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Tuesday, March 31

Physicians Advocate for "More Educated and Deliberative Decision Making" about Dialysis
7-minute video about stopping dialysis from SCOPE (Published by Stanford Medicine).
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  Mar. 31, 2015
bullet point NephMadness 2015: Obesity as a Survival Factor in ESRD
Posting from the AJKD blog.
bullet point Heart Attack Carries Worse Prognosis In Dialysis Patients
Interview from MedicalResearch.com. Abstract from the American Journal of Cardiology.
bullet point Exercise Gives Advanced CKD Patients Marked Cardiovascular Improvement
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
bullet point FDA Strengthens Warnings and Changes Prescribing Instructions to Decrease the Risk of Serious Allergic Reactions with Anemia Drug Feraheme
FDA drug safety communication.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
bullet point Osmotic Homeostasis
Free, full-text, Online First article from the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Regional Citrate Anticoagulation for Renal Replacement Therapies in Patients with Acute Kidney Injury: a Position Statement of the Work Group "Renal Replacement Therapies in Critically ill Patients" of the Italian Society of Nephrology
Free, full-text editorial from Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Article in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Low Physical Function in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients Is Independent of Muscle Mass and Comorbidity
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Abstracts from Journal of Nephrology:

bullet point Innovative Strategies Needed to Address the US Transplant Organ Shortage
Press release from the American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Obesity: The Shocking Numbers and New Treatments
(Registration required, but free.) Slideshow by WebMD via Medscape.
bullet point Synthetic Pot Linked to Kidney Injury
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Hospira Presents Data on Retacrit, an Epogen Biosimilar, at NKF Meeting
bullet point Oral Drug Normalizes Blood Potassium in 98 percent of Kidney Patients
bullet point Maine Woman Desperate For A Kidney Donor, Put A Sign On Her Car Window – It Worked!
bullet point Colorado Man Uses Truck to Help Find Kidney Donor for His Wife
bullet point Reimbursement Key to Improving End-of-Life Care
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point PCORI Selects 27 Individuals, Small Groups to Move to Second Tier of "Pipeline to Proposal" Awards
Press release from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
bullet point The 'Next Frontier' for Patient and Family Engagement
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Boston Children's Hospital Weathers 5-Day EHR Crash
The Doc-Fix Back Story: How Boehner And Pelosi Made A Deal
Article from Kaiser Health News.
"CROWNWeb 4.7 – A Sneak Peek" Town Hall Video Presentation Now Available


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Monday, March 30

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  Mar. 30, 2015
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. CFO Resigns Amid Another Federal Inspection
Articles from Bidness Etc and the Denver Post. Press release from DaVita.
bullet point Learning to Say No to Dialysis
Article from The New York Times.

"Typical hemodialysis sessions take place three times a week, and each lasts three to four hours, not including travel — a regimen Dr. O’Hare compares to holding down a part-time job. Afterward, “patients may have cramping. They can feel dizzy, washed out,” Dr. Moss said.

Many report pain or nausea. “A typical older dialysis patient will say, ‘I just go home afterwards and go to bed,’ ” Dr. Moss said. After the good day that usually follows, the cycle repeats."

Editor's note: Many young dialysis patients also follow this pattern. When will U.S. nephrologists embrace the concept that a physician's role is to make the most of life --- not just to extend it for the sake of statistics?

U.S. nephrologists need to embrace the realities of their patients' lives and answer these questions (after second paragraph).

Why are the two leading dialysis news sites (NN&I and RenalWEB) calling for a change of leadership in U.S. nephrology?

