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Fri/Sat, Oct. 12-13

How Profiteering by the Same Dialysis Firms Trying To Kill Proposition 8 Almost Destroyed Obamacare
Article from Los Angeles Times.

"Since then, however, a more interesting story has emerged. Underlying much of the unexpected cost of covering patients in Obamacare was a single industry — private dialysis firms, which have been accused of gaming the system to fatten their own profits. They did so with an alleged scheme that came under attack by federal healthcare regulators under President Obama, but has been allowed to continue under Trump."
Why Proposition 8 Is One Of The Most Contentious, And Confusing, Ballot Measures In Play
Article from Capital Public Radio.
Berkshire-Backed Davita Pours $94 Million Into California Politics Fight
Articles from Bloomberg and San Francisco Chronicle.
Oct. 12 Revision: Hurricane Michael and Medicare Disaster Related Florida Claims
(6-page pdf) MLN Matters Special Edition article.
Is ESCO the Future of Dialysis Care?
Article from Renal & Urology News.
FDA Monitoring 11 Device Firms for Shortages in Aftermath of Hurricane Michael
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
Saliva Urea Nitrogen Dipstick
Vaccines Are Critical If You Have Diabetes
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Hurricane Michael's Landfall Threatening to Disrupt Treatment for Dialysis Patients in Several States; American Kidney Fund Activates Disaster Relief Program to Help
Press release.

Emergency information and phone numbers for dialysis patients from KCER (Kidney Community Emergency Response).

Emergency Updates from ESRD Network of the South Atlantic (GA, NC, SC).

ESRD Network 7 (Florida)
EMERGEN–SEE
Tweet of visual presention by DCI Manchester (CT) of what dialysis patients need during emergencies.
KHI Patient Council Members Will Be Presenters in Kidney Week 2018 Special Session
Article from Kidney News Online.
Dialysis Industry Drops Nearly $100 Million to Oppose Prop. 8 in California
Press release. Article from Colorado Politics.
Centers for Dialysis Care Names New Leader
Article from Crain's Cleveland Business.
Nephrology Journal Club To Discuss California's Prop 8
Scheduled for Oct. 16, 9 PM EDT.
The Kidney Project and the Bioartificial Pancreas: When Inspiration Strikes Twice
Article from the University of California.
Portable and Implantable Artificial Kidneys: AWAK, WAK, and IAK, Oh My!
Posting from the AJKD blog.
ESRD National Coordinating Center Learning and Action Network Call on Patient Experience of Care
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.
Eliminating the Need for Routine Monthly Postdialysis Serum Urea Nitrogen Measurement: a Method for Monitoring Kt/V and Normalized Protein Catabolic Rate Using Conductivity Determined Dialyzer Clearance
Early View abstract from Seminars In Dialysis.
Ultrasound Helps Predict the Success of Arteriovenous Fistulas in Individual Dialysis Patients
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Free Supplemental Issue of NDT on Expanded Hemodialysis
9 full-text articles.
Clinical and Regulatory Considerations for Central Venous Catheters for Hemodialysis
CJASN Express abstract.
A Retrospective Study on Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agent Dose Reducing Potential of an Anti-Platelet Activation Membrane Dialyzer in Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Marijuana Use & Organ Transplants
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Study Challenges Widely Held Belief That Gout Is Primarily Caused by Diet
University of Utah Engineers Develop Process to 3-D Print Cells to Produce Human Tissue Such As Ligaments and Tendons
Fact Checkers Find That Almost Every Paragraph Of Trump’s ‘Medicare For All’ Op-Ed Contained Misleading Statement Or Falsehood
News summary from Kaiser Health News. Article from The Hill on Sen. Bernie Sander's response op-ed.
At the Top of Patients' Wish Lists: Price Transparency
Posting from KevinMD blog.
Health Apps and Health Policy — What Is Needed?
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Obamacare Premiums Dip For First Time. Some Call It A Correction
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Same-Sex Mice Have Babies
Hurricane Michael and Medicare Disaster Related Florida Claims
(6-page pdf) MLN Matters Special Edition article.
CROWNWEB EQRS 2.0 Training
Scheduled for Oct. 18 and 19.


