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Thursday, March 23

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  Mar. 23, 2017
#NephMadness 2017: Rheault Presents the Pediatric Nephrologist Perspective
Posting from the AJKD blog.
DaVita's Chief Medical Officer Honored by Renal Physicians Association
Press release.

Editor's note: Another celebration of junk-bond nephrology — that serves whom? Which large dialysis company in the U.S. has had the best mortality and hospitalization data for the last 14 years?
Nominations Sought for Technical Expert Panel (TEP): End-Stage Renal Disease Medication Reconciliation & Management
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) to develop a quality measure(s) related to medication reconciliation and management. The TEP nomination period opens on March 23, 2017 and closes on April 24, 2017.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Microparticle Formation in Peritoneal Dialysis — A Proof of Concept Study
Full-text article from Canadian Journal of Health and Kidney Disease.
Viva España—Lessons From the Spanish Organ Donation System
Early View, full-text, Letter to the Editor from American Journal of Transplantation.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Nutritional Assessment of Elderly Patients on Dialysis: Pitfalls and Potentials for Practice
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney Diseases:
Efficacy and Safety of Paricalcitol in Children with Stages 3 to 5 Chronic Kidney Disease
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Advance Online Abstracts from The Journal of Vascular Access:
Analysis of Blood Flow Characteristics in a Model of a Mature Side-to-Side Arteriovenous Fistula
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
National Kidney Foundation Prepares to Kick Off 2017 Kidney Walks
Surprising New Role for Lungs: Making Blood
Weight-Bearing Exercises Promote Bone Formation in Men
Words and Experience Matter to Surrogates Making End-Of-Life Decisions
Penn Researchers Call for Better Laws Covering Patient Incentives to Improve Care
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
The Mirage of Reform — Republicans' Struggle to Dismantle Obamacare
Free, full-text, Online First, perspective piece from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Science Sting Exposes How Corrupt Some Journal Publishers Are
Article from STAT.
Chicago Trauma Surgeon on City's Violence and the Burnout It Spells for Docs and Nurses
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Medical Community Gathers Steam to Tackle Climate's Health Effects
Free, full-text, New Online perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
CROWNWeb Town Hall: Connecting the Pieces on Kt/V
Registration now open for Thursday, March 30th, 2017, at 2:00 PM ET event.


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Wednesday, March 22

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  Mar. 22, 2017
Patients Relocated After Texas Dialysis Clinic (U.S. Renal Care) Catches Fire
Article from KRGV.com.
Texas Dialysis Clinic (Fresenius Kidney Care) Closed for Day and a Half Due to Water Treatment Problems
Article from KRGV.com.
Survival of Children Receiving Dialysis Varies Widely across Europe
Abstract from The Lancet.
AACN Advanced Critical Care Journal Publishes Symposium on Continuous Renal Replacement
Press release from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
Advanced Care Planning Tools for Kidney Disease are Patients
10-page document from the Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients web site.
Obesity and Kidney Disease: from Population to Basic Science and the Search for New Therapeutic Targets
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Kidney Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 Does Not Contribute to Elevation of Its Circulating Levels in Uremia
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney International.
Thiamine May Reduce RRT in Septic Shock Patients
Some Blood Thinners May Increase Heart Attack Risk
Insulin Resistance May Lead to Faster Cognitive Decline
'Geofencing' Shows Promise in Tracking Chronic Care
Amendments to ACA Repeal Bill Unveiled
News brief from AHANews.
HHS Hires Deputy Health Technology Secretary
Articles from Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare IT News, and Rewire.
GAO To Launch Investigation Of FDA's Orphan Drug Program
Article from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Tuesday, March 21