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Death, Hospitalization Rates Falling for Dialysis Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.

bullet point AJKD Blog Coverage of National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings:
bullet point Dialysate and Serum Potassium in Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Specialist and Primary Care Physicians' Views on Barriers to Adequate Preparation of Patients for Renal Replacement Therapy: a Qualitative Study
Provisional abstract and full-text article (18-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Postings from the Renal Fellow Network Blog:
bullet point Outcome of Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus on Chronic Dialysis: an Observational Study of Incident Patients of the French National Registry 2002-2012
Online First abstract from Lupus.
bullet point White House Releases Plan to Combat and Prevent Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Posting from the White House Blog.
bullet point The Last Hours of Living: Practical Advice for Clinicians
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Internal Medicine.
bullet point Processed Foods the Biggest Chunk of Calories in U.S. Groceries: Study
New Hepatitis C Drugs Are Costing Medicare Billions
Article from the Washington Post.
No Senate 'Doc Fix' Vote until after Spring Break
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.


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Fri./Sat., March 27-28

Learning to Say No to Dialysis
Article from The New York Times.

"Typical hemodialysis sessions take place three times a week, and each lasts three to four hours, not including travel — a regimen Dr. O’Hare compares to holding down a part-time job. Afterward, “patients may have cramping. They can feel dizzy, washed out,” Dr. Moss said.

Many report pain or nausea. “A typical older dialysis patient will say, ‘I just go home afterwards and go to bed,’ ” Dr. Moss said. After the good day that usually follows, the cycle repeats."

Editor's note: When will U.S. nephrologists embrace the concept that a physician's role is to make the most of life --- not just to extend it for the sake of statistics?

U.S. nephrologists need to embrace the realities of their patients' lives and answer these questions (after second paragraph).

Why are the two leading dialysis news sites (NN&I and RenalWEB) calling for a change of leadership in U.S. nephrology?

Death, Hospitalization Rates Falling for Dialysis Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.

White House Releases Plan to Combat and Prevent Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Posting from the White House Blog.
DaVita HealthCare Partners Announces CFO Transition
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  Mar. 27, 2015
bullet point Press Releases from the National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings:
bullet point AJKD Blog Coverage of National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings:
bullet point FDA Recall Notices from the Enforcement Report for March 25, 2015:
bullet point Home Dialyzors United Opens Discussions with EPOCH-RRT PI Francesca Tentori With a Call on Home Hemodialysis Day
Press release.
bullet point Kidneys From Dead Older Donors May Help Seniors, Study Finds
Article from HealthDay. JASN Express abstract and press release.
bullet point Refining the Definition of Clinically Important Mineral and Bone Disorder in Hemodialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
bullet point Interventional Decentralized Telemonitoring: Bridging the Gap Between Patient's Device and Physician's Needs in Well Selected Indications
Free, full-text, Issue in Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point Gout After Living Kidney Donation: A Matched Cohort Study
Free, full-text, Article in Press article from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Early View abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
bullet point A Comparison of 8 Nutrition-Related Tests to Predict Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Aortic Stiffness, Ambulatory Blood Pressure, and Predictors of Response to Antihypertensive Therapy in Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Longitudinal Changes in Hematocrit in Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease: Results from the African-American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension (AASK)
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Oral Findings in Chronic Kidney Disease: Implications for Management in Developing Countries
Free full-text article from BMC Oral Health.
bullet point Associations of Pre-Transplant Prescription Narcotic Use with Clinical Complications after Kidney Transplantation
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Rockwell Medical Announces Triferic™ Clinical Data Selected for Four Poster Presentations at National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings
bullet point Senna May Relieve Itching In Some Dialysis Patients
bullet point U.S. Deaths Due to High Blood Pressure Keep Rising: CDC
bullet point Change From the Inside Out: Health Care Leaders Taking the Helm
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point CDC Launches New Round of Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads
Article from HealthDay. CDC press release.
bullet point Ebola Test Vaccines Appear Safe in Phase 2 Liberian Clinical Trial
House Passes 'Doc Fix' Legislation by 392-27
Brief from Healthcare DIVE. Articles from Kaiser Health News and The Hill.
“CROWNWeb 4.7 – A Sneak Peek” Town Hall Slides Now Available
CMS: April 17 Deadline to Apply for ICD-10 End-To-End Testing in June
Marilyn Tavenner, RN, Talks about Life during and after the CMS