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Thursday, Oct. 11

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  Oct. 11, 2018
Michael Now Accelerating Through Central Georgia; Deadly Storm Surge, Damaging Winds Continue Following Florida Panhandle Landfall
Daily update, Hurricane Central, and interactive map from The Weather Channel.

Emergency information and phone numbers for dialysis patients from KCER (Kidney Community Emergency Response).

Emergency Updates from ESRD Network of the South Atlantic (GA, NC, SC).

ESRD Network 7 (Florida)

Editor's note: After 15 years of covering hurricanes' effects on dialysis facility closings, I still have no idea how to find this information on the Florida ESRD Network 7 web site. They are still unwilling to make the most basic and most needed information available to the public.
Researchers Call for Reform of Medicare Payments for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
News release from the National Kidney Foundation. Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print article from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Online Positive Psychology Exercises Improve Quality of Life in Hemodialysis Patients
Press release from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Abstract from Social Work in Health Care.
Helping Older Kidney Patients Make Fundamental Care Decisions
National Kidney Foundation press release on a new project launched in conjunction with Tufts University.
Current Opinions in Organ Allocation
Free, full-text, Early View article and related editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
Is Kidney Dialysis Always Needed When Septic Shock Strikes?
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Intradialytic Kinetics of Middle Molecules during Hemodialysis and Hemodiafiltration
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Vancomycin Hemodialysis: Clearance Differences between High-Flux Hemodialysis and On-Line Hemodiafiltration
Accepted Article abstract from Artificial Organs.
Randomized Trial Comparing Proactive, High-Dose versus Reactive, Low-Dose Intravenous Iron Supplementation in Hemodialysis (PIVOTAL): Study Design and Baseline Data
Free, Open Access, Online First article from American Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Neprilysin Inhibition and Effects on Kidney Function and Surrogates of Cardiovascular Risk in Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text article from Circulation.
GARFIELD-AF Registry: DOACs Cut Mortality 19%
Conference coverage from Internal Medicine News.
HRSA Kicks Off 2019 Hospital Organ Donation Campaign
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
Trauma-Informed Care — Reflections of a Primary Care Doctor in the Week of the Kavanaugh Hearing
Free, full-text, Recently Published perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Trump Signs His First Drug Pricing Bill — but Whiffs on the Details
Article from STAT.
As Ketamine Clinics Spread, So Do Start-Your-Own-Business Courses, Sparking Concern
Article from STAT.
Will Maine Voters Decide To Make Aging In Place Affordable?
Article from Kaiser Health News.
ESRD PRO Focus Group Summary Report
(15-page pdf) End-Stage Renal Disease Patient Reported Outcomes.


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Wednesday, Oct. 10

Online Positive Psychology Exercises Improve Quality of Life in Hemodialysis Patients
Press release from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Abstract from Social Work in Health Care.
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Category 4 Hurricane Michael To Strike Florida
Forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center. Daily update and interactive map from The Weather Channel. Emergency information and phone numbers for dialysis patients from KCER (Kidney Community Emergency Response).
Over 8000 Yemeni Dialysis Patients on Verge of Death: Health Minister
Article from PressTV (Iran).
Kidney Week 2018 Abstracts Now Available
Annual feature from the American Society of Nephrology.
Nephrology Journal Club PKD1/PKD2 Complex Video Summary
10-minute YouTube video on a recent Nephrology Journal Club discussion #NephJC.
Fresenius Medical Care Supports Access to Hemodiafiltration for UK Dialysis Patients
Press release.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Free September 2018 Issue of the Journal of Vascular Access
14 full-text articles.
The Efficacy of Low Protein Diets in Delaying the Need for Maintenance Dialysis
News brief from the European Nephrology Portal. Abstract from Cochrane Reviews.
Educational Support Around Dialysis Modality Decision Making in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease: Qualitative Study
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Establishing a Core Outcome Measure for Life Participation: a Standardized Outcomes in Nephrology – Kidney Transplantation (SONG-Tx) Consensus Workshop Report
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
Articles in Press Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from Kidney International Reports:
Preoperative Ultrasound Improves Patency and Cost Effectiveness in AV Fistula Surgery
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Free, Full-Text Articles from September 2018 Issue of Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease:
Dietary Fiber Intake: Its Relation With Glycation End Products and Arterial Stiffness in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Articles from HealthDay:
Therapeutic Fasting Could Be an Alternative to Insulin for Some Diabetes Patients
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch.
Gene Mutation Points to New Way to Fight Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Disease
News release from the National Institutes of Health.
NSAIDs OK for Certain High-Risk Groups?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
Cruising Down the Avenu Until They Turned onto De Novo Way…
Article from Med Device Online.

