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Friday, Jan. 2

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  Jan. 2, 2015
bullet point Transplant Candidates Often Struggle to Accept Kidneys
Article from Reuters Health. Online First abstract from Transplantation.
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners Celebrates Milestones of 2014
Press release.

Editor's note: Here is a quote from Stephen R. Covey:

"If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster."

Looking at DaVita's list, I am disheartened to see that there is no mention of any effort to improve patients' quality of life. The latest statistics from the United States Renal Data System showed that in 2012 there were 128,923 dialysis patients between ages 18-54. Less than 10% of them were either receiving vocational rehab (620), employed full or part-time (11,180), or attending school (883). (See reference table J.10)

90% of patients, who are in the prime of their lives, do not escape enslavement to a life called dialysis. These numbers are only getting worse and should be a source of disgrace and shame for the leaders of this field of medicine. How could any chronic health care company fail to focus on these goals?

It is time in 2015 for patients to develop a universal declaration of dialysis patients' rights and needs -- and to fight for its enforcement.
bullet point Researchers Find Significant Link to Daily Physical Activity, Vascular Health
Press release from University of Missouri-Columbia.
bullet point Hemodynamic Behavior During Hemodialysis: Effects of Dialysate Concentrations of Bicarbonate and Potassium
Free, full-text Open Access article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Nearly 3,000 GranuFlo Lawsuits Now Filed in Federal Mass. Litigation
bullet point NephroGenex Shares Rocket after Lead Drug Found Safe for Heart
bullet point The 12 Most Important Healthcare Stories of 2014
Article from Healthcare DIVE.
bullet point Leapfrog Names 'Top Hospitals' of 2014
List from The Leapfrog Group. Article from Healthcare IT News.
bullet point The Best Medical Technologies of 2014
Article from MedGadget.com.
bullet point Little Change in Fast Food Calorie Counts, Salt Content
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Perspective Pieces from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point Most Cancer Types 'Just Bad Luck'
bullet point Cautious Doctors Use Telemedicine to Diagnose Flu
CMS Memo: Errors Published in ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) Performance Standards
2-page pdf.


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Wed., Dec. 31

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  Dec. 31, 2014
bullet point Flu at Epidemic Levels in U.S.
Articles from HealthDay and Reuters. CDC's influenza web site and weekly flu report.
bullet point Vancomycin May Harm Kids' Kidneys, Study Says
Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Keryx Drug for Dialysis Patients Poised to Challenge Genzyme
Article from Boston Business Journal.
bullet point Free Issue of Kidney International
The January 2015 issue includes over 35 articles and features. Some highlights include:
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Comparison of Longer-Term Outcomes After Kidney Transplantation Between Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Whites in the United States
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point A Feasibility Study of Colestipol As an Oral Phosphate Binder in Hemodialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Health Care Professionals Warned Not to Inject Patients with IV Solutions from Wallcur of San Diego
FDA MedWatch notice.
bullet point Healthcare's Winners and Losers for 2014
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Ebola, Obamacare Top U.S. Health News for 2014
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Ebola Patient Zero Found? -- Epidemic Likely Started with Fruit Bat Contact
Articles from the BBC and The Hill.
bullet point First-Aid Kits: Stock Supplies That Can Save Lives
Blog posting from the Mayo Clinic.
Medicare Places 14-Day Hold on Physician Claims


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Tuesday, Dec. 30

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  Dec. 30, 2014
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Dialysis Pits Patients' Desires Against Clinicians' Goals
Berns on Nephrology video blog posting via Medscape Nephrology.

Editor's note: Dialysis patients want to live as normal lives as possible. Patients will accept, and even pursue, longer dialysis treatments as long as they can maintain the most important and meaningful activities of their lives. Look to Tassin (France) or the long-time home hemodialysis patients in the Nordic countries for examples.

The title of this article illustrates U.S. nephrology's long-term failure to consider both the medical and psychosocial needs of dialysis patients. Patients want to dialyze to live, not live to dialyze. With most U.S. nephrologists financially invested in maximizing dialysis clinic profits, nephrology has little interest in tailoring dialysis treatments or equipment to meet patients' psychosocial needs.  Nephrologists would tailor dialysis treatments, times, and schedules for themselves and their own family members. Why should patients comply with a(n economic)  system of care that is designed to fail them?

The economic foundation of U.S. dialysis care is not unlike the antebellum South.   The professional community's thinking is insular and specious. Until U.S. nephrology develops a code of ethics that treats their patients as equals and includes the necessity of emphasizing patients' goals -- or until dialysis patients develop a universal declaration of their human rights and needs and then fight for its enforcement -- the economic system of U.S. dialysis care will continue to discount and ignore the meaning and purpose of patients' lives.

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Free, Full-Text Issue of Journal of Renal Nutrition
The January 2015 issue has ten articles.

bullet point Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis & Dialysis:
bullet point Cardiovascular Disease & Mortality in Kidney Transplant Recipients: Is Vitamin K Status the Missing Link?
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Placement in the Right Lower Quadrant Is Associated with a Lower Risk of Catheter Tip Migration: a Retrospective Single Center Study
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Poverty Makes Diabetes Care Tougher, Study Reports
Article from HealthDay. Press release and Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Lupus Nephritis ESRD Rates Stable
bullet point Yoga As a Potential Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease and Metabolic Syndrome
bullet point Preventing Emergency Surgeries Could Save $1 Billion
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Health Worker with Ebola Transferred to London Hospital
Article from Reuters.
How A State's Choice On Medicaid Expansion Affects Hospitals
PBS NewsHour video from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, Dec. 29

