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Wednesday, Nov. 26

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  Nov. 26, 2014
bullet point A 12-Week, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Ferric Citrate for the Treatment of Iron Deficiency Anemia and Reduction of Serum Phosphate in Patients With CKD Stages 3-5
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Increasing Hip Fractures in Patients Receiving Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Tissue Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs), Measured by Skin Autofluorescence, Predict Mortality in Peritoneal Dialysis
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point The Optimal Timing of Hemoperfusion Component in Combined Hemodialysis - Hemoperfusion Treatment for Uremic Toxins Removal
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point Association of Sickle Cell Trait With Chronic Kidney Disease and Albuminuria in African Americans
Abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Does Financial Compensation for Living Kidney Donation Change Willingness to Donate?
Abstract of brief communication from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Article in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Effect of Sirolimus on Malignancy and Survival after Kidney Transplantation: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Individual Patient Data
Full-text article from the British Medical Journal.
bullet point Novel Once-Daily Extended-Release Tacrolimus (LCPT) Versus Twice-Daily Tacrolimus in De Novo Kidney Transplants: One-Year Results of Phase III, Double-Blind, Randomized Trial
Free, full-text article from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Rockwell Medical Closes $58.5 Million Public Offering of Common Stock
bullet point Most Americans With HIV Don't Have Virus Under Control, CDC Says
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point FDA Finalizes Menu and Vending Machine Calorie Labeling Rules
Press release. Summary from Kaiser Health News. Article from HealthDay.
 
 


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Tuesday, Nov. 25

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  Nov. 25, 2014
bullet point Building Better Care Teams with Non-Physician Providers
Article from Medical Economics.

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


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Monday, Nov. 24

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  Nov. 24, 2014
bullet point Investigational Drug Reduces High Potassium Levels in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Press release from the University of Maryland Medical Center. Free, full-text, Online First articles from the New England Journal of Medicine:
bullet point Differences in Coagulation in Clotting of Vascular Access in Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Long-Term Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease and Mortality in Children after Acute Kidney Injury: a Systematic Review
Provisional abstract and full-text article (22-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
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Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:

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


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Fri./Sat., Nov. 21-22

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  Nov. 21, 2014
bullet point Effects of a Renal Rehabilitation Exercise Program in Patients with CKD: A Randomized, Controlled Trial
CJASN Express abstract, press release, and extract of accompanying editorial. Article from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free).

(from editorial) "In summary, with their rigorous study of a practical exercise intervention, Rossi and colleagues highlight that the time has come for the nephrology community to catch up to our cardiology and pulmonary colleagues by adding renal rehabilitation programs to the list of widely available and frequently accessed resources for patients with chronic medical conditions."

Editor's note: After all these years, do any dialysis providers have renal rehabilitation programs?

It is time for nephrologists to treat the whole patient instead of focusing on the biochemical markers in the chart.
bullet point Why Are Medical Mistakes Our Third Leading Cause of Death?
Article from The Huffington Post.

Editor's note: Considering that virtually no U.S. nephrologists would accept the treatment regimen that over 85% of their dialysis patients receive, is it time to consider the prescribing of inappropriate dialysis treatment regimens and the lack of renal rehabilitation as a medical mistakes... or as causes of death?
bullet point 'Emergency Updates' on KCER Home Page: More Weather Reports
See the "Live Emergency Updates" section on the right side of the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) web site.

Editor's note:
 No updates on upstate NY dialysis facilities. Complete lack of operational transparency.

Heck of a job.
bullet point Study Supports Giving Kidney Donors Priority When They Need a Kidney
Article from HealthDay. Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Access to Specialized Kidney Care Varies by Geographic Area and Race
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point The Efficacy of Relaxation Training on Stress, Anxiety, and Pain Perception in Hemodialysis Patients
Free, full-text article from Indian Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Pulmonary Hypertension Associates with Malnutrition and Body Composition Hemodialysis Patients
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point

