleven New Indicators of CKD Have Been Added to the Resources on the CDC's CKD Surveillance System Website: View all indicators.
Health Service Utilization during the Last Year of Life: a Prospective, Longitudinal Study of the Pathways of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Stages 3-5
Free, Open Access article from BMC Palliative Care.
Study Highlights The Health and Economic Benefits of a US Salt Reduction Strategy
Press release from University of Liverpool. Press release and full-text article from PLOS Medicine.
Study Highlights Vast Health Differences Between States
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text article and audio interview from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Is There Such A Thing As Normal Aging?
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Geographic Variation in Medicaid Creates Social and Political Inequality
Press release from Cornell University.


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Tuesday, April 10

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  April 10, 2018
Webinar: The Grievance Toolkit: Fostering Communication & Improving Quality
Notice of May 2 webinar from the National Forum of ESRD Networks. Registration now open.
National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Spring Clinical Meeting, April 10-14, Austin, TX
Conference web page. Tweets @NKFCLINICALS and #NKFClinicals.
Dialysis Initiation and Mortality Among Older Veterans With Kidney Failure Treated in Medicare vs the Department of Veterans Affairs
Free, full-text, Online First article and editorial from JAMA Internal Medicine.

"Given the many unknown factors, the decision on when it is best to initiate dialysis should evoke humility. The goal should be to encourage thoughtful, joint decision making by nephrologists and their patients. The system should reinforce the careful weighing of pros and cons by supporting health care professionals in caring for patients with very low eGFR, and financial incentives should be realigned so that we do not inadvertently pressure patients to receive dialysis earlier than would be best for them."

'Re-Gifting' of Previously Transplanted Kidneys Extends Life for New Recipients
Article from UCLA Newsroom.
Using a Home Test Kit and Smartphone to Test for Kidney Disease
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Acute Kidney Injury Changes with the Seasons
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Infectious Disease Risks in Pediatric Renal Transplantation
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Advance Article Abstracts from NDT:
Bloodless Revolution in Diabetes Monitoring
Press release from University of Bath.
Toenails as the “Hemoglobin A1c” of Functional Independence—Beyond the Polished Wingtips
New Online abstract of perspective piece from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Record Number of Organ Donors in UK in 2017
Trump Administration Issues Rule Further Watering down Obamacare
Article from Reuters. Press release from CMS. Article from The Hill. Related podcast from Kaiser Health News.
A Tale Of Two CT Scanners — One Richer, One Poorer
Article from Kaiser Health News.
More Than Half Your Body Is Not Human
Article from the BBC.

"... the current estimate is you're about 43% human if you're counting up all the cells..."
HHS Official Placed on Leave over 2016 Comments Promoting Pizzagate
Article from The Hill.
 


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Monday, April 9

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  April 9, 2018
NephMadness 2018 Champion: Patient-Reported Outcomes
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Patients Awaiting Organ Transplants Start Their Own Searches
AP article.
Dialysis Patients Sign Up For November Ballot Fight (in California)
Article from California Healthline.
Dialysis Patient Needs vs. Social Worker Caseloads
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
AAMI Wants Input on Revising Dialyzer Reuse Guidelines
Article from Healio.
April Issue of Kidney News
Feature from ASN's Kidney News Online.
Latest Last Month in Nephrology Blog Posting
April 2018 post.
Hemodialysis-Induced Cardiovascular Disease
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Is Nutrition Specific Quality of Life Associated With Nutritional Status?
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Drug Repurposing in Kidney Disease
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Study Found People Would Rather Pop a Pill or Sip Tea Than Exercise to Treat High Blood Pressure
Press release from the American Heart Association.
CDC Alerts Clinicians to Bleeding Associated with Synthetic Cannabinoids
News brief from the American Hospital Association. Outbreak Alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Unexpected Finding May Deter Disabling Diabetic Eye Disease
Facebook Confirms Asking Top Hospitals for Patient Data
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.
Free, Full-Text, New Online Viewpoint Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Adam Boehler Officially Named New CMMI Director
News brief from Health Exec. Article from The Hill.
CMS Finalizes Changes to MA, Prescription Drug Programs
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
April CROWNWeb New User Training
April 10, 2-3:30 PM ET.


