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Thursday, Dec. 18

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  Dec. 18, 2014
bullet point In India, Nephroplus to Organize 'Dialysis Olympiad 2015' in January for Kidney Patients
Article from Pharmabiz.com.

"The main objective of organising ‘Dialysis Olympiad’ is give confidence to the dialysis patients that they too can live normally like others even while they are on dialysis. “At Nephroplus, we firmly believe that dialysis patients can exercise, work and have fun things otherwise healthy people do. To prove to the world that this is true, we are organising the Dialysis Olympiad where dialysis patients will compete in events like sprints, swimming and other sports and show that this is possible,” says Kamal D Shah, co-founder & director of Nephroplus."
bullet point Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents: Dose and Mortality Risk
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point The Future of Nephrology Training: a Fellow's Perspective
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Obesity, Metabolic Health, and the Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point Visceral Adiposity Index and Risks of Cardiovascular Events and Mortality in Prevalent Hemodialysis Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Free full-text article from Cardiovascular Diabetology via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Year in Review: Top Diabetes Stories of 2014
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Updated UK Guideline: Chronic Kidney Disease – Early Identification and Management of Chronic Kidney Disease in Adults in Primary and Secondary Care
bullet point Chronic High Blood Sugar May Be Detrimental to the Developing Brain of Young Children
bullet point High-Dose Flu Vaccine Superior for Frail Elderly Living in Long-Term Care Facilities
bullet point Congress Approves Tax-Free Bank Accounts For People With Disabilities
AP article.
bullet point Life Expectancy Increases Globally As Death Toll Falls from Major Diseases
Article from Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Free Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point Vermont Governor Abandons Single-Payer Health Care Plan
bullet point CDC: 12.2% of U.S. Residents Uninsured, Down from 14.4% Last Year
bullet point 14 Pharmacy Workers Arrested over US Meningitis Outbreak
CMS Announces 257,000 To Receive EHR Penalties
News item from AHANews.com.
Medicaid Payments and Access to Care
Free, full-text perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.


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Wednesday, Dec. 17

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  Dec. 17, 2014
bullet point Match Reveals No Love for Nephrology
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.

Editor's note:
By not focusing on patient goals, chronic dialysis has largely become low-reward herd medicine (or plantation medicine) which provides care that no nephrologists would choose for themselves. As a career choice, nephrology is now both economically and ethically depressing. Nephrology's leaders are stuck in a mindset and a plantation-medicine economy of their own creation. Perhaps it's time for new leadership in nephrology and time to change the financial incentives for nephrologists. What if the nephrologists were incentivized to produce employed and/or rehabilitated patients? Shouldn't that be the goal of major organ replacement therapy?
bullet point China Halts Anti-Dumping Probe into EU, Japan Dialysis Kit Makers
Reuters article.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Effect of Low Versus High Dialysate Sodium Concentration on Blood Pressure and Endothelial-Derived Vasoregulators During Hemodialysis: A Randomized Crossover Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Evaluating Targets and Costs of Treatment for Secondary Hyperparathyroidism in Incident Dialysis Patients: The FARO-2 Study
Abstract from International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease.
bullet point Trends of Cost and Mortality of Patients on Hemodialysis with End Stage Renal Disease (Taiwan)
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Dialysis Facility Compare Star Ratings Draw First Challenge to CMS Quality Measures Under Data Quality Act
Press release.

Editor's note: Who funds Dialysis Patient Citizens? It began as DaVita Patient Citizens, with a nearly automatic enrollment process, which likely accounts for its ridiculously high membership figure.
bullet point Kidney Transplant Patient Amy Purdy Poses for ESPN Magazine's 'The Body' Issue
Article from ESPN.
bullet point Laughing Your Way to Living Donation
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point CRP Levels Tied to Statin Effects on Contrast Nephropathy
bullet point Standards Help Diabetes Devices Talk to Each Other
bullet point Company Offers Tips to Help Dialysis Patients Prepare for Severe Winter Storms
bullet point NephroPlus Plans To Set Up 150 Dialysis Centres in India
  Low Glycemic Diet Does Not Improve Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes
Press release from Brigham and Women's Hospital. Free full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Christmas Decorations Filled with Toxic Chemicals, Study Finds
Press release from HealthyStuff.org.
bullet point Yoga Reduces Cardiovascular Risk As Much As Walking or Cycling, Study Shows
Articles from HealthDay and the BBCExtract from British Medical Journal.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point New Protective Ebola Suit Developed at Johns Hopkins University (VIDEO)
Article and video from MedGadget.
bullet point 'Kids' Diseases' Now Hitting Adults
bullet point Syphilis on the Rise Among Gay, Bisexual Men: CDC
 