Effect of CKD and Dialysis Modality on Exposure to Drugs Cleared by Nonrenal Mechanisms
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

bullet point Pregnancy After Transplant is Safe, With Good Outcomes
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point Genetically Low Vitamin D Concentrations and Increased Mortality: Mendelian Randomization Analysis in Three Large Cohorts
Free, full-text article from the British Medical Journal.
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point NRAA Appoints Valerie Okrend as Director of Education
Press release from the National Renal Administrators Association.
bullet point United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Places Two Member Institutions on Probation
News release from UNOS.
bullet point How the Innate Immune System Senses Trouble and Causes Trouble
Free, full-text, CJASN Express article.
bullet point Diabetes Self-Management Education and Training Among Privately Insured Persons with Newly Diagnosed Diabetes — United States, 2011–2012
Article from Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
bullet point National Diabetes Month — November 2014
bullet point New World Kidney Day Website Is Launched
bullet point Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients Releases 2013 Reports
bullet point Intra-Dialytic Hypotension Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020
bullet point Some Type 2 Diabetes Patients Gain No Benefit From Exercise
bullet point Baxter Initiates Voluntary Recall of One Lot of Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection in the U.S. Due to Mislabeled Overpouch
bullet point Biomarker Could Provide Early Warning of Kidney Disease in Cats
bullet point The Biosimilar Battle Lines
Posting from the Health Affairs Blog.
bullet point Costly Hepatitis C Treatments Help Drive 12 Percent Drug Spending Jump
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Interprofessional Education: The Vanderbilt Experience
Posting from the Health Affairs Blog.
bullet point FDA Approves New, Hard-to-Abuse Hydrocodone Pill
 
Patients Are Willing to Pay NPs and PAs, but Medicare Still Isn't
Brief from Healthcare DIVE.
9.1 Million Added to Medicaid Rolls


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Thursday, Nov. 20

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  Nov. 20, 2014
  Eighty Percent of Kidney Dialysis Patients Unprepared for Natural Disaster or Emergency
Press release from Loyola University Health System.

Editor's comment: Are patient groups satisfied with these numbers?

What information does the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) web site give out to dialysis patients, their families, and the public during weater-related disasters?

Weather reports. Quite an accomplishment for this largely tax-payer funded organization. Good luck trying to find out what clinics are closed, open, or accepting patients after hours.

Information provides power and money. KCER hoards information during disasters. This benefits those companies that seek to profit from controlling vulnerable people during disasters.
bullet point Bleeding Risk Highest in Kidney Disease When Warfarin Starts
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point Living Kidney Donors More Likely to Be Diagnosed with High BP or Preeclampsia Once Pregnant
Press release from Saint Louis University.
bullet point How Are Organs Chosen for Transplant?
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point Skin Autofluorescence As a Novel Marker of Vascular Damage in Children and Adolescents with Chronic Kidney Disease
Online First abstract with link to Open Access pdf from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Healthy Lifestyle and Risk of Kidney Disease Progression, Atherosclerotic Events, and Death in CKD: Findings From the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Four Years of Experience with the Australian Kidney Paired Donation Program
Accepted article abstract and full-text article (22-page pdf) from Nephrology.
bullet point Plant-Based Phosphorus Best for Kidney Disease (CKD) Patients
Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point Glycemic Control and Excess Mortality in Type 1 Diabetes
Abstract from the New England Journal of Medicine. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Only Half of Patients Take Their Medications as Prescribed
bullet point Video: Using Telehealth to Improve Medication Adherence
bullet point Home Exercise Boosts Heart Patients' Frame of Mind, But In-Hospital Workouts Didn't Produce Same Results
bullet point Rockwell Medical Prices $58.5 Million Public Offering of Common Stock
bullet point HHS and NIH Take Steps to Enhance Transparency of Clinical Trial Results
News release from the National Institutes of Health. Free, full-text, Online First  viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point U.S. Seniors' Health Poorest, Global Survey Shows
Article from HealthDay. Press release and report from the Commonwealth Fund. Full-text article from Health Affairs.
bullet point Conference Call: Caring for Patients with Ebola in U.S. Hospitals: A Nursing Perspective
Call is scheduled for Nov. 24, 2-3 PM EST.
bullet point ANA Calls for Stronger Collaboration between RNs, Employers to Reduce Risks from Nurse Fatigue
Resources from the the American Nurses Association.
bullet point The Affordable Care Act, 1 Year Later
Free, full-text perspective piece rom the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Devices Stolen from Boston Physician in Armed Robbery Led to Data Breach
Revised CMS Guidance: Part D Payment for Drugs for Beneficiaries Receiving Renal Dialysis Services
(3-page pdf) Memo dated Nov. 14, 2014.
CMS Creates New Office For Data Analytics, Names New Chief Data Officer
Most Illinois Medicaid Patients Denied New Hepatitis C Drugs


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Wednesday, Nov. 19**

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  Nov. 19, 2014
bullet point More Dialysis May Not Be Better
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.