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Fri/Sat, April 6-7

NephMadness 2018 Champion: Patient-Reported Outcomes
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Patients Awaiting Organ Transplants Start Their Own Searches
AP article.
Dialysis Patients Sign Up For November Ballot Fight (in California)
Article from California Healthline.
Dialysis Patient Needs vs. Social Worker Caseloads
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
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KIDNEYcon 2018 Meeting, April 6-7, Little Rock, AR
Final agenda, web site, Twitter hashtag, and Friday's live-streamed Education Summit.
CVS Is Making a Medical Device, Showing How Health-Care Companies Are Doing More
Articles from MarketWatch and AP.
Final Matchup for NephMadness 2018 — Postings from the AJKD Blog: Champion will be announced Friday, April 6th, 3PM EST.
Dialysis Clinic Revenue Would Be Capped under California Ballot Measure
Article from San Francisco Chronicle.
Marching Forward with Kidney Disease Advocacy
Posting from the NKF's Advocacy in Action blog.
Finnish Study Reveals Large Drop in Infection Related Deaths Following Kidney Transplantation
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Posttransplant Skin Conditions Vary Widely by Ethnicity
Article from Internal Medicine News.
Free, Full-Text, CJASN Express Articles:
Effect of Lanthanum Carbonate on All-Cause Mortality in Patients Receiving Maintenance Hemodialysis: a Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
Vital Signs: Containment of Novel Multidrug-Resistant Organisms and Resistance Mechanisms — United States, 2006–2017
Article from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Related article from NPR.
Rockwell Medical Announces Triferic Presentations at the 2018 National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings
Press release.
Chronic Illnesses, Functional Limitations a Risk in Older Adults with Heart Failure
Press release from the American Geriatrics Society.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Is It Safe to Hold Your Pee? Five Possible Complications
Article from Medical News Today.
Patient Advocacy Groups Take In Millions From Drugmakers. Is There A Payback?
Article and database from Kaiser Health News.
In Rare Advisory, Surgeon General Urges Public to Carry Overdose Reversal Medication
Articles from STAT and HealthDay. Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
TED Has Launched a $250 Million Project to Model 'What an IPO for the Nonprofit World Might Look Like'
Article from Business Insider. The Audacious Project website.



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Thursday, April 5

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  April 5, 2018
Dialysis Industry on Alert As California Union Pushes for Reimbursement Cap
(Registration required) Article from Modern Healthcare.

"The ballot initiative would likely drive DaVita out of California entirely — at least a $300 million loss, Baird said.

However, Baird noted that the dialysis industry has the bigger lobbying war-chest compared to the union and speculated that DaVita and Fresenius will either defeat both the staffing legislation and the ballot measure, challenge them in court or negotiate another resolution with the union."
CVS Health Announces Plans to Focus on Kidney Care and Dialysis Treatment
Press release.
NephMadness 2018 Finals: The Left and Right Kidneys
Posting from the AJKD blog. It's Patient-Reported Outcomes vs. The Untransplantables.

This year, "The kidney is attached to a person!!!"

Articles from Nephrology News & Issues/Healio:
I Won't Let Kidney Disease Define Me or Stop Me Achieving My Dreams
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Delivering a "New Deal" of Kidney Health Opportunities to Improve Outcomes Within the Veterans Health Administration
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Using Dynamic Treatment Regimes to Understand Erythropoietin Stimulating Agent Hyporesponsiveness
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Incidence, Risk Factors, and Outcomes of Clostridium difficile Infections in Kidney Transplant Recipients
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
Preeclampsia as a Form of Type 5 Cardiorenal Syndrome: An Underrecognized Entity in Women's Cardiovascular Health
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from CardioRenal Medicine.
Turning Negatives into Positives When You're Chronically ill
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Relaxation Response May Reduce Blood Pressure by Altering Expression of a Set of Genes
Press release from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Great Nephrologist Tweet
by Corey Cavanaugh
$18 Million Gift Creates Nation's First Center for Heart Failure and Arrhythmia
Press release from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Older Americans Are Hooked On Vitamins Despite Scarce Evidence They Work
Article from Kaiser Health News.
The Code
Three-part video series from STAT investigating the roots of today's most promising genetic technologies.
Increased Ambulance Payment Reduction for Non-Emergency Basic Life Support (BLS) Transports to and from Renal Dialysis Facilities
Medicare Learning Network notice. CMS Program Transmittal 4017 (5-page pdf) effective Oct. 1, 2018.


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Wednesday, April 4

NephMadness 2018 Finals: The Left and Right Kidneys
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HHS CTO: Opioids, Open Data, Kidney Disease Are Key Focus Areas for Department
Article from MobileHealthNews.