Survival of Children Receiving Dialysis Varies Widely across Europe
Abstract from The Lancet.
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  Mar. 21, 2017
Routine Blood Tests Can Help Measure a Patient's Future Risk for Chronic Disease
Press release from Intermountain Healthcare.
Humacyte Receives First of FDA's Regenerative Medicine Designations (for Dialysis Access)
Notice from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.
Penn Researchers Discover Test for Earlier Detection of Transplant Rejection
Press release from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Comparing Outcomes between Antibody Induction Therapies in Kidney Transplantation
JASN Express abstract.
End-Of-Life Planning Talks Often Fail to Communicate Goals
Press release from Yale University.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Recent Trends in the Prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease: Not the Same Old Song
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension. (Click on + Abstract.)
Free, Full-Text Articles Via Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Relationship Between Mortality and Cancer-Bearing Status at Time of Dialysis Initiation
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
The Exciting "Bench to Bedside" Journey of Cell Therapies for Acute Kidney Injury and Renal Transplantation
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Fistula First Catheter Last (FFCL) Dashboard Overview
(52-page pdf) Document from the ESRD National Coordinating Center.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine:
Early, Goal-Directed Therapy for Septic Shock — A Patient-Level Meta-Analysis
Free, full-text, Online First article from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Association Between US Norepinephrine Shortage and Mortality Among Patients With Septic Shock
Free, Full-Text, New Online article and editorial from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
New Hepatitis C Drugs Might Eliminate the Disease
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text, Latest article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Nephros Reports 2016 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
Mayo Clinic Head Backpedals After Saying Hospital Should Prioritize Patients With Private Insurance
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Hospitals See Lower Mortality Rates during Unannounced On-Site Inspections
Article from Healthcare Finance. Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
The Rapidly Evolving Role of Nurse Executives
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
CMS Delays Two Bundled Payment Programs
Article from Healthcare Finance. Notice from CMS appearing in The Federal Register.


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Monday, March 20

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  Mar. 20, 2017
Statement of Eleanor D. Lederer, MD, FASN, President, American Society of Nephrology on Proposed FY 2018 Budget
ASN press release. Related article from Kaiser Health News.
#NephMadness 2017: Commentary on Depression in Dialysis Patients
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Help for the Care Partner
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.

"I have been an active care partner for over 4 years and not once has anyone asked what they can do to help me. They did tell me that I should be careful of caregiver burn out."
Should Healthy People Have To Pay for Chronic Illnesses?
Perspective piece from The Washington Post.
14% of Chronically ill Patients Buy Too Much Insurance, Driving Up Costs
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
Machine Learning Algorithms Define Pathogen Specific Local Immune Fingerprints in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients with Bacterial Infections
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney International.
The Use of a Multidimensional Measure of Dialysis Adequacy—Moving beyond Small Solute Kinetics
CJASN Express abstract.
Article in Press Abstracts from Kidney International:
Article in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
First Online Abstracts from International Urology And Nephrology:
Anemia Management in Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis: a Narrative Review
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension. (Click on "+ Abstract".)
First Online Abstracts from International Urology And Nephrology:
De novo Cancer in Patients on Dialysis and after Renal Transplantation: North-western Italy, 1997-2012
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Newer Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Show Heart Protective Quality in Study
Article from Reuters.
Happy Spouse, Happy House
Do You Really Have High Blood Pressure?
New Blood Thinner Better at Preventing Recurrent Blood Clots Than Aspirin
Uninterrupted Dabigatran versus Warfarin for Ablation in Atrial Fibrillation
Are Blood Thinners Overused in Patients with Irregular Heartbeat?
Atrial Fibrillation Patients May Safely Discontinue Blood Thinners after Successful Ablation
GOP Needs To ‘Go Back To Drawing Board,’ American Medical Association Says
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Amgen's New Cholesterol Drug Prevents Heart Attacks — But It Doesn't Come Cheap
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Remote Amazon Tribe May Have Healthiest Hearts on Earth
Quarterly Updates to ESRD PRICER
(3-page pdf) CMS Program Transmittal 3737.
News on Conversion from Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICN) to Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBI)


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Fri./Sat., March 17-18

Statement of Eleanor D. Lederer, MD, FASN, President, American Society of Nephrology on Proposed FY 2018 Budget
ASN press release.
#NephMadness 2017: Commentary on Depression in Dialysis Patients
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Help for the Care Partner
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.