Dialysis Pits Patients' Desires Against Clinicians' Goals
Berns on Nephrology video blog posting via Medscape Nephrology.
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  Dec. 29, 2014
bullet point Delivering Higher Value Care Means Spending More Time with Patients
Article from Harvard Business Review.
bullet point Considerations and Challenges in Defining Optimal Iron Utilization in Hemodialysis
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point The Demise of Calcium-based Phosphate Binders-Is This Appropriate for Children
Free, full-text, Online First review article from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point High-Protein Diets and Renal Health
Free, full-text article from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Evaluating the Benefits of Home-Based Peritoneal Dialysis
Abstract and link to full-text PDF from International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease.
bullet point Development and Validation of a Short Version Checklist for Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis Based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point A Longitudinal Study of Inflammation, CKD-Mineral Bone Disorder, and Carotid Atherosclerosis after Renal Transplantation
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Glucose Challenge Test (50-g GCT) in Detection of Glucose Metabolism Disorders in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: Preliminary Study
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Influence of Hemodialysis Duration on Midterm Clinical Outcomes in Hemodialysis Patients with Coronary Artery Disease after Drug Eluting Stent Implantation
Online First abstract from Heart and Vessels.
bullet point Digital Infarction in a Hemodialysis Patient Due to Embolism from a Thrombosed Brachial Arteriovenous Fistula
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Why We Needed Kayexalate in the First Place
Posting from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
bullet point Use of Google Translate in Medical Communication: Evaluation of Accuracy
Free, full-text article from British Medical Journal.
bullet point Malaria Killing Thousands More Than Ebola in West Africa
Article from AP.
CMS Releases ICD-10 Testing Results


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Fri./Sat., Dec. 26-27

Delivering Higher Value Care Means Spending More Time with Patients
Article from Harvard Business Review.
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  Dec. 26, 2014
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Top Nephrology Related Stories of 2014
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.

bullet point Coordinated Care Through 'Medical Home' Best for Chronically ill Kids: Study
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Efficacy and Safety Data of Subsequent Entry Biologics Pertinent to Nephrology Practice: a Systematic Review
Provisional abstract and full-text article (27-page pdf) from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
bullet point Abstracts from Nephrology:

bullet point Blood Pressure Apps May Be Dangerously Wrong
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Reuters Health via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Diabetes Drug Metformin Safe for Patients With Kidney Disease: Review
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point 16th Annual Renal Teen Prom
This Renal Support Network event will be held Sunday, Jan. 18th at the Hilton Hotel in Glendale, CA.
bullet point He's the Only Convicted Organ Trafficker in the U.S., and Now He Can Stay
Article from Bloomberg.
bullet point The 5 Biggest Successes and 5 Biggest Failures of 2014
Article from HealthCare Dive.
bullet point 6.4 MillionsHave Already Enrolled In 2015 Health Policies, Deadline Still 7 Weeks Off
 


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Wednesday, Dec. 24

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  Dec. 24, 2014
bullet point Tornado Hits Dialysis Unit in Mississippi
Article from SunHerald.com (Biloxi-Gulfport).

"At around 3 p.m., the twister tore off the north end of the Columbia Dialysis Unit -- Hattiesburg Clinic building, prompting officials to move about 30 dialysis patients and their equipment to nearby facilities in Hattiesburg, Tylertown and Silver Creek."
bullet point Older Donors With Hypertension May Safely Part With Kidney
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Reuters Health via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Five Days of Extreme Heat Drives Up Incidence of Kidney Failure
Article from HealthDay. News release from Harvard School of Public Health.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Effect of an Enhanced Medical Home on Serious Illness and Cost of Care Among High-Risk Children With Chronic Illness:  A Randomized Clinical Trial
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Nearly All Diabetics Should Be on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs: Experts
Article from HealthDay. Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free).
bullet point Serum Ferritin Is Associated with Progression of Peripheral Arterial Disease in Hemodialysis Patients
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Issue-In-Progress Articles from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research:
bullet point Reductions in Red Blood Cell 2,3-Diphosphoglycerate Concentration during Continuous Renal Replacment Therapy
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Is Associated with Pulmonary Hypertension in Older Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease and Proteinuria
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Metformin in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes and Kidney Disease:  A Systematic Review
Abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point The First Nephrology Social Media Internship
bullet point When Cardiologists Are Away at Conferences, Their High-Risk Patients May Fare Better
Article from HealthDay. Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point FDA to Lift Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Ebola Perspectives From Opposite Sides of the Globe
Free, full-text perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
89 ACOs To Join Medicare Shared Savings Program Next Year
As Docs Face Big Cuts In Medicaid Pay, Patients May Pay The Price


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Tuesday, Dec. 23

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  Dec. 23, 2014
bullet point Is Spironolactone a 'Savior' for Hemodialysis Patients?
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog via Medscape Nephrology. Abstract from Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Recent, free, full-text, Issue in Progress article on spironolactone from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point 'Obesity Paradox' Apparent in Heart Failure
Article from HealthDay. Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free). Abstract from Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
bullet point Potassium Busters Have Arrived
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Will a New Kidney Allocation System Even the Playing Field?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Design and Participant Baseline Characteristics of ‘A Clinical Trial of IntensiVE Dialysis’ - the ACTIVE Dialysis Study
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Mortality Prediction Using Modern Peptide Biomarkers in Hemodialysis Patients - A Comparative Analysis
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point Dialysis-Requiring AKI Quadrupled in ICU Patients
Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point ESRD From Lupus Nephritis in the United States, 1995–2010
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Percutaneous Thrombectomy of AVF: Immediate Success and Long-term Patency Rates
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Use with Caution: High Doses of Vancomycin Fuel Risk of Kidney Damage in Children
Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine:
bullet point Alliant Health Solutions, Inc., Completes Double Merger with ESRD Networks
bullet point NxStage Receives FDA Clearance for Home Nocturnal Hemodialysis
bullet point PCORI Offers Up to $150.7 Million to Support Second Phase of Development of PCORnet, its National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Initiative
Press release.
bullet point The 2014 Ebola Outbreak and Mental Health:  Current Status and Recommended Response
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point CDC: End to Ebola Not Yet in Sight
Transcript of Dec. 18 MedPAC Meeting
(Warning: 452-page pdf) The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met to discuss outpatient dialysis services reimbursement.