"Dialysis machines haven't innovated substantially in more than sixty years," he said. "Compare that to say oncology or cardiology, that have made amazing advances at the same time. My mom died of kidney disease, of end-stage renal she died in 2007. She was on dialysis for 14 years. Her treatment looked exactly the same on her last day as it did on her first day. No innovation in that that space in that time."

Editor's note: When there is no emphasis on improving patient employment or re/habilitation rates, there is little reason to seek patient feedback and improve dialysis technology.
NephMadness 2018: The Filtered Four
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Sudden Loss of Wealth Associated with Increased Risk of Death
Press release and free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Editor's note: Here's yet another reason to focus on patient employment and renal re/habilitation in dialysis care.
Should We Look beyond Kt/V Urea in Assessing Dialysis Adequacy?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Six Billboards Draw 60 Kidney Donors for Ailing Oregon Nurse
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.

Editor's note: Why doesn't the National Kidney Foundation routinely use billboards?
Cape Town (South Africa) Drought Limits People to 13 Gallons of Water a Day
Report from PBS News Hour.
FDA Recall Notices from Enforcement Report for April 4, 2018:
Dialysis Patient Advocacy Groups Join Coalition of Doctors, Nurses, Dialysis Caregivers, and Veterans to Oppose The Deeply Flawed Dialysis (California) Proposition That Puts Vulnerable Dialysis Patients at Severe Risk
Press release from Patients and Caregivers to Protect Dialysis Patients.
Nail in the Coffin for Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 as a Predictor of Kidney Function Decline
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
The Effects of Tenapanor on Serum Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 in Patients Receiving Hemodialysis with Hyperphosphatemia
Free, Open Access, Advance Article from NDT.
Nephrotoxicity and Chinese Herbal Medicine
CJASN Express abstract.
Peritoneal Dialysis As Initial Dialysis Modality: a Viable Option for Late-Presenting End-Stage Renal Disease
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Genetic Susceptibility to Delayed Graft Function Following Kidney Transplantation: a Systematic Review of the Literature
Free, Open Access, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Cardiovascular Disease and Risk Management: Review of the American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 2018
Free, full-text, Latest clinical guidelines from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Free, Full-Text Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
For Women with Kidney Cancer, Belly Fat Matters
U.S. Obamacare 2018 Exchange Enrollment Drops 3 Percent: CMS
Article from Reuters. Press release from CMS.
'Nightmare Superbug' Outbreak Could Happen, CDC Warns
Articles from HealthDay, AP, and Kaiser Health News.
'Call to Action' on Mental Health and Well-Being in the Workplace
Press release from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Differences in Rates of Switchbacks after Switching from Branded to Authorized Generic and Branded to Generic Drug Products: Cohort Study
Free, full-text article from The BMJ.
'Take Back Day' April 28 to Safely Dispose of Prescription Drugs
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
Medicare Puts off Decision on Lowering Drug Prices Patients Pay at the Pharmacy
Article from STAT.
Medicare Advantage Plans Cleared To Go Beyond Medical Coverage — Even Groceries
Article and news summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Tuesday, April 3

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U.S. Cannot Expand Medicare Billing Case against Fresenius - Judge
News item from Reuters.
Four Charged with Trading on U.S. Health Agency Leaks Face Trial
Reuters article via Business Insider. Articles from Mass Device and Bloomberg.

"The companies involved included radiation oncology companies Accuray Inc and Varian Medical Systems, and dialysis companies DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc, NxStage Medical Inc and Fresenius Medical Care, a unit of Fresenius Medical Care AG of Germany, according to the indictment."
NephMadness 2018: The Effluent Eight
Posting from the AJKD blog.
New PSA Focuses on African Americans and Kidney Disease, Encourages Organ Donation
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:

Free, Open Access, April 2018 Issue of Clinical Kidney Journal
22 full-text articles.