Editor's note: Imagine a study on the quality of people's lives that randomly assigns shoes to its participants. One group will receive men's size 14 work boots and the other group will receive women's size 6 high heels. The shoe assignment is random and does not consider the person's gender, shoe size, age, or occupation.

What would such a study find? I expect that a few people in each group would thrive, a few more would get by, but most would be unable to lead high quality lives. Essentially the study would find that when comparing the two groups, one shoe type offers no statistical advantage over the other in terms of quality of life. In terms of setting policy, the best, cheapest, scientifically-validated approach would be to give everyone the same shoe.

This is the heart of what is wrong with nephrology's approach to dialysis care. In the name of gold-standard science (randomized controlled trials), patients are randomly assigned to unchanging dialysis therapies -- regardless of what is important to patients.

Until nephrology understands that patients' preferences and needs must define long-term renal replacement therapy, the for-profit dialysis providers and their co-owning nephrologists will continue with the cheapest, scientifically-validated approach. Sadly, so much of dialysis medicine today is about trying to get a treatment regimen to be successful when it simply doesn't fit the majority of patients.

What should be the guiding principle of major organ replacement therapy?

I suggest that listening to and understand patients' needs must come first. Only then the appropriate treatment regimen should be applied, adapted, or when necessary, created. Then it should be constantly adjusted and improved. Isn't that what dialysis professionals would want for themselves?


bullet point In UK, Two Patients Die after Being Given 'Rejected Worm-Infected Kidney Transplants from Alcoholic'
Articles from The Telegraph and ITV News.
bullet point Slow FDA Response Is Hurting Nocturnal Home HD
Article from NN&I via the Home Dialyzors United web site.
bullet point New Kidney Allocation System Revealed
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point Stent Graft Keeps Vascular Access Clear
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Canadian Chronic Kidney Disease Clinics: a National Survey of Structure, Function and Models of Care
Provisional abstract and full-text article (21-page pdf) from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
bullet point Correlation Between Endothelial Dysfunction and Left Ventricular Remodeling in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Open Access article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point Cardiovascular Impact of Drugs Used in the Treatment of Diabetes
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Nearly 3 in 10 Americans With Diabetes Don't Know It: Study
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point National Coalition Launches Effort to Place 10,000 Nurses on Governing Boards by 2020
News item from Nurse.com.
Medicare Cost And Quality Websites Not Giving Seniors Enough Information, GAO Says
News summary from Kaiser Health News. Summary from the GAO.


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Tuesday, Nov. 18

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  Nov. 18, 2014
bullet point Effect of Medicare Dialysis Payment Reform on Use of Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents
Early View abstract from Health Services Research.

Editor's note: Payment drives practice in dialysis care.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Primary Prevention Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators in End-Stage Kidney Disease Patients on Dialysis: a Matched Cohort Study
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Renal Function, Uremia and Early Arteriovenous Fistula Failure
Provisional abstract and full-text article (16-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Surgical Management of Vascular Access Related Aneurysms to Salvage Dialysis Access: Case Report and a Systematic Review of the Literature
Article in Press abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
bullet point Gastrointestinal Inhibition of Sodium-Hydrogen Exchanger 3 Reduces Phosphorus Absorption and Protects against Vascular Calcification in CKD
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Abnormal Glomerular Filtration Rate in Children, Adolescents and Young Adults Starts below 75 mL/min/1.73 m2
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Assessing Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy As a Rescue Strategy in Cardiorenal Syndrome 1
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point The New OPTN Kidney Allocation Policy: Potential for Inequitable Access Among Highly Sensitized Patients
Free, full-text, Letter to the Editor from the American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Kidney Week 2014 -- Postings from the eAJKD Blog:
bullet point A Comparison of Different Diagnostic Criteria of Acute Kidney Injury in Critically ill Patients
(Registration required, but free) Article from Critical Care via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point October 2014 Safety Labeling Changes
Includes 37 products with revisions to Prescribing Information.
bullet point Dialysis Patients Can Benefit From Heart Monitoring
bullet point Two Drugs Are No More Effective Than One to Treat ADPKD
bullet point Rapid Point-of-Care Hemoglobin Analyzer
bullet point Rockwell Medical Announces $55 Million Proposed Public Offering of Common Stock
bullet point Bird Flu: New EU Measures after Dutch and UK Cases
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Nurses Criticize CDC 'Paralysis' on Ebola Regs
Article from The Hill.
 


