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Fri./Sat., Oct. 17-18

Medicare Needs to Step Up, Ensure Patient Access to Home Dialysis Treatment
Commentary from Roll Call.
President Obama Names Ron Klain 'Ebola Czar'
In UK, NHS Trial of Medical Video Conferencing for Patients on Dialysis
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  Oct. 17, 2014
bullet point Ebola Watch
Resources from Hospitals and Health Networks.

The American Hospital Association is hosting a call for hospital and health system leaders to discuss Ebola preparedness on Friday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET. The dial-in number is 1-888-453-9924 and the passcode is 568461.
bullet point Conventional Medical Centers May Be Unable to Prevent Spread of Ebola
Press release and free, full-text, Online First article from Annals of Internal Medicine. Related article from USA Today.
bullet point Novel RNAi-based Therapy for Anemia Stimulates Liver to Produce EPO
Press release and free, full-text article from Nucleic Acid Therapeutics.
bullet point Citizens against Government Waste Releases Poll Results regarding Use of Biosimilar Drugs
Press release.
bullet point Let Us Give Twice-weekly Hemodialysis a Chance: Revisiting the Taboo
(Registration required, but free.) In Focus piece from NDT via Medscape Nephrology. Also see this related full-text article from NDT on twice-weekly hemodialysis in China.
bullet point Heparin Use in Hemodialysis Patients following Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation on Lipid Profiles in Dialysis Patients: Meta-analysis
Abstract from Archives of Medical Research.
bullet point Systemic Lupus Erythematous and Clinical Outcomes in Peritoneal Dialysis
Online First abstract from Lupus.
bullet point Early Onset Type 2 Diabetes: Risk Factors, Clinical Impact and Management
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Diseases via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Hospira Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Certain Lots of Several Lifecare Solution Products Due to Potential for Leakage
Press release.
bullet point FDA's September 2014 Safety Labeling Changes
55 products with revisions to Prescribing Information are listed, including Fosrenol and Xylocaine.
bullet point More Evidence That Exercise May Help Fight Depression
bullet point Medical Products Push Baxter Profit above Estimate
bullet point American Nurses Association Calls on the CDC for Clear, Concrete Guidelines to Ensure Patient, Health Care Professional Safety in Light of Ebola Transmissions
(3-page pdf) Press release.
bullet point CDC: Nurse Not to Blame for Breach of Protocols in Ebola Infection
Article from Nurse.com.
bullet point Largest Nurse's Union Threatens to Picket over Ebola Response Training, Protocols
Brief from Healthcare Dive.
bullet point Critiquing US Health Care
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
 


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Thursday, Oct. 16

Medical Products Push Baxter Profit above Estimate
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  Oct. 16, 2014
bullet point FDA Allows Baxter To Import PD Solutions from European Manufacturing Plants
Notice on the FDA's Drug Shortages web page for peritoneal dialysis solutions. Click on the blue bar that says "Baxter Healthcare (New 10/14/2014)." Note the packaging and labeling differences explained in these Baxter documents:
bullet point Existing Protocols Might Not Be Enough for Ebola
Article from AP. Nurses' Toolkit from National Nurses United. News summary from Kaiser Health News. Ebola Watch from Hospitals & Health Networks. Article on Ebola treatments from The Huffington Post.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal of Medicine:
bullet point Significant Racial Disparities Identified in Diabetes Related Amputations
(3-page pdf) Press release and report (70-page pdf) from The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free.)
bullet point FDA Bans Maker of Suspect Chinese Heparin
FDA warning letter of Sept. 29. Article from FiercePharmaManufacturing.
bullet point Adverse Technical Events in Home Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point Inflammation and Myocardial Damage Markers Influence Loss of Residual Renal Function in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Abstract from Archives of Medical Research.
bullet point

Dietary Protein and Fiber in End Stage Renal Disease
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.

bullet point Nutritional Treatment in Chronic Kidney Disease: the Concept of Nephroprotection
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Eculizumab in the Treatment of Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome in an Infant Leads to Cessation of Peritoneal Dialysis and Improvement of Severe Hypertension
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Major Advance for Diabetes Stem Cell Therapy?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point National Kidney Foundation Launches Interactive Nutrition Portal My Food Coach
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
Dialysis Facility Reports / Dialysis Facility Compare Changes and Deadlines
Posting from the Northwest Renal Network.
New Affordable Care Act Initiative to Support Care Coordination Nationwide
CMS press release.
Medicare Open Enrollment Begins Oct. 15


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Wednesday, Oct. 15

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  Oct. 15, 2014
bullet point Second Health Care Worker At Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Tests Positive For Ebola
Articles from the Huffington Post and CNN.
bullet point Corruption of the Health Care Delivery System
Press release from The Dartmouth Institute.

“The problems of greatest concern to patients are often left uninvestigated, with emphasis given to research that expands market share,”...