"I have been an active care partner for over 4 years and not once has anyone asked what they can do to help me. They did tell me that I should be careful of caregiver burn out."
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  Mar. 17, 2017
Startup eGenesis Pushes Toward Goal: Transplanting Pig Organs into Humans
Article from The Boston Globe.

"Yang said its initial task is to produce “Pig 2.0,” a cloned pig whose organs can be transplanted to humans safely in clinical trials."
Two-Thirds of Patients Are Seen by Physicians Who Have Received Industry Money
Article from Healthcare Finance. Free, full-text, First Online article from Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Associations of Employment Status and Educational Levels with Mortality and Hospitalization in the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study in Japan
Free, Open Access article from PLOS ONE.

"Employment and education status were inversely associated with mortality in patients on maintenance HD in Japan. Employment but not education was also inversely associated with hospitalizations. After adjustment for comorbidities, the associations with clinical outcomes tended to be stronger for employment than education status."

Editor's note: There is no better example of excellence in dialysis care than an employed dialysis patient. It has been a tragedy that the leaders of the dialysis patient organizations have not made employment and rehabilitation leading priorities, as these goals can drive so many improvements in care processes, technology, and patient engagement. Instead, patients have endured decades of stagnancy and being ignored. Enduring awful treatment regimens, which U.S. nephrologists would never accept for themselves, has become the "job" for too many patients.
Reduced Dose of Warfarin Alternative May Help Prevent Strokes in Dialysis Patients
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
When Is the Right Time for Arteriovenous Fistula Placement in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease?
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Thyroid Function in End Stage Renal Disease and Effects of Frequent Hemodialysis
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Free, Open Access Articles from PLOS ONE:
Differential Effects of Dapagliflozin on Cardiovascular Risk Factors at Varying Degrees of Renal Function
CJASN Express abstract.
Sage Advice: Learning from Someone Who's Been There
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Trump's Budget Cuts HHS Spending by $15 Billion, Rolls AHRQ into the NIH
Article from Healthcare Finance. News summary from Kaiser Health News. Articles on deep cuts to research and science funding from STAT.
CBO Report Shines Stark Light On Just How Much Wealthiest Will Benefit From Repeal Plan
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Today's Version of the Hippocratic Oath
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Trump Nominates HHS Deputy Secretary
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Releases Report on Medicare Payment Policy
(2-page pdf) Press release, fact sheet (4-page pdf), and full 2017 Report to Congress (483-page pdf). Chapter 6 (28-page pdf) on outpatient dialysis services.

"Recommendation: The Congress should increase the outpatient dialysis base payment rate by the update specified in current law for calendar year 2018."
MedPAC Recommends 5% Payment Cut to Home Health Agencies, Inpatient Rehab Facilities
Article from Healthcare Finance.


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Thursday, March 16

Startup eGenesis Pushes Toward Goal: Transplanting Pig Organs into Humans
Article from The Boston Globe.