Free, Open Access Articles from Journal of Nephrology:
Association of Standardization of Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy and High-Value Care — An Evidence-Based Approach
Abstract of research letter from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Transplantation:
Is Relative Overhydration Measurement by Bioimpedance Spectroscopy Useful in Reducing Morbidity and Mortality in Chronic Kidney Disease?
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Treatment Dose and the Elimination Rates of Electrolytes, Vitamins, and Trace Elements during Continuous Venovenous Hemodialysis (CVVHD)
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
A Prospective Randomized Study of Stent Graft Placement after Balloon Angioplasty Versus Balloon Angioplasty Alone for the Treatment of Hemodialysis Patients with Prosthetic Graft Outflow Stenosis
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Time to Rethink the Use of Bone Biopsy to Prevent Fractures in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
NKF Awards: Press Releases:
  Articles from Renal & Urology News:
FDA Panel Supports Novel Implantable Glucose Sensor
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Peckham and Laird Videochat: Catching Up 10 years Later
40-minute video from Sharp End of the Needle.
CDC Podcast — Dialysis: Reducing Infections and Changing Culture
11-minute audio recording.
When Drugs Are Wrong, Skipped or Make You Sick: the Cost of Non-Optimized Medications
Press release from University of California San Diego.
Study: U.S. Health Care Providers See Black Patients as Less 'Personally Responsible' for Their Health
Press release from the University of Chicago Medical Center.
CMS Lowers the Cost of Prescription Drugs for Medicare Beneficiaries
Press release from CMS.
Medicare Program Linked with Reduced Black-White Disparities in Hospital Readmissions
Press release from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
CMS Announces Final Changes to MA, Part D Payment Policies for 2019
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
New Medicare Cards Start Mailing in April 2018
Information from CMS. Notice of April 5th New Medicare Card Project Special Open Door Forum.
RPA Sign-on Letter to CMS re QCDR Measures


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Monday, April 2

NephMadness 2018: The Effluent Eight
Posting from the AJKD blog.
New PSA Focuses on African Americans and Kidney Disease, Encourages Organ Donation
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
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NephMadness: The Saturated Sixteen
Posting from the AJKD blog. Twitter @NephMadness and #NephMadness.
Tackling Adherence to Treatment on Several Fronts (in Kidney Transplantation)
Press release from McGill University Health Centre. Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
New Partnership between Fresenius and the Chinese Government Announced at 16th Asian Pacific Congress of Nephrology (APCN) in Beijing
Article from ASN's Kidney News Online.
The Doctor-Patient Relationship: How Impacts Care
Posting from the NKF's Advocacy in Action blog.
Postings from the Dialysis Discussion Uncensored Facebook Page:
Why Did Sterile Salt Water Become the IV Fluid of Choice?
Article from Minnesota Public Radio.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Transplantation:
Cluster-Randomized Trial of Devices to Prevent Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Time-Centered Approach to Understanding Risk Factors for the Progression of CKD
CJASN Express abstract.
Structural Equation Modeling to Explore Patient to Staff Ratios as an Explanatory Factor for Variation in Dialysis Facility Outcomes
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
A Technique for the Salvage of Megafistulas Allowing Immediate Dialysis Access
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
California Dialysis Council and ESRD News
Ten presentations from March 30, 2018.
For Hard-to-Manage Type 1 Diabetes, Transplant Makes Life Better
Article from HealthDay.
Time's Running Out: The Frail in Puerto Rico Face End of Hurricane Relief Programs
Article from Kaiser Health News.
The First Time This Doctor Hated a Patient. And What He Did Next.
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Overcoming Challenges to US Payment Reform — Could a Place-Based Approach Help?
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Potential Impact of Medicare Payment Policy on Misclassification of Dialysis-Requiring Acute Kidney Injury as ESRD: A National Temporal Trend Analysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.


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Fri/Sat, March 30-31

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  March 30, 2018
The Burden of Out-Of-Pocket Costs for Canadians with Kidney Failure – 2018
(10-page PDF) Report from the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
Everest Rehabilitation Hospitals Announces a New Hospital in Northwest Arkansas
Press release.