MedPAC's draft recommendation was that Congress should eliminate the update to the outpatient dialysis payment rate for calendar year 2016.

Dialysis reimbursement is discussed on pages 136-160 and on pages 293-295.


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Monday, Dec. 22

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  Dec. 22, 2014
bullet point Nxstage Medical Receives FDA Clearance for Home Nocturnal Hemodialysis with System One™
Press release.
bullet point January 15: DOPPS Practice Monitor Web Conference -- Emerging Trends Through August 2014
(See top news item.) Registration is now open for the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program (DOPPS) web conference.
bullet point Kidney Disease Undiagnosed in Majority of Type 2 Diabetics
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
bullet point Articles from MedPage Today:
(Registration required, but free.)
bullet point Use of Vitamin D Receptor Activator, Incident Cardiovascular Disease and Death in a Cohort of Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
bullet point Drinking Pattern and Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease: The Kansai Healthcare Study
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Long-Term Risk of Upper Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage after Advanced AKI
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point FDA Recall Notice: Veta Peritoneal Catheter Kit
Notice from the FDA Enforcement Report for December 17, 2014.
bullet point Poll Finds Many Americans Think Paying For Health Care Is A Hardship
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Cancer Treatment Costs Weigh Heavily on Patients, Study Finds
Article from HealthDay.

"Nearly half of the patients said they were struggling to pay their medical bills, which was linked with a poorer health-related quality of life."
bullet point Japanese Stem Cell Scandal Scientist Resigns
bullet point Ebola Nurse Released from NIH
MedPAC Presentation: Assessing Payment Adequacy and Updating Payments: Outpatient Dialysis Services
(14-slide pdf) Dec. 18 presentation to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

Editor's comment: Another year of no mention of the abysmal patient rehabilitation or employment rates.
Performance Score Certificates Must Be Posted before Jan. 2nd


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Fri./Sat., Dec. 19-20

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  Dec. 19, 2014
bullet point Joe Mello Returns to DaVita as HealthCare Partners COO; Dennis Kogod Becomes HealthCare Partners President
Press release.
bullet point Potential Impact of Subsequent Entry Biologics in Nephrology Practice in Canada
Provisional abstract and full-text article (33-page pdf) from the Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.

Editor's note: Germany has four epoetins on the market. Most of Europe pays significantly less for epoetins than the U.S.

In the U.S., Amgen's lobbying and campaign contributions allow them to control the legislation regarding biologics use in dialysis care. Amgen's funding of U.S. nephrology "projects" keeps professional calls for U.S. policy changes well under control.
bullet point Amgen Announces 30 Percent Increase In 2015 First Quarter Dividend
Press release.
bullet point Amgen Leukemia Therapy Costs $178,000, Among Priciest Drugs
Article from Bloomberg.
bullet point Warn Dialysis Patients of Transport Fraud
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog posting from Medscape Nephrology.

Editor's note: Unfortunately, some nephrologists have financial interests in the ambulance companies.
bullet point Influenza Vaccination in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease: Systematic Review and Assessment of Quality of Evidence Related to Vaccine Efficacy, Effectiveness and Safety
Provisional abstract and full-text article (21-page pdf) from BMC Medicine.
bullet point Intensified Home Hemodialysis for Managing Severe Cardiac Failure
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Early Online Abstracts from Renal Failure:
bullet point Some Blood Types Might Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Study
bullet point Most States Not Ready to Handle Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Report
Article from HealthDay. Press release and report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
bullet point Public Ranks Nurses as Most Honest, Ethical Profession for 13th Straight Year
Press release from the American Nurses Association.
bullet point Televised Medical Talk Shows-What They Recommend and the Evidence to Support Their Recommendations: a Prospective Observational Study
Article from the British Medical Journal.

"Approximately half of the recommendations have either no evidence or are contradicted by the best available evidence."
bullet point Public Easily Swayed On Attitudes About Health Law, Poll Finds
Article from Kaiser Health News.
More Hospitals Improve Care, Increase Payment from Medicare
Article from The Hill.
Medicare Cuts Payments To 721 Hospitals With Highest Rates Of Infections, Injuries
Article from Kaiser Health News.
CMS Database Will Add Industry Payments To Doctors For Medical Education Seminars
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
CMS: Medical Privacy of Protected Health Information
(3-page pdf) Guide for professionals of HIPAA regulations.


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Thursday, Dec. 18

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  Dec. 18, 2014
bullet point In India, Nephroplus to Organize 'Dialysis Olympiad 2015' in January for Kidney Patients
Article from Pharmabiz.com.

"The main objective of organising ‘Dialysis Olympiad’ is give confidence to the dialysis patients that they too can live normally like others even while they are on dialysis. “At Nephroplus, we firmly believe that dialysis patients can exercise, work and have fun things otherwise healthy people do. To prove to the world that this is true, we are organising the Dialysis Olympiad where dialysis patients will compete in events like sprints, swimming and other sports and show that this is possible,” says Kamal D Shah, co-founder & director of Nephroplus."
bullet point Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents: Dose and Mortality Risk
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point The Future of Nephrology Training: a Fellow's Perspective
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Obesity, Metabolic Health, and the Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point Visceral Adiposity Index and Risks of Cardiovascular Events and Mortality in Prevalent Hemodialysis Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Free full-text article from Cardiovascular Diabetology via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Year in Review: Top Diabetes Stories of 2014
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Updated UK Guideline: Chronic Kidney Disease – Early Identification and Management of Chronic Kidney Disease in Adults in Primary and Secondary Care
bullet point Chronic High Blood Sugar May Be Detrimental to the Developing Brain of Young Children
bullet point High-Dose Flu Vaccine Superior for Frail Elderly Living in Long-Term Care Facilities
bullet point Congress Approves Tax-Free Bank Accounts For People With Disabilities
AP article.
bullet point Life Expectancy Increases Globally As Death Toll Falls from Major Diseases
Article from Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Free Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point Vermont Governor Abandons Single-Payer Health Care Plan
bullet point CDC: 12.2% of U.S. Residents Uninsured, Down from 14.4% Last Year
bullet point 14 Pharmacy Workers Arrested over US Meningitis Outbreak
CMS Announces 257,000 To Receive EHR Penalties
News item from AHANews.com.
Medicaid Payments and Access to Care
Free, full-text perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.


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Wednesday, Dec. 17

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  Dec. 17, 2014
bullet point Match Reveals No Love for Nephrology
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.

Editor's note:
By not focusing on patient goals, chronic dialysis has largely become low-reward herd medicine (or plantation medicine) which provides care that no nephrologists would choose for themselves. As a career choice, nephrology is now both economically and ethically depressing. Nephrology's leaders are stuck in a mindset and a plantation-medicine economy of their own creation. Perhaps it's time for new leadership in nephrology and time to change the financial incentives for nephrologists. What if the nephrologists were incentivized to produce employed and/or rehabilitated patients? Shouldn't that be the goal of major organ replacement therapy?
bullet point China Halts Anti-Dumping Probe into EU, Japan Dialysis Kit Makers
Reuters article.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Effect of Low Versus High Dialysate Sodium Concentration on Blood Pressure and Endothelial-Derived Vasoregulators During Hemodialysis: A Randomized Crossover Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Evaluating Targets and Costs of Treatment for Secondary Hyperparathyroidism in Incident Dialysis Patients: The FARO-2 Study
Abstract from International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease.
bullet point Trends of Cost and Mortality of Patients on Hemodialysis with End Stage Renal Disease (Taiwan)
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Dialysis Facility Compare Star Ratings Draw First Challenge to CMS Quality Measures Under Data Quality Act
Press release.

Editor's note: Who funds Dialysis Patient Citizens? It began as DaVita Patient Citizens, with a nearly automatic enrollment process, which likely accounts for its ridiculously high membership figure.
bullet point Kidney Transplant Patient Amy Purdy Poses for ESPN Magazine's 'The Body' Issue
Article from ESPN.
bullet point Laughing Your Way to Living Donation
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point CRP Levels Tied to Statin Effects on Contrast Nephropathy
bullet point Standards Help Diabetes Devices Talk to Each Other
bullet point Company Offers Tips to Help Dialysis Patients Prepare for Severe Winter Storms
bullet point NephroPlus Plans To Set Up 150 Dialysis Centres in India
  Low Glycemic Diet Does Not Improve Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes
Press release from Brigham and Women's Hospital. Free full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Christmas Decorations Filled with Toxic Chemicals, Study Finds
Press release from HealthyStuff.org.
bullet point Yoga Reduces Cardiovascular Risk As Much As Walking or Cycling, Study Shows
Articles from HealthDay and the BBCExtract from British Medical Journal.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point New Protective Ebola Suit Developed at Johns Hopkins University (VIDEO)
Article and video from MedGadget.
bullet point 'Kids' Diseases' Now Hitting Adults
bullet point Syphilis on the Rise Among Gay, Bisexual Men: CDC
 


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Tuesday, Dec. 16

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  Dec. 16, 2014
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2014 USRDS Annual Report
The United States Renal Data System (USRDS) Annual Data Report has been released, covering from Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2012. It is unusual for this report to appear so late in the year and some economic data has not yet been included. The report appears in two volumes:

  • Chronic Kidney Disease in the U.S.
  • End-Stage Renal Disease in the U.S.
  • It also includes Reference Tables for both volumes (Excel spreadsheets)

Presentations of report highlights:

Editor's note: DCI, the only non-profit large dialysis provider, again has the lowest standard mortality ratio. This continues to speak volumes about the negative and damaging effects of nephrologists' conflicting financial interests on patient care. When will nephrologists and patient groups acknowledge this reality, which has been staring them in the face for decades? Virtually no nephrologists would accept the care that over 85% of their patients receive.

The USRDS report finally contains some easily comprehensible employment and rehabilitation data for patients ages 18-54 (reference table J.10). Unfortunately, these numbers have fallen dramatically and no provider-specific data is given.

However, these abysmal employment and rehabilitation rates do clearly demonstrate how little emphasis the leaders in this field of medicine place on patients' goals and their quality of life. This mindset (and the financial incentives) must change. Whose goals in medical care are supposed to be the most important?

The ASN and RPA should start by having its members watch this Sept. 2014 TED MED talk (15 min) about medical financial incentives. Perhaps nephrologists should have to wear the logos of the providers and companies they get their income from like NASCAR drivers.
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Gambro Renal Products (owned by Baxter) Recalls 20 Million Dialyzers
All FDA Device Recall Notices for Dec. 10, 2014:

  • Z-0489-2015 - Polyflux Revaclear Dialyzer, Model 110633
  • Z-0490-2015 - Polyflux Revaclear Max Dialyzer, Model 110634
bullet point Dialysis Mode Matters for Drug Clearance in CKD
(Registration required, but free.) Reuters Health article via Medscape Nephrology. Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point The Patient Voice Newsletter - Holiday 2014 Edition
12-page pdf from the Western Pacific Network.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point Association of Fluid Overload with Cardiovascular Morbidity and All-Cause Mortality in Stages 4 and 5 CKD
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis & Dialysis:
bullet point Kidney Care in Haiti—the Role of Partnerships
Advance Online abstract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
bullet point AST Provides Comments on 17 OPTN/UNOS Policy Proposals
Link to comment letter from the American Society of Transplantation.
bullet point American Renal Associates Opens Newest Clinic in Texas
bullet point CytoSorbents Announces Strategic Partnership with Fresenius Medical Care
bullet point Satellite Healthcare Names Dave Carter to New COO Position
bullet point Satellite Healthcare Promotes Rosemary Fox to Senior VP
bullet point DaVita Clinical Research, HealthCare Partners Clinical Research To Merge
bullet point Vivek Murthy, MD, Confirmed as Surgeon General
Articles from The Boston Globe and The Hill.
bullet point FDA Approves Blood Test That Gauges Heart Attack Risk
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point What Works Best to Prevent Stress Among Healthcare Workers: Changing the Organization or Educating Staff?
Blog posting from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
bullet point The Rise of the Medical Scribe Industry:  Implications for the Advancement of Electronic Health Records
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Small Businesses Drop Coverage As Health Law Offers Alternatives
 
 


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Monday, Dec. 15

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  Dec. 15, 2014
bullet point Penn Researchers Tame the Inflammatory Response in Kidney Dialysis
Press release from the Perelman School of Medicine.
bullet point Mindset an Obstacle to Organ Transplants in China
Article from The Straits Times (Singapore).
bullet point DaVita Clinical Research, HealthCare Partners Clinical Research To Merge
News item from RTT News. Press release from DaVita.
bullet point The Beneficial Impact of Vitamin D Treatment in CKD Patients: What's Next?
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Ranking of Factors Determining Potassium Mass Balance in Bicarbonate Hemodialysis
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Home Hemodialysis Patients Take Fewer Pills
Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point Biological Variations in Cardiac Troponin in Emergency Department and Hemodialysis Patients
Article summary from Cardiac Biomarkers.
bullet point Canadian Society of Nephrology Commentary on the KDIGO Clinical Practice Guideline for CKD Evaluation and Management
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Outcomes Associated with the Use of Renal Replacement Therapy in Children Receiving Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation after Heart Surgery: a Multi-Institutional Analysis
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Hemodialysis Patients Have Plasmatic Hypercoagulability and Decreased Fibrinolytic Vulnerability: Role of Carbon Monoxide
Abstract from ASAIO Journal.
bullet point Simple Steps Can Safeguard Against Ebola Transmission through Organ Donation
bullet point Study Supports the Theory That 'Men Are Idiots'
Summary from Phys.org. Article from British Medical Journal.
bullet point Shift Workers 'Sicker and Fatter'
 
MedPAC Dec. 18th Meeting To Discuss Outpatient Dialysis Services Payments
(1-page pdf) Brief from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
The Clash Of Politics And Efforts To Control Medicare Waste And Fraud


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Fri./Sat., Dec. 12-13

Penn Researchers Tame the Inflammatory Response in Kidney Dialysis
Press release from the Perelman School of Medicine.
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  Dec. 12, 2014
bullet point Texas Court of Appeals Sends Lufkin DaVita Dialysis Center Serial Killer Case Back to Circuit Court
Video and article from KTRE-TV.
bullet point Nocturnal Kidney Dialysis Makes Life Easier for Indiana Woman
Video and article from WNDU.com.
bullet point Taking Back Control of My Life
Home hemodialysis patient account from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point Nephrology Workforce Crisis: Don't Forget International Medical Graduates (IMG)
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Warfarin in AF Patients on Dialysis: The Worst of Both Worlds
(Registration required, but free.) Video Clot Blog posting from TheHeart.org.
bullet point Drug (Cinacalcet) May Help Prevent Bone Fractures in Patients on Dialysis
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point November 2014: FDA Drug Safety Labeling Changes
List of 30 products with revisions to Prescribing Information including Sensipar (cinacalcet).
bullet point How to Enhance Patient Experiences of Decision-making About Kidney Transplantation?
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from NDT via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Nephron Clinical Practice:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Baxter Voluntarily Initiates U.S. Recall of Two Lots of 100 mL Sodium Chloride Injection, USP Due to the Presense of Particulate Matter
bullet point US Nurse Exposed to Ebola Arrives at NIH
News release from the National Institutes of Health.
bullet point Egyptian Woman Dies of H5N1 Bird Flu, Total Now 8: Health Ministry
 
MLN Connects™ National Provider Call on ESRD QIP Payment Year 2017 and 2018 Final Rule
Registration is now open for the call scheduled for January 21, 2015 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET.
CMS Program Transmittals:


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Thursday, Dec. 11

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bullet point DSI Renal Put Up for Sale
Small extract of article from the Wall Street Journal. Blog entry from the Nashville Business Journal. DSI web site.

"DSI Renal, a company that provides dialysis care to patients with chronic kidney failure and renal disease, is on the auction block and could fetch about $1 billion including debt, according to people familiar with the matter." - WSJ
bullet point Clinical Trials in Uremia—Time to Reappraise
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.

"Randomized clinical trials (RCTs) introduced in the 1950s have since been instrumental in establishing certainty in the practice of medicine. Regrettably, the proliferation of RCTs driven by biased hypotheses and pharmaceutical-industrial interests have created serious flaws in the results of the onslaught of new RCTs that need to be reappraised."
bullet point Abstracts from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point 'My Kidneys, My Choice, Decision Aid': Supporting Shared Decision Making
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Impact of Home-Based Aerobic Exercise on the Physical Capacity of Overweight Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Antibody Mediated Rejection in Young Kidney Transplant Recipients: the Dilemma of Noncompliance and Insufficient Immunosuppression
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point The Recommended Dose of Ertapenem Poses a Potential Risk for Central Nervous System Toxicity in Hemodialysis Patients-Case Reports and Literature Reviews
Early View abstract from Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics.
bullet point Effects of Raloxifene on Bone Metabolism in Postmenopausal Women on Chronic Hemodialysis
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point New Diabetes Meds: The Year in Review
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Antitrust Enforcement in Health Care — Controlling Costs, Improving Quality
Free, full-text perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Superbugs To Kill 'More than Cancer' by 2050
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Study: Workers' Share Of Health Costs Nearly Doubles In A Decade
 
 


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Wednesday, Dec. 10

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  Dec. 10, 2014
bullet point Ebola Caregivers Are TIME Magazine's Person of the Year
Article from the Huffington Post. Feature from TIME.
bullet point Self-Care Dialysis
Article from Greater Kansas MD News.
bullet point Predictors of Outpatient Kidney Function Recovery Among Patients Who Initiate Hemodialysis in the Hospital
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Correlation Between Nutritional Markers and Appetite Self-Assessments in Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Organ Donation and Transplantation in Canada: Insights from the Canadian Organ Replacement Register
Provisional abstract and full-text article (19-page pdf) from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
bullet point Higher Earning Clinicians Make More Money by Ordering More Procedures per Patient
Press release from UCLA.
bullet point The Association between Exaggeration in Health Related Science News and Academic Press Releases: Retrospective Observational Study
Free, full-text article from British Medical Journal.
bullet point Wellness At Work: Popular But Unproven
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Cutting Residents' Work Hours Hasn't Improved Patient Care: Studies
Article from HealthDay. Related free, full-text articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point Cigarettes Cause One-Third of U.S. Cancer Deaths: Report
bullet point Ranking of Healthiest States in the US
 
Half Of Doctors Listed As Treating Medicaid Patients Are Unavailable, HHS Finds


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Tuesday, Dec. 9

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  Dec. 9, 2014
bullet point BPA in Canned Goods May Raise Your Blood Pressure: Study
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Confounding Factors Contribute to Unexpected Results of Trial of Renal Denervation
Article from ScienceDaily. Fast Track article from European Heart Journal.
bullet point Intradialytic Exercise in Hemodialysis Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Season Affects Body Composition and Estimation of Fluid Overload in Hemodialysis Patients: Variations in Body Composition; a Survey from the European MONDO Database
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Accepted Articles Abstracts from Nephrology:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point Effect of Time on Dialysis and Renal Transplantation on Endothelial Function: A Longitudinal Analysis
Full-text article from Transplantation.
bullet point Big Waists Raise End-Stage Renal Disease Risk in Older Women
Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point Model Identifies Urban Poor at Greatest Risk for ESRD
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News. JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Net Clinical Benefit of Antithrombotic Therapy in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation and Chronic Kidney Disease
Abstract from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Article from Heartwire via Medscape (registration required, but free).
bullet point

November 510(k)s Clearances
Dialysis-related medical devices cleared for marketing in the U.S. (PDF files):

bullet point PCORI Board Approves Providing Up to $50 Million for Studies on Hepatitis C
News release from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
bullet point Technology Helps Manage Diabetes: FDA
bullet point Early Data Suggests Potentially Severe Flu Season
News release, "Pan Flu Scramble Exercise," and "Diagnosing Flu" pages from the CDC.
bullet point With Ian Crozier's Reveal, Here Are the 10 Ebola Patients Treated in US
Article from the Los Angeles Times.
bullet point The Implications of Marijuana Legalization in Colorado
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
 
December 31st Deadline for National Health Safety Network Dialysis Event Records


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Monday, Dec. 8

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bullet point Risk Factors for Morbidity and Mortality of Bloodstream Infection in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis: a Nested Case-Control Study
Provisional abstract and full-text article (16-page pdf) from BMC Research Notes.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars in Dialysis:
bullet point A Randomized Control Study on the Procedure for Switching Epoetin Beta (EPO) to Epoetin Beta Pegol (CERA) in the Treatment of Renal Anemia in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients
Issue in Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Validation of a Dietary Intake Tool African-American Dialysis Patients with Low Literacy
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Perceived Barriers and Facilitators of Using Dietary Modification for CKD Prevention among African Americans of Low Socioeconomic Status: a Qualitative Study
Provisional abstract and full-text article (20-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Infection in Kidney Transplantation
(Registration required, but free.) Free full-text article from U.S. Pharmacist via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Most Americans Agree With Right-to-Die Movement
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Another ICD-10 Delay Could Be Looming
Article from Medical Economics.. Related news item from AHANews.com.
 
 


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Fri./Sat., Dec. 5-6

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bullet point It's Finally Here! The New US Kidney Allocation System
Posting from the eAJKD blog. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point China Renews Pledge To Stop Using Executed Prisoner Organs
AFP article via USANews.com.
bullet point Nephrology Is Rusting
Posting from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
bullet point JASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point How Nurses' Attitudes and Actions Can Influence Shared Care
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Nephrology:
bullet point People Receiving Dialysis in the Morning Have Better Subjective Sleep Quality Than Those who Receive Dialysis at Other Times
(Registration required, but free.) Abstract from Evidence-Based Nursing via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point The Eternal Tale of Dialysis Access Vessels and Restenosis: Are Drug Eluting Balloons the Solution?
Free, full-text article from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point Clinical Evaluation of an Expert System for Arteriovenous Fistula Assessment
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point Pathogenesis and Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease: A Review of Our Recent Basic and Clinical Data (Japan)
Free, full-text, Issue in Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point Therapeutic Alternatives and Palliative Care for Advanced Renal Disease in the Very Elderly: a Review of the Literature
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Clopidogrel Use in End-Stage Kidney Disease
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Aortic Dissection In Patients with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease: A Series of Two Cases and A Review of the Literature
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Vascular Effects of Dietary Salt
Free, full-text article from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
bullet point NIH Study Finds Genetic Links between Common Kidney and Digestive Diseases
bullet point The Physician Payment Sunshine Act:  Testing the Value of Transparency
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Modern Monitoring Systems Contribute to Alarm Fatigue in Hospitals
 
 


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Thursday, Dec. 4

China Renews Pledge To Stop Using Executed Prisoner Organs
AFP article via USANews.com.
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bullet point Low Income, Community Poverty and Risk of End Stage Renal Disease
Provisional abstract and full-text article (18-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology. Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point Doppler Ultrasound: A Powerful Tool for Vascular Access Surveillance
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
bullet point Infectious Outcomes Following Gastrostomy in Children Receiving Peritoneal Dialysis
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Early Online Abstracts from Renal Failure:
bullet point I'm Doing Grand Rounds at the End of January and I'm Going to Get Medieval on Kayexalate
Posting from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
bullet point CDC Says Flu Shots May Not Be Good Match for 2014-15 Virus
Article from Reuters.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Perspective Pieces from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point FDA Issues New Drug Label Rules to Better Inform Pregnant Women
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Supreme Court Hears Pregnancy Discrimination Case
bullet point Nearly 1 in 12 Americans Struggles With Depression, Study Finds
 
CMS Finalizes New Safeguards To Reduce Medicare Fraud
CMS press release. News summary from Kaiser Health News.
National Health Expenditures Continued Slow Growth in 2013
CMS press release. Article from Kaiser Health News. Article from Health Affairs.


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Wednesday, Dec. 3

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bullet point Prioritizing Patient-Centered Care Implementation and Research for Patients with Kidney Disease
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Objective Analysis of Voice Changes in a Hemodialysis Session and Its Correlation with Ultrafiltration
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

"Conclusion: Objective voice analysis is suggesting that it can be a simple and applicable method that can be used to determine the dry weight."
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
bullet point Treatment with Haemodiafiltration Stabilizes Vascular Stiffness (Measured by Aortic Pulse Wave Velocity) Compared to Haemodialysis
Free, full-text, Online First article from Nephron Clinical Practice.
bullet point Online First Articles from Nephron Clinical Practice:
bullet point Cytokine Removal with High Cut-Off Membrane: Review of Literature
Free, full-text, Issue in Progress article from Blood Purification.
bullet point Spinal Cord Infarction As a Complication of Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from The Spine Journal.
bullet point Acute Kidney Injury in Adults With Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point CT Contrast Agent Does Not Increase Risk for Kidney Injury
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point Effect of Fenoldopam on Use of Renal Replacement Therapy Among Patients With Acute Kidney Injury After Cardiac Surgery:  A Randomized Clinical Trial
Abstract from JAMA.
bullet point Aethlon Medical® Reports Rapid and Sustained Virologic Response Rates in Hepatitis C (HCV) Treated Patients
bullet point 40 Percent of Seniors Report Having a Disability
bullet point

Officials Designate 35 Ebola Treatment Centers in U.S.
Article from HealthDay. Press release from HHS.gov. List of hospitals from the CDC.

bullet point Efforts To Improve Patient Safety Result in 1.3 Million Fewer Patient Harms
Reports from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Press release from HHS.gov. Article from HFMA.
bullet point Nurses: Their Vital Role in Transforming Healthcare
Documentary video by Johnson & Johnson.
 
 


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Tuesday, Dec. 2

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bullet point Low Concentrations of Citrate Reduce Complement and Granulocyte Activation in vitro in Human Blood
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.

"Conclusions: Our results suggest that citrate is a promising substitute for acetate for a more biocompatible dialysis, most likely resulting in less adverse effects for the patients."
bullet point Provider Visits and Early Vascular Access Placement in Maintenance Hemodialysis
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Acute Kidney Injury Following Cardiac Surgery: A Well-studied Cohort of AKI
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Inflammation and L-Carnitine Therapy in Hemodialysis Patients: a Review
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Vote for the Top Nephrology Stories of 2014
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point Midlife Diabetes Linked to Memory Problems Later
Article from HealthDay. Abstract and Summary for Patients from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Genetic Marker May Help Predict Success of Kidney Transplants
bullet point GAO: Biggest Insurers Flourishing under O-Care
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Annals of Internal Medicine:
bullet point Statins Won't Help Protect Bones, Study Finds
bullet point HIV Evolving 'into Milder Form'
 
Medicare Tightens Non-Emergency Use Of Ambulances To Combat Fraud
Article from Kaiser Health News. 25-page pdf from CMS.

"Seniors living in three states will need prior approval from Medicare before they can get an ambulance to take them to cancer or dialysis treatments."
CMS Releases New Proposal to Improve Accountable Care Organizations
Press release. Related article from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, Dec. 1

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bullet point Combined Therapy with Peritoneal Dialysis and Hemodialysis: A Multicenter Retrospective Observational Cohort Study in Japan
Free access to Issue in Progress article and video from Blood Purification.
bullet point In U.S., Undocumented People Can Donate But Not Receive Organs
Article from New America Media.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point What Do We Know About Steroids Metabolism and ‘PK/PD Approach' in AKI and CKD Especially While on RRT - Current Status in 2014
Free, full-text, Issue in Progress article from Blood Purification.
bullet point Effect of Protoconized Therapy for Renal Anemia on Adverse Events of Patients with Maintenance Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point Health Care Organizations See Value of Telemedicine
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point FDA Weighs Lifting Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men
Article from The Hill.
 
 


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Fri./Sat., Nov. 28-29

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  Nov. 28, 2014
bullet point Dear Senators
Blog posting by Dr. John Agar via NN&I.

Editor's note: Due to its dependence on campaign contributions, Congress will not act without having the dialysis industry on board.

At this point, the interests of U.S. nephrologists and the for-profit dialysis industry have virtually merged.  U.S. nephrologists have long been allowed to have ownership stakes in dialysis facilities. This has proven to be a horrible mistake.

Physician ownership of dialysis facilities and physician self-interests have driven U.S. nephrology to practice a model of cheap, fast, barely adequate dialysis care that no U.S. nephrologists would accept for themselves. This U.S. model places virtually no emphasis on psychosocial well-being, renal rehabilitation, patient employment, or the quality of the patients' lives.

Unfortunately, Congress and U.S. nephrology are incapable of action -- or shame -- when their own wallets might be lightened.
bullet point Medical Device Tax Pushes B. Braun To Scrap HQ Expansion Plans
Article from MassDevice.
bullet point New Treatments for High Potassium on the Horizon
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog. Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free.)
bullet point The Association between Dialysis Modality and the Risk for Dialysis Technique and Nondialysis Technique Related Infections
Free, full-text article from NDT.
bullet point Management of Hyperphosphatemia: Practices and Perspectives amongst the Renal Care Community
Free, full-text article from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
bullet point Treatment Effects of Different Incident Dialysis Modalities on Pruritus in Elderly Uremic Patients
Free, full-text, Article in Press from International Journal of Gerontology.
bullet point Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Disadvantaged Populations
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Evening -Versus Morning- Dosing Drug Therapy for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients with Hypertension: A Systematic Review
Free, full-text, Issue in Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point The Impact of Comorbidity on Survival after Hemorrhagic Stroke among Dialysis Patients: a Nationwide (Taiwan) Population-based Study
Provisional abstract and full-text article (15-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Published Ahead-of-Print Abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension:
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Upsizes and Extends the Maturity of Its Credit Agreement and Also Extends the Maturity of Its Accounts Receivable Facility
bullet point Obama Administration Warns Employers: Don't Dump Sick Workers From Plans
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Drops to New Low: CDC
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
 
Medicare's Chronic Care Management Payment — Payment Reform for Primary Care
Free, full-text perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.


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Wednesday, Nov. 26

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bullet point A 12-Week, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Ferric Citrate for the Treatment of Iron Deficiency Anemia and Reduction of Serum Phosphate in Patients With CKD Stages 3-5
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Increasing Hip Fractures in Patients Receiving Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Tissue Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs), Measured by Skin Autofluorescence, Predict Mortality in Peritoneal Dialysis
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point The Optimal Timing of Hemoperfusion Component in Combined Hemodialysis - Hemoperfusion Treatment for Uremic Toxins Removal
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point Association of Sickle Cell Trait With Chronic Kidney Disease and Albuminuria in African Americans
Abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Does Financial Compensation for Living Kidney Donation Change Willingness to Donate?
Abstract of brief communication from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Article in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Effect of Sirolimus on Malignancy and Survival after Kidney Transplantation: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Individual Patient Data
Full-text article from the British Medical Journal.
bullet point Novel Once-Daily Extended-Release Tacrolimus (LCPT) Versus Twice-Daily Tacrolimus in De Novo Kidney Transplants: One-Year Results of Phase III, Double-Blind, Randomized Trial
Free, full-text article from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Rockwell Medical Closes $58.5 Million Public Offering of Common Stock
bullet point Most Americans With HIV Don't Have Virus Under Control, CDC Says
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point FDA Finalizes Menu and Vending Machine Calorie Labeling Rules
Press release. Summary from Kaiser Health News. Article from HealthDay.
 
 


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Tuesday, Nov. 25

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bullet point Building Better Care Teams with Non-Physician Providers
Article from Medical Economics.

Editor's note: Nephrology has shown little interest in renal rehabilitation. Should nurse practitioners and physician assistants fill this role?
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
bullet point Kidney Donor Profile Index of Marginal Donors
(Registration required, but free.) Article from American Journal of Transplantation via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Abstracts from Journal of Nephrology:
bullet point Drug-Induced Reduction in Albuminuria Is Associated with Subsequent Renoprotection: A Meta-Analysis
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point KDIGO Global Newsletter: Volume 4
8-page pdf from Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO).
bullet point New Ebola-Related Documents from the CDC:
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine:
bullet point Rx for Better Health Care: Kindness and Compassion
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point PCORI Offers Up To $4 Million for Engagement Projects Through Expanded "Pipeline to Proposal" Awards Program
Press release from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
bullet point Medications and Dietary Supplements Can Be Dangerous Mix
 
 


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Monday, Nov. 24

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bullet point Investigational Drug Reduces High Potassium Levels in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Press release from the University of Maryland Medical Center. Free, full-text, Online First articles from the New England Journal of Medicine:
bullet point Differences in Coagulation in Clotting of Vascular Access in Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Long-Term Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease and Mortality in Children after Acute Kidney Injury: a Systematic Review
Provisional abstract and full-text article (22-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point

Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:

bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
bullet point Metabolic Acidosis Components in Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease: Association With Serum Albumin and Parathyroid Hormone
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Routine Bioimpedance-Derived Volume Assessment for All Hypertensives: A New Paradigm
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Surprising Result Shows Kidney, Mortality Benefits of Niacin
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point Dr. Ira Greifer, Pediatric Nephrology Pioneer, Dies
bullet point Cost of Diabetes Care Keeps Climbing, Report Shows
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point HHS Acknowledges Health Law Enrollment Overcounting Mistake
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Selective Reporting Bias of Harm Outcomes within Studies: Findings from a Cohort of Systematic Reviews
Full-text article from British Medical Journal.
 
Quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare Deadline Now 12/2


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