"Yang said its initial task is to produce “Pig 2.0,” a cloned pig whose organs can be transplanted to humans safely in clinical trials.
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#NephMadness 2017: Brimble Puts the Disparities Region under the (Confocal) Microscope
Posting from AJKD blog.
A.T.L.A.S. Provides Much-Needed Resources for Dialysis Patients in Florida
Article from Chronic Disease Coalition.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
The ESRD Quality Incentive Program—Can We Bridge the Chasm?
JASN Express abstract.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
The Impact of Evacuation on the Incidence of Chronic Kidney Disease after the Great East Japan Earthquake: The Fukushima Health Management Survey
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles Via Medscape Nephrology:
Water Treatment: the Largest Syringe Used in Dialysis
Article and case study from Nephrology News & Issues.
Intensive Medical Treatment Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
Press release from the Endocrine Society. Article from HealthDay.
High Uric Acid Levels in Young Children May Result in Higher Blood Pressure Later On
Vitamin E May Decrease the Risk of Acute Kidney Injury after Coronary Catheterization
Whole Body Vibration May Be As Effective As Regular Exercise
Disposable Sensor Measures Sweat Volume, Salinity to Help Prevent Dehydration
Rockwell Medical Reports Fourth Quarter Results
US Medical Groups Sound the Alarm on Climate Change
Article from HealthDay. US Climate and Health Alliance web site.
'Trumpcare' Could Kill an Extra 50,000 People a Year
Article from STAT.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Some Types of Telehealth Spur Spending: Study
Article from HFMA.
Connected Care: New Educational Initiative to Raise Awareness of Chronic Care Management
CMS press release.
Per Capita Caps in Medicaid — Lessons from the Past
Free, full-text, perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.


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Wednesday, March 15

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  Mar. 15, 2017
#NephMadness 2017: Agarwal Lays down the Law on Eating during Dialysis
Posting from the AJKD blog.

Editor's note: Another reason to dialyze at home. Rigid and inflexible rules such as this make in-center dialysis like a prison.
Emotional Intelligence Helps Make Better Doctors
Press release from Loyola University Health System.
Opinion: TrumpCare Needs a New Doctor
Posting from Roll Call.
Incremental Hemodialysis: The University of California Irvine Experience
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
High-Dose Hydroxocobalamin for Vasoplegic Syndrome Causing False Blood Leak Alarm
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Evolution of Post-Traumatic Growth during the First 12 Months of Dialysis: a Longitudinal Study
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
Dialysis Facility Compare Star Rating Post-TEP (Technical Expert Panel) Teleconference Call #1 Agenda
March 22, 2017, 1:00-2:00pm EST

  • 1:00 – 1:15 PM — Updated Re-baselining proposal (presentation by TEP Co-chairs)
  • 1:15 – 1:55 PM — TEP Discussion on the Updated Re-baselining Proposal
  • 1:55 – 2:00 PM — Public Comment
Call-in Information:
Toll-Free Phone Number: 1-888-296-6500
Guest Code: 965094#
WebEx Link
March 23: DPC Webinar on Sex and Intimacy with CKD
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
'Harmless' Painkillers Associated with Increased Risk of Cardiac Arrest
New Smart Sensor for Measuring Glucose from Skin
‘Eye-Popping’ CBO Analysis Sends Republicans Into Damage Control Mode
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
The Economics of Medicaid Reform and Block Grants
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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Tuesday, March 14

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  Mar. 14, 2017
Northwest Kidney Centers Invests $15M in Center for Dialysis Innovation
Press release.
How Retooled Health Law Might Treat Those With A History Of Illness
Article from Kaiser Health News.
DaVita: Insurers Are Booting Patients Using Charity to Pay Premiums
Article and video from TheDenverChannel.com (ABC7).
Hypertension in Dialysis Patients: a Consensus Document by the European Renal and Cardiovascular Medicine (EURECA-m) Working Group of the European Renal Association–European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) and the Hypertension and the Kidney Working Group of the European Society of Hypertension (ESH)
Free, Advance Access article from NDT.
Association of Intensive Blood Pressure Control and Kidney Disease Progression in Nondiabetic Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease — A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine. Article from Renal & Urology News.
Acute Kidney Injury in Children With Type 1 Diabetes Hospitalized for Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Pediatrics. Article from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free).
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Patient-Doctor Contact Interval and Clinical Outcomes in Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Considerations on Glycemic Control in Older And/or Frail Individuals with Diabetes and Advanced Kidney Disease
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
Cell-Free DNA and Active Rejection in Kidney Allografts
Free, full-text JASN Express article.
Pharmacologic Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes: Synopsis of the 2017 American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes
Free, full-text, Latest clinical guidelines from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Aethlon Touts Hemopurifier Feasibility Study Results
Republican Plan to Repeal Obamacare Would Leave Millions Uninsured: Report
Articles from Reuters and HealthDayNews brief from AHANews.
Congressional Budget Office Ignites Firestorm with ObamaCare Repeal Score
Article and report on White House analysis from The Hill.
Companies Behind Health Savings Accounts Could Bank On Big Profits Under GOP Plan
Article from Kaiser Health News.
For Hospitalized Patients, Spending More on Care Doesn't Buy Better Health
Press release from Harvard Medical School. Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
More Transparency at FDA Needed, Researchers Say
Press release from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Free, full-text, New Online article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Seema Verma Confirmed as CMS Administrator
Article from and STAT.
By Law, Hospitals Now Must Tell Medicare Patients When Care Is ‘Observation’ Only
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, March 13