Editor's note: Is there a more succinct criticism of the dialysis care delivery system?
bullet point Very Old Patients on Hemodialysis: How They Start and Can We Predict Survival?
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article and accompanying video from Blood Purification.
bullet point Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Estimated Post Transplant Survival Calculator
An Estimated Post Transplant Survival (EPTS) score is assigned to all adult candidates on the kidney waiting list and is based on four factors:
  1. Candidate time on dialysis
  2. Current diagnosis of diabetes
  3. Prior solid organ transplants
  4. Candidate age
bullet point Estimating Time to ESRD Using Kidney Failure Risk Equations: Results From the African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension (AASK)
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Issue-In-Progress Articles from American Journal Of Nephrology:
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from American Journal of Nephrology:
bullet point Switch from Epoetin to Darbepoetin Alfa in Hemodialysis: Dose Equivalence and Hemoglobin Stability
Abstract and link to full-text pdf from International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease.
bullet point 'Be Careful' When Evaluating AKI Recovery
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video from Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Clearance of Glucoregulatory Peptide Hormones during Hemodialysis and Hemodiafiltration in Nondiabetic End-Stage Renal Disease Patients
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Study Protocol — Your Path to Transplant: a Randomized Controlled Trial of a Tailored Computer Education Intervention to Increase Living Donor Kidney Transplant
Provisional abstract and full-text article (29-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Acute Allograft Rejection Following Interferon Therapy for Hepatitis C in Recipients Who Have Returned to Dialysis after Kidney Transplant Failure: Case Study
Article in Press abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point An Overview of Disparities and Interventions in Pediatric Kidney Transplantation Worldwide
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Personalized Treatment for Stress-Related Diabetes
bullet point FDA Approves First Combination Pill to Treat Hepatitis C
bullet point Fish Oil Supplements Have Little Effect on Irregular Heartbeat
bullet point Articles on Ebola-Related Care:
bullet point Another Study Links Mediterranean Diet to Better Heart Health
Article from HealthDay.
CROWNWeb Downtime Scheduled for October 16, 2014


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Tuesday, Oct. 14

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bullet point Aethlon Medical Announces First Treatment of an Ebola Patient with Humopurifier®
Press release. Article from MedGadget.
bullet point Study Results: Patient Safety Culture in Nephrology Nurse Practice Settings
Press release from the American Nephrology Nurses Association.
  Surprising Link Found between Kidney Disease and Gut Inflammation
Article from HealthCanal. Abstract from Nature Genetics.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point The Relative Abundance of Fetuin-A in Peritoneal Dialysis Effluent and Its Association with in-situ Formation of Calciprotein Particles, an Observational Pilot Study
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Acute Kidney Injury and Tools for Risk Stratification in 456 Patients with Hantavirus Induced Nephropathy Epidemica
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point 15 Cases of MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia are Reported to WHO
bullet point Ebola-Related Articles from Nurse.com:
bullet point Health Officials Reviewing Ebola Treatment Procedures at Dallas Hospital
Article from HealthDay. CDC's Ebola virus disease web site.
bullet point Drug and Vaccine Access in the Ebola Epidemic: Advising Caution in Compassionate Use -- Drug and Vaccine Access in the Ebola Epidemic
Free, full-text, Online First opinion piece from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Who Determines Physician Effectiveness?
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Even More Illness Caused by Smoking Than Previously Estimated
Online First commentary, article and press release from JAMA Internal Medicine.
 


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Monday, Oct. 13

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bullet point Articles from Modern Healthcare (registration required, but free)
bullet point Home Dialyzors United (HDU) Offering Free Registration, Hotel and Food for Upcoming Conference
The 5th annual HDU Conference and Meetup will be held in Indianapolis on Oct. 23-24.
bullet point A Creative Way to Find a Home HD Care Partner
Blog posting by Lana Schmidt.
bullet point Bioinspired Coating for Medical Devices Repels Blood and Bacteria
Press release from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard.
bullet point Assessing the Utility of Testing Aluminum Levels in Dialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Fluid Management in Hemodialysis: Conventional Versus Body Composition Monitoring (BCM) Supported Management of Overhydrated Patients
(10-page pdf) Free, full-text article from Portuguese Journal of Nephrology and Hypertension.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from American Journal Of Nephrology:
bullet point Cochrane Library: Treatment for Lupus Nephritis
Featured educational content from the International Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Texas Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola; CDC Blames Protocol Breach
Articles from HealthDay and Reuters. CDC media statement and Oct. 12 telebriefing.
bullet point As First U.S. Nurse Tests Positive for Ebola Virus RNs Also Plan Wednesday National Conference Call
Press release and call for highest standards for protective equipment for from National Nurses United.
bullet point RWJF Study: More BSN Nurses Lowers Mortality Rates, Care Costs
Article from Nurse.com. Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Medical Care.
bullet point Treating Clostridium difficile Infection with Oral, Frozen Encapsulated Fecal Material
Slide Presentation from the Recent Open Door Forum on Dialysis Facility Compare & the New Star Ratings
61-slide pdf used during the October 6th conference call.
Frequently Asked Questions from Dialysis Facilities about Participation in the In-Center Hemodialysis Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (ICH CAHPS) Survey
Bulletin from the Northwest Renal Network.
Improved Quality of Medicare Plans and Steady Premiums Are Great News As Open Enrollment Set to Begin on October 15
Message from Marilyn Tavener, CMS Administrator.


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Fri./Sat., Oct. 10-11

Dialysis Providers Expect ACOs, Payment Cuts, Consolidation
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
Home Dialyzors United (HDU) Offering Free Registration, Hotel and Food for Upcoming Conference
The 5th annual HDU Conference and Meetup will be held in Indianapolis on Oct. 23-24.
A Creative Way to Find a Home HD Care Partner
Blog posting by Lana Schmidt.
Texas Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola
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bullet point Kidney Transplant: Surgeons Carry out First European Keyhole Kidney Transplant
Article from the BBC.

"Normally a kidney transplant would involve serious open surgery and a sizeable incision to perform the transplant.