"The hospital also includes spacious, state-of-the-art equipped inpatient and outpatient gyms, an outdoor mobility courtyard for therapeutic use, aqua therapy, a fully furnished training apartment with kitchen and bath, several family gathering areas, an open dining hall, in-house dialysis and an in-house pharmacy. The hospital will serve patients recovering from injuries and illness or living with disabilities and chronic medical conditions."
Dialysis Clinics Put Profits Ahead of Patients
Opinion piece from The Sacramento Bee.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Patient and Transplant Outcome in Infants Starting Renal Replacement Therapy before Two Years of Age
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Infrequent Dialysis: A Different Strategy to Incremental Dialysis
Article in Press letter to the editor from Kidney International Reports.
Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 is Associated With Adiposity in Patients Receiving Hemodialysis: Possible Cross Talk Between Bone and Adipose Tissue
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Does Ramadan Fasting Affect Hydration Status and Kidney Function in CKD Patients?
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism.
Osteocardiology: Defining the Go/No-Go Time Point for Therapy
Free, full-text, editorial from Cardiology.
Diabetes Now Affects 23 Million U.S. Adults
Article from HealthDay. Articles from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report:
Self Managed Health Care Technology Should Consider Chronic Disease Patients' Values
Press release from Washington State University.
Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucometer Doesn't Require Finger Pricks
Article from MedGadget.
American Renal Associates Holdings, Inc. Announces Withdrawal of Secondary Public Offering of Common Stock
Walmart in Early Talks To Buy Humana
Article from The Hill.
Trump's Physician Tapped To Lead VA After President Dismisses Shulkin Following Weeks Of Controversy
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Apple Reveals 39 Hospitals to Launch Apple Health Records
Article from Healthcare IT News.
The Health Insurance Industry Is like a House of Cards
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
 


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Thursday, March 29

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  March 29, 2018
Long-Term Kidney Transplant Failure Rates Worse in United States Compared to Other Countries
News release from Arbor Research. Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
ASN and AAKP Advocates Are on Capitol Hill Urging Congress To Support KidneyX
Press release. The Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX) was announced at the ASN Kidney Week in November 2017. #KidneyX.

Editor's note: Without an emphasis on improving renal re/habilitation and/or employment as outcomes, this project could lead to technology that is only focused on providing better-looking numbers in the medical charts. Haven't we learned our lessons about surrogate outcomes yet?
California Bill Targets Profiteering In Addiction Treatment, Dialysis Industries
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Peckham and Hippen: Patient-Centered Care in Kidney Transplant
50-minute video chat from Sharp End of the Needle.
4 Lessons on Dealing with Teenage Kidney Disease
Posting from the Speak Now for Kids blog.
Effects of Intradialytic Cycling Exercise on Exercise Capacity, Quality of Life, Physical Function and Cardiovascular Measures in Adult Hemodialysis Patients: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Free, Full-Text, Articles in Press from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
The Ebb and Flow of Echocardiographic Cardiac Function Parameters in Relationship to Hemodialysis Treatment in Patients with ESRD
JASN Express abstract.
Presenting the Kidney Collection Survey
News item from the International Society of Nephrology.
Management of High Blood Pressure in Children: Similarities and Differences between US and European Guidelines
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Any Grade of Relative Overhydration Is Associated with Long-Term Mortality in Patients with Stages 4 and 5 Non-Dialysis Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Mayo Clinic Minute: Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease
1-minute video.
Test for Antibiotic-Associated Kidney Damage in Children with Cystic Fibrosis Identified
ivWatch Detects IV Infiltrations and Extravasations
Omissions On Death Certificates Lead To Undercounting Of Opioid Overdoses
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Terrorist Nuke Attack Could Overwhelm US Medical System: Study
Article from HealthDay.
Scrutinizing Medicare Coverage For Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
Article from Kaiser Health News.
The Government Wants to Free Your Health Data. Will That Unleash Innovation?
Article from STAT.


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Wednesday, March 28

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  March 28, 2018
Fresenius Medical Care North America Appoints Angela McClure to Chief Experience Officer
Press release.

"As CXO, McClure will lead the development of an experience strategy across all audiences, including employees, patients and their families, partners and physicians.

McClure will drive the enterprise-wide effort to embed customer experience in all employees, from leadership to front-line staff."
The U.S. Spends ~$34 Billion on ESRD Care per Year
Tweet from Sri Lekha Tummalapalli.
Pregnancy Outcomes in French Hemodialysis Patients
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Theoretical Distribution of Intravenous Fluids on Infusion
Graphic from @will_s_t.
A Randomized Trial of a Multicomponent Intervention to Promote Medication Adherence: The Teen Adherence in Kidney Transplant Effectiveness of Intervention Trial (TAKE-IT)
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cell Therapy and the Kidney — What the Nephrologist Needs to Know
Free, full-text, CJASN Express article.
FDA Authorizes First Fully Interoperable Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, Streamlines Review Pathway for Similar Devices
FDA news release.
Antibiotic-Resistant Infection Treatment Costs Have Doubled Since 2002, Now Exceeding $2 Billion Annually
Ahead of Print abstract from Health Affairs.
How the Economy Affects Health
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Nearly 1 Million People out of Workforce Due to Opioid Addiction: Study
Article from The Hill.
U.S. Deaths From Infectious Diseases Decline, but Not Everywhere
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
March 31 Deadline for CMS ESRD QIP NHSN Reporting
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network on the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program National Healthcare Safety Network requirements.
Including Hospice Care In The Medicare Advantage Benefits Package: Considering The Implications And Opportunities
Posting from the Health Affairs blog.
Multidisciplinary Care Likely Cost-Effective for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Press release and free, full-text article from PLOS Medicine.