Northwest Kidney Centers Invests $15M in Center for Dialysis Innovation
Article from Puget Sound Business Journal.
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  Mar. 13, 2017
Kidney Patients Left in the Wind: A Heartfelt Story
(Registration required, but free.) Szczech on Nephrology video blog.
#NephMadness 2017: Commentary on Depression in Dialysis Patients
Posting from the AJKD blog.
#Visual Abstracts: History and Future in Medicine and Nephrology
Posting from the NephronPower blog.
Postings from the KevinMD Blog:
High Risk and High Cost Focus on Opportunities to Reduce Hospitalizations of Dialysis Patients in Canada
Free 26-page report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
ESRD Renal Recovery Uptick Reported
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Focus Instead on Determining Lower Limit of Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
Full-Text, Article in Press Letter to the Editor and reply from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Blood Pressure Before Initiation of Maintenance Dialysis and Subsequent Mortality
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Oxidative Balance Score and the Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease and Cardiovascular Disease
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Uric Acid and Decline in Renal Function - Partners in Crime
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Trump Employs ‘Salesman Tactics’ To Line Up Hill Support For Health Law Replacement
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Trump Will Nominate Scott Gottlieb to Lead FDA
Article from STAT.
Seema Verma's CMS Confirmation Vote Expected Monday
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Study: As ACOs Get Bigger They Become Less Efficient
Article from Healthcare IT News.


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Fri./Sat., March 10-11

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  Mar. 10, 2017
Thirty Years: Lessons Learned in Dialysis
13 free, full-text articles from Seminars in Dialysis.

Editor's note: Missing is any mention that "payment and profits drive practice" in U.S. dialysis care. U.S. nephrology professionals have yet to acknowledge the dominating effect that perverse financial incentives have had in their choices of treatment and care of these vulnerable patients.
Hemodialysis Disparities in African Americans: The Deeply Integrated Concept of Race in the Social Fabric of Our Society
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Cost of Kidney Dialysis Poses Ethical Dilemma in Sub-Saharan Africa
Article from Reuters Health. Free, Open Access, Online First article from The Lancet Global Health.
Living Kidney Transplant Donation: Myths vs. Facts
Press release from New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Should Belatacept Be The Centrepiece of Renal Transplantation?
(Registration required, but free.) Free full-text article from NDT via Medscape Nephrology.
National Kidney Foundation 2017 Spring Clinical Meetings Abstracts from Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease:
Satellite Healthcare Recognizes National Kidney Month with Educational Presentations at the Annual Dialysis Conference
Press release.
Sickle Cell Trait Tied to Higher Kidney Failure Risk for Blacks
Article from HealthDay. JASN Express abstract. Article from MedPage Today (registration required).
Articles from Nephrology News & Issues:
The DASH Diet, 20 Years Later
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Diabetes Responsible for More US Deaths Than Previously Thought
Article from Medical Economics.
Postings from the KidneyViews Blog:
A Playbook For Managing Problems In The Last Chapter Of Your Life
Article from Kaiser Health News. PlanYourLifespan.org web site.
Researchers Identify a New Way to Promote Tissue Regeneration
Press release from Houston Methodist.
Wearable Biosensors Can Tell You When to See the Doctor
Press release from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.
New 3D Technology Improves Patient Care for Complex Kidney Surgeries
Press release from Intermountain Medical Center.
Why Do We Develop High Blood Pressure?
Press release from the Physiological Society.
Fresenius Medical Care and Humana Partner
FDA Warns of Contaminated Organ Preservation Solution
Hepatitis C Transmission from Inappropriate Reuse of Saline Flush Syringes for Multiple Patients in an Acute Care General Hospital — Texas, 2015
New Health Care Bill Clears House Committees
Article from HealthDay.
Health Industry, Consumer Groups Intensify Their Stance Against The GOP Replacement Plan
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
What Hospitals Waste
Article from ProPublica.
March 23 Webinar: Effective Use of Patient Portals
Study: Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Reduced Elderly Mortality by More Than 2 Percent
Press release from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Medicaid Block Grants and Federalism — Lessons From Canada
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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Thursday, March 9

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  Mar. 9, 2017
March 9 — Happy World Kidney Day!
Notice from the International Society of Nephrology. World Kidney Day web site. Press releases from the National Kidney Foundation and Keck Medicine of USC.
Clinical Trial Rules Should Protect Patients and Results, Not Operational Details
Press release from the European Society of Cardiology.
50 Years, Same Kidney – The Remarkable Milestone of Thomas Hoag
Press release from Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Use of Causal Diagrams to Inform the Design and Interpretation of Observational Studies: An Example from the Study of Heart and Renal Protection (SHARP)
Free, full-text article from Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Urgent-Start Peritoneal Dialysis Complications: Prevalence and Risk Factors
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Longitudinal Assessment of Myocardial Function in Childhood Chronic Kidney Disease, during Dialysis, and Following Kidney Transplantation
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
For Organ Transplant Recipients, Skin Diseases and Risk Factors Differ by Race
Press release from Drexel University.
Press Releases from the American College of Cardiology:
DaVita Kidney Care Welcomes Dr. Francesca Tentori to Physician Leadership Team
Decreasing Antibiotic Use Can Reduce Transmission of Multidrug Resistant Organisms
Republicans Forge Ahead on Obamacare Repeal despite US Budget Worries
Article from Reuters.
Five Ways The GOP Health Bill Would Reverse Course From The ACA
Article and news summary from Kaiser Health News.
Physicians Reject House ACA Replacement Bill
Statement by the president of the American Medical Association. Other groups opposing the bill include AARP, American Hospital Association, American Nurses Association, and National Nurses United.
 


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Wednesday, March 8

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  Mar. 8, 2017
Time for #NephMadness 2017
Postings from the Renal Fellow Network and the Precious Bodily Fluids blogs. Dialysis Region.
CDC Mapping Tool Shows Prevalence of Certain Chronic Conditions for 500 Cities
News brief from AHANews. Mapping tool from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Having the ability to report and map health data at city and neighborhood levels is a game changer for public health," said Wayne Giles, M.D., director of CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention."
Common Cold Can Be Surprisingly Dangerous for Transplant Patients
Press release from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Free, Full-Text, Issue-in-Progress Articles from Blood Purification:
JASN Express Abstracts:
Immunogenicity of Augmented Compared With Standard Dose Hepatitis B Vaccine in Pediatric Patients on Dialysis: a Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium Study
CJASN Express abstract.
Comparison of the Availability and Cost of Foods Compatible With a Renal Diet Versus an Unrestricted Diet Using the Nutrition Environment Measures Survey
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Higher Dietary Potassium to Sodium Ratio Can Lower CVD Risk
Lung Cancer May Go Undetected in Kidney Cancer Patients
News Summaries on ACA Repeal/Replace from Kaiser Health News:
High Number of Deaths from Heart Disease, Stroke and Diabetes Linked to Diet
Press release from NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Article from HealthDay.
Medicine with a Side of Mysticism: Top Hospitals Promote Unproven Therapies
Special report from STAT.
CROWNWEb New User Training March 14