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Thursday, March 26

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  Mar. 26, 2015
bullet point Kidney is Focus of 3rd Solving Organ Shortage Science Summit to Advance Research to Regenerate or Bioengineer Organs for Human Transplant
Press release from Solving Organ Shortage.
bullet point Are You Thinking About Going Back to Work?
(1-page pdf) Patient Bulletin from the Northwest Renal Network.
bullet point Models May Predict Two-Year Mortality Risk for CKD Patients
Brief from HealthDay. Abstract from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
bullet point KDIGO Global Newletter for March 2015
(8-page pdf) The last newsletter from the Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes group was published in November 2014.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Nephron:
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point Fresenius in Talks to Buy Israeli Dialysis Company
Article from Globes (Israel).
bullet point FDA Warns of Cardiac Effect When Heart Drug Mixed With Hepatitis C Meds
bullet point FDA Approves New Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy in Patients with Diabetic Macular Edema
bullet point New Data on NxStage System One To Be Shared at NKF Meeting
bullet point New Minimally Invasive Vascular Access System Demonstrates Positive Outcomes In Dialysis Patients
bullet point Amgen To Appeal Rejection of Bid to Block Novartis' Neupogen Biosimilar
bullet point Greater Use of Antibiotics Tied to Higher Odds of Diabetes
Brief from HealthDay.
bullet point Outcome Not Affected by Family Presence During Resuscitation
Obama Backs Medicare Deal, Pressuring Senate
Article from The Hill.
Stakes Are High For Votes On Budget, Medicare Fix
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Wed., March 25

Kidney is Focus of 3rd Solving Organ Shortage Science Summit to Advance Research to Regenerate or Bioengineer Organs for Human Transplant
Press release from Solving Organ Shortage.
New Data on NxStage System One To Be Shared at NKF Meeting
New Minimally Invasive Vascular Access System Demonstrates Positive Outcomes In Dialysis Patients
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  Mar. 25, 2015
bullet point Understanding Tassin – or – Perhaps God Is Smarter Than U.S. Nephrologists
Article from RenalWEB. Those wishing to comment can do so on the FixDialysis blog.

Editor's note: This story is being repeated due to high traffic.
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World's First Anti-Organ Trafficking Treaty Opens
Article from AFP.

bullet point Renal Replacement Therapy in Europe: a Summary of the 2012 ERA-EDTA Registry Annual Report
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Wearable Artificial Kidney: Freedom for Dialysis Patients
Video and article from Ivanhoe Newswire via KLAS Las Vegas.
bullet point Focus on Diabetic Kidney Care at NKF
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from April Issue of Clinical Kidney Journal:
bullet point Etiology and Management of Dyslipidemia in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease and End-Stage Renal Disease
Free, full-text, Online First educational review from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Eco-Dialysis: the Financial and Ecological Costs of Dialysis Waste Products: Is a 'Cradle to Cradle' Model Feasible for Planet Friendly Hemodialysis Waste Management?
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Article in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Prediction of Development of Critical Limb Ischemia in Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
bullet point The Kidney–Gut Axis: Implications for Nutrition Care
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Functional Outcomes of Patients with Amputation Receiving Chronic Dialysis for End-Stage Renal Disease
Abstract from American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
bullet point Klotho Protects Against Indoxyl Sulphate-Induced Myocardial Hypertrophy
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Rapid Testing for Gene Variants in Kidney Donors May Optimize Transplant Outcomes
Press release from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Transplanting Kidneys from Deceased Donors With Severe Acute Kidney Injury
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point El Camino Hospital and Satellite Healthcare Complete Joint Venture Partnership
bullet point Despite High Rates Of Nursing Injuries, Government Regulators Take Little Action
Audio and article from NPR.
bullet point In Nursing, Men Still Paid More Than Women: Study
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Preventing Patient Falls is a Team Effort
Medicare's New Chronic Care Management (CCM) Billing Code
Article from Medical Economics.