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Tuesday, March 27

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Trained Navigators May Improve Access to Transplantation for Disadvantaged Patients
Press release and free, full-text, CJASN Express articles from the American Society of Nephrology:
Putting Patients at the Center of Kidney Disease Research
Posting from the NKF's Advocacy in Action blog.
Peckham and Søndergaard: Danish Patient-Centered Care
42-minute video blog posting from Sharp End of the Needle.

"Søndergaard's self care unit allows people 24/7 access to dialysis, they can schedule treatment times over the internet and let themselves in with their own key card. Every other day dialysis, and incenter nocturnal dialysis are treatment options. Really it is on demand dialysis."
Health-Related Quality of Life in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients: the Effects of Starting Dialysis in the First Year after the Transition Period
Free, Open Access, First Online article from International Urology and Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles in March 2018 Issue of Advances of Chronic Kidney Disease:
Assessment of Dialysis Adequacy: Beyond Urea Kinetic Measurements
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Pediatric Nephrology.
Renal Replacement Therapy for Children throughout the World: the Need for a Global Registry
Free, Open Access article from Pediatric Nephrology.
Duration of Living Kidney Transplant Donor Evaluations: Findings From 2 Multicenter Cohort Studies
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
CKD Self-management: Phenotypes and Associations With Clinical Outcomes
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Blood Pressure Lowering Treatment Strategies Based on Cardiovascular Risk Versus Blood Pressure: a Meta-Analysis of Individual Participant Data
Free, full-text article from PLOS Medicine.
OUTReach - Spring 2018 Issue
(8-page pdf) Publication of Reach Kidney Care.
Positive Mindset Leads to Life's Purpose with CKD
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Rethinking A1c Goals for Type 2 Diabetes
Posting from the Harvard Health Blog.
Study Finds Hospital Quality Report Cards and Readmission Penalties May Not Tell the Whole Story
Press release from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Latest Article abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
As Trump Targets Immigrants, Elderly Brace To Lose Caregivers
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Newfound 'Organ' Had Been Missed by Standard Method for Visualizing Anatomy
Press release from NYU School of Medicine.
 


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Monday, March 26

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  March 26, 2018
National Kidney Foundation Applauds Bi-Partisan Funding for Kidney Health in Omnibus Spending Bill
Press release.

Systemic Hemodynamics in Hemodialysis: Intradialytic Changes and Prognostic Significance
Free, Full-Text, Advance Article from NDT.

Why Water Is More Important Than Urea? And How You Can Make a Difference.
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Functional Impairment and Risk of Mortality in Patients on Chronic Hemodialysis: Results of the Lazio Dialysis Registry
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Effect of BMI on Allograft Function and Survival in Pediatric Renal Transplant Recipients
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Impact of pH and Phosphate Concentration on the Phosphate Binding Capacity of Five Contemporary Binders
Article from European Nephrology Portal.
Prevention and Treatment of Hyperphosphatemia in Chronic Kidney Disease
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Intensive Phosphorus-Lowering May Reduce PTH
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Add-On Antihypertensive Medications to Angiotensin-Aldosterone System Blockers in Diabetes — A Comparative Effectiveness Study
CJASN Express abstract.
Perceived Benefits and Challenges of a Risk-Based Approach to Multidisciplinary Chronic Kidney Disease Care: A Qualitative Descriptive Study
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Socioeconomic Status, Noncommunicable Disease Risk Factors, and Walking Speed in Older Adults: Multi-Cohort Population Based Study
Free, full-text article from The BMJ.
Study: 40% of U.S. Adults Obese in 2015-16
News brief from the American Hospital Association. Free, full-text, New Online research letter from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Freezing Hunger Signaling Nerve May Help Ignite Weight Loss
Press release from Society of Interventional Radiology.
 


