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Monday, Dec. 5

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  Dec. 5, 2016
The Mathematics of Dialysis vs. Two Normal Kidneys
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Be Wary When a Non-Clinician Talks about Acute Kidney Injury
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Free, Full-Text, Issue-in-Progress Articles from Blood Purification:
Effect of Coenzyme Q10 on Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress and Cardiac Function in Hemodialysis Patients: The CoQ10 Biomarker Trial
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Probiotic Supplementation in Diabetic Hemodialysis Patients Has Beneficial Metabolic Effects
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
The Effect of Intradialytic Intralipid Therapy in Pediatric Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Adsorption as a Contributor for Inflammatory Mediators Removal by Different Hemofiltration Membranes: A Pilot Study
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
Active Compounds Extracted from Extra Virgin Olive Oil Counteract Mesothelial to Mesenchymal Transition of Peritoneal Mesothelium Cells Exposed to Conventional Peritoneal Dialysate: in vitro and in vivo Evidences
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Advance Online Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
DaVita Launches Joint Venture with Inspira Health Network to Provide Dialysis Services in South Jersey
Another Step Closer to Artificial Blood
Mayo Clinic Q and A: Prevent Kidney Stones with the Right Amount of Calcium
Ryan: Obamacare Repeal Is First Priority under Trump
Article from The Hill.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Worldwide Cancer Rates Up More Than One-Third in Past Decade: Report
Article from HealthDay.
CMS Releases 2015 National Health Expenditures
CMS press release. Free, full-text, Web First article from Health Affairs. News brief from AHANews.
Senate Republicans Reluctant To Tinker With Medicare, Despite House GOP's Eagerness
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Fri./Sat., Dec. 2-3

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  Dec. 2, 2016
Kidney Disease Hospitalization and Mortality Rates Continue to Decline in the US
Press release from the University of Michigan Health System.

Editor's note: At least they're not getting worse. These goals — not dead and not in the hospital — are the foundation of the sick-patient model of care that has failed US dialysis patients for decades.

Unfortunately, abysmal employment and rehabilitation rates are strong evidence that US nephrology is still ignoring and denying the harm it is doing to patients' hearts and minds. Without a well-patient model of care as a foundation, US dialysis care and technology will remain largely stagnant and self-defeating.
More Physicians Willing to Hide Mistakes, Survey Reveals
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.

Editor's note: And the same applies for medical societies, I assume.
Adherence in Kidney Transplant Recipients
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Simple Walking Program Provides Physical and Mental Benefits to Dialysis Patients
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.

Editor's note: Perhaps exercise equipment should be built into dialysis center stations (with lower blood flow rates during exercise?).
Survey of Canadian Kidney Transplant Specialists on the Management of Morbid Obesity and the Transplant Waiting List
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Association between Daily Hemodialysis, Access to Renal Transplantation and Patients' Survival in France
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Mortality, Hospitalization, and Quality of Life among Patients with Hepatitis C Infection on Hemodialysis
CJASN Express abstract.
PDI in Press Abstracts:
Notices from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:
Hallucinogenic Drug Psilocybin Eases Existential Anxiety in People with Life-Threatening Cancer
Some GOP Voters Skittish On Full Obamacare Repeal, Poll Finds
Article from Kaiser Health News. Related article from The Hill.
Liberal MDs Are Furious after Top Doctors Group Backed Trump's Pick for Health Secretary
Article from STAT. Related article from Medical Economics.
Post by Incoming CMS Chief On Indiana's Groundbreaking Medicaid Waiver
Posting by Seema Verma from the Health Affairs Blog.
CMS Issues FAQs on Emergency Preparedness Rule
News brief from AHANews.
Health Law's Test Kitchen For Payment Reforms Could Offer Tool For GOP Ideas
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Big Changes (MACRA) Coming to How Medicare Pays Clinicians
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.


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Thursday, Dec. 1

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  Dec. 1, 2016
World First MRI Study Sheds Light on Heart Damage during Kidney Dialysis
Press release from the University of Nottingham.

"Our observations confirm the need for interventions to reduce the negative impact of dialysis on the heart."

Editor's note: The U.S. model of junk-bond dialysis care relies upon having a majority of nephrologists that are willing to ignore the damage done to patients' hearts and minds by physiologically brutal treatment regimens (which nephrologists would never accept for themselves).

Why are employment and rehabilitation rates so low?
Infographic: Living Kidney Donation
Data from the Mayo Clinic.
A Closer Look at The Dialysis PATIENTS Act
Articles from Nephrology News & Issues:
Accuron Technologies' Medtech Division Invests into AWAK Technologies
Press release. Related article from e27 (Singapore).
Vascular Calcification in Chronic Kidney Disease: Different Bricks in the Wall?
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Abstracts from Peritoneal Dialysis International:
Survey Reveals Most People Don't Know Heart Disease Is the No. 1 Killer of People with Type 2 Diabetes
Study: Risk for Heart Failure Soars in Patients with Hypertension, Obesity, Diabetes
Kidney Cancer Drug Shows Promise in Early Trial
Standing or 'Easy' Walks May Help Type 2 Diabetics Control Blood Sugar
Fresenius Medical Care Will Focus on IFRS Reporting and Discontinue U.S. GAAP Financial Statements
House Approves the 21st Century Cures Act, Sending Landmark Bill to Senate
Article from STAT.
Psilocybin May Be a Psychiatry Game Changer
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News. Article from STAT.
 


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Wednesday, Nov. 30

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  Nov. 30, 2016
FDA Warns Chinese Heparin Manufacturer, Reigniting Questions of Contamination
News item from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.
PD Versus HD: Do I Have a Choice?
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Arterial Stiffness as a Cardiovascular Risk Factor in Stage 5D Chronic Kidney Disease Patients: An Age Affair
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Open Access, First Online Articles from Journal of Nephrology:
Free, Full-Text, Articles in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Peritoneal Dialysis Access Revision in Children: Causes, Interventions, and Outcomes
CJASN Express abstract.
The Role of Fluid Overload in the Prediction of Outcome in Acute Kidney Injury
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Clinical Practice Guideline for Drug-Induced Kidney Injury in Japan 2016: Digest Version
Free, Open Access article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Cardiovascular and Stroke Risk in Japanese Hemodialysis Patients With Atrial Fibrillation
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Closing On December 1, 2016 - Public Comment for Draft Nutrition and Hydration at the End of Life
Notice from the American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights.
DaVita and Rock Health Announce Partnership
Press release.
Education on Personalized Diabetes Risk Doesn't Motivate Behavior Change
Insulin Prices Skyrocket, Putting Many Diabetics in a Bind
Beyond Birth Control, Women Could Pay More For Insurance Again Under TrumpCare
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Popular Heartburn Medication Linked to Increased Stroke
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
Price's Appointment Boosts GOP Plans To Overhaul Medicare And Medicaid
Article from Kaiser Health News. Related article from Healthcare Finance.
Trump Picks Seema Verma To Head CMS
Articles from Politico, Medical Economics, and Kaiser Health News.
Connection Found Between Low-Income Communities And Fewer Hospital Stars


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Tuesday, Nov. 29

Trump Picks Seema Verma To Head CMS
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  Nov. 29, 2016

Kidney Community Begins to Embrace Patient Engagement
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.

Editor's note: Unfortunately, this article contains no mention of patient engagement by the large for-profit dialysis providers. Until there are substantial financial incentives for these corporations to engage patients and value their feedback in improving dialysis care and technology, little change will occur.

See this recent article by Dr. Allen Nissenson, the Chief Medical Officer of DaVita. Is there any mention of patient engagement in these factory-like standardized practices that dominate U.S. dialysis care?

CDC Issues Draft Guidelines for Dressings to Prevent Catheter Related Infections
News brief from AHANews. Comments are due January 24.
Nominations Wanted: End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) Star Ratings Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with The University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) to convene a Technical Expert Panel to obtain recommendations on potential quality measures to include in the Dialysis Facility Compare Star Ratings. Nomination period closes Dec. 22, 2016.
Full-Text Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Dialysis Vintage and Outcomes after Kidney Transplantation: A Retrospective Cohort Study
CJASN Express abstract.
Regional Citrate Anticoagulation for Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy in Children
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Trajectories and Predictors of Allograft Dysfunction after Renal Transplantation in Children
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Vascular Access Types in Patients Starting Hemodialysis after Failed Kidney Transplant: Does Close Nephrology Follow-Up Matter?
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
FDA Approves Removal of Boxed Warning for Hyperkalemia Drug
Article from Renal & Urology News.
JSA Medical Group (a DaVita Medical Group) and Humana Team Up in Florida
Press release.
New Hope for Regeneration in Humans
Reports: Trump Picks Tom Price for HHS Secretary
Article from Roll Call.
Elizabeth Warren Rips 21st Century Cures Bill and Vows to Fight It
Article from STAT. News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Free, Full-Text, Online First Viewpoint Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:

Texas Reports First Case of Zika Spread by Local Mosquitoes

The GOP's Tool to Fast Track Trump's Plans, Privatize Medicare
Article from Roll Call. News summary from Kaiser Health News.



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Monday, Nov. 28

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  Nov. 28, 2016
Patients Increasingly Influence The Direction Of Medical Research
Article from KPBS.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Free, Open Access Articles from PLOS ONE:
Distinct in vitro Complement Activation by Various Intravenous Iron Preparations
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article and editorial from American Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Opinions of Nephrologists on the Efficacy and Tolerance of Statins in Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access, Latest Article from Renal Failure.
Evaluate Quality of Kidneys from DCD/ECD Donors by Parameters of Machine Perfusion
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Republicans Reach Deal to Pass Cures Act by End of Year, but Democrats Pushing for Changes
Article from STAT.

FLSA Overtime Rule Blocked by Federal Court
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.

 


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Fri./Sat., Nov. 25-26

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  Nov. 25, 2016
Back To The Future: Insurance Pools For High-Risk Patients Could Be Revived
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Wright said the high-risk pools were among the “failures” in the health care system that led to Obamacare.
November 2016 Issue of RSA Journal
6 articles (in pdf format) from the Renal Society of Australasia.
Topic Discussion: Novel Anticoagulants in CKD and ESRD
Posting from the Nephron Power blog.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Technology and the Future of Kidney Care
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Donor and Recipient Views on Their Relationship in Living Kidney Donation: Thematic Synthesis of Qualitative Studies
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Bicarbonate Balance and Prescription in ESRD
JASN Express abstract.
2MD (DP001), a Single Agent in the Management of Hemodialysis Patients: A Randomized Trial
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
What Has Changed in the Prevalence of Hypertension in Dialyzed Children during the Last Decade?
Free, Open Access, Latest Article from Renal Failure.
Association between Prediabetes and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and All Cause Mortality: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Full-text article from the BMJ.
Do You Wash Your White Coat Often Enough?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape.
Depression Prevalence in Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment
Statins Recommended for Adults With No Cardiovascular Disease
Federal Judge Blocks Department Of Labor Final Rule on Overtime Pay Affecting 500,000 Healthcare Workers
Article from Healthcare Finance.
News Briefs from Kaiser Health News:
CMS Finalizes Medicare Quality Measures under Consideration
Summary from Healthcare Finance. CMS web page on Pre-Rule Making measures. See the Measures under Consideration List for 2016 (221-page pdf).  An EXCEL spreadsheet of the list is also available.

There are three ESRD Measures under Consideration for Dec. 1, 2016:
  • Standardized Transfusion Ratio for Dialysis Facilities
  • Hemodialysis Vascular Access: Standardized Fistula Rate
  • Hemodialysis Vascular Access: Long-term Catheter Rate
Video: New Emergency Preparedness Rule
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
GOP's Focus On Health Care Could Put Medicare In The Cross Hairs


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Thanksgiving, Nov. 24


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Wednesday, Nov. 23

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  Nov. 23, 2016
Incremental Peritoneal Dialysis: a 10 Year Single-Center Experience
Free, Open Access article from Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
Advance Online Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
Dialytic Hemodynamics Are Associated with Changes in Gait Speed
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Issue-in-Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
Rethinking Renal End Points for AKI in Clinical Trials
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Fruits, Veggies May Stave Off Kidney Function Decline
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today. Study in black community finds less functional decline with access to healthy foods.
Yogic Breathing Helps Fight Major Depression
Press release from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
RSN's 18th Annual Renal Teen Prom - Jan. 15
Palliative Care Raises Quality of Life, But Doesn't Extend It
Consumer Reports Calls out 31 Hospitals for Poor Infection Controls
Free, full-text article from Consumer Reports. Summary from Healthcare DIVE.
Blood Thinners, Antibiotics, and Diabetes Drugs Often Send Americans to ERs
 


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Tuesday, Nov. 22

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  Nov. 22, 2016
Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Explain Hemodialysis Obesity Paradox
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Cardiovascular Events and Death in Japanese Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney International.
Articles from Nephrology News & Issues:

Articles from Renal & Urology News:
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
A Comparison of Two Surgical Techniques for the Second Stage of Brachiobasilic Arteriovenous Fistula Creation
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
Baxter Touts Data on Home Peritoneal Dialysis
U.S. Hospitals Halve Catheter Infection Rates: Consumer Reports Review
Drug Combo for Irregular Heartbeat Might Raise Bleeding Risk
Bonus From Your Blood Pressure Med (thiazide diuretics): Fewer Fractures?
Dramatic Decline in Dementia Seen among Older Adults in the US
Articles from STAT and HealthDay. Free, full-text, New Online article and commentary from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Proposed Legislation Could Fix Gaps in MediGap Coverage
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
CROWNWeb New User Training on Dec. 6


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Monday, Nov. 21

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  Nov. 21, 2016
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Multinational Study Finds High Rates of Acute Kidney Injury in Children Admitted to ICUs
Press release from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Free, full-text, Online First article and editorial from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Press Releases from the American Society of Nephrology:
Initiative Aims to Significantly Reduce Infection Rate in Dialysis Patients
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Articles from MedPage Today (registration required, but free):
Postings from Kidney Week from the AJKD Blog:
Articles from Renal & Urology News:
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Transplantation:
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Sarcopenic Obesity Definitions by Body Composition and Mortality in the Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Free, Open Access, Issue-In-Progress Articles from Kidney and Blood Pressure Research:
Disparities in Kidney Transplantation Access among Korean Patients Initiating Dialysis: A Population-Based Cohort Study Using National Health Insurance Data (2003-2013)
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Pre-operative Assessment for Arteriovenous Fistula Placement for Dialysis
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Comparison of Saudi Arabian Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis Patients' Illness Perceptions
Free, Open Access Latest Article from Renal Failure.
Aethlon's Blood Filtration Device As Broad Countermeasure for Infectious Diseases
Pharma Executives Charged With Fraud, Conspiracy In Multi-Million Dollar Scheme
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Zika No Longer 'Global Health Emergency,' WHO Says
Article from HealthDay.
Report Finds Kansas' Move To Private Management Of Medicaid Fails To Improve Care
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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