"Following three years of product development, Avenu's Ellipsys Vascular Access System languished for nearly five additional years through the De Novo regulatory pathway before finally achieving a nod from the FDA in the middle of this year."
Open Enrollment Is Coming, Congress Continues Battle Over Preexisting Condition Protections
Posting from the Health Affairs blog.
Trump Officials Plan Maintenance Downtime for Healthcare.gov during ObamaCare Sign-Ups
Article from The Hill.
No More Secrets: Congress Bans Pharmacist ‘Gag Orders’ On Drug Prices
Article from Kaiser Health News.
One of the World's Largest Drug Makers Is Paying Docs Again — and Patients Are the Worse Off
Article from STAT.
Hospital Privacy Curtains May Be Home to Dangerous Germs
Doctors Give Medicare's Proposal To Pay For Telemedicine Poor Prognosis
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Tuesday, Oct. 9

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  Oct. 9, 2018
Hurricane Michael To Strike Florida Panhandle Wednesday
Forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center. Daily update from The Weather Channel. Emergency information and phone numbers for dialysis patients from KCER (Kidney Community Emergency Response).
Features from Kidney News Online:
Free, Full-Text, Accepted Articles from Nephrology:
Choosing a Dialyzer: What Clinicians Need to Know
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Patient-Reported Outcome Measures and Their Utility in the Management of Patients with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles from the Clinical Journal of the American Society Of Nephrology:
Association of Thyroid Status Prior to Transition to End-Stage Renal Disease with Early Dialysis Mortality
Advance Article from NDT.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Faith-Based Approach to Changing Lifestyle Lowers Blood Pressure
Press releases from the American Heart Association and NYU Langone Health.
Anti-Hypertensive Agents and Removal by Hemodialysis
Posting from the NephronPower blog.
Gout Drug May Protect against Chronic Kidney Disease
Press release from Boston University School of Medicine. Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Frequency and Associations of Prescription Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug Use Among Patients With a Musculoskeletal Disorder and Hypertension, Heart Failure, or Chronic Kidney Disease
Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Type 2 Diabetes Signs 'Detectable Years before Diagnosis'
Inappropriate Statistical Analysis and Reporting in Medical Research: Perverse Incentives and Institutional Solutions
Latest Article editorial extract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
First Self-Controlled Hearing Aid Approved
Medicare Advantage Plans Shift Their Financial Risk To Doctors
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, Oct. 8

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  Oct. 8, 2018
(Soon To Be) Hurricane Michael To Strike Florida Panhandle Wednesday
Forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center. Daily update from The Weather Channel. Emergency information and phone numbers for dialysis patients from KCER (Kidney Community Emergency Response).
NRAA Welcomes New President-Elect
News release from the National Renal Administrators Association.
Kidney Week 2018: High-Impact Clinical Trials
Tweet. Session details from the American Society of Nephrology.
An Open and Honest Discussion about Addiction
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Article from the Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Severe Acute Kidney Injury and Multiple Organ Failure in a 17-Day-Old Newborn: When Pathology Makes the Difference
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Online First Abstracts from Blood Purification:
Comparison of One-Stage and Two-Stage Upper Arm Brachiobasilic Arteriovenous Fistula in the Vascular Quality Initiative
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Diabetes Experts Release New Guidelines on Managing Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes
Press release from University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Consensus report (38-page pdf) from Diabetologia.
Vitamin D Supplements Won't Build Bone Health in Older Adults: Study
Article from HealthDay.
Tina Turner Pens Emotional Book Detailing Kidney Failure and Transplant
The Need to Integrate Climate Science Into Public Health Preparedness for Hurricanes and Tropical Cyclones
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Study: Insurers Returning to Pre-Obamacare Profitability
Article from The Hill.
Articles from HealthDay:
CMS to Strengthen Oversight of Medicare's Accreditation Organizations
Press release.