The team at the Royal Liverpool used keyhole surgery to implant the donor kidney through an incision of just 6cm (2in)."
bullet point New NCC Website and FFCL Access Planning Manual Launched
News release from the ESRD Network Coordinating Center. (FFCL = Fistula First, Catheter Last)
bullet point Recent Kidney Policy Changes Have Not Created Racial Disparities in Care
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Self-Rated Health and Adverse Events in CKD
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Effects of Acute Exercise on Markers of Inflammation in Pediatric Chronic Kidney Disease: a Pilot Study
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from American Journal Of Nephrology:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point

Association of Malnutrition Inflammation Score, Dialysis Malnutrition Score and Serum Albumin with Novel Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Diseases in Hemodialysis Patients
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point Renal Dietitian Peggy Harum Gains National Recognition
bullet point Stem Cell Success Raises Hopes of Type 1 Diabetes Cure
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Ebola-Related News:
bullet point NIH Invests Almost $32 Million to Increase Utility of Biomedical Research Data
No Change in Medicare Part B Premiums and Deductibles Next Year
News item from HFMA. Press release from HHS.gov.


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Thursday, Oct. 9

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  Oct. 9, 2014
bullet point Spanish Ebola Nurse 'Touched Face with Infected Glove'
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Reducing the Risk of Infection in End-Stage Kidney Failure Patients Treated by Dialysis
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
bullet point Follow-up of Blood-Pressure Lowering and Glucose Control in Type 2 Diabetes
Abstract from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Phenotypes Influencing Low Physical Activity in Maintenance Dialysis
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Cardiovascular Risk Assessment in Kidney Transplantation
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point It's Time for a Healthy Discussion on End-of-Life Care
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks. Link to Institute of Medicine report (free pdf download).
bullet point Rockwell Medical Announces FDA Advisory Committee Review of Triferic for the Treatment of Iron Replacement and Maintenance of Hemoglobin in Hemodialysis Patients
bullet point Ebola Patient in Dallas Dies
bullet point Infection Rates in Nursing Homes on the Rise: Study
bullet point New Study Finds Hospital Patients Are Not Washing Their Hands
bullet point Pure Hold Hygiene Hospital Door Handles Make Sure Hands are Sanitized
bullet point VA Sharply Reduces Drug-Resistant Staph Infections in Hospitalized Veterans
bullet point National Health Spending in 2014 — Acceleration Delayed
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point NIH Funds Research Consortia to Study More Than 200 Rare Diseases
bullet point 'Instagram for Doctors' to Be Launched in Europe
Supreme Court to Decide If Providers Can Sue Medicaid for Higher Rates
Brief from Healthcare Dive.


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Wednesday, Oct. 8

Ebola Patient in Dallas Dies
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bullet point A Stronger Patient Voice Can Lead to Better Care
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.

"A failure of leadership to make engaging patients a priority is mainly to blame."
bullet point Dallas Ebola Patient Dies; Was on Ventilator and Receiving Kidney Dialysis
Article from Reuters and HealthDayRelated article from The Washington Post.
bullet point WHO Warns of Ebola Health Care Risks
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Patient Call on Employment Oct. 28
Notice of AAKP Healthline conference call.

Editor's note: A conference call for employed patients in the middle of the workday? Will there be patient participation/engagement?

Until nephrologists target increasing dialysis patient employment, most patients will be enslaved to a life called dialysis.

bullet point Screen Everyone Over 45 for Diabetes: U.S. Task Force
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Long-Term Risks of Kidney Donation: Age Known
Full-text, Early View letter to the editor from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Understanding by Older Patients of Dialysis and Conservative Management for Chronic Kidney Failure
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Emotional Well-Being of Living Kidney Donors: Findings From the RELIVE Study
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Chronic Kidney Disease and Premature Aging
Advance Online abstract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
bullet point PDI in Press Abstracts:
bullet point Hiring Home Health Help
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners Recognized by Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
DaVita press release.

Editor's note: How much money does DaVita spend on lobbying and contribute to political campaigns?
bullet point Visualizing Health Policy: The 2014 Ebola Outbreak
Free graphic by the Kaiser Family Foundation in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Prevalence of Antimicrobial Use in US Acute Care Hospitals, May-September 2011
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point U.S. Life Expectancy Hits Record of 78.8 Years — for Those Born in 2012
bullet point Wal-Mart To Cut Health Coverage for 30,000 Part-time Workers
 


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Tuesday, Oct. 7

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bullet point Industry Questions Grassley's Request To Hike Pay For Home Dialysis Training
Headline only from InsideHealthPolicy. com, a pay-for-view web site. Related article from Nephrology News & Issues.

Editor's note: Why don't we finally admit that the dialysis industry is like the antebellum American South.

Dialysis clinics are the plantations of the dialysis industry. They must be populated with enslaved patients in order to make the profits that Wall Street expects. The large for-profit dialysis providers are the plantation owners, pushing agendas and legislation to make them richer. Kidney Care Partners is the political body that justifies it all to the world.

Nephrologists and renal administrators are the overseers, getting their share of the profits. The complacent patient groups are the trustees, urging the enslaved to conform and to try to see the wise benevolence of their owners and overseers.

No owner, nephrologist, or dialysis professional would accept the care given to the vast majority of enslaved patients on these "plantations." 

Chronic dialysis care began just over 50 years ago.  The federal dialysis program that pays for most treatments began just over 40 years ago.  While everyone applauds the life sustaining potential of dialysis therapy, there is a general consensus that this specialty of nephrology has lagged far behind other fields of medicine in terms of reducing mortality and restoring patients to health. 

For whose benefit are we maintaining this system?
bullet point Healthcare Worker in Spain First Case of Ebola Transmission outside of Africa
Articles from the BBC and Nurse.com.
bullet point Nursing Practice & Patient Advocacy Alert—Treatment of Patients with Ebola
Article from National Nurses United. Related article from Nurse.com.
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners Expands Beyond Dialysis in India
Press release.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine:
bullet point Transplant Delay Not Needed in Lupus Nephritis
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Training and Certification in Dialysis Access
Article in Press abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point Glycemic Pattern in Diabetic Patients on Hemodialysis: Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Analysis
Issue in Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Your Life, Your Choice — Stories from Kidney Transplant Patients and Donors
(52-page pdf) New booklet from the ESRD network coordinating center (NCC).
bullet point September 2014 510(k) Clearances
Dialysis-related products cleared for marketing in the U.S. include:
bullet point Rockwell Medical Receives $8 Million in Cash Via Exercise of Warrants
bullet point Is Internet-based Diabetes Self-Management Education Beneficial?
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point Attitudes of Hospital Leaders Toward Publicly Reported Measures of Health Care Quality
Online First abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
CMS Announces Two Medicare Quality Improvement Initiatives
Press release.