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Tuesday, March 24

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  Mar. 24, 2015
bullet point Understanding Tassin – or – Perhaps God Is Smarter Than U.S. Nephrologists
Article from RenalWEB. Those wishing to comment can do so on the FixDialysis blog.
bullet point The Interdialytic Weight Gain: a Simple Marker of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy in Children on Chronic Hemodialysis
Free, full-text, Online First editorial commentary from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Phosphorus in Drugs For Dialysis Patients Linked to Side Effects
Article from Rutgers Today. Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point Uncorrected and Albumin-Corrected Calcium, Phosphorus, and Mortality in Patients Undergoing Maintenance Dialysis
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Complications of a High Flow Access and Its Management
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Reducing Inappropriate Polypharmacy:  The Process of Deprescribing
Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Primary Care and Diabetes: What's New in 2015
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Exercise, But Not Vitamin D, Cuts Injuries From Falls in Older Women: Study
bullet point HHS Subpoenas DaVita Healthcare Subsidiary
bullet point The Platform Trial:  An Efficient Strategy for Evaluating Multiple Treatments
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Primary Care and Diabetes: What's New in 2015
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Adopting U.S. Culture Ups Diabetes Risk in Mexican-American Kids
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Ebola Outbreak 'Over by August', UN Suggests
January 2015 Clinical Data Closes on March 31 – Finding "Saved" vs. "Submitted" Data
Notice from Project CROWNWeb.
“CROWNWeb 4.7 – A Sneak Peek” Town Hall Registration Now Open
Scheduled for March 26th.
FAQ: What's In The House's Proposal To Fix Medicare's Payments To Doctors
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, March 23

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  Mar. 23, 2015
bullet point Study Suggests Little Increase in Number of Potential Organ Donors
News release from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.
bullet point Patients May Not Understand Our Guidance
(Registration required, but free.) Video blog posting from Berns on Nephrology via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
bullet point Associations of Trimethylamine N-Oxide with Nutritional and Inflammatory Biomarkers and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Patients New to Dialysis
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Online First Abstracts from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology:
bullet point Mass Screening for Chronic Kidney Disease in Rural and Remote Canadian First Nations People: Methodology and Demographic Characteristics
Provisional abstract and full-text article (21-page pdf) from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
bullet point The Impact of Small Kidneys
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Less Futile End-Of-Life Care Observed Where Palliative Care Knowledge Is Greater
Press release from Brown University.
bullet point Health Law Brings No Drop In Insurance Enrollment At Work, Study Finds
Article from Kaiser Health News.
CMS Releases Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule
Briefs from Healthcare DIVE and AHANews.com.
Medicare And Advance Care Planning
Article from Health Affairs.


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Fri./Sat., March 20-21

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  Mar. 20, 2015
bullet point Fraud in the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) and Star Rating System
Article from RenalWEB.
bullet point Taken to the Woodshed... Again
Editorial from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point An Examination of CMS’s Dialysis Star-Rating System
(9-page pdf) Report from the healthcare law firm of Hooper, Lundy & Bookman.
bullet point A Sense of Purpose May Benefit Your Brain
Article from HealthDay.

Editor's note: Another reason why rehabilitation and employment must be a part of dialysis care.
bullet point FDA Information on Newly Approved Devices To Treat Dialysis-Related Amyloidosis:
bullet point Tackling the High Risk of Infection in Dialysis Patients
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point HIV Patients May Fare as Well as Others With Kidney Transplants
Article from HealthDay. JASN Express abstract and press release.
bullet point A Prospective Controlled Study of Living Kidney Donors: Three-Year Follow-up
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Preventing Hepatitis B Reactivation Due to Immunosuppressive Drug Treatments
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Treatment of Vitamin D Deficiency/Insufficiency with Ergocalciferol Is Associated with Reduced Vascular Access Dysfunction in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Current State of Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy for Acute Kidney Injury in Japanese Intensive Care Units in 2011: Analysis of a National Administrative Database
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point US Judge Rejects Amgen Bid to Block 'Biosimilar' Neupogen
Article from Reuters.
bullet point Kidney Cancer Detected Early with Urine Test
bullet point 'Ebola-Proof' Tablet Device Developed
Article from the BBC.