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Tuesday, March 7

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  Mar. 7, 2017
Annals On Being a Doctor Story Slam — Just Listen
Video from Annals of Internal Medicine.
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"... simply walk into a patient's room and say, "what do you think I need to know in order to help you," and then just shut up and listen."
The Effects of Pay-for-Performance Programs on Health, Health Care Use, and Processes of Care: A Systematic Review
Free, full-text article from Annals of Internal Medicine.

"Conclusion: Pay-for-performance programs may be associated with improved processes of care in ambulatory settings, but consistently positive associations with improved health outcomes have not been demonstrated in any setting."
New Method Rescues Donor Organs to Save Lives
Press release and video from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science.
With More Mainers on Dialysis, Local Centers Struggle to Keep Up
Article from Bangor Daily News.
2017 Kidney Patient Summit Speaker Remarks
List and summit overview from the National Kidney Foundation.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Hypophosphatemia: Nutritional Status, Body Composition, and Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
Many People Don't Take Their High Blood Pressure Meds: Study
Article from HealthDay.
Nephros Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance of EndoPur™ Endotoxin 10" Filter
Rockwell Medical Announces One Poster and Two Oral Presentations on Triferic at Annual Dialysis Conference March 11th-14th in Long Beach, CA
Genetic Clues of IgA Nephropathy Uncovered
U.S. Republicans Unveil Plan to Dismantle Obamacare, Critics Pounce
Article from Reuters. Article and news summary from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Monday, March 6

Nephros Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance of EndoPur™ Endotoxin 10" Filter
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Jury Clears Fresenius Dialysis Treatment in Patient Death Lawsuit
Articles from Modern Healthcare, Mass Device, and LawyersandSettlements.com.

"The verdict may be used by the company and other plaintiffs who opted out of the settlement to gauge the value of their claims. Fresenius still faces more than 4,000 lawsuits in federal court over dialysis treatments that use Naturalyte and Granuflo. Plaintiffs claimed the treatments caused patients to suffer heart attacks and deaths because Fresenius doctors didn't know how to use the treatment ingredients." - Modern Healthcare
Beating Kidney Disease Together
Press release from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Summary of the BEAT-DKD study on diabetic kidney disease.
#NephMadness 2017: What's Up with That?
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Aurinia Announces Voclosporin Meets 48-Week Remission Endpoints, Achieving Highest Complete Remission Rate of Any Global Lupus Nephritis Study
Press release.
Living Donor Protection Act Reintroduced in House
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Disorders of Serum Omega-3 Fatty Acid Composition in Dialyzed Patients, and Their Associations with Fat Mass
Issue in Progress, Open Access article from Renal Failure.
Frequency of Early Predialysis Nephrology Care and Postdialysis Cardiovascular Events
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Transplant as a Competing Risk in the Analysis of Dialysis Patients
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
Association of Clinical Events With Everolimus Exposure in Kidney Transplant Patients Receiving Low Doses of Tacrolimus
Free, Open Access, Early View article from American Journal of Transplantation.
The Society for Vascular Surgery Wound, Ischemia, and foot Infection (WIfI) Classification System Predicts Wound Healing but Not Major Amputation in Patients with Diabetic Foot Ulcers Treated in a Multidisciplinary Setting
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
U.S. Republicans Expected to Unveil Healthcare Bill This Week
Article from Reuters.
Liver Transplant Surgical Pioneer Dr. Thomas Starzl Dies
Article from STAT and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Council Issues Updated Active Shooter Guide for Health Care Settings
News brief from AHANews.
CMS Reporting DEADLINE is Approaching for NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance: March 31, 2017
Notice from ESRD Network 8.
CMS Seeks Applications for Next Generation ACO Model
News brief from AHANews.


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