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Fri/Sat, March 23-24

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  March 23, 2018
Experts Address the Urgent Need to Prevent Infections in Hemodialysis Facilities
Press release and free, full-text, CJASN Express articles from the American Society of Nephrology:
Funding for Kidney Health in the Omnibus Bill
Posting from the NKF's Advocacy in Action blog.
Obesity Surgery Prevents Severe Chronic Kidney Disease and Kidney Failure
Press release from the University of Gothenburg.
Sex Differences and Organ Transplant Rejection
Press release from Brigham and Women's Hospital. Online Now abstract from Trends in Immunology.
About Me: Before, During And After Starting Dialysis
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Serum Bicarbonate Concentration and Cognitive Function in Hypertensive Adults
CJASN Express abstract.
Advance Article Abstracts from NDT:
Conversion to Belatacept in Maintenance Kidney-Transplant Patients: A Retrospective Multicenter European Study
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
A Call To Action on Kidney Disease: 2018 United Nations High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases
Advocacy campaign from the International Society of Nephrology.
Women's Antibiotic Use Linked to Higher Risk of Death from Heart Disease, Other Causes
Press release from the American Heart Association.
Depression Could Be a Risk Factor for A-Fib: Study
Article from HealthDay.
Prominent AIDS Researcher Named As CDC Chief Despite Concerns Over Misconduct Investigation
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
The Proposal to Lower P Value Thresholds to .005
Free, full-text, New Online perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
MLN Matters: Revisions to Medicare Claims Processing Manual for End Stage Renal Disease
CMS Program Transmittal 4010, Change request 10541 (8-page pdf).


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Thursday, March 22

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Younger Dialysis Patients and Those With Depression More Likely to Struggle With Prescribed Treatment Regimen
Survey results from the American Kidney Fund.
The Difficult Conversations Physicians Have with Patients
Posting from the KevinMD blog.

“Doctor, I really hate dialysis. I hate feeling confined by being sick.”
Uremia Can Be Induced by Decreasing Dialysis Dose
Posting from the Sharp End of the Needle blog.
UNOS/OPTN Response Regarding Committee Structure Changes
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Targeting Zero Infections Webinar- Infectious Disease Reporting: State Requirements & Resources
March 29 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT. Registration is now open for the third webinar in the Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) webinar series.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Single Daily Icodextrin Exchange as Initial and Solitary Therapy
Free, full-text article from Peritoneal Dialysis International.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
HIF Stabilizers in the Management of Renal Anemia: from Bench to Bedside to Pediatrics
Free, Open Access, First Online review article from Pediatric Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text, Newly Published Articles from The New England Journal Of Medicine:
Scientists Call FDA Statement on Bisphenol A Safety Premature
Free, full-text, New Online perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Islet Transplantation Improves Quality of Life for People with Hard-to-Control Type I Diabetes
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
Glycated Albumin and Blood Sugar Control in Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease
Advance Article editorial extract from NDT.
Sugary Sodas Linked Again to Increased Heart Risks
Article from HealthDay.
Grilling and Other High-Temperature Cooking May Raise Risk of High Blood Pressure
Press release from the American Heart Association.
Immunotherapy in Advanced Renal Cancer — Is Cure Possible?
Britain's Use of Copycat Biotech Drugs Takes Off While U.S. Lags
Article from Reuters.
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
House Passes 'Right to Try' Drug Bill
Article from The Hill.
Graphic: Opioid Painkiller Is Top Prescription In 11 States
Filling The Void: Making End-Of-Life Care A Medicare “Skilled Need” To Span The Spectrum Of Care Needed For High-Quality, End-Of-Life Care In The United States
Posting from the Health Affairs blog.


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Wednesday, March 21

Younger Dialysis Patients and Those With Depression More Likely to Struggle With Prescribed Treatment Regimen
Survey results from the American Kidney Fund.
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Idaho First in Nation to Pass Living Donor Protections
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
FDA Product Recall Notices from Enforcement Report for March 21, 2018:
Peckham and O'Hare Video Chat: Patient-Centered Care and Patient-Centered Research
36-minute video from the Sharp End of the Needle blog.
Symptom Prioritization among Adults Receiving In-Center Hemodialysis
CJASN Express abstract.
Free, Open Access Articles from Kidney International:
Telenephrology: Providing Healthcare to Remotely Located Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Coffee Consumption and Incident Kidney Disease: Results From the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Diagnostic Accuracy of Biomarkers and Imaging for Bone Turnover in Renal Osteodystrophy
JASN Express abstract.
Could Drugs Used After an Organ Transplant Protect Against Alzheimer's?
Rockwell Medical Announces Triferic Presentations at the 2018 Asia Pacific Congress of Nephrology
Managing the Most Precious Resource in Medicine
Recently Published article from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Trump Talks Tough On Drug Traffickers, Immigrants, But Leaves Out Funding Details For New Opioid Plan
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Smarter Tech Tools Battle Physician Burnout
 