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Fri/Sat, Oct. 5-6

Diabetes Experts Release New Guidelines on Managing Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes
Press release from University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Consensus report (38-page pdf) from Diabetologia.
Tina Turner Pens Emotional Book Detailing Kidney Failure and Transplant
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Patient Advocacy Or Political Ploy? Union, Industry Square Off Over Dialysis Initiative
Article from California Healthline.
California Proposition 8 Television Ads:
Patients Engage in FDA Meeting to Spur Drug Development in Transplantation
Posting from the NKF Advocacy in Action blog.
Puerto Rico Patients to Get Kidney Dialysis in Vieques — a Year after Hurricane
Article and video from Miami Herald.
UN High-Level Meeting 2018: Targeted Action on Kidney Disease
Posting from the ISN-Blog.
Psychosocial Health and Lifestyle Behaviors in Young Adults Receiving Renal Replacement Therapy Compared to the General Population: Findings From the SPEAK Study
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Single-Handed Touch Cannulation and Chevron Taping for Solo Home HD
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Free, Open Access, Online First Articles from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research:
First-Time-in-Human Randomized Clinical Trial in Healthy Volunteers and Hemodialysis Patients with SNF472, a Novel Inhibitor of Vascular Calcification
Free, Open Access, Early View article from British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Clinical Presentation at Initiation of Maintenance Dialysis and Subsequent Survival: a Retrospective Cohort Study
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Online First Abstracts from Blood Purification:
Predicting 3-Year Survival in Patients Receiving Maintenance Dialysis: An External Validation of iChoose Kidney in Ontario, Canada
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Intradialytic Parenteral Nutrition in Pediatrics
Free, full-text, review article from Frontiers in Pediatrics.
High Blood Levels of Inflammatory Marker Linked with Kidney Function Decline in Adults
Press release and JASN Published Ahead of Print abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Acute Kidney Injury among Hospitalized Children in China
CJASN Published Ahead of Print abstract.
Oxidative Stress in Hemodialysis: Causative Mechanisms, Clinical Implications, and Possible Therapeutic Interventions
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Articles from Healio:
Vitamin D Supplements No Help for Preventing Fractures, Falls
Posting from the NEJM Journal Watch.
Researchers Link Gut Bacteria to Heart Transplant Success or Failure
Press release from University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Using Personal Data to Predict Blood Pressure
Press release from UCSD.
Transplant Games S-P-I-R-I-T
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Iowa to Sell Health Plans That Can Disqualify People Based on Pre-Existing Conditions
Article from The Hill.
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
Flu Season Is Coming. If You Live in a Large City, It May Stretch Longer Than Elsewhere, Study Says
Article from STAT.
Articles from Healio:
Summary of Significant Changes to the Medicare Program Integrity Manual Chapter 13 – Local Coverage Determinations
Fact sheet from CMS.
Medicare Open Enrollment
This year's Medicare Open Enrollment period spans October 15 through December 7, 2018.


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Thursday, Oct. 4*

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Kidney Care Conflicts of Interest: Experts Call for Transparency on Joint-Venture Dialysis Clinics
Press release from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Extract of Recently Published perspective piece from The New England Journal of Medicine.

"It is certainly possible that these concerns are not borne out in practice and that joint ventures actually improve outcomes and patient satisfaction," the authors wrote. "The only way to find out is with independent, empirical research comparing the outcomes and costs of care among patients receiving treatment at joint-venture facilities with those at other facilities. Unfortunately, such research is not only nonexistent, it is currently impossible to conduct."