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Monday, Nov. 17

Doctor With Ebola Dies at Nebraska Hospital
Article from HealthDay.

"He was placed on dialysis, a ventilator and numerous medications to support his organ systems."
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bullet point Home Dialysis May Be Better Than In-Center Hemodialysis
News release via Medindia.
bullet point Successful Delivery of RRT in Ebola Virus Disease
Free, full-text, JASN Express article and press release from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Kidney Week 2014: Postings from the eAJKD Blog:
bullet point Kidney Week 2014: Articles from Medscape Medical News (registration required, but free):
bullet point Articles from HealthDay:
bullet point Kidney Week 2014 Live Coverage
Feature from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point ASN Kidney Week Late-Breaking Clinical Studies
Press release from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
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Free, Full-Text Online First Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:

bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Successful Restoration of Arteriovenous Dialysis Access Patency after Late Intervention
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation:
bullet point Endostatin Level is Associated with Kidney Injury in the Elderly: Findings from Two Community-Based Cohorts
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Efficacy and Safety of Lanthanum Carbonate Versus Calcium-based Phosphate Binders in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Early Online Abstracts from Renal Failure:

bullet point Implementation of Renal Key Performance Indicators: Promoting Improved Clinical Practice
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point DaVita Kidney Care Announces Collaboration with Medtronic Focused on Cardiovascular Health in ESRD Patients
Press release.
bullet point New Ebola Treatment Filters Virus Out of the Blood
Article from TIME.
bullet point Kidney Function Monitoring Vital for People on Lithium
bullet point

Drugs That Prevent Blood Clots May Protect Organs during Transplantation

bullet point In New Zealand, Dialysis Campervan Planned for Patients
bullet point Doctor With Ebola Dies at Nebraska Hospital
Article from HealthDay.
Florida Hospitals Could Lose Billions Without Medicaid Expansion, Group Warns


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Fri./Sat., Nov. 14-15

New Ebola Treatment Filters Virus Out of the Blood
Article from TIME.
Clinicians Provide First Successful Delivery of Dialysis in Ebola Virus Disease
Kidney Function Monitoring Vital for People on Lithium
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bullet point DaVita's Kent Thiry Sells DaVita Stock; Nets $25.7 Million
Articles from WKRB and The Denver Post. Also see:
bullet point Hurricane Sandy Stranded Dialysis Patients. Lessons Learned?
Articles from NPR and HealthDay.

Editor's note: During the Sandy disaster, the Kidney Community Response Coalition (KCER) hoarded information from patients and the public. This allows dialysis providers to maintain its control of patients with private insurance.

What people want most during a disaster is... information.
bullet point Kidney Week 2014 Live Coverage
Feature from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point ESRD NCC Offers Free Webinar on Universal Precautions for ESRD Community, December 11
Announcement from the End Stage Renal Disease Network Coordinating Center.
bullet point Prior Authorization of Non-Emergency Ambulance Transportation to Begin for Dialysis Patients in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Carolina
Notice from DPC.
bullet point Guidelines Indicate That Nearly All Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Should Take Statins
Press release from the American Society of Nephrology.  Article from Medscape Medical News (registration required, but free). CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Association of Sickle Cell Trait With Chronic Kidney Disease and Albuminuria in African Americans
Free, full-text, Online First article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point

Dialysis Headache in Patients Undergoing Peritoneal Dialysis and Hemodialysis
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point The Importance of Vitamin K Monitoring With Warfarin (Coumadin) Use in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Initiating Acute Dialysis at Earlier Acute Kidney Injury Network Stage in Critically ill Patients without Traditional Indications Does Not Improve Outcome: a Prospective Cohort Study
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Interdialytic Weight Gain in Oligoanuric Children and Adolescents on Chronic Hemodialysis
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point PDI In Press Abstracts:
bullet point The Placement of Peritoneal Dialysis Catheters: a Prospective Randomized Comparison of Open Surgery Versus "Mini Perc" Technique
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Chronic Kidney Disease in Disadvantaged Populations
Free, full-text, Online First editorial from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point CKD Hotspots around the World: Where, Why and What the Lessons Are
Advance Access abstract from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Efficacy of a Sun Protection Workbook for Kidney Transplant Recipients: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Culturally Sensitive Educational Intervention
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Health Woes in Nepal Village Known for Organ Sales
Article from AP.
bullet point Warning Over Plastic Chemcial DEHP Used in Treating Premature Babies
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Patients Should Share Accountability for Own Health
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Study: Few Elderly Use Web Health Info, EMRs
 