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Tuesday, Dec. 16

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  Dec. 16, 2014
bullet point

2014 USRDS Annual Report
The United States Renal Data System (USRDS) Annual Data Report has been released, covering from Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2012. It is unusual for this report to appear so late in the year and some economic data has not yet been included. The report appears in two volumes:

  • Chronic Kidney Disease in the U.S.
  • End-Stage Renal Disease in the U.S.
  • It also includes Reference Tables for both volumes (Excel spreadsheets)

Presentations of report highlights:

Editor's note: DCI, the only non-profit large dialysis provider, again has the lowest standared mortality ratio. This continues to speak volumes about the negative and damaging effects of nephrologists' conflicting financial interests on patient care. When will nephrologists and patient groups acknowledge this reality, which has been staring them in the face for decades? Virtually no nephrologists would accept the care that over 85% of their patients receive.

The USRDS report finally contains some easily comprehensible employment and rehabilitation data for patients ages 18-54 (reference table J.10). Unfortunately, these numbers have fallen dramatically and no provider-specific data is given.

However, these abysmal employment and rehabilitation rates do clearly demonstrate how little emphasis the leaders in this field of medicine place on patients' goals and their quality of life. This mindset (and the financial incentives) must change. Whose goals in medical care are supposed to be the most important?

The ASN and RPA should start by having its members watch this Sept. 2014 TED MED talk (15 min) about medical financial incentives. Perhaps nephrologists should have to wear the logos of the providers and companies they get their income from like NASCAR drivers.
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Gambro Renal Products (owned by Baxter) Recalls 20 Million Dialyzers
All FDA Device Recall Notices for Dec. 10, 2014:

  • Z-0489-2015 - Polyflux Revaclear Dialyzer, Model 110633
  • Z-0490-2015 - Polyflux Revaclear Max Dialyzer, Model 110634
bullet point Dialysis Mode Matters for Drug Clearance in CKD
(Registration required, but free.) Reuters Health article via Medscape Nephrology. Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point The Patient Voice Newsletter - Holiday 2014 Edition
12-page pdf from the Western Pacific Network.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point Association of Fluid Overload with Cardiovascular Morbidity and All-Cause Mortality in Stages 4 and 5 CKD
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis & Dialysis:
bullet point Kidney Care in Haiti—the Role of Partnerships
Advance Online abstract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
bullet point AST Provides Comments on 17 OPTN/UNOS Policy Proposals
Link to comment letter from the American Society of Transplantation.
bullet point American Renal Associates Opens Newest Clinic in Texas
bullet point CytoSorbents Announces Strategic Partnership with Fresenius Medical Care
bullet point Satellite Healthcare Names Dave Carter to New COO Position
bullet point Satellite Healthcare Promotes Rosemary Fox to Senior VP
bullet point DaVita Clinical Research, HealthCare Partners Clinical Research To Merge
bullet point Vivek Murthy, MD, Confirmed as Surgeon General
Articles from The Boston Globe and The Hill.
bullet point FDA Approves Blood Test That Gauges Heart Attack Risk
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point What Works Best to Prevent Stress Among Healthcare Workers: Changing the Organization or Educating Staff?
Blog posting from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
bullet point The Rise of the Medical Scribe Industry:  Implications for the Advancement of Electronic Health Records
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Small Businesses Drop Coverage As Health Law Offers Alternatives
 
 


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Monday, Dec. 15

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  Dec. 15, 2014
bullet point Penn Researchers Tame the Inflammatory Response in Kidney Dialysis
Press release from the Perelman School of Medicine.
bullet point Mindset an Obstacle to Organ Transplants in China
Article from The Straits Times (Singapore).
bullet point DaVita Clinical Research, HealthCare Partners Clinical Research To Merge
News item from RTT News. Press release from DaVita.
bullet point The Beneficial Impact of Vitamin D Treatment in CKD Patients: What's Next?
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Ranking of Factors Determining Potassium Mass Balance in Bicarbonate Hemodialysis
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Home Hemodialysis Patients Take Fewer Pills
Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point Biological Variations in Cardiac Troponin in Emergency Department and Hemodialysis Patients
Article summary from Cardiac Biomarkers.
bullet point Canadian Society of Nephrology Commentary on the KDIGO Clinical Practice Guideline for CKD Evaluation and Management
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Outcomes Associated with the Use of Renal Replacement Therapy in Children Receiving Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation after Heart Surgery: a Multi-Institutional Analysis
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Hemodialysis Patients Have Plasmatic Hypercoagulability and Decreased Fibrinolytic Vulnerability: Role of Carbon Monoxide
Abstract from ASAIO Journal.
bullet point Simple Steps Can Safeguard Against Ebola Transmission through Organ Donation
bullet point Study Supports the Theory That 'Men Are Idiots'
Summary from Phys.org. Article from British Medical Journal.
bullet point Shift Workers 'Sicker and Fatter'
 