Editor's note: U.S. nephrology has long been in "full ostrich" mode concerning their conflicts of interests in dialysis care. If a patient organization wants their money, they too must assume the position.
Breaking Down Calif.'s Prop 8
Article and 4-minute video from One America News Network.
Tissue Engineering Is No Quick Fix for Kidney Disease, but Early Intervention Can Help
Article from Horizon magazine.
51st Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Society for Pediatric Nephrology
October 3-6, 2018 in Antalya, Turkey. @ESPN2018  #espn2018
New UK Guidelines: Renal Replacement Therapy and Conservative Management
Flowchart and quality standard from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Press release via Pharmafield.
New Geriatrics Research Demonstrates the Feasibility, and the Promise, of Care Based On Patient Priorities
Press release from NYU Langone Health.
Free, Online First Articles from Blood Purification:
Impact of Introducing Electronic Acute Kidney Injury Alerts in Primary Care
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Requirements and Pitfalls of Dialyzer Sieving Coefficients Comparisons
Free, full-text, Early View article from Artificial Organs.
A Clinical Decision Support System Can Help Facilitate Living Kidney Donor Assessments
Free, full-text article from Transplantation.
Online First Abstracts from the International Journal of Artificial Organs:
Diet Rich in Fried and Processed Foods Linked to Increased Hypertension in Black Americans
News release from the National Institutes of Health.
Dialysis Worker Charged with Patient Abuse
Article from Cincinnati.com via MSN.
Life-Saving Dialysis at 19 Leads to Career in Nursing
Article from The Journal-News (Hillsboro, IL).
Patients Give Doctors High Marks For Prescribing Antibiotics For Common Sniffles
Article from NPR.
Free, Full-Text, New Online Articles from JAMA Internal Medicine:
Researcher: 'Selfie Deaths Have Become a Major Public Health Problem'
Article from The Hill.
Collaboration between Academics and Industry in Clinical Trials: Cross Sectional Study of Publications and Survey of Lead Academic Authors
Free, full-text article from The BMJ.

"In most industry funded trials reported in high impact medical journals, all aspects of the clinical trial were influenced by the industry funder, according to this study"
CMS Accelerates Innovation and Promotes Patient Access to Medical Technology
Press release.


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Wednesday, Oct. 3

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Baxter, Mayo Clinic Ink Collaborative Deal To Develop US-Based Renal Care Center
Article from Mass Device. Press release from the Mayo Clinic and Baxter Renal Care Services.

"... new collaboration to develop a renal care center of excellence in the U.S. The center will serve patients across the continuum of renal care — from chronic kidney disease (CKD) management through transplant — and drive better patient outcomes."

Editor's note: This sounds like what DCI has been doing for the last several years.

It is disappointing that there is no mention of renal rehabilitation. Approximately 50 years ago, Dr. Belding Scribner said, "If the treatment of chronic uremia cannot fully rehabilitate the patient, the treatment is inadequate."

In 2018, there are still no renal rehabilitation programs in the United States.
Academic Achievement and Employment in Young Adults with End-Stage Kidney Disease
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.

Editor's note: It is time to differentiate between the different standards of dialysis care which result in either patient debilitation, habilitation (dialysis is my job), or rehabilitation.
(DaVita) Renal Clinic Closed amid Threat of Losing Medicare Payments
Article from Longview News-Journal (Texas).

"The facility failed to have a safe and clean physical environment for the patients being treated at the dialysis facility," according to the Statement of Deficiencies report. "The condition of the building had the likelihood to expose the dialysis patients to an unsafe and unclean treatment area."
Chronic Kidney Disease Outcomes Can Be Improved by Expanding Specialist Care
Press release from Rand Corporation. Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print article from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
USC Biomedical Engineers Awarded $2.4 Million to Combat Kidney Disease
Article from Los Angeles Business Journal.
Patient-Reported Experiences of Dialysis Care Within a National Pay-for-Performance System
JAMA Internal Medicine abstract.
Novel Inhibitor of Vascular Calcification Tested in Trial of Hemodialysis Patients
Press release from the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
Translational Methods in Nephrology: Individual Treatment Effect Modeling
Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print article from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Research Brief: Primary Care Strategies to Improve Health of Chronic Disease Patients
Press release from the University of Minnesota.
Press Releases from Diabetologia:
Diabetes, Dementia Can Be Deadly Combination
Article from HealthDay.
Southern Diet Is Top Factor Associated with Higher Risk of High Blood Pressure among Black Adults
Press release from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Specially Designed Batteries for Wearable Devices
Article from MedGadget.
UC Nurses Approve Five-Year Contract with 15% Wage Increases
Article from the Sacramento Bee.
The Nursing Shortage: Then and Now
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Caregivers or Marketers? Nurses Paid by Drug Companies Facing Scrutiny As Whistleblower Lawsuits Mount
Article from STAT.
Nurturing Medicine
A Piece of My Mind article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
More Research on 'Dying Healthy' Will Also Help Us Live Healthier
Article from STAT.
 