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Thursday, Nov. 13

Many Dialysis Patients Ill-Prepared for Emergencies, Study Says
Article from HealthDay.
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bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Takes over Healthcare Services Company Cogent
News item from Reuters. FMCNA press release.
bullet point Mineral Metabolism and the Right Ventricle: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)
Free, full-text Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point National Diabetes Education Program Releases Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care
Press release from the National Institutes of Health. Guiding Principles from the National Diabetes Education Program.
bullet point Prevalence of Depression in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients and Its Correlation With Adherence to Medications
Abstract from Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases (also see link to full pdf file).
bullet point Association of Sarcopenia with eGFR and Misclassification of Obesity in Adults with CKD in the United States
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Transcutaneous Measurement of Glomerular Filtration Rate in Small Rodents; Through the Skin for the Win?
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Hospital Workers Wash Hands Less Frequently toward End of Shift
Article from Nurse.com.
bullet point Clinical Care of Two Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in the United States
Online First article from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point High-Cost Generic Drugs — Implications for Patients and Policymakers
Free, full-text perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine. Related article from HealthDay.
bullet point Ebola Drug Clinical Trials To Start
 


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Wednesday, Nov. 12

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bullet point Nipro Medical Corporation Introduces the First Dialyzer in the US without BPA or DEHP at the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2014
(2-page pdf) Press release.
bullet point Biosimilar Approval Is Long Overdue
Article from The Hill.

"In Europe, where biosimilars have been on the market since 2006, biosimilars and their reference biologics drug share the same international nonproprietary names (INNs). There have been no reported problems with that system."
bullet point Improving Adherence and Biomedical Markers in Hemodialysis Patients: The Effects of Relaxation Therapy
Abstract from Complementary Therapies in Medicine.
bullet point Gene Test May Spot Which Kidney Transplants More Likely to Fail
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text article from PLOS Medicine.
bullet point ABO Incompatible Renal Transplantation Without Antibody Removal Using Conventional Immunosuppression Alone
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point New Endpoints for CKD Clinical Trials Gaining Traction with Regulators
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
bullet point Randomized Placebo-Controlled EPPIC Trials of AST-120 in CKD
Free, full-text, JASN Express article.
bullet point Mineral Metabolism and the Right Ventricle: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Conservative Care for ESRD in the United Kingdom: A National Survey
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point IOM Report Calls for Transformation of End-of-Life Care
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Kidney Foundation Appalled at Cancellation of Dialysis Unit in Montreal
bullet point Blood Cleansing Biospleen Device Developed for Sepsis Therapy
bullet point Three Clinical Presentations Highlight Rockwell Medical's Novel Iron Replacement Drug Triferic at ASN
bullet point In England, One in 10 Sausages 'Carries Risk of Hepatitis E Virus'
bullet point The Ebola Outbreak, Fragile Health Systems, and Quality as a Cure
Free full-text viewpoint article and Summary for Patients from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Recent Trends in Employer-Sponsored Insurance
Graphics from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point 100,000 RNs to Join Global Ebola Awareness Day Actions Wednesday with Vigils, Rallies, Strikes
bullet point Big-Name Diets All Work for a While, Review Found
Association Between the Medicare Hospice Benefit and Health Care Utilization and Costs for Patients With Poor-Prognosis Cancer
Free, full-text article and editorial from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Some Pioneer ACOs Will Offer Voluntary Enrollment to Seniors


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Tuesday, Nov. 11

Nipro Medical Corporation Introduces the First Dialyzer in the US without BPA or DEHP at the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2014
(2-page pdf) Press release.
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bullet point A Budget Impact Analysis of the Introduction of Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agent Subsequent Entry Biologics for the Treatment of Anemia of Chronic Kidney Disease in Canada
Provisional abstract and full-text article (16-page pdf) from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.  Related article on biosimilars from The Hill.  Related press release from the RAND Corporation.

"In Europe, epoetin SEBs (subsequent entry biologics) have been in use since 2007."

Editor's note: One has to think that Amgen's financial connections to the American Society of Nephrology, the Renal Physicians Association, and top U.S. nephrologists have played a large role in keeping epoetin SEBs out of the U.S.