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Monday, Oct. 6

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bullet point Dallas Ebola Patient on Dialysis, in ‘Critical’ Condition
Article from Today, WFAA, and HealthDay. October 5th press briefing from the CDC. Related article on ethics from Nurse.com.
bullet point World War Parallels Diabetes Epidemic
(Registration required, but free.) Article and video from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point In Australia, Kidney Disease Exhibition Depicts Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Cabinet Ministers on Dialysis
Images and article from the Australian Broadcasting Company.

Editor's note: Perhaps it would help the CEOs and Medical Directors of the large for-profit dialysis corporations understand patients better if a Photoshop artist did the same for them.
bullet point Observational Modeling of Strict vs Conventional Blood Pressure Control in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease
Abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Is the Kidney Donor Risk Index a Step Forward in the Assessment of Deceased Donor Kidney Quality?
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Recognition and Reporting of AKI in Very Low Birth Weight Infants
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Rockwell Medical, Baxter Enter Commercialization Agreement Covering Hemodialysis Concentrate Line
Articles from StreetInsider.com and FierceBiotech. Press release from Rockwell Medicial.
bullet point The Gap between Calculated and Actual Calcium Substitution during Citrate Anticoagulation in an Immobilized Patient on Renal Replacement Therapy Reflects the Extent of Bone Loss-a Case Report
Provisional abstract and full-text article (10-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Blood Markers Predict CKD Heart Failure
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point KDIGO Announces Guideline Update Project
Press release from Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO).
bullet point Gout May Be Linked to Raised Diabetes Risk: Study
bullet point Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Gets New Patent for Ferric Citrate
bullet point Technology Opens New Avenues for Patient Communication
Article from Medical Economics.
bullet point HHS Releases 13th Report on Carcinogens
The Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit Fact Sheet
Resource from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.


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Fri./Sat., Oct. 3-4

bullet point Rockwell Medical, Baxter Enter Commercialization Agreement Covering Hemodialysis Concentrate Line
Articles from StreetInsider.com and FierceBiotech. Press release from Rockwell Medicial.
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bullet point Aerobic Exercise May Boost Quality of Life for Dialysis Patients
Article from HealthDay. Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point DaVita's New Mexico Health Clinics Lay Off 5% of Staff
Article and video from KOB4.
bullet point Palliative Care Nephrology: A Call for Action in Fellowship Training
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point The Financial Impact of Increasing Home-Based High Dose Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis
Provisional abstract and full-text article (22-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point High-Volume Postdilution Hemodiafiltration Is a Feasible Option in Routine Clinical Practice
Free, full-text, Early View article from Artificial Organs.
bullet point Effect of Dialysis Initiation for Preemptively Listed Candidates in the Revised Kidney Allocation Policy
Early View abstract of brief communication from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Lower versus Higher Hemoglobin Threshold for Transfusion in Septic Shock
Free, full-text, Online First article from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point FDA Product Recall Notices from Enforcement Report for October 1, 2014:
bullet point About 100 People Being Monitored for Ebola in Texas
Article from HealthDay. CDC information page.
bullet point 8 in 10 Doctors 'Overextended' or at 'Full Capacity'
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
bullet point The FDA Takes Steps to Strengthen Cybersecurity of Medical Devices
Press release.
bullet point 42 States Reporting Respiratory Virus That Targets Kids
bullet point 2nd Baby 'Cured' of HIV Suffers Relapse
Medicare Fines 2,610 Hospitals In Third Round Of Readmission Penalties
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Thursday, Oct. 2

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bullet point SRTR Releases Kidney Transplant Report Cards
Interactive report from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). Results can be sorted by states.
bullet point ‘Killed to Order’ Documentary on China’s Organ Tourism Featured at UCLA Film Festival
Article from Epoch Times.
bullet point DCI Signs Agreement with RoundingWell; Utilizes New Platform for Patient Engagement, Care Management
Press release.
bullet point Delaware Hospital Expansion Designed by Patients for Patients
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.

Editor's note: Why hasn't anything like this ever been done in dialysis care?
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
bullet point The New Kidney Allocation System (KAS) and the Highly Sensitized Patient: Expect the Unexpected
Early View letter to the editor from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point The Kinetics of Cystatin C Removal by Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point Disseminated Tuberculosis: a Neglected Entity in Immunocompromised Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Understanding the Associations Between Modifying Factors, Individual Health Beliefs, and Hemodialysis Patients' Adherence to a Low-Phosphorus Diet
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Images in Medicine: Chronic Obstructive Pyelonephritis
Feature from the New England Journal Of Medicine.
bullet point US Hunts Contacts of Seriously Ill Ebola Patient
Article from AFP.
bullet point 'The Health Care System Falls Apart When You're A Complex Patient'
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point The Interoperability Problem: Why ACOs Can't Share Data
Article from Medical Economics.
bullet point Sense of Smell 'May Predict Lifespan'
 


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Wed., Oct. 1

DCI Signs Agreement with RoundingWell; Utilizes New Platform for Patient Engagement, Care Management
Press release.
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bullet point CMS Special Open Door Forum: Star Ratings on Dialysis Facility Compare, Monday, October 6, 2014
Conference call only 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m, ET.