"A tablet device that can withstand being doused in chlorine has been developed to help doctors caring for patients with Ebola."
SGR Replacement Bill Introduced in House
News brief from AHANews.com.


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Thursday, March 19

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  Mar. 19, 2015
bullet point March 19 Is Home Hemodialysis Day
bullet point The Risk of Hospitalization and Modality Failure with Home Dialysis
Free, full-text, Advance Online article from Kidney International.
bullet point Pregnancy in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients on Dialysis: How to Achieve a Successful Delivery
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Study Uncovers Predictors of Chronic Kidney Disease Worsening in Children and Adolescents
Press release from Children's Mercy Hospital. Article in Press abstract from the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Changes in Health Care Delivery Essential to Combat Chronic Disease
Press release and free, full-text article from The American Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point Dialysis Modality and Survival: Does the Controversy Live On?
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Early View abstracts from Seminars in Dialysis:
bullet point Variability of Laboratory Parameters Is Associated with Frailty Markers and Predicts Noncardiac Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Early Online Abstracts from Renal Failure:
bullet point Placental Growth Factor as a Predictor of Cardiovascular Events in Patients with CKD from the NARA-CKD Study
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Why Is There No Generic Insulin?
Article from HealthDay. Article preview from the New England Journal of Medicine. Article from Medscape Medical News (registration required).
bullet point

Fast Food Ban in LA Fails to Improve Diets or Cut Obesity, Study Finds
Press release from the RAND Corporation.

bullet point National Kidney Foundation Appoints Interim Executive Officer
bullet point Diabetes Groups Call for Greater Scrutiny of Insulin Pumps
bullet point Researchers Identify Protein Needed for Repair of Injured Kidney Cells
bullet point Free Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point Why Women in Healthcare Get Paid Less
Article from Healthcare DIVE.
bullet point Poll: One-Fifth of Hospital EHRs Are Poor Fits
Boehner, Pelosi See Victories in Fixing Medicare Docs' Fees
Articles from AP and The Hill.


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Wednesday, March 18

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  Mar. 18, 2015
bullet point Recovery From Acute Kidney Injury: Predicting Outcomes
Free, full-text editorial from the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Effect of Lisinopril and Atenolol on Aortic Stiffness in Patients on Hemodialysis
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Effect of Cinacalcet Cessation on Hyperparathyroidism in Kidney Transplant Patients after Long-Term Dialysis Therapy
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Tunneled Hemodialysis Catheter Removals by Non-Interventional Nephrologists: The University of Mississippi Experience
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine of Medicine:
bullet point Let's Take the Kidney Wait List to Zero
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point How Rocket Science May Improve Kidney Dialysis
Press release from the American Institute of Physics.
bullet point An Observational Study Goes Where Randomized Clinical Trials Have Not
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point AHRQ Issue Brief Shows How Simulation Can Help Protect Ebola Patients, Health Care Workers
  House GOP Budget Plan Would Repeal ACA, Privatize Medicare, Block Grant Medicaid
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Surprise!  Which State Leads in Telehealth and Vaccinations? — Mississippi
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Law, Ethics, and Public Health in the Vaccination Debates:  Politics of the Measles Outbreak
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
$200 Billion Proposal To Fix Medicare Doctor Payments Under Fire
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Tuesday, March 17

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  Mar. 17, 2015
bullet point Medical Researchers Challenged to Create an Affordable Dialysis Machine to Treat People in Remote Communities
Article from ABC News (Australia).
bullet point National Kidney Foundation 2015 Spring Clinical Meetings Abstracts
Listing from the American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD).