MedPAC Dec. 18th Meeting To Discuss Outpatient Dialysis Services Payments
(1-page pdf) Brief from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
The Clash Of Politics And Efforts To Control Medicare Waste And Fraud


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Fri./Sat., Dec. 12-13

Penn Researchers Tame the Inflammatory Response in Kidney Dialysis
Press release from the Perelman School of Medicine.
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  Dec. 12, 2014
bullet point Texas Court of Appeals Sends Lufkin DaVita Dialysis Center Serial Killer Case Back to Circuit Court
Video and article from KTRE-TV.
bullet point Nocturnal Kidney Dialysis Makes Life Easier for Indiana Woman
Video and article from WNDU.com.
bullet point Taking Back Control of My Life
Home hemodialysis patient account from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point Nephrology Workforce Crisis: Don't Forget International Medical Graduates (IMG)
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Warfarin in AF Patients on Dialysis: The Worst of Both Worlds
(Registration required, but free.) Video Clot Blog posting from TheHeart.org.
bullet point Drug (Cinacalcet) May Help Prevent Bone Fractures in Patients on Dialysis
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point November 2014: FDA Drug Safety Labeling Changes
List of 30 products with revisions to Prescribing Information including Sensipar (cinacalcet).
bullet point How to Enhance Patient Experiences of Decision-making About Kidney Transplantation?
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from NDT via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Nephron Clinical Practice:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Baxter Voluntarily Initiates U.S. Recall of Two Lots of 100 mL Sodium Chloride Injection, USP Due to the Presense of Particulate Matter
bullet point US Nurse Exposed to Ebola Arrives at NIH
News release from the National Institutes of Health.
bullet point Egyptian Woman Dies of H5N1 Bird Flu, Total Now 8: Health Ministry
 
MLN Connects™ National Provider Call on ESRD QIP Payment Year 2017 and 2018 Final Rule
Registration is now open for the call scheduled for January 21, 2015 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET.
CMS Program Transmittals:


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Thursday, Dec. 11

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  Dec. 11, 2014
bullet point DSI Renal Put Up for Sale
Small extract of article from the Wall Street Journal. Blog entry from the Nashville Business Journal. DSI web site.

"DSI Renal, a company that provides dialysis care to patients with chronic kidney failure and renal disease, is on the auction block and could fetch about $1 billion including debt, according to people familiar with the matter." - WSJ
bullet point Clinical Trials in Uremia—Time to Reappraise
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.

"Randomized clinical trials (RCTs) introduced in the 1950s have since been instrumental in establishing certainty in the practice of medicine. Regrettably, the proliferation of RCTs driven by biased hypotheses and pharmaceutical-industrial interests have created serious flaws in the results of the onslaught of new RCTs that need to be reappraised."
bullet point Abstracts from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point 'My Kidneys, My Choice, Decision Aid': Supporting Shared Decision Making
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Impact of Home-Based Aerobic Exercise on the Physical Capacity of Overweight Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Antibody Mediated Rejection in Young Kidney Transplant Recipients: the Dilemma of Noncompliance and Insufficient Immunosuppression
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point The Recommended Dose of Ertapenem Poses a Potential Risk for Central Nervous System Toxicity in Hemodialysis Patients-Case Reports and Literature Reviews
Early View abstract from Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics.
bullet point Effects of Raloxifene on Bone Metabolism in Postmenopausal Women on Chronic Hemodialysis
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point New Diabetes Meds: The Year in Review
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Antitrust Enforcement in Health Care — Controlling Costs, Improving Quality
Free, full-text perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Superbugs To Kill 'More than Cancer' by 2050
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Study: Workers' Share Of Health Costs Nearly Doubles In A Decade
 
 