"We invite questions from ESRD patients, consumers and consumer advocates, and plans, providers, and purchasers in advance, or during the forum. Please submit questions here.

Please follow along during the call for the Power Point slides: www.dialysisdata.org.  

We look forward to your participation."

Special Open Door Participation Instructions: Participant Dial-In Number: 1-800-837-1935, Conference ID #: 8597626.
bullet point National Kidney Foundation, American Diabetes Association and the American Society of Nephrology Achieve Consensus on Combating Diabetic Kidney Disease
Press release.
bullet point Association of Mortality Risk with Various Definitions of Intradialytic Hypotension
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Hemodialysis Catheter Locking Solutions and the Prevention of Catheter Dysfunction: a Meta-Analysis
Article in Press abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point Outcomes of Endovascular Versus Intravenous Thrombolytic Treatment for Acute Ischemic Stroke in Dialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point Predictors of Protein Energy Wasting in Hemodialysis Patients: a Cross-Sectional Study
Early View abstract from Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.
bullet point ClearGuide ONE Easy to Use Needle Guidance System FDA Cleared
Article and video from MedGadget.
bullet point CDC: Ebola Confirmed in Dallas Patient
Articles from WFAA, Reuters, and HealthDayPress release and Ebola information center from the CDC.
bullet point PCORI Board Approves $102 Million in Support for 46 New Research Projects
News release from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
bullet point Treating Pain With Acupuncture
Free, full-text JAMA Patient Page. Related article from HealthDay.
bullet point C. Diff  Rate Nearly Doubled between 2001-2010
CMS Makes First Wave of Drug & Device Company Payments to Teaching Hospitals and Physicians Public
Press release. News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Tuesday, Sept. 30

CMS Special Open Door Forum: Star Ratings on Dialysis Facility Compare, Monday, October 6, 2014
Conference call only 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m, ET.

"We invite questions from ESRD patients, consumers and consumer advocates, and plans, providers, and purchasers in advance, or during the forum. Please submit questions here.

Please follow along during the call for the Power Point slides: www.dialysisdata.org.  

We look forward to your participation."

Special Open Door Participation Instructions: Participant Dial-In Number: 1-800-837-1935, Conference ID #: 8597626.
CDC: Ebola Confirmed in Dallas Patient
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bullet point Transplant Nephrologists and Surgeons: Do More to Increase Living Donation
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point Call for Survey Participants Regarding Clinical Trial Endpoints in Dialysis Vascular Access
Notice from the American Nephrology Nurses Association.
bullet point 2014 Issue of Advances in Peritoneal Dialysis
21 free, full-text articles (PDFs).
bullet point Quality of Survey Reporting in Nephrology Journals: A Methodologic Review
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point Sleep Apnea in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: a Single Center Experience
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point 44-h Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring: Revealing the True Burden of Hypertension in Pediatric Hemodialysis Patients
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Serum IL-31 Linked to Itching in Hemodialysis Patients
bullet point Redesigned Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Website Launched September 26
bullet point Transplant Drug Could Boost the Power of Brain Tumor Treatments
bullet point Flexible Skin Temperature Sensor Changes Color, Helps Detect Blood Flow and Hydration Levels
bullet point Dollars for Doctors: How Industry Money Reaches Physicians
Article from ProPublica. Also see their 'Dollars for Doctors' project page.
bullet point Higher Nurse to Patient Standard Improves Staff Safety
News release from UC Davis Health System.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from JAMA Internal Medicine:
bullet point Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources Directory
NIOSH directory page.
bullet point Heart, Mini-Stroke Risks From Asthma Drug: FDA
bullet point Accurate and Efficient Assessments of Working Posture
Turbulent Times for Accountable Care Organizations
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
Hospital Leaders Say More Time Needed for Stage 2 Meaningful Use
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
CROWNWeb Downtime Scheduled for September 30, 2014


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Monday, Sept. 28

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  Sept. 29, 2014
bullet point Wearable Artificial Kidney: A Dialysis Machine to Clean Blood While On The Go
Article and video from MedGadget.
bullet point Adequate Hemodialysis Improves Anemia by Enhancing Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Activity in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease
Provisional abstract and full-text article (5-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Vascular Access Type, Inflammatory Markers, and Mortality in Incident Hemodialysis Patients: The Choices for Healthy Outcomes in Caring for End-Stage Renal Disease (CHOICE) Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point CDC Issues Updated Preparedness Framework for Flu Pandemics
Recommendations and reports from the MMWR. News item from AHANews.com.
Results from Medicare ACOs May Send a Signal for Upcoming Kidney Care Demonstration
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.


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Fri./Sat., Sept. 26-27

Wearable Artificial Kidney: A Dialysis Machine to Clean Blood While On The Go
Article and video from MedGadget.
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  Sept. 26, 2014
bullet point “There Is More to Me than Just Being a Dialysis Patient”
Template for patient engagement from the Northwest Renal Network.
bullet point "Bio-Artificial Liver" Begins Clinical Testing
Article from MED Device Online.
bullet point Rep. Reed Visits Ithaca, NY Dialysis Center
News item the Lansing Star.
bullet point Who Would Donate a Kidney to a Stranger? An 'Anti-Psychopath'
Article from New York Magazine.
bullet point Significant Association Between Bone-Specific Alkaline Phosphatase and Vascular Calcification of the Hand Arteries in Male Hemodialysis Patients
Open Access, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
bullet point Medical Director Responsibilities to the ESRD Network
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Reassessing Medical Risk in Living Kidney Donors
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point The Relationship between AASI and Arterial Atherosclerosis in ESRD Patients
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point Peritonitis in a Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis Patient by Two Different Species of Enterococci: a Rare Finding
Free, full-text article from Indian Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Recalls Vacutainer Tubes:
bullet point Gastric Bypass Bests Banding for Weight Loss, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol Control
Press release from UT Southwestern Medical Center.
bullet point IV Fluids Shortage Continues in Hospitals
bullet point HHS Awarding $200M To Fight Chronic Diseases
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Substantial Decrease in Uncompensated Care Costs Expected
Article from HFMA.
bullet point The Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance for Latinos
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point And Then There Were 19: More Pioneer ACOs Seave the Program
“CROWNWeb 4.5 – Questions and Answers” Town Hall Slides Now Available