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Tuesday, March 20

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A New Breed of Nephrologists: Can We Change the Practice Paradigm?
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Longer Time on Dialysis Linked to Increased Transplant Failure
Summary from Kidney News Online.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
Daprodustat for Anemia: a 24-Week, Open-Label, Randomized Controlled Trial in Participants on Hemodialysis
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Value of Electronic Alerts for Acute Kidney Injury in High-Risk Wards: a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial
Free, Open Access, First Online article from International Urology and Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Nephron:
An Examination of the Application of the Kidney Donor Risk Index in British Columbia
Free, full-text article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
A Prospective Randomized Study of Bovine Carotid Artery Biologic Graft and Expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene for Permanent Hemodialysis Access
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Diagnosis, Evaluation, Prevention, and Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease–Mineral and Bone Disorder: Synopsis of the Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes 2017 Clinical Practice Guideline Update
Free, full-text article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Practice Pattern of Physician's Directions of Exercise Restriction in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: Results from the Chronic Kidney Disease Japan Cohort Study
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
ENDO: Big Breakfast May Help in Diabetics
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
Press Releases from the Endocrine Society:
The Truth about Women and Kidney Health
27-minute YouTube video from the Kidney Foundation of Canada that provides basic information in a game show format.
Paying Hospitals To Keep People Out Of Hospitals? It Works In Maryland.
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Women In Medicine Shout #MeToo About Sexual Harassment At Work
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Public Health Research On Gun Violence: Long Overdue
Free, full-text, Latest Article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Majority of U.S. Adults Have Poor Heart Health: Study
Article from HealthDay.
Notices from CROWNWeb:


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Monday, March 19

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The Patient CV
Tweet from Nikhil Shah. #patientCV

"This is an absolutely wonderful idea! Nothing makes improves patient care more than knowing our patients' careers, lives and values better."
Accelerating New Clinical Trials and Treatments for Kidney Disease
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
I Will Not Let This Illness Define Me – Part 2
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Twice Weekly Hemodialysis and Clinical Outcomes in the China Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study
Article in Press abstract and full-text article (24-page PDF) from Kidney International Reports.

"In our study of patients in China's major cities we could not detect differences in survival and hospitalization for those dialyzing two- vs. three-times weekly, regardless of residual kidney function."
Comparison between Incremental and Thrice-Weekly Hemodialysis: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
First Published abstract from Nephrology.
Treatment Plans and Outcomes in Elderly Patients Reaching Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT (author's video).
Is Kt/V Useful in Elderly Dialysis Patients? Pro-and Con Arguments
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
More Than One-Third of Male and Female Medicare Patients with Advanced Kidney Disease Are Not Seeing a Kidney Doctor before Developing Kidney Failure
Health consequence from the CDC's Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System.
Postings from the Renal Fellow Network Blog:
How an Ordeal Becomes the Norm: a Qualitative Exploration of Experiences of Self? Cannulation in Male Home Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from British Journal of Health Psychology.
Published Ahead-of-Print Abstracts from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension:
The Relationship between Hydration Status, Male Sexual Dysfunction and Depression in Hemodialysis Patients
Full-text article from Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management.
Utility of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators in Chronic Kidney Disease
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Assessment of Physical Performance and Body Composition in Male Renal Transplant Patients
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Homocysteine: a New Diagnostic Marker in Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology.
Describing Pediatric Acute Kidney Injury in Children Admitted from the Emergency Department
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
KIDney Notes: Jan-Feb 2018
(15-page pdf) Newsletter from the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology.
New Measurement Tool to Individualize Dialysis and Alleviate Side-Effects
(2-page pdf) Public summary of PhD-thesis of Manoj Kumar Sharma.
Press Releases from the Endocrine Society:
Slightly Elevated Blood Sugar Tied to Heart and Kidney Problems
Article from Reuters. Online First abstract from The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
Trump to Release Opioid Epidemic Plan on Monday That Includes Death Penalty
Article from The Hill.
HHS Chief Pushes Patient-centered Care, Sees Key Role for Community Health Centers
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
Can You Be Obese But Heart-Healthy? Study Says No
Article from HealthDay.
 


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