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Tuesday, Oct. 2

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  Oct. 2, 2018
Denver-based DaVita Reaches $270M Settlement with Feds over Medicare Reimbursements
Articles from The Denver Post, Kaiser Health News and Reuters. Press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Editor's note: What CEO holds the record for Medicare fraud settlements?
October 2018 Issue of Clinical Kidney Journal
20 free, full-text articles.
Hereditary Kidney Disease: All Family Members Are Affected
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Testosterone Deficiency, Frailty and Muscle Wasting in CKD: a Converging Paradigm?
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Articles from Healio:
Inflammation in Diabetic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Online First mini-review from Nephron.
Genetic Variants Reveal New Targets for Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment
Press release from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
First Online Abstracts from Pediatric Nephrology:
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Kidneys on Chips
Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN article.
Practice Setting a Key Factor for Early Career Nephrologists, GW Report Determines Practice Setting Found to Influence Income and Job Satisfaction
Press release from the American Society of Nephrology.
Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. on FDA's Efforts to Strengthen the Agency's Medical Device Cybersecurity Program As Part of Its Mission to Protect Patients
FDA statement.
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
Top Texas Health Systems Agree to Merge
Brief from Healthcare DIVE.
  Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Medicare Advantage Premiums Expected to Drop Again
Brief from Healthcare DIVE. CMS press release.
CMS Announces Initiative to Improve Medicare Customer Experience
News brief from the American Hospital Association. Blog posting on eMedicare from Medicare.gov.


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Monday, Oct. 1

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  Oct. 1, 2018
American Kidney Fund Statement on California Governor Jerry Brown's Veto of SB 1156
Press release. Article from MarketWatch. SB- 1156 legislative summary.
HHS Announces $2.6 Million in Prizes To Redesign Dialysis as Part of KidneyX
Press release.
Trump Signs FY 2019 Appropriations Package That Includes Several Wins for the Kidney Community
Tweet from @ASNAdvocacy.
#KidneyX, in an Effort To Spur #innovation, Covers the Entire Spectrum of Kidney Care: Prevention, Diagnostics, and Treatment
Tweet from @KidneyX.

Editor's note: Unfortunately, KidneyX does not recognize the necessity of renal rehabilitation. The current systems of care fail to acknowledge dialysis patients' goals. Much more is needed than improvements in technology.
Congressional Kidney Caucus Briefing Highlights Innovation in Kidney Care
Summaries of Sept. 28 meeting from Kidney News Online and Kidney Care Partners.
FDA Floats Changes to Special 510(k) Program
Articles from MedTech DIVE and Regulatory Focus. Draft guidance (32-page pdf) from the FDA.
End-Stage Kidney Disease following Surgical Management of Kidney Cancer
CJASN Express abstract.
Dialysis Catheter Management Practices in Australia and New Zealand
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Screening for Latent Tuberculosis Infection in Migrants With CKD: A Cost-effectiveness Analysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
The Effect of the Opioid Epidemic on Donation after Cardiac Death Transplantation Outcomes
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
Racial-Ethnic Differences in Chronic Kidney Disease Mineral Bone Disorder in Youth on Dialysis
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Vitamin B Supplements May Protect Kidney Function in Children with Diabetes
Press release from the European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology.
Direct-Acting Oral Anticoagulants and Warfarin Examined in Patients with AF and Multiple Comorbidities
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch.
Vulnerability to Pandemic Flu Could Be Greater Today Than a Century Ago
Free, full-text, New Online perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Medicaid Expansions Linked to Slower Rises in Overdose Deaths
Press release from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
2019 Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Program Landscape
CMS fact sheet.


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