Some of the abstracts are viewable in PDF format via a listing that starts at the bottom of page 1 (and continues through page 7) of the Table of Contents of the AJKD April 2015 issue.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Survey of Staff Opinions about Extended Hemodialysis Treatment Time and Service Implications
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point A Fresh Look into the Pathophysiology of Ischemia Induced Complications in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Undergoing Hemodialysis
Abstract and link to full-text article (4-page pdf) from International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease.
bullet point Added Value of Screening for CKD among the Elderly or Persons with Low Socioeconomic Status
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation:
bullet point Lifestyle Modifications Improve CKD Patient Outcomes
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
bullet point Inviting Patients To Help Decide Their Own Treatment
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point 10 Signs You May Have Kidney Disease
Article from the Huffington Post.
bullet point Vitamin D Supplementation Not Associated with Lower Blood Pressure, Researchers Say
Press release and Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Cardiac Screening With Electrocardiography, Stress Echocardiography, or Myocardial Perfusion Imaging: Advice for High-Value Care From the American College of PhysiciansCardiac Screening in Low-Risk Adults
Free, full-text article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Medications Used to Treat Diabetes May Trigger Heart Failure, Study Finds
bullet point Catheter Ablation May Beat Amiodarone in Patients With Heart Failure, AFib
bullet point Update on Clinical Status of Patient with Ebola Virus Disease at the NIH Clinical Center
News release from the National Institutes of Health. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point New Report: Health Law Has Helped Insure 16.4 Million
For CMS, One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Speaker Boehner's $200 Billion Gamble Will Divide Republicans
Article from The Hill.


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Monday, March 16

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  Mar. 16, 2015
bullet point Know Your Treatment Options
Graphic from the National Renal Administrators Association.
bullet point International Experts Call for an End to Preventable Deaths from Acute Kidney Injury by 2025
Press release and summary from The Lancet.
bullet point More Than 2 million People Die Prematurely Every Year Because Treatment for Kidney Failure Is Unavailable
Press release and abstract from The Lancet. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Prepregnancy Counseling in Chronic Kidney Disease: a Retrospective Analysis of Nine Years Experience
Provisional abstract and full-text article (15-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point The Effect of n-3 Fatty Acids on Small Dense Low-Density Lipoproteins in Patients With End-Stage Renal Disease: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Intervention Study
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Is There a Benefit in Pretransplant Weight Loss?
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point Donor-Specific HLA-Antibodies: The Difficulty of Separating the Wheat From the Chaff
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
bullet point Prevalence, Awareness and Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease among Middle-Aged and Elderly: the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point

Folic Acid May Help Ward Off Stroke in People With High Blood Pressure
Article from HealthDay. Press release and full-text, Online First article and editorial from the Journal of the American Medical Association.

bullet point Prolonged Shortened Sleep Increases Blood Pressure at Night
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point RN Mary Wakefield To Take No. 2 Post at HHS
MedPAC Releases Report on Medicare Payment Policy
Press release (2-page pdf) from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Full report is a 433-page pdf.

"In light of its payment adequacy analyses, MedPAC recommends no update for 2016 for five fee-for-service payment systems: ambulatory surgical centers, outpatient dialysis, long term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and hospice."
14 Arrested in $130M Medicare Fraud Ring in Florida


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Fri./Sat., March 13-14

International Experts Call for an End to Preventable Deaths from Acute Kidney Injury by 2025
Press release and summary from The Lancet.
More Than 2 million People Die Prematurely Every Year Because Treatment for Kidney Failure Is Unavailable
Press release and abstract from The Lancet.
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  Mar. 13, 2015
bullet point Necessary Steps: How Health Care Fails Older Patients, And How It Can Be Done Better
Article from Health Affairs.

"Those who argue that health care consists primarily of prescriptions and procedures, or treatment of body parts and diseases, have created a system that prioritizes medicine to the detriