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Fri./Sat., March 20-21

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  Mar. 20, 2015
bullet point Fraud in the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) and Star Rating System
Article from RenalWEB.
bullet point Taken to the Woodshed... Again
Editorial from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point An Examination of CMS’s Dialysis Star-Rating System
(9-page pdf) Report from the healthcare law firm of Hooper, Lundy & Bookman.
bullet point A Sense of Purpose May Benefit Your Brain
Article from HealthDay.

Editor's note: Another reason why rehabilitation and employment must be a part of dialysis care.
bullet point FDA Information on Newly Approved Devices To Treat Dialysis-Related Amyloidosis:
bullet point Tackling the High Risk of Infection in Dialysis Patients
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point HIV Patients May Fare as Well as Others With Kidney Transplants
Article from HealthDay. JASN Express abstract and press release.
bullet point A Prospective Controlled Study of Living Kidney Donors: Three-Year Follow-up
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Preventing Hepatitis B Reactivation Due to Immunosuppressive Drug Treatments
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Treatment of Vitamin D Deficiency/Insufficiency with Ergocalciferol Is Associated with Reduced Vascular Access Dysfunction in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Current State of Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy for Acute Kidney Injury in Japanese Intensive Care Units in 2011: Analysis of a National Administrative Database
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point US Judge Rejects Amgen Bid to Block 'Biosimilar' Neupogen
Article from Reuters.
bullet point Kidney Cancer Detected Early with Urine Test
bullet point 'Ebola-Proof' Tablet Device Developed
Article from the BBC.

"A tablet device that can withstand being doused in chlorine has been developed to help doctors caring for patients with Ebola."
SGR Replacement Bill Introduced in House
News brief from AHANews.com.


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Thursday, March 19

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  Mar. 19, 2015
bullet point March 19 Is Home Hemodialysis Day
bullet point The Risk of Hospitalization and Modality Failure with Home Dialysis
Free, full-text, Advance Online article from Kidney International.
bullet point Pregnancy in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients on Dialysis: How to Achieve a Successful Delivery
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Study Uncovers Predictors of Chronic Kidney Disease Worsening in Children and Adolescents
Press release from Children's Mercy Hospital. Article in Press abstract from the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Changes in Health Care Delivery Essential to Combat Chronic Disease
Press release and free, full-text article from The American Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point Dialysis Modality and Survival: Does the Controversy Live On?
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Early View abstracts from Seminars in Dialysis:
bullet point Variability of Laboratory Parameters Is Associated with Frailty Markers and Predicts Noncardiac Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Early Online Abstracts from Renal Failure:
bullet point Placental Growth Factor as a Predictor of Cardiovascular Events in Patients with CKD from the NARA-CKD Study
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Why Is There No Generic Insulin?
Article from HealthDay. Article preview from the New England Journal of Medicine. Article from Medscape Medical News (registration required).
bullet point

Fast Food Ban in LA Fails to Improve Diets or Cut Obesity, Study Finds
Press release from the RAND Corporation.

bullet point National Kidney Foundation Appoints Interim Executive Officer
bullet point Diabetes Groups Call for Greater Scrutiny of Insulin Pumps
bullet point Researchers Identify Protein Needed for Repair of Injured Kidney Cells
bullet point Free Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point Why Women in Healthcare Get Paid Less
Article from Healthcare DIVE.
bullet point Poll: One-Fifth of Hospital EHRs Are Poor Fits
Boehner, Pelosi See Victories in Fixing Medicare Docs' Fees
Articles from AP and The Hill.


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Wednesday, March 18

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  Mar. 18, 2015
bullet point Recovery From Acute Kidney Injury: Predicting Outcomes
Free, full-text editorial from the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Effect of Lisinopril and Atenolol on Aortic Stiffness in Patients on Hemodialysis
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Effect of Cinacalcet Cessation on Hyperparathyroidism in Kidney Transplant Patients after Long-Term Dialysis Therapy
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Tunneled Hemodialysis Catheter Removals by Non-Interventional Nephrologists: The University of Mississippi Experience
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine of Medicine:
bullet point Let's Take the Kidney Wait List to Zero
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point How Rocket Science May Improve Kidney Dialysis
Press release from the American Institute of Physics.
bullet point An Observational Study Goes Where Randomized Clinical Trials Have Not
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point AHRQ Issue Brief Shows How Simulation Can Help Protect Ebola Patients, Health Care Workers
  House GOP Budget Plan Would Repeal ACA, Privatize Medicare, Block Grant Medicaid
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Surprise!  Which State Leads in Telehealth and Vaccinations? — Mississippi
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Law, Ethics, and Public Health in the Vaccination Debates:  Politics of the Measles Outbreak
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
$200 Billion Proposal To Fix Medicare Doctor Payments Under Fire
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Tuesday, March 17

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  Mar. 17, 2015
bullet point Medical Researchers Challenged to Create an Affordable Dialysis Machine to Treat People in Remote Communities
Article from ABC News (Australia).
bullet point National Kidney Foundation 2015 Spring Clinical Meetings Abstracts
Listing from the American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD).

Some of the abstracts are viewable in PDF format via a listing that starts at the bottom of page 1 (and continues through page 7) of the Table of Contents of the AJKD April 2015 issue.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Survey of Staff Opinions about Extended Hemodialysis Treatment Time and Service Implications
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point A Fresh Look into the Pathophysiology of Ischemia Induced Complications in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Undergoing Hemodialysis
Abstract and link to full-text article (4-page pdf) from International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease.
bullet point Added Value of Screening for CKD among the Elderly or Persons with Low Socioeconomic Status
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation:
bullet point Lifestyle Modifications Improve CKD Patient Outcomes
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
bullet point Inviting Patients To Help Decide Their Own Treatment
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point 10 Signs You May Have Kidney Disease
Article from the Huffington Post.
bullet point Vitamin D Supplementation Not Associated with Lower Blood Pressure, Researchers Say
Press release and Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Cardiac Screening With Electrocardiography, Stress Echocardiography, or Myocardial Perfusion Imaging: Advice for High-Value Care From the American College of PhysiciansCardiac Screening in Low-Risk Adults
Free, full-text article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Medications Used to Treat Diabetes May Trigger Heart Failure, Study Finds
bullet point Catheter Ablation May Beat Amiodarone in Patients With Heart Failure, AFib
bullet point Update on Clinical Status of Patient with Ebola Virus Disease at the NIH Clinical Center
News release from the National Institutes of Health. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point New Report: Health Law Has Helped Insure 16.4 Million
For CMS, One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Speaker Boehner's $200 Billion Gamble Will Divide Republicans
Article from The Hill.


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Monday, March 16

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  Mar. 16, 2015
bullet point Know Your Treatment Options
Graphic from the National Renal Administrators Association.
bullet point International Experts Call for an End to Preventable Deaths from Acute Kidney Injury by 2025
Press release and summary from The Lancet.
bullet point More Than 2 million People Die Prematurely Every Year Because Treatment for Kidney Failure Is Unavailable
Press release and abstract from The Lancet. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Prepregnancy Counseling in Chronic Kidney Disease: a Retrospective Analysis of Nine Years Experience
Provisional abstract and full-text article (15-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point The Effect of n-3 Fatty Acids on Small Dense Low-Density Lipoproteins in Patients With End-Stage Renal Disease: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Intervention Study
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Is There a Benefit in Pretransplant Weight Loss?
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point Donor-Specific HLA-Antibodies: The Difficulty of Separating the Wheat From the Chaff
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
bullet point Prevalence, Awareness and Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease among Middle-Aged and Elderly: the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point

Folic Acid May Help Ward Off Stroke in People With High Blood Pressure
Article from HealthDay. Press release and full-text, Online First article and editorial from the Journal of the American Medical Association.

bullet point Prolonged Shortened Sleep Increases Blood Pressure at Night
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point RN Mary Wakefield To Take No. 2 Post at HHS
MedPAC Releases Report on Medicare Payment Policy
Press release (2-page pdf) from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Full report is a 433-page pdf.

"In light of its payment adequacy analyses, MedPAC recommends no update for 2016 for five fee-for-service payment systems: ambulatory surgical centers, outpatient dialysis, long term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and hospice."
14 Arrested in $130M Medicare Fraud Ring in Florida


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Fri./Sat., March 13-14

International Experts Call for an End to Preventable Deaths from Acute Kidney Injury by 2025
Press release and summary from The Lancet.
More Than 2 million People Die Prematurely Every Year Because Treatment for Kidney Failure Is Unavailable
Press release and abstract from The Lancet.
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  Mar. 13, 2015
bullet point Necessary Steps: How Health Care Fails Older Patients, And How It Can Be Done Better
Article from Health Affairs.

"Those who argue that health care consists primarily of prescriptions and procedures, or treatment of body parts and diseases, have created a system that prioritizes medicine to the detriment of patient health. It's time we took a broader view of health care—one that puts the well-being of patients first and trains and rewards clinicians who work with patients, caregivers, and other health professionals to achieve that goal."

Editor's note:  "A fanatic is one who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim." -  George Santayana

The U.S. corporate dialysis medical directors have created the 'Peer Kidney Care Initiative', which is focused on --- drum roll please --- 'not dead' and 'not in the hospital.' (See their report.) This leadership continues to exclude patients, their psychosocial needs, and their life goals from consideration. A recent focus group showed that the number one complaint of U.S. dialysis patients is that medical staff is dismissive of their concerns.

To me, this organization seems more like mutual legal defense strategy group, as the dialysis care provided in U.S. clinics (fast and profitable) has long trailed other first-world countries. Do they admit that anywhere?

In the meantime, U.S. nephrologists continue their fanatical efforts to 'fix the numbers' through medical interventions.
bullet point NIH Works to Improve Kidney Health for All
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
bullet point Kidney Disease Awareness Grows As New Dialysis Cases Drops
Article from the Pittsburgh Post--Gazette.
bullet point Chronic Kidney Disease May Increase Certain Risks during Pregnancy
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Published Ahead-of-Print Abstracts from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension:
  Abstracts from the American Journal of the Medical Sciences:
bullet point FDA Device Recall Notice: Baxter AMIA v1.0 APD System - Labeling Change
Notice from the March 11, 2015 Enforcement Report.
bullet point Scleritis and Kidney Disease - More Than Meets the Eye...
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point FDA Releases Final Guidance on Reprocessing of Reusable Medical Devices
Press release and guidance (44-page pdf). This guidance does NOT include dialyzers or artificial kidneys.
bullet point Heritage Provider Network and Fresenius Medical Care Announce Physician Network Development and Care Coordination Collaboration
bullet point AMA and CDC Create 'Prevent Diabetes Stat' Website
bullet point Efforts To Instill Empathy Among Doctors Is Paying Dividends
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point NIH To Admit American Healthcare Worker with Ebola Virus Disease
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
bullet point Improving Physician-Nurse Teamwork
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Ethical Implications of Patients and Families Secretly Recording Conversations With Physicians
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Panasonic's Toughbook 54 (Laptop) is Designed for the Chaos of Healthcare Facilities
Corrections Released for ESRD QIP: "CY 2015 Changes to the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System and Quality Incentive Program (CMS-1614-P)"
Notice from The Federal Register.
Solving The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Formula Conundrum Continues Steps Toward Cost Savings And Care Improvements
Article from Health Affairs.
Momentum Building in Congress for $174 Billion Medicare Fix
Article from The Hill.


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Thursday, March 12

Heritage Provider Network and Fresenius Medical Care Announce Physician Network Development and Care Coordination Collaboration
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  Mar. 12, 2015
bullet point Too Much Sitting May Up Risk of Coronary Artery Calcification
(Registration required, but free.) Conference news from Heartwire via Medscape Nephrology.

Editor's note: More evidence that suggests that the standard approach to dialysis treatments in the United States is wrong.

bullet point ESRD NCC Offers Free Webinar on Dialysis Catheter-Related Blood Stream Infections, April 14, 2015, CE Available
Notice from the End Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center.
bullet point Unusual CKD Identified in Salvadoran Women
Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point How the United States Stacks Up to Other Countries in Chronic Kidney Disease
Article from the Huffington Post.
bullet point Study Shows Even Injured Kidneys Can Be Used for Transplants
Press release from Yale University. Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Modern Treatment Strategies Change Outlook for Adults with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy from Grim to Good
Press release from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation.
bullet point Baseline Hydration Status in Incident Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: the Initiative of Patient Outcomes in Dialysis (IPOD-PD Study)
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point Cardiac Valve Calcification Is Associated with Presence and Severity of Coronary Artery Disease in Patients with Predialysis Chronic Kidney Disease
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point NephroPlus Concerned over Rampant Cross Infections Rates of 20 to 34% Plaguing Dialysis Care in India
Article from Pharmabiz.com (India).
bullet point February 2015 Safety Labeling Changes
Includes 45 products with revisions to Prescribing Information. The list includes:
bullet point Two Regimens Equivalent in Lupus Nephritis
bullet point World Kidney Day Is March 12
bullet point Most Clinical Trial Results Not Reported on Time to Government
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Ensuring Respect and Dignity in the ICU
Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine.
bullet point Putting On and Removing Personal Protective Equipment
Free, Online First video from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Bird Flu Spreads Across China: Report
House GOP Plans Votes on Budget, Medicare Cuts in March
Article from The Hill.


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Wednesday, March 11

Study Shows Even Injured Kidneys Can Be Used for Transplants
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  Mar. 11, 2015
bullet point World Kidney Day Is March 12
Links from the Northwest Renal Network.
bullet point Drug Resistant Hypertension - No SIMPLE Way Out
Free, full-text, Issue in Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point OPTN/SRTR 2013 Annual Data Report
Free, full-text, special issue from the American Journal of Transplantation. OPTN/SRTR is the US Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.
bullet point A Guidance Document From the American Society of Transplantation's Living Donor Community of Practice (AST LDCOP)
(Registration required, but free.) Article from American Journal of Transplantation via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Socioeconomic Status and Ethnicity of Deceased Donor Kidney Recipients Compared to Their Donors
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Prolonged Renal Replacement Therapy Linked to Aspergillosis after Kidney Transplantation
Article from Healio.
bullet point FDA Heads Into Uncharted Territory Of ‘Biosimiliar’ Drugs
Article from WHYY via Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Stress, Depression a 'Perfect Storm' of Trouble for Heart Patients
Press release from the American Heart Association. Article from HealthDay. Abstract from Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
bullet point Atrial Fibrillation
Free, full-text JAMA Patient Page.
bullet point High Levels of Vitamin D Is Suspected of Increasing Mortality Rates
bullet point Are Current Water Treatment Methods Sufficient to Remove Harmful Engineered Nanoparticle?
bullet point Why Does the Affordable Care Act Remain So Unpopular?
Article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Sen. Warren Accuses GOP of Chasing Profits for Medical Companies
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Telehealth Promises to Reshape Health Care
Free, full-text article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Hundreds Of Hospitals Struggle To Improve Patient Satisfaction
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point IOM Halftime Report: Are Future of Nursing Goals within Reach?
Article from Nurse.com.
CMS Launches 'Next Generation' ACO Model
News briefs from Healthcare DIVE and AHANews.


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Tuesday, March 10*

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  Mar. 10, 2015
bullet point How I Discovered an Important Question a Doctor Should Ask a Patient
Article from the Washington Post.

“What are your goals for your care?” I ask. “How can I help you?”

Editor's note: The answer, from a patient suffering from heart and renal failure, was unexpected.
bullet point Blacks Dying for Lack of Black Organ Donors
Article from Howard University News Service.
bullet point Four Years of Experience with the Australian Kidney Paired Donation Program
Free, full-text article from Nephrology.
bullet point In UK, NHS Backs Plans for 'High Risk' Organ Donations
Article from The Telegraph.
bullet point Viral-Associated Glomerulopathies in Children
Free, full-text, Online First educational review from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Efficient Strategies to Find Diagnostic Test Accuracy Studies in Kidney Journals
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Never Share Diabetes Pens, FDA Warns
bullet point Apple Unwraps New (Open Source) Tool for Medical Researchers
Article from mHealthNews.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point FDA Approves CPR Devices That May Increase Chance of Surviving Cardiac Arrest
ANA Applauds Introduction of Legislation Recognizing APRNs' Ability to Sign Home Health Care Plans for Medicare
Press release from the American Nurses Association.


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Monday, March 9

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  Mar. 9, 2015
bullet point FDA Authorizes Use of First Device To Treat Patients with Dialysis-Related Amyloidosis
FDA press release.
bullet point A Sense of Purpose May Help Your Heart
Article and another heart health/depression report from HealthDay. Press release from Mount Sinai Hospital School of Medicine.

Editor's note: Psychosocial well-being in dialysis patients is ignored by U.S. nephrology at this time. Could psychosocial well-being be a major factor in the success of the vast majority of long-surviving dialysis patients?

What if creating an environment — where both patients' psychosocial lives and their bodies can thrive — is the secret of Tassin? What if positive environmental effects — along with non-iatrogenic treatments — facilitate physiological and/or epigenetic adaptations that nephrology has not yet begun to understand?

Could nephrologists learn from cell biologists? When a cell is ailing, cell biologists achieve far greater success by treating the cell's environment rather than injecting substances into the cell.

Currently, U.S. patients can best control their environment by dialyzing at home. However, this can be socially isolating and one does not benefit from the support and experiences of other patients. Wouldn't the best environment be like the nocturnal dialysis at Tassin (dinner and dialysis with wine or beer)?
bullet point FDA Approves First Biosimilar Product Zarxio (Neupogen stand-in)
FDA press release. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Warfarin Not Linked to Increased Mortality in Dialysis Patients
Article from Renal & Urology News. Free, full-text article from NDT: Other recent articles on AF and dialysis patients:
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Establishes Research and Development Center in Shanghai, China
Press release.
bullet point Complaint Alleges Sex Harassment by Yale Doctor/DaVita Nephrologist
Article from the New Haven Register.
bullet point World Kidney Day: CKD in Disadvantaged Populations
Free, full-text article from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point One-Year Mortality Rates in US Children with End-Stage Renal Disease
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point The Use of Calcimimetics for the Treatment of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism: A 10 Year Evidence Review
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Does the Presence of an Arteriovenous Fistula Alter Changes in Body Water Following Hemodialysis As Determined by Multifrequency Bioelectrical Impedance Assessment?
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point The Relationship Between Hemodialysis Modality and Insulin Resistance in Non-Diabetic Hemodialysis Patients
Issue in Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Impact of Baseline Health-Related Quality of Life Scores on Survival of Incident Patients on Peritoneal Dialysis: A Cohort Study
Free, full-text article from Nephron.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Pediatric Nephrology:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Adverse Events Associated with Administration of Simulation Intravenous Fluids to Patients — United States, 2014
Article from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
bullet point Saudis' Renal Health Alarming
Article from Arab News.
bullet point NIDDK Establishes Office of Nutrition Research
bullet point NIH-Led Study to Assess Community-Based Hepatitis C Treatment in Washington, D.C.
bullet point GOP Braces for ObamaCare Win at the Supreme Court
Video/news brief from The Hill.
 


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Fri./Sat., March 6-7

FDA Approves First Biosimilar Product Zarxio (Neupogen stand-in)
FDA press release. Article from HealthDay.
Warfarin Not Linked to Increased Mortality in Dialysis Patients
Article from Renal & Urology News. Free, full-text article from NDT:Other recent articles on AF and dialysis patients:
FDA Authorizes Use of First Device To Treat Patients with Dialysis-Related Amyloidosis
FDA press release.
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  Mar. 6, 2015
bullet point Defining Patient and Family Centered Care
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point Easing Depression May Boost Heart Health, Study Finds
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point What Is the Significance of Staphylococcus aureus Colonization in Hemodialysis Patients?
Free, full-text editorial and article from Nephron.
bullet point Dialysis Patients May Have Faulty 'Good' Cholesterol
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Study Reveals How Dietary Phosphate Can Increase Heart Disease Risk
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Articles from Reuters Health via Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
bullet point Should Temporary Hemodialysis Catheter Insertion Remain a Requirement of Nephrology Residency Training?
Provisional abstract and full-text article (9-page pdf) from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
bullet point Risk of Dementia in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients Compared with Hemodialysis Patients
PDI in Press abstract.
bullet point Hospira Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of One Lot of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 250 mL VisIV™ Container Due to Particulate Matter
Press release.
bullet point Reducing the Burden of Kidney Disease
New blog from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
bullet point Renal Research Institute Conducts Evaluation of Nephros' On-line Mid-dilution Hemodiafiltration System
bullet point Right-to-Try Laws
Health policy brief from Health Affairs.

"Some states have passed legislation intended to expand access to experimental treatments for patients with serious or life-threatening conditions."
bullet point 12 Patient Safety Gurus and Why They Matter
Article from Healthcare IT News.
bullet point Divorce May Be More Likely When Wives Get Sick
 


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Thursday, March 5

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  Mar. 5, 2015
bullet point How the ESRD Quality Incentive Program Could Potentially Improve Quality of Life for Patients on Dialysis
CJASN Express abstract.

"A key goal of improving quality of care is to enhance quality of life, a patient-important quality measure that matters more to many patients than even survival. None of the ESRD Quality Incentive Program measures assess patient-reported quality of life."

Editor's note: Far too many nephrologists are internal medicine wonks who can't see the forest (of patient well-being) for the trees. Is ASN finally seeing the forest?
bullet point Digoxin for Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Worse Outcomes (Especially for Kidney Failure Patients)
Article from HealthDay.

"The analysis also suggests that digoxin may increase the risk for death by 60 to 70 percent among patients with both the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation and kidney failure."
bullet point Data from the DOPPS Validate an Association between High IV Iron Doses and Mortality
News release from Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program.
bullet point Kidney Swap Chain Matches 6 Patients, 6 Donors At San Francisco Hospital
AP article via the Huffington Post.
bullet point March 18 Webinar: Emergency Preparedness and Response for the Dialysis Community: What You Need to Know
Notice from the ESRD National Coordinating Center.
bullet point Should Patients with CKD Stage 5D and Biochemical Evidence of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Be Prescribed Calcimimetic Therapy? An ERA-EDTA Position Statement
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Economic Evaluation of Neutral-pH, Low–Glucose Degradation Product Peritoneal Dialysis Solutions Compared With Standard Solutions: A Secondary Analysis of the balANZ Trial
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point Is Matching at the HLA Epitope Level the Holy Grail of Longer Graft Survival?
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point Medical Device Market in China
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
bullet point FDA Launches Drug Shortages Mobile App
Press release.
bullet point Largest Risk for Diabetes With Statins Yet Seen, in New Study
Articles from HealthDay and Medscape Medical News (registration required, but free).
bullet point NEJM Correspondence: Blood Pressure in Early Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
bullet point Can Exercise Training Prevent Premature Death in Elderly?
bullet point Long-Term Efficacy of a Hepatitis E Vaccine
bullet point Surprises And Standing: Breaking Down the Supreme Court Arguments on Obamacare
Video/text and article from Kaiser Health News. Article from The Hill.
bullet point Free Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point Health Care Quality Benchmarks Continue to Irritate, Evolve
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Aetna Claims Yoga Classes Are Worth $3K Per Employee Each Year
 


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Wednesday, Mar. 4

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  Mar. 4, 2015
bullet point "Kidneys Go Social" Kidney Disease Awareness Campaign
Press release from Renal Support Network.
bullet point Ferric Citrate Reduces Intravenous Iron and Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agent Use in ESRD
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Three-Dimensional Simulation of Mass Transfer in Artificial Kidneys
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
  From Skeletal to Cardiovascular Disease in 12 Steps — the Evolution of Sclerostin As a Major Player in CKD-MBD
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point The Impact of the Israeli Transplantation Law on the Socio-Demographic Profile of Living Kidney Donors
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Kidney Patients Team Up in Washington to Kick Off National Kidney Month
bullet point Saudi Arabia's MERS Death Toll Reaches 400
bullet point Obamacare and the Supreme Court: What's at Stake
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Article from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point 'Extreme' Disagreement Seen across Hospital Ratings Sites
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
CROWNWeb Downtime on March 5, 2015


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Tuesday, March 3

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  Mar. 3, 2015
bullet point Life on the Bridge
Documentary from Judy Weintraub, who has been living with chronic renal failure since 1975.

"When I was being tested for a kidney transplant back in 2000, a doctor in the transplant program said, “Well, you know, dialysis is just a bridge to transplantation,” “How can you say that to me? I’ve been living my life on that bridge!” And indeed, I have built a good life for myself on that bridge…. with kidney dialysis since 1975."
bullet point Are Doctors Using Unnecessary Tests to Diagnose Chronic Kidney Disease?
Press release from Brigham and Women's Hospital. Online First extract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Cause of Death in Patients with Reduced Kidney Function
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point NT-proBNP and Troponin T Levels Differ after Hemodialysis with a Low Versus High Flux Membrane
Free, full-text, Advance Online article from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point Evaluation of a Pseudo-One-Compartment Model for Phosphorus Kinetics by Later Phase Dialysate Collection during Blood Purification
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point New Care Model Enhances Psychological, Cognitive and Physical Recovery of ICU Survivors
Press release from Indiana University. Free, full-text article from American Journal of Nursing.
bullet point Low BP Might Speed Mental Decline in Dementia
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today. Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Abstracts from JAMA Internal Medicine:
bullet point Study Links BPA Exposure to Autism Spectrum Disorder
bullet point Power Vest Helps Caregivers to Assist Weak Patients
bullet point End-of-Life Care in the Intensive Care Unit:  How Asia Differs From the West
Free, full-text commentary and abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Nurse Who Survived Ebola Sues Dallas Hospital System
Article from AP.
bullet point Hospitals Battle Data Breaches With a Cybersecurity SOS
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
CMS: Report Shows 'Clear Progress' on Quality Improvement
News brief from AHA News Now. Report (271-page pdf) from CMS
Relationships Between Medicare Advantage Contract Characteristics and Quality-of-Care Ratings: An Observational Analysis of Medicare Advantage Star Ratings
Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Effect of Medicare's Nonpayment for Hospital-Acquired Conditions:  Lessons for Future Policy
Abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.


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Monday, March 2

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bullet point Hearts in the Crossfire: Standard Hemodialysis Stuns Organs—But, There is Hope!
Blog posting from Home Dialysis Central.
bullet point Over 50 Percent of People Currently Age 30 to 49 Could Develop CKD in Their Lifetime
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
bullet point New Kidney Disease Legislation Introduced
Press release from Kidney Care Partners.

Editor's note: Text of the bill is not yet available.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
bullet point The Prognostic Value of Positive T-Wave in Lead aVR in Hemodialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Online First article in Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Patients' and Relatives' Experiences of Peritonitis When Using Peritoneal Dialysis
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Factors Associated with Albumin Loss in Post-Dilution Hemodiafiltration and Nutritional Consequences
Online First abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point Funding Renal Replacement Therapy in Southeast Asia: Building Public-Private Partnerships in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia
Free, full-text, Article in Press article from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Antiretrovirals Linked to Cumulative Kidney Risk
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point Global Blood Pressure Program Could Save Millions of Lives, Experts Say
bullet point Hepatitis C Infections in Hospitals Show Need for Tight Infection Control Practices
bullet point ACA Boosts Primary Care Visits by Just 3.8%
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.
CMS Requests Suggestions for Updates to Conditions for Coverage for ESRD Facilities
The Clinical Standards Group (CSG) in the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) is responsible for developing, updating and overseeing the CMS regulations on the Conditions for Coverage (CfCs) for ESRD facilities.  These particular regulations were last revised in 2008 (116-page pdf); therefore, CSG is asking the ESRD community to review the current Conditions for Coverage (CfCs) and provide suggestions for additions/changes/obsoletions that may be useful in a future update to the current regulations.

Please email ESRDCSG@cms.hhs.gov by April 1st with your suggestions for future updates to the CMS regulations on the Conditions for Coverage (CfCs) for ESRD facilities.
CMS Extends Meaningful Use Deadline to March 20


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Fri./Sat., Feb. 27-28

Hearts in the Crossfire: Standard Hemodialysis Stuns Organs—But, There is Hope!
Blog posting from Home Dialysis Central.
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bullet point

Georgia's Dialysis Crisis: Living, and Dying, on a Mechanical Kidney
Article from Al Jazeera America.

"Dialysis facilities function as gatekeepers between kidney patients and new organs. By federal law, clinic staff are required to educate patients about transplants and they are supposed to send them to hospitals to be screened for the national waitlist. But in Georgia, dialysis clinics often fail to adequately assist patients as they navigate the transplant process."

"As one Georgian told researchers for a soon-to-be-published paper: “I’m a new dialysis patient and I know absolutely nothing about the transplant process … they don’t say anything about it.”

Editor's note: What are the nephrologists' financial incentives?

Financial incentives in dialysis care are like the undercurrents and riptides in the ocean. They do not seem evident on the surface and their power is unknown to most.

Due to an exception in the Stark Law, nephrologists are allowed to own interests in dialysis facilities. This creates incentives to provide cheap, fast dialysis and to keep patients in the dark about transplants.

Most dialysis clinic employees, like Ms. Sauls who is quoted in the article, are unaware that their work loads and duties are largely driven by their nephrologists' financial interests. One only need look at this recent article about the transplant success rate at the (non-profit) Northwest Kidney Centers to see how the nephrologists' financial interests can also control their patients' fates.

It's time to connect the dots.

bullet point Kidney Injury Alerts Don't Help Anyone
Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free). Article from YaleNews. Abstract from The Lancet.
bullet point Urine Test Predicts Heart Failure Patients' Risk of Kidney Injury
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal of Renal Care:
bullet point Structural and Functional Assessment of the Brain in European Americans with Mild to Moderate Kidney Disease: Diabetes Heart Study-MIND
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Basilic Vein Transposition Tailored As Rescue Procedure in a Uremic Difficult Access Patient with Thrombophilia
Free full-text article from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Shake It Off? Not so Easy for People with Depression, New Brain Research Suggests
Press release from the University of Michigan Health System.
bullet point QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 18–64 Years Who Have Seen or Talked with a Mental Health Professional in the Past 12 Months, by Health Insurance Status and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2012–2013
Report from the CDC's MMWR.
bullet point Rockwell Medical Reports Fourth Quarter 2014 Results
bullet point First-Ever Treatment Approved in Canada for Adults Living with ADPKD
bullet point Hospital-Based Active Shooter Incidents: Sanctuary under Fire
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from Annals of Internal Medicine:
bullet point Flu Vaccine Just 18% Effective This Year
Online Presentations from Project CROWNWeb:
CMS: ICD-10 Test Scores 81% Acceptance
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.


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Thursday, Feb. 26

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bullet point Consideration of Costs Can Reduce Moral Objections to Human Organ Sales and Other ‘Repugnant’ Transactions, Says Johns Hopkins Researcher
Press release from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
bullet point Save Money, Save Lives: Why the Silence on the Fiscal and Fatal Consequences of Kidney Disease Matters
Posting from the Huffington Post blog.
bullet point NxStage Kidney Care Brings Flexible Therapy Options To Greater Boston Area
Press release.
bullet point NxStage Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2014 Revenue
Press release.
bullet point Amgen Announces Positive Results From Head-To-Head Study Comparing The Efficacy And Safety Of AMG 416 With Cinacalcet In Patients With Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Receiving Hemodialysis
Press release.

Editor's note: ... must... get... outside the bundle.
bullet point The Cost Effectiveness of Erythropoietin-Stimulating Agents for Treating Anemia in Patients on Dialysis: A Systematic Review
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point

DaVita HealthCare Partners to Work With Achievement First to Build Culture Between School and Parents
Press release.

Editor's note: DaVita's Kent Thiry has a strong business interest in charter schools. See these stories from The Nation and The Washington Post.

The business plan is familiar. Insert oneself into a never-ending, taxpayer-funded, revenue stream. Use junk-bond funding to capture large portion of market. Reward industry professionals to advance corporate financial goals using law-bending schemes. Use political connections and industry clout to establish standards only a corporation could love. Blame and discharge clients who object or fail. Have PR team continually churn out information on the successful and admired corporate culture.

Fast, cheap dialysis becomes... fast, cheap education.

bullet point Abstracts from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point Blood Pressure Target in Diabetes Mellitus
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point MERS CoV Infection in Two Renal Transplant Recipients: Case Report
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Telestroke, Tele-Oncology and Teledialysis: a Systematic Review to Analyze the Outcomes of Active Therapies Delivered with Telemedicine Support
Online First abstract from the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare.
bullet point Transplant Journal Study: Many Transplant Surgeons Suffer Burnout
bullet point Heart Failure Patients Who Struggle With Daily Tasks at Greatest Risk
bullet point New Online Tool Gives Patients Insight Into The Cost Of Medical Care
Article from Kaiser Health News. Guroo.com web site.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal of Medicine:
bullet point Medical Identity Theft Sees Sharp Uptick
Article from Healthcare IT News.
bullet point Swine Flu: India Health Minister Urges Calm
bullet point Bionic Reconstruction Replaces Dysfunctional Arms with Robotic Prostheses
bullet point Burwell: No Back-Up Plan If High Court Overturns Obamacare Tax Credits
CMS: First End-To-End Testing of ICD-10 Successful Overall
News brief from AHANews.com.
CROWNWeb Downtime on February 26, 2015


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Wed., Feb. 25

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bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Says Profit May Not Grow until 2016
Article from Reuters. 4th quarter and full-year results from Fresenius Medical Care.
bullet point Welcome to NephMadness 2015
Posting from the AJKD blog.
bullet point DaVita Kidney Care Announces its First Chief Medical Officer for International Operations
Press release.

"Prior to joining DaVita Kidney Care in 2009, Krishnan worked in various nephrology leadership positions with Amgen, heading up global health economics and outcomes research for nephrology."

Editor's note: See story below.
bullet point India's Private Healthcare Sector 'Treats Patients As Revenue Generators'
Press release, editorial, and article from British Medical Journal.
bullet point Factors Precipitating Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agent Responsiveness in a European Hemodialysis Cohort: Case Crossover Study
Early View abstract from Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety.
bullet point Glomerular Filtration Rate and Albuminuria for Detection and Staging of Acute and Chronic Kidney Disease in Adults:  A Systematic Review
Abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Editorials from Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease:
bullet point The Need for Enhanced Training in Nephrology Medical Education Research
Free, full-text Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point N-Terminal Pro–B-Type Natriuretic Peptide Variability in Stable Dialysis Patients
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Kidney Function Alters the Relationship between Postoperative Troponin T Level and Death
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Endo Apps: How to Get Useful Glucose Meter Data
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Advance Directives
Free, full-text, JAMA Patient Page.
bullet point New Medical Device Postmarket Surveillance System Coming
Article from Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry.  Article from the Brookings Institute.
bullet point ‘Pregnancy Tester’ Device Could Help 1M Undiagnosed Kidney Disease Patients in UK
Press release from the Institution of Mechancial Engineers.
bullet point Over Five Thousand Kidney Transplants in Cuba Since 1970
bullet point Sharing Clinical Trial Data:  Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Risk
Free, full-text viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Pioneering Pediatric ACO Drops Costs but Quality Gains Prove Elusive
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Survey: With Health Law's Help, Uninsured Rate Drops To Lowest Level In 7 Years
bullet point Hospitals Spending Billions On New Buildings, But They May Not Improve Patient Satisfaction
Medicare Advantage Rates Seen Hurting Providers (especially DaVita) with Sicker Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
March Deadlines for National Healthcare Surveillance Network (NHSN) Annual Survey (3/1) and the Secure Access Management Services (SAMS) Registration Process (3/14)
Bulletin from the Northwest Renal Network.


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Tuesday, Feb. 24

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bullet point Collaboration, Focus Drive Transplant Success Rate at Northwest Kidney Centers
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point Patient Bulletin — Kidney Transplant: A New Matching System
1-page pdf from the Northwest Renal Network.
bullet point Longtime Dialysis Nurse in Minnesota Donates Kidney
Video and article from The Bemidji Pioneer.
bullet point Which ESA Is Safer in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients?
Posting from the eAJDK blog.
bullet point Incidence of Erythropoietin Antibody Mediated Pure Red Cell Aplasia: The Prospective Immunogenicity Surveillance Registry (PRIMS)
Free, full-text article from NDT.

"Conclusion This large, prospective registry demonstrates that PRCA is rare with subcutaneous administration of either the new coated-stopper syringe presentation of Eprex®, or NeoRecormon® or Aranesp®."
bullet point Dabigatran, Rivaroxaban Contraindicated in AF Patients Who Are on Dialysis
Article from Healio.com. Published Ahead of Print abstract from Circulation.
bullet point Pharmacotherapy in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Presenting With Acute Coronary Syndrome: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association
(Free 28-page pdf) Published Ahead of Print article from Circulation.
bullet point Recurrent Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis after Kidney Transplantation
Free, full-text, Online First educational review from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Addressing Morbid Obesity as a Barrier to Renal Transplantation With Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Vitamin D Deficiency Linked More Closely to Diabetes Than Obesity
Press release from the Endocrine Society.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point IOM to Host March Conference on End-Of-Life Care Recommendations
bullet point Asahi Kasei to Buy Polypore
bullet point The Numbers Are In: As Many As 2 in 3 Smokers Will Die from Their Habit
Press release from the Sax Institute.
bullet point The Art of Handling 'Difficult' Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Business of Medicine.
bullet point Sauna Use Associated with Reduced Risk of Cardiac, All Cause Mortality
bullet point Canada Must Ensure All Orphan Drugs Are Priced Fairly to Allow Patient Access
“Understanding CMS-2744 Errors” Town Hall Registration Now Open
Notice of Feb. 26th Town Hall event from the Project CROWNWeb site.
CMS Proposes 1% Pay Cut for Medicare Advantage


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Monday, Feb. 23

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bullet point Rethinking the Restriction on Nutrition During Hemodialysis Treatment
Free, full-text article from Journal of Renal Nutrition.

"Available data indicate that while eating during HD treatment does generally cause a transient reduction in BP, it is tolerated by a vast majority of patients without significant clinical consequences. Although further research may demonstrate strategies to reduce the potential risks associated with eating during treatment, the widespread use in multiple countries without reports regarding its complications suggests that intradialytic nutrition is an appropriate strategy to improve clinical outcomes in a large proportion of the MHD patient population who can tolerate it."
bullet point 25 Years on Dialysis ‘A Way of Life’
Article from Journal-News (Dayton, OH).
bullet point The Effects of Cinacalcet in Older and Younger Patients on Hemodialysis: The Evaluation of Cinacalcet HCl Therapy to Lower Cardiovascular Events (EVOLVE) Trial
Free, full-text, CJASN Express article.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Self-Management in Chronic Disease: Clear Benefits for Blood Pressure Control in CKD
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
bullet point Effect of Cholecalciferol Replacement on Vascular Calcification and Left Ventricular Mass Index in Dialysis Patients
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point Niacin and Progression of CKD
Article in Press Abstract from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point FDA Recall Notice: MedComp Hemodialysis Catheters and PICCs
Notice from the FDA Enforcement Report for Feb. 18, 2015.
bullet point Improving Diabetes Prevention with Benefit Based Tailored Treatment: Risk Based Reanalysis of Diabetes Prevention Program
Free, full-text article from British Medical Journal.
bullet point São Paulo Brazil Running Out of Water; Dialysis Treatments Cut Short
bullet point Diaverum To Take Kidney Care in Kazakhstan to the Next Level
bullet point U.N. Investigates Surge in Saudi MERS Cases
bullet point Diabetes and Depression Predict Dementia Risk in People with Slowing Minds
bullet point 'Socialized' or Not, Britain's Health Care System is Superior
Article from the Center for Public Integrity. Related article from The Guardian.
bullet point U.S. Dietary Guidelines Take Aim at Sugar
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point An Era Of Precision Medicine And Rapid Learning
Posting from the Health Affairs blog.
 


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Fri./Sat., Feb. 20-21

25 Years on Dialysis ‘A Way of Life’
Article from Journal-News (Dayton, OH).
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bullet point IV Iron: Are We Harming Dialysis Patients?
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Why Are Kidney Patients Starting Dialysis Sooner?
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free).
bullet point Most Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease May Experience Long-Term Pain
Press release from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Kidney Care Partners Wants CMS to Make Changes To Dialysis Facilities' Star Ratings
Article from Bloomberg via the Kidney Care Partners website.
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care's Proprietary 'High Risk for Hospitalization Predictive Model' Reduces Hospitalization Days; Pilot To Be Expanded to 17 Clinics
Press release.

Editor's note: Proprietary solutions are another problem created by physician ownership of dialysis facilities.
bullet point Kidney Disease in Urban Poor Linked to Bad Eating Habits
Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point CKD in HIV-Infected Patients: From the New Plague to Chronic Care Management
Free, full-text Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Can One Pill a Day Keep Rejection Away?
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point What Is New in the Management of Rapidly Progressive Glomerulonephritis?
Free, full-text Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Hypomagnesemia and Atherogenic Dyslipidemia in Chronic Kidney Disease: Surrogate Markers for Increased Cardiovascular Risk
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point

Catheter Related Atrial Thrombus: Tip of the Iceberg?
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point Basic Personality Changes Linked to Unemployment, Study Finds
Press release from the American Psychological Association.
bullet point Vitamin D Research and Clinical Practice: At a Crossroads
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Hospital To Nurses: Your Injuries Are Not Our Problem
Audio and text from National Public Radio.
bullet point Americans Still Divided over Obamacare
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Perspective Pieces from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point Precision Medicine to Prevent Diabetes? Personalized Model Could Steer Prevention Efforts
Press release from the University of Michigan Health System.
bullet point HHS, USDA Release Dietary Guideline Recommendations for Comment
CMS-2744 Instructions Available Online


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Thursday, Feb. 19

Symptoms Continue to Determine When to Start Dialysis
(Registration required, but free) Article from MedPage Today. JASN Express abstract.
Basic Personality Changes Linked to Unemployment, Study Finds
Press release from the American Psychological Association.
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bullet point Updates from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):
bullet point FGF-23 and Sudden Cardiac Death
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point HLA Sensitization: Can It Be Prevented?
Free, full-text educational review from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point New Findings on Changes in Parathyroid Hormone Levels and Treatment Regimens
Video from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program.
bullet point

Advance Access Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:

bullet point Circulating Sclerostin: A New Parameter of Cardiovascular Risk in CKD-Patients
(2-page pdf) News release from the ERA-EDTA.
bullet point Abstracts from Angiology:
bullet point A Valuable Resource: Dialysis Facility Compare
(2-page pdf) Feature (also in Spanish) from Kidney Chronicles from the ESRD Network of New York.
bullet point Obesity Series Exposes 'Unacceptably Slow' Progress in Tackling Soaring Global Obesity Rates over Last Decade
Articles from ScienceDaily® and HealthDay. Press release from George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. The series can be found online at: http://www.thelancet.com/series/obesity-2015.
bullet point Publications from the CDC/National Center for Health Statistics:
bullet point Aflibercept, Bevacizumab, or Ranibizumab for Diabetic Macular Edema
Free, full-text, Online First article from the New England Journal of Medicine. Articles from HealthDay and MedPage Today (registration required, but free).
bullet point Here's a First: January Hospital Prices Lower Than a Year Ago
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
bullet point Even Insured Consumers Get Hit With Unexpectedly Large Medical Bills
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Seven Infected, Two Dead after 'Superbug' Outbreak at UCLA Hospital
Article from AP.
Annual 2744 Survey Process
Notice from the Heartland Kidney Network. All dialysis and transplant units must complete the CMS Form 2744 Annual Facility Survey by March 31st, 2015.


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Wednesday, Feb. 18

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bullet point Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
bullet point Acute Kidney Injury and Mortality in the Elderly: Add Atypical Antipsychotics to the List
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point End-Stage Renal Disease from Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome in the United States, 1995–2010
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Urokinase Can Reduce Heparin Dose in Patients with Hypercoagulable States during Hemodialysis
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point Overcoming Acute Kidney Injury
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point Chronic Illness, Loneliness May Go Hand-In-Hand for Some Elderly
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point The 50 Most Active Kidney Transplant Centers in 2012
bullet point New Anticoagulant Beats Heparin for Certain Heart Attacks
bullet point ObamaCare Enrollment Beats Administration Goal
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Nurses Create Models of Care for an Aging America
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Seasonal Flu Vaccine May Protect against Deadly Bird Flu Strain
 


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Tuesday, Feb. 17

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bullet point Nephros Clarifies the Status of Evaluation of its Hemodiafiltration System (with DaVita)
Press release. Report from eMarkets Daily.
bullet point Long-Term Effects of Iron-based Phosphate Binder, Sucroferric Oxyhydroxide, in Dialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
bullet point Relationship between Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and MIA Syndrome
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point

Levels of Transforming Growth Factor ß1 during First Six Months of Peritoneal Dialysis
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point Time-Updated Systolic Blood Pressure and the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease: A Cohort Study
Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point GPhA To Form Biosimilar Division, Hopes To Attract Brands Making Biosimilars
Headline only from InsideHealthPolicy.com (pay-for-view site).

"The Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) is creating a new division designed to deal exclusively with biosimilars with a separate board of directors, the association's leaders announced at the group's annual conference in Miami this week, and sources say the trade group is courting brand biologic giant Amgen to join, but Amgen says it is “satisfied with the balanced policies promoted by our existing trade associations.”"
bullet point Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Tobacco
18-minute video via YouTube.
bullet point How One Health System Is Putting an End to Insider Snooping
Article from Healthcare IT News.
bullet point More Evidence That Even 'Moderate' Exercise Helps Women's Hearts
bullet point 'Mindfulness' May Help Ease Sleep Problems for Seniors
 


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Monday, Feb. 16

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bullet point In Australia, Sensipar® (cinacalcet) To Be Removed from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) on August 1
(1-page pdf) Notice from the Renal Society of Australasia web site.

"It follows a cost effectiveness reassessment by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) based on results from the EVOLVE study. The review resulted in a dramatic price reduction which means providing Sensipar®, via the PBS, would be at a financial loss to Amgen and unsustainable in the long-term."

Editor's note: Last month, Dr. Jeffrey Berns posted a video blog entitled, "Is Cinacalcet Useful in Dialysis Patients?"

According to the DOPPS Practice Monitor (DPM), approximately 23% of U.S. dialysis patients are receiving cinacalcet. It is one of the few drugs that dialysis clinic owners/physicians can earn profits from its continued and/or increased use.

In March 2014, Amgen was able to insert a provision into rushed legislation (121-page pdf) that delayed Medicare price restraints on Sensipar/cinacalet until 2024. AP article quote:

"It also contains a provision benefiting, among others, Amgen Inc., which produces an oral drug for kidney dialysis patients. It would extend through 2024 a controversial provision to allow payments for Sensipar, which is made by Amgen, to be made on top of other "bundled" payments made to treat Medicare patients with kidney disease. It also eases cuts to dialysis providers who have battled with drug companies over the issue."
bullet point Must Know Facts about Albumin! Number Seven Will Blow You Away!
Posting from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
bullet point Advance Care Planning: A Qualitative Study of Dialysis Patients and Families
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Prospective Randomized Study of the Tolerability and Efficacy of Combination Therapy for Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease: Results of the PROTECT-CKD Study
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Acute Kidney Injury and Mortality in the Elderly: Add Atypical Antipsychotics to the List
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Recalcitrant Tumor of the Fifth Metacarpal Bone in a Hemodialyzed Patient
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Peritoneal Dialysis OK for Lupus Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Worse Performance on Cognitive Testing
bullet point Hospitals Set Course for Zero Patient Harm
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Patients Tend to Prefer Formal Physician Attire
 


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Fri./Sat., Feb. 13-14

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bullet point FDA Takes Up Hospira Biosimilar Of Epogen, Must Decide By October
Headline only from InsideHealthPolicy.com (pay-for-view site). Retacrit is currently approved for use in 15 countries.
bullet point DaVita Is Under Federal Investigation Again
Articles from Denver Business Journal, MarketWatch, and Modern Healthcare (registration required).
bullet point Bill to End Organ Transplant Denials for Medical Marijuana Patients Filed in California
Article from The Daily Chronic.
bullet point Coming Age of Xenotransplantation: Would You Accept an Organ from a Pig to Save Your Life?
Article from the Genetic Literacy Project.
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Tops Street 4Q Forecasts
Article from AP.   Press release from DaVita. Earnings call transcript from The Street.
bullet point FDA Recall Notices in Enforcement Report for Week of Feb. 11, 2015:
bullet point Development of a Hemodialysis Safety Checklist Using a Structured Panel Process
Provisional abstract and full-text article (20-page pdf) from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point High Dietary Acid Load Predicts ESRD among Adults with CKD
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Chronic Kidney Disease and the Risk of Stroke: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Annals of Vascular Surgery:
bullet point MERS Claims 2 More Lives in Saudi Arabia
bullet point Study Finds Lower Systolic Blood Pressure Reduces Risk of Stroke
bullet point Dehydration Linked to Greater Stroke Damage
bullet point Slippery Antibacterial Coating Prevents Biofilms from Forming on Device Surfaces
bullet point Nagging Patients Aren't to Blame for Overtesting in Medicine
Article from Bloomberg.
bullet point Last Chance to Enroll in Obamacare for 2015
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Obamacare Sign-Ups For 2015 Expected To Top 10 Million
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Meaningful Use Penalties: CMS Releases Physician Reimbursement Reduction Details, Latest Attestation Numbers
Article from Medical Economics.
Feb 24. Webinar: Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements


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Thursday, Feb. 12

DaVita Receives Subpoenas from HHS
DaVita HealthCare Tops Street 4Q Forecasts
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bullet point Dialysis Olympics in India
Articles from The Siasat Daily and The Hindu.

Editor's note: Why doesn't the National Kidney Foundation, DaVita, or Fresenius Medical Care sponsor a similar event in the U.S.?

Or is such a concept unimaginable in the "land of fast and cheap dialysis?"
bullet point Hand Washing Focus in Hospitals Has Led to Rise in Worker Dermatitis
Press release from the University of Manchester.
bullet point Even ‘Proper’ Technique Exposes Nurses’ Spines To Dangerous Forces
Article and audio from NPR.

"The bottom line is, there's no safe way to lift a patient manually," Marras says. "There's no safe way to do it with body mechanics."
bullet point HIV-Positive–to–HIV-Positive Kidney Transplantation — Results at 3 to 5 Years
Abstract from the New England Journal of Medicine. Articles from HealthDay and MedPage Today (registration required).
bullet point Economic Analysis of the Treatment of End-stage Renal Disease Treatment: Living-donor Kidney Transplantation Versus Hemodialysis
Abstract from Transplantation Proceedings.
bullet point Article in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Ambulatory Recording of Wave Reflections and Arterial Stiffness during Intra- and Interdialytic Periods in Patients Treated with Dialysis
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point FDA MedWatch January 2015: Safety Labeling Changes
Includes 25 products with revisions to Prescribing Information.
bullet point Satellite Healthcare Names Glenn Davis Chief Innovation & Commercial Officer
bullet point 10 Additional Cases of MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia are Reported to WHO
bullet point End-of-Life Advance Directive
Free, full-text article from the New England Journal of Medicine. Press release from the Hastings Center.
bullet point 1 in 3 Would Rather Die Early Than Take Pills
bullet point U.S. Smoking Deaths May Be Underestimated, Study Suggests
 


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Wednesday, Feb. 11

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bullet point 1 in 5 Suicides Is Associated with Unemployment
Press release from the University of Zürich. Press release and abstract from The Lancet. Article from HealthDay.

Editor's note: Less than 10% of working-age dialysis patients in the United States are employed. (See Table J.10 from the 2014 USRDS.) Providing dialysis care without emphasizing renal rehabilitation and patient employment is simply iatrogenic.

When nephrologists profit from cheap, fast dialysis treatments and do not consider renal rehabilitation and patient employment, they are ignoring their patients' psychosocial needs and increasing depression rates. It is time to connect the dots. They are practicing perverse and immoral medicine.
bullet point Time To Deliver Patient Centred Care
Free, full-text editorial from the British Medical Journal.

"We must harness the energy, insight and expertise of patients, carers, and the communities that support them to help drive change."
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
bullet point People With Coexisting Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease and Hypertension Report the Psychosocial Effects of Being Prescribed Multiple Medications
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from Evidence-Based Nursing via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Transplant Survival High Compared With Home Dialysis
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.

Editor's note: This author/reporter is confusing the American Society of Nephrology's Annual Scientific Meeting and the University of Missouri's Annual Dialysis Conference.
bullet point Potassium Wars, The Grand Rounds Presentation
Lecture with slides from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
bullet point Blood Pressure Meds Lower Heart, Stroke Risks in Diabetics: Analysis
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from JAMA.
bullet point Unwanted Impact of Antibiotics Broader, More Complex Than Previously Known
Press release from Oregon State University.
bullet point Updates to Tubing and Luer Misconnections: Preventing Dangerous Medical Errors
Safety communications from the FDA.
bullet point NYC Unions Gear Up for Another Round with Big Apple Dialysis
bullet point Apple Watch To Track Glucose Levels For Diabetics
bullet point Press Releases from the National Institutes Of Health:
bullet point New Name, New Criteria for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text Online First article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point U.S. Advisers Rethink Cholesterol Risk From Foods: Report
 


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Tuesday, Feb. 10

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bullet point ESRD National Coordinating Center Announces New FFCL Vascular Access Tools
These tools were developed by the Fistula First Catheter Last (FFCL) Workgroup Coalition, which is comprised of noted leaders from CMS, ESRD Networks, and the renal community at large, as part of its ongoing efforts to increase the use of AV fistulas and decrease the use of tunneled dialysis catheters.
bullet point Canadian Teenager Anya Pogharian Invents $500 Dialysis Machine with At-Home Potential
Article from Public Radio of Armenia with CBC video.
bullet point New Wearable Artificial Kidney Improves Mobility
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from World Journal of Nephrology:
bullet point Article in Press Abstract from American Journal of Nephrology:
bullet point The Protective Effect of MCP-1 -2518 A>G Promoter Polymorphism in Turkish Chronic Renal Failure Patients Requiring Long-Term Hemodialysis
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Bilateral Quadriceps Tendon Rupture in a Hemodialysis Patient
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Abstracts from Journal of Nephrology:
bullet point ASN Partners with Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program to Create ASN-AMFDP Award
Press release. The ASN-AMFDP Award will support career development for a kidney research scholar from a historically disadvantaged background.
bullet point FDA Finalizes Guidance on Medical Device Data Systems
News brief from AHANews. Guidance (8-page pdf) from the FDA.
bullet point 'Smart' Insulin Hope for Diabetes
bullet point Problems Spotted in Clinical Trials Can Go Unreported, Study Says
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text, Online First article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Marketing Pharmaceuticals to Doctors (HBO)
17-minute video via YouTube.
bullet point Hospital Job Surge Continues into 2015
Senators Confident ICD-10 Is a Go
Article from Healthcare IT News. GAO report.


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Monday, Feb. 9

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bullet point Extending Dialysis Hours Fails to Improve Quality of Life
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.

Editor's note: This study was first publicized during a 'Late Breaking Trials' session during the ASN Annual Meeting in November. See this story from MedPage Today.

If nothing else, I hope this study helps nephrologists understand that there is no template of treatment parameters that automatically provides improvement in quality of life (QoL). Time on dialysis is a complex variable affecting many aspects of overall care and wellbeing. Individualization of care that incorporates patient preferences and feedback, for both their medical and psychosocial needs, will likely lead to improved QoL for all.
bullet point Quality of Life in End Stage Renal Disease Patients
Free, full-text article from World Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point FDA Approves 1st Drug for Diabetic Retinopathy
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Article in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
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Predictive Value of Echocardiography and Its Relation to Kt/V and Anthropometric Parameters in Hemodialysis Patients
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point Relationship between Health Literacy and Kidney Function
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Extracts of Early View Articles from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
bullet point Families of Health Worker MERS Victims in Saudi To Receive $135,000
Article from Saudi Gazette.
bullet point The Battle for Iron - Understanding Anemias of the Chronically ill
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Patients Should Feel Confident, Safe to Achieve Better Health
(Registration required, but free) Article from MedPage Today.

Medicare Preps for Natural Disasters, Power Outages
Article from The Hill.


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