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Wednesday, Dec. 10

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  Dec. 10, 2014
bullet point Ebola Caregivers Are TIME Magazine's Person of the Year
Article from the Huffington Post. Feature from TIME.
bullet point Self-Care Dialysis
Article from Greater Kansas MD News.
bullet point Predictors of Outpatient Kidney Function Recovery Among Patients Who Initiate Hemodialysis in the Hospital
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Correlation Between Nutritional Markers and Appetite Self-Assessments in Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Organ Donation and Transplantation in Canada: Insights from the Canadian Organ Replacement Register
Provisional abstract and full-text article (19-page pdf) from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
bullet point Higher Earning Clinicians Make More Money by Ordering More Procedures per Patient
Press release from UCLA.
bullet point The Association between Exaggeration in Health Related Science News and Academic Press Releases: Retrospective Observational Study
Free, full-text article from British Medical Journal.
bullet point Wellness At Work: Popular But Unproven
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Cutting Residents' Work Hours Hasn't Improved Patient Care: Studies
Article from HealthDay. Related free, full-text articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point Cigarettes Cause One-Third of U.S. Cancer Deaths: Report
bullet point Ranking of Healthiest States in the US
 
Half Of Doctors Listed As Treating Medicaid Patients Are Unavailable, HHS Finds


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Tuesday, Dec. 9

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  Dec. 9, 2014
bullet point BPA in Canned Goods May Raise Your Blood Pressure: Study
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Confounding Factors Contribute to Unexpected Results of Trial of Renal Denervation
Article from ScienceDaily. Fast Track article from European Heart Journal.
bullet point Intradialytic Exercise in Hemodialysis Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Season Affects Body Composition and Estimation of Fluid Overload in Hemodialysis Patients: Variations in Body Composition; a Survey from the European MONDO Database
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Accepted Articles Abstracts from Nephrology:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point Effect of Time on Dialysis and Renal Transplantation on Endothelial Function: A Longitudinal Analysis
Full-text article from Transplantation.
bullet point Big Waists Raise End-Stage Renal Disease Risk in Older Women
Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point Model Identifies Urban Poor at Greatest Risk for ESRD
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News. JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Net Clinical Benefit of Antithrombotic Therapy in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation and Chronic Kidney Disease
Abstract from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Article from Heartwire via Medscape (registration required, but free).
bullet point

November 510(k)s Clearances
Dialysis-related medical devices cleared for marketing in the U.S. (PDF files):

bullet point PCORI Board Approves Providing Up to $50 Million for Studies on Hepatitis C
News release from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
bullet point Technology Helps Manage Diabetes: FDA
bullet point Early Data Suggests Potentially Severe Flu Season
News release, "Pan Flu Scramble Exercise," and "Diagnosing Flu" pages from the CDC.
bullet point With Ian Crozier's Reveal, Here Are the 10 Ebola Patients Treated in US
Article from the Los Angeles Times.
bullet point The Implications of Marijuana Legalization in Colorado
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
 
December 31st Deadline for National Health Safety Network Dialysis Event Records


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Monday, Dec. 8

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  Dec. 8, 2014
bullet point Risk Factors for Morbidity and Mortality of Bloodstream Infection in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis: a Nested Case-Control Study
Provisional abstract and full-text article (16-page pdf) from BMC Research Notes.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars in Dialysis:
bullet point A Randomized Control Study on the Procedure for Switching Epoetin Beta (EPO) to Epoetin Beta Pegol (CERA) in the Treatment of Renal Anemia in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients
Issue in Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Validation of a Dietary Intake Tool African-American Dialysis Patients with Low Literacy
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Perceived Barriers and Facilitators of Using Dietary Modification for CKD Prevention among African Americans of Low Socioeconomic Status: a Qualitative Study
Provisional abstract and full-text article (20-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Infection in Kidney Transplantation
(Registration required, but free.) Free full-text article from U.S. Pharmacist via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Most Americans Agree With Right-to-Die Movement
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Another ICD-10 Delay Could Be Looming
Article from Medical Economics.. Related news item from AHANews.com.
 
 


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Fri./Sat., Dec. 5-6

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  Dec. 5, 2014
bullet point It's Finally Here! The New US Kidney Allocation System
Posting from the eAJKD blog. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point China Renews Pledge To Stop Using Executed Prisoner Organs
AFP article via USANews.com.
bullet point Nephrology Is Rusting
Posting from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
bullet point JASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point How Nurses' Attitudes and Actions Can Influence Shared Care
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Nephrology:
bullet point People Receiving Dialysis in the Morning Have Better Subjective Sleep Quality Than Those who Receive Dialysis at Other Times
(Registration required, but free.) Abstract from Evidence-Based Nursing via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point The Eternal Tale of Dialysis Access Vessels and Restenosis: Are Drug Eluting Balloons the Solution?
Free, full-text article from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point Clinical Evaluation of an Expert System for Arteriovenous Fistula Assessment
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point Pathogenesis and Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease: A Review of Our Recent Basic and Clinical Data (Japan)
Free, full-text, Issue in Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point Therapeutic Alternatives and Palliative Care for Advanced Renal Disease in the Very Elderly: a Review of the Literature
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Clopidogrel Use in End-Stage Kidney Disease
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Aortic Dissection In Patients with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease: A Series of Two Cases and A Review of the Literature
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Vascular Effects of Dietary Salt
Free, full-text article from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
bullet point NIH Study Finds Genetic Links between Common Kidney and Digestive Diseases
bullet point The Physician Payment Sunshine Act:  Testing the Value of Transparency
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Modern Monitoring Systems Contribute to Alarm Fatigue in Hospitals
 
 


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Thursday, Dec. 4

China Renews Pledge To Stop Using Executed Prisoner Organs
AFP article via USANews.com.
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bullet point Low Income, Community Poverty and Risk of End Stage Renal Disease
Provisional abstract and full-text article (18-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology. Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point Doppler Ultrasound: A Powerful Tool for Vascular Access Surveillance
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
bullet point Infectious Outcomes Following Gastrostomy in Children Receiving Peritoneal Dialysis
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Early Online Abstracts from Renal Failure:
bullet point I'm Doing Grand Rounds at the End of January and I'm Going to Get Medieval on Kayexalate
Posting from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
bullet point CDC Says Flu Shots May Not Be Good Match for 2014-15 Virus
Article from Reuters.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Perspective Pieces from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point FDA Issues New Drug Label Rules to Better Inform Pregnant Women
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Supreme Court Hears Pregnancy Discrimination Case
bullet point Nearly 1 in 12 Americans Struggles With Depression, Study Finds
 
CMS Finalizes New Safeguards To Reduce Medicare Fraud
CMS press release. News summary from Kaiser Health News.
National Health Expenditures Continued Slow Growth in 2013
CMS press release. Article from Kaiser Health News. Article from Health Affairs.


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Wednesday, Dec. 3

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  Dec. 3, 2014
bullet point Prioritizing Patient-Centered Care Implementation and Research for Patients with Kidney Disease
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Objective Analysis of Voice Changes in a Hemodialysis Session and Its Correlation with Ultrafiltration
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

"Conclusion: Objective voice analysis is suggesting that it can be a simple and applicable method that can be used to determine the dry weight."
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
bullet point Treatment with Haemodiafiltration Stabilizes Vascular Stiffness (Measured by Aortic Pulse Wave Velocity) Compared to Haemodialysis
Free, full-text, Online First article from Nephron Clinical Practice.
bullet point Online First Articles from Nephron Clinical Practice:
bullet point Cytokine Removal with High Cut-Off Membrane: Review of Literature
Free, full-text, Issue in Progress article from Blood Purification.
bullet point Spinal Cord Infarction As a Complication of Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from The Spine Journal.
bullet point Acute Kidney Injury in Adults With Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point CT Contrast Agent Does Not Increase Risk for Kidney Injury
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point Effect of Fenoldopam on Use of Renal Replacement Therapy Among Patients With Acute Kidney Injury After Cardiac Surgery:  A Randomized Clinical Trial
Abstract from JAMA.
bullet point Aethlon Medical® Reports Rapid and Sustained Virologic Response Rates in Hepatitis C (HCV) Treated Patients
bullet point 40 Percent of Seniors Report Having a Disability
bullet point

Officials Designate 35 Ebola Treatment Centers in U.S.
Article from HealthDay. Press release from HHS.gov. List of hospitals from the CDC.

bullet point Efforts To Improve Patient Safety Result in 1.3 Million Fewer Patient Harms
Reports from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Press release from HHS.gov. Article from HFMA.
bullet point Nurses: Their Vital Role in Transforming Healthcare
Documentary video by Johnson & Johnson.
 
 


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Tuesday, Dec. 2

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  Dec. 2, 2014
bullet point Low Concentrations of Citrate Reduce Complement and Granulocyte Activation in vitro in Human Blood
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.

"Conclusions: Our results suggest that citrate is a promising substitute for acetate for a more biocompatible dialysis, most likely resulting in less adverse effects for the patients."
bullet point Provider Visits and Early Vascular Access Placement in Maintenance Hemodialysis
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Acute Kidney Injury Following Cardiac Surgery: A Well-studied Cohort of AKI
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Inflammation and L-Carnitine Therapy in Hemodialysis Patients: a Review
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Vote for the Top Nephrology Stories of 2014
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point Midlife Diabetes Linked to Memory Problems Later
Article from HealthDay. Abstract and Summary for Patients from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Genetic Marker May Help Predict Success of Kidney Transplants
bullet point GAO: Biggest Insurers Flourishing under O-Care
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Annals of Internal Medicine:
bullet point Statins Won't Help Protect Bones, Study Finds
bullet point HIV Evolving 'into Milder Form'
 
Medicare Tightens Non-Emergency Use Of Ambulances To Combat Fraud
Article from Kaiser Health News. 25-page pdf from CMS.

"Seniors living in three states will need prior approval from Medicare before they can get an ambulance to take them to cancer or dialysis treatments."
CMS Releases New Proposal to Improve Accountable Care Organizations
Press release. Related article from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, Dec. 1

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  Dec. 1, 2014
bullet point Combined Therapy with Peritoneal Dialysis and Hemodialysis: A Multicenter Retrospective Observational Cohort Study in Japan
Free access to Issue in Progress article and video from Blood Purification.
bullet point In U.S., Undocumented People Can Donate But Not Receive Organs
Article from New America Media.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point What Do We Know About Steroids Metabolism and ‘PK/PD Approach' in AKI and CKD Especially While on RRT - Current Status in 2014
Free, full-text, Issue in Progress article from Blood Purification.
bullet point Effect of Protoconized Therapy for Renal Anemia on Adverse Events of Patients with Maintenance Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point Health Care Organizations See Value of Telemedicine
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point FDA Weighs Lifting Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men
Article from The Hill.
 
 


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Fri./Sat., Nov. 28-29

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  Nov. 28, 2014
bullet point Dear Senators
Blog posting by Dr. John Agar via NN&I.

Editor's note: Due to its dependence on campaign contributions, Congress will not act without having the dialysis industry on board.

At this point, the interests of U.S. nephrologists and the for-profit dialysis industry have virtually merged.  U.S. nephrologists have long been allowed to have ownership stakes in dialysis facilities. This has proven to be a horrible mistake.

Physician ownership of dialysis facilities and physician self-interests have driven U.S. nephrology to practice a model of cheap, fast, barely adequate dialysis care that no U.S. nephrologists would accept for themselves. This U.S. model places virtually no emphasis on psychosocial well-being, renal rehabilitation, patient employment, or the quality of the patients' lives.

Unfortunately, Congress and U.S. nephrology are incapable of action -- or shame -- when their own wallets might be lightened.
bullet point Medical Device Tax Pushes B. Braun To Scrap HQ Expansion Plans
Article from MassDevice.
bullet point New Treatments for High Potassium on the Horizon
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog. Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free.)
bullet point The Association between Dialysis Modality and the Risk for Dialysis Technique and Nondialysis Technique Related Infections
Free, full-text article from NDT.
bullet point Management of Hyperphosphatemia: Practices and Perspectives amongst the Renal Care Community
Free, full-text article from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
bullet point Treatment Effects of Different Incident Dialysis Modalities on Pruritus in Elderly Uremic Patients
Free, full-text, Article in Press from International Journal of Gerontology.
bullet point Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Disadvantaged Populations
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Evening -Versus Morning- Dosing Drug Therapy for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients with Hypertension: A Systematic Review
Free, full-text, Issue in Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point The Impact of Comorbidity on Survival after Hemorrhagic Stroke among Dialysis Patients: a Nationwide (Taiwan) Population-based Study
Provisional abstract and full-text article (15-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Published Ahead-of-Print Abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension:
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Upsizes and Extends the Maturity of Its Credit Agreement and Also Extends the Maturity of Its Accounts Receivable Facility
bullet point Obama Administration Warns Employers: Don't Dump Sick Workers From Plans
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Drops to New Low: CDC
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
 
Medicare's Chronic Care Management Payment — Payment Reform for Primary Care
Free, full-text perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.


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Wednesday, Nov. 26

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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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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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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.
bullet point

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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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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  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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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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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:
bullet point

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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