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Thursday, Sept. 25

"Bio-Artificial Liver" Begins Clinical Testing
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  Sept. 25, 2014
bullet point Lung Dialysis to Help Treat COPD Successfully Tested in Italy
Article from Xinhua. Background information on Respiratory Dialysis® from ALung Technologies. The technology was first used on a U.S. patient earlier this year.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
bullet point Factors Influencing Survival after Kidney Transplant Failure
Provisional abstract and full-text article (18-page pdf) from Transplantation Research.
bullet point Risk Factors for Frailty in a Large Prevalent Cohort of Hemodialysis Patients
Abstract from the American Journal of the Medical Sciences.
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point Correction of Metabolic Acidosis in Hemodialysis: Consequences on Serum Leptin and Mineral Metabolism
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point

Body Composition Monitoring and Nutrition in Maintenance Hemodialysis and CAPD Patients—A Multicenter Longitudinal Study
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point Stroke Rounds: Kidney Disease Not Always a Barrier to tPA
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point He Fixed South Africa's AIDS Policy, Now He's Out To Fight Salt
Article from NPR.
bullet point Ebola-Hit Nations May 'Face Collapse'
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Survey: ACOs Limited by Poor HIT Interoperability
News item from HFMA.
bullet point U.S. Still Lags in Infant Mortality Rates, Report Finds
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point India's Pharma Sector Mints Billionaires
CROWNWeb Downtime Scheduled for September 25, 2014


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Wednesday, Sept. 24

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  Sept. 24, 2014
bullet point Diabetes Rates Leveling Off in U.S.
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Anticoagulation in Kidney Disease: Options and Considerations
Presentation from UKidney.
bullet point

Variation in the Level of eGFR at Dialysis Initiation across Dialysis Facilities and Geographic Regions
CJASN Express abstract.

bullet point Red Cell Distribution Width Is an Independent Factor for Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Open Access, full-text, Online First article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Risk Factors for Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients Undergoing Elective and Emergency Abdominal Surgery
Free, full-text article from Surgery Today.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Targeting Recovery from Acute Kidney Injury: Executive Summary from the Round Table Conference at the 19th International Conference on Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies (Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, Calif., USA, March 2-3, 2014)
Free, full-text article from Nephron Clinical Practice. Also see this introduction to the articles appearing its latest issue on changing paradigms in acute kidney injury.
bullet point How Accurate Are We in Sending Patients to Angiography?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Global Kidney Academy: Transplantation Nephrology Online Course 2014
bullet point Artificial Biospleen Cleans Blood with Magnets
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Receives 510(k) for CRIT-LINE Clip (CLiC) Blood Chamber
bullet point Report Identifies Game Changers for U.S. Health Care
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million in Months, CDC Predicts
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Ebola Death Rates 70% - WHO Study
Article from the BBC.
bullet point PCORI Announces Winners of Patient-Researcher "Matchmaking App" Challenge
How To Fix Medicare? Ask The Public


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Tuesday, Sept. 23 (Break)***

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  Sept. 23, 2014
bullet point What I Have Learned And How It Can Help
Book by dialysis patient Elliott B. Brown.
bullet point Trends in Polycystic Kidney Disease–Related CKD and ESRD
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Comparative Short-Term Safety of Bolus Versus Maintenance Iron Dosing in Hemodialysis Patients: a Replication Study
Provisional abstract and full-text article (16-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Abstracts from Journal of Nephrology:
bullet point Associations of Sugar and Artificially Sweetened Soda and Chronic Kidney Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Abstracts and Links to Full-Text PDFs from International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease:
bullet point Long-Term Follow-up of the ADVANCE Study
Online First article from the New England Journal of Medicine (Action in Diabetes and Vascular Disease: Preterax and Diamicron Modified Release Controlled Evaluation (ADVANCE)). Article from MedPage Today (registration required).
bullet point Study: Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors May Prevent 80 Percent of Heart Attacks
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Health Woes to Worsen Due to Climate Change, Study Warns
Article from HealthDay. Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections
Online First article from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine:
bullet point HHS Announces Sept. 29 Webinar on Hospital Ebola Preparedness Checklist
bullet point Too Many People Die In Hospital Instead Of Home. Here's Why.
CMS Announces ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Opportunity
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Reporting Deadline is 9/30


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Monday, Sept. 22

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  Sept. 22, 2014
bullet point Protein Energy Wasting and Uremic Failure to Thrive in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease: They Are Not Small Adults
Free, full-text, Online First editorial commentary from Pediatric Nephrology.

bullet point Incidence of Erythropoietin Antibody Mediated Pure Red Cell Aplasia: the Prospective Immunogenicity Surveillance Registry (PRIMS)
Free, full-text, Advance Access 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 Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Baxter Recalls Certain Lots of Hemodialysis Solutions Due to Particulate Matter Found in the Product
Press release from Health Canada.
bullet point Obama Calls for National Plan to Fight Antibiotic Resistance
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Lobbyists Push to Change Obamacare's Definition of Full-Time Work
Article from The Hill.
Medicare Advantage Enrollment at All-Time High; Premiums Remain Affordable
CMS press release.


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Fri./Sat., Sept. 19-20

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  Sept. 19, 2014
bullet point Cooling of Dialysis Fluids Protects Against Brain Damage
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Cognitive Function and All-Cause Mortality in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Temperature Management Market Worth $2.5 Billion by 2019
Press release from MarketsandMarkets.
bullet point Sudden Cardiac Death in Haemodialysis Patients – Preventative Options
Accepted Article abstract and free, full-text, review article (39-page pdf) from Nephrology.
bullet point Who is Representing Dialysis Patients in Washington, DC?
Posting from the FixDialysis blog. Follow-up press release from Kidney Care Partners.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Fungal Peritonitis in Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis: the Impact of Antifungal Prophylaxis on Patient and Technique Outcomes
Free, full-text article from Indian Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Comparing Lung Ultrasound with Bioimpedance Spectroscopy for Evaluating Hydration in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point DARPA Working on Portable and Ruggedized Artificial "Biospleen" To Fight Sepsis
Article from Gizmag.
bullet point FDA Approves Trulicity to Treat Type 2 Diabetes
bullet point Almost Everyone Needs a Flu Shot: CDC
bullet point Ebola Outbreak: Health Team 'Found Dead' in Guinea
Article from the BBC.
bullet point First Board Certification for Faith Community Nursing Announced
Article from Nurse.com.
CMS Announces 7.3 M with ACA Plans Have Paid Premiums


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Thursday, Sept. 18

Who is Representing Dialysis Patients in Washington, DC Today?
Posting from the FixDialysis blog.
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  Sept. 18, 2014
bullet point Judge Will Unseal DaVita Inc. Court Records
(Registration required) Article from the Daily Report.

See this 2012 CNN report on the case, which is Vainer v. DaVita, No. 1P:07-cv-02509. Recent related article from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point US Health System Not Properly Designed to Meet Needs of Patients Nearing End of Life, Says IOM
Press release from the National Academy of Sciences. Institutes of Medicine report introduction page.  News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
bullet point Ankle-Brachial Index and Bone Turnover in Patients on Dialysis
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point Weekly High-Dose Ergocalciferol to Correct Vitamin D Deficiency/Insufficiency in Hemodialysis Patients: a Pilot Trial
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Usefulness of Bioimpedance Spectroscopy for Detection of Hypotensive Episode during Dialysis
Abstract from ASAIO Journal.
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
  Mineral Bone Disease in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients: Association with Morbidity and Mortality
Free, full-text article from Indian Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Difficult Peritonitis Cases in Children Undergoing Chronic Peritoneal Dialysis: Relapsing, Repeat, Recurrent and Zoonotic Episodes
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point Clinical Manifestation of Macrolide Antibiotic Toxicity in CKD and Dialysis Patients
Advance Access abstract from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Covance, Frenova Renal Research Collaborate on Kidney, Renal Diseases
bullet point Math Model Designed to Replace Invasive Kidney Biopsy for Lupus Patients
bullet point Patient, Advocate Bill Litchfield Dies
bullet point Hospitals Struggled during Sandy, Report Says
Article from AP. Report (43-page pdf) from the HHS Office of Inspector General.
bullet point The Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model: Improving Quality and Lowering Costs
Free full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Related news summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point New Affordable Care Act Tools and Payment Models Deliver $372 Million in Savings, Improve Care
Press release from US Department of Health & Human Services. Brief from Healthcare DIVE.
 


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Wednesday, Sept. 17

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  Sept. 17, 2014
bullet point United Arab Emirates To Ban Kidney Failure Patients from Driving
Article from Emirates 24/7.

"Reports and medical studies found that diseases requiring withdrawal of driving license include epilepsy, Parkinson's, kidney failure and sudden acute bouts of diabetes."
bullet point NxStage Medical Says Single Needle Technology OneSite Obtains FDA Clearance
Press release.
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care To Issue $518M Convertible Bonds
News item from Reuters.
bullet point U of Washington Testing First-of-its-Kind Wearable Dialysis Machine
News item from MyNorthwest.com.
bullet point Manager of West Hollywood (CA) Ambulance Company Admits to Dialysis Transportation Medicare Conspiracy
Article from Los Angeles Register.
bullet point A Black Kidney Patient Makes Documentary To Warn Others
Feature from the Washington Post.
bullet point NephroCheck®-Can We Predict AKI in the ICU? And Then What?
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point Low-Frequency Electrical Stimulation Attenuates Muscle Atrophy in CKD—A Potential Treatment Strategy
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Predictors of Poor Sleep Quality and Excessive Daytime Sleepiness in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point Impact of Chronic Kidney Disease on the Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease in Patients with Type II Diabetes in Spain: PERCEDIME2 Study
Provisional abstract and full-text article (16-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from Clinical Kidney Journal:
bullet point Progress in Risk Prediction for People with Chronic Kidney Disease
Published Ahead of Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
bullet point The Role of Aldosterone Antagonism Agents in Diabetic Kidney Disease
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Study Dampens HOPE of HIV Organ Donations
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point Blood Test Spots Adult Depression: Study
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Baxter Initiates U.S. Voluntary Recall of One Lot of Potassium Chloride Injection Due to Shipping Carton Mislabeling
bullet point Patient's Question Triggers Important Study about Blood Thinners
bullet point Fatty Dairy May Keep T2D at Bay
bullet point Patient Engagement in the US: Three Videos
Videos from Health Affairs.
bullet point One-Quarter Of ACOs Save Enough Money To Earn Bonuses
Posting from the Kaiser Health News blog.
bullet point Guideline: New HCV Drugs Should Go to Sickest Patients
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point

Obama Steps Up Aid to Fight Ebola in West Africa
Article from HealthDay.

Project CROWNWeb Learning Update: Complete All Fields on CMS-2728 Forms Before Printing


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Tuesday, Sept. 16

NxStage Medical Says Single Needle Technology OneSite Obtains FDA Clearance
Fresenius Medical Care To Issue $518M Convertible Bonds
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  Sept. 16, 2014
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Introduces New Sleep•Safe Harmony Cycler for a Peritoneal Dialysis Therapy Tailored to Patients' Needs
Press release.

"The device is available from now on in selected countries including Germany, Spain, Great Britain and France."
bullet point RPA Letter to the Food and Drug Administration on the Peritoneal Dialysis Shortage
Correspondence from the Renal Physicians Association.
bullet point Does Acute Kidney Injury Cause Longer-Term Kidney Function Decline?
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Renal Replacement Therapy in the ICU: Comparison of Clinical Features and Outcomes of Patients with Acute Kidney Injury and Dialysis Dependent End-Stage Renal Disease
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
bullet point Effect of Exercise Training on Estimated GFR, Vascular Health, and Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Patients With CKD: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Nosocomial Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase-Producing Klebsiella pneumoniae Bacteremia in Hemodialysis Patients and the Implications for Antibiotic Therapy
Free, full-text, Article in Press from International Journal of Infectious Diseases.
bullet point Comparison of Patient Survival between Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis in a Single Chinese Center
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point A Randomized Study Evaluating Cinacalcet to Treat Hypercalcemia in Renal Transplant Recipients With Persistent Hyperparathyroidism
Early View abstract and full-text editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point

Outcome of Renal Transplantation from Older Living Donors Compared to Younger Living Donor in Developing Country
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point The Kidney Research National Dialogue: Gearing Up to Move Forward
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Dietary Sodium Restriction: a Neglected Therapeutic Opportunity in Chronic Kidney Disease
Published Ahead of Print abstract this link to full-text pdf from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
bullet point FDA's August 2014 Safety Labeling Change
Includes 32 products with revisions to Prescribing Information.
bullet point Gilead To Boost Price Of New Hepatitis C Drug
bullet point Study Finds Half of U.S. Adults at Risk for Health Problems Related to Elevated Blood Sugar
Article and video from PBS NewsHour.
bullet point Decision Aids for Advance Care Planning: An Overview of the State of the ScienceDecision Aids for Advance Care Planning
Free, full-text review from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Patient Expectations Largely Dictate Antidepressant Response
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point The Historic Role of Boards of Health in Local Innovation:  New York City's Soda Portion Case
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Hackbarth To Leave MedPAC After 15 Years


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Monday, Sept. 15

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  Sept. 15, 2014
bullet point KCP and Congressional Kidney Caucus To Hold Lunch Briefing Sept. 18; "Kidney Disease: An Epidemic Sweeping America — HR 4814 a Blueprint to the Future"
Press release from Kidney Care Partners. HR 4814 summary.

Editor's note: Shouldn't such a blueprint include ending the enslavement of more than 85% of dialysis patients to a treatment regimens that no nephrologists would choose for themselves? How about restoring more patients to health and improving a dismal employment rate among working-age patients? Or how about simply improving nephrology's goals and objectives in chronic dialysis care? When will legislation finally focus on improving the quality of dialysis patients' lives instead of increasing revenues for corporations and nephrologists?

Chronic dialysis care continues to be medicine practiced primarily for money, not for patients. Why do patient groups tolerate this?
bullet point Shortage of In-Home (PD) Dialysis Solution Has Patients Worried
Article from the Los Angeles Times.
bullet point In Saudi Arabia, 15,000 on Kidney Transplant Wait List, But Only 50 Donors a Year Available
Article from Arab News.
bullet point New Patient Experience Video: Jay's Story
ESRD Network Coordinating Center (NCC) feature via ESRD Network 4.
bullet point Transplant Stories: Personal Stories from Native Americans in Network #15
28-page pdf.
bullet point Combo Diabetes Therapy Outperforms Other Treatments, Study Finds
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point Evidence-based Review of Gastrointestinal Bleeding in the Chronic Kidney Disease Patient
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Effect of Plasma Exchange and Immunosuppressive Medications on Antibody Titers and Outcome in Anticomplement Factor H Antibody Associated Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
  Diagnostic and Prognostic Role of Peritoneal CA 125 in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients Presenting with Acute Peritonitis
Provisional abstract and full-text article (10-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Brain Atrophy in Peritoneal Dialysis and CKD Stages 3-5: A Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Urine Creatinine–Based Estimates of Fat-Free Mass in Community-Dwelling Older Persons: The Rancho Bernardo Study
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Post-Transplant Urologic Cancers More Likely in Women
bullet point New Hyperkalemia Drug Safe, Effective in Phase 3 Trial
bullet point Time to Act on Innovation
Video blog via Hospitals & Health Networks by Douglas Wood, MD of the Mayo Clinic's Center for Innovation.
bullet point Report: U.S. Likely to See Future Shortage of Healthcare Workers
Article from Nurse.com.
bullet point Nursing Community to Host Webinar on the Midterm Federal Elections (October 9, 2014)
Notice from the ANNA web site.
bullet point

TEDMED DC Day 2 Stage: Unexpected Inspiration, Provocative Proposals, and Having Fun
Summary from MedGadget.

bullet point Analysis: Readmission Penalties Disproportionately Affect Safety Net Hospitals
bullet point Research Suggests Workplace Wellness Programs Don't Work
Study: Socioeconomic Factors Key to Variation in Medicare Spending
News item from AHANewsNow. Abstract and link to full paper from the Brookings Institution.
Financial Penalties Nearing for Physician Incentive Programs
Article from Medical Economics.


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