The lack of financial transparency in dialysis care is the source of so much corruption of this field of medicine. For whom do U.S. nephrologists advocate?
bullet point Kidney Dialysis Company (DaVita) Expands into the Hospital Business
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Peritoneal Dialysis in China: Meeting the Challenge of Chronic Kidney Failure
Free, full-text Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Will Incremental Hemodialysis Preserve Residual Function and Improve Patient Survival?
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Intact Parathyroid Hormone and Whole Parathyroid Hormone Assay Results Disagree in Hemodialysis Patients under Cinacalcet Hydrochloride Therapy
Free, full-text, Online First article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point High-Volume Online Hemodiafiltration Improves Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents (ESA) Resistance in Comparison with Low Flux Bicarbonate Dialysis: Results of the REDERT Study
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Success of Eculizumab in the Treatment of Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Association Between Chronic Kidney Disease Progression and Cardiovascular Disease: Results from The CRIC Study
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point The Rationale and Design of the Beta-blocker to LOwer CArdiovascular Dialysis Events (BLOCADE) Feasibility
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Osteoporosis after Renal Transplantation
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point KCER Summit to Be Held December 3, 2014
Notice from the Kidney Community Emergency Response Program.
bullet point Drug Combo Helps Lupus-Related Kidney Condition
Article from HealthDay. Online First abstract and full-text Summary for Patients from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point New York Times Vocation Piece on Dialysis Patient
bullet point Muscle Mass Not Accurate in Predicting Chronic Kidney Disease
bullet point Blood-Thinner Pradaxa: What You Should Know
bullet point Rockwell Medical, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results
bullet point New York Doctor Cleared of Ebola, Which Means There Are No Known Ebola Cases in the U.S.
Article from The Washington Post.
bullet point HHS Drops Enrollment Estimates for Insurance Exchanges
Brief from Healthcare DIVE.
Medicare Dialysis Facility Compare Star Ratings Set To Debut in January
CMS fact sheet.

"Upon careful consideration of comments provided to us from the community, including dialysis facilities, consumer advocates, patients, and interested professional societies, CMS has decided to continue with the Star Ratings methodology presented previously. The posted star ratings will use the same data previewed by facilities during the July 2014 preview period, and this data will be updated on an annual basis beginning in October 2015."
CMS Decision to Proceed with Flawed Dialysis Facility Ranking System ‘Deeply Troubling,’ Says Nation’s Leading Kidney Care Coalition
Press release from Kidney Care Partners.
Elimination of the 50/50 Payment Rule for Laboratory Services on End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Claims
(13-page pdf) CMS Program Transmittal R3116CP.
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Medicare Dialysis Facility Compare Star Ratings Set To Debut in January
CMS fact sheet.

"Upon careful consideration of comments provided to us from the community, including dialysis facilities, consumer advocates, patients, and interested professional societies, CMS has decided to continue with the Star Ratings methodology presented previously. The posted star ratings will use the same data previewed by facilities during the July 2014 preview period, and this data will be updated on an annual basis beginning in October 2015."
Rockwell Medical, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results
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bullet point American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week Program Schedules: "Despite monumental efforts, survival on hemodialysis has barely improved in the United States over the last decade." - quote from this session description

Editor's note:
ASN is holding another left-brain conference where it shows little interest in improving the quality of dialysis patient lives.

There is one session focused on improving patient life outcomes. It was added to an educational symposium that starts at 6:45 a.m. (on Friday). I would guess that the ASN does not expect a lot of interest in this topic. All the other days of the conference begin holding sessions at 8:00 a.m.
bullet point Kidney Week and Social Media
Posting from the Precious Bodiliy Fluids blog.
bullet point ESRD Special Needs Plans: A Proof of Concept for Integrated Care
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point End-stage Kidney Disease and Kidney Transplantation in HIV-positive Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes Via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Project Reduces 'Alarm Fatigue' in Hospitals by 80%
Press release from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
bullet point Chinese Transplant Congress Criticized Inside China
Article from Epoch Times.
bullet point Americans' Fears of Ebola May Be Fading, Poll Finds
Article from HealthDay. Related article from AP.
bullet point Supreme Court To Take Obamacare Subsidy Case
Brief from Healthcare DIVE. Article from Kaiser Health News.
Health Insurance Marketplace Offers Tool to Help Consumers Review Their Plan Options for 2015
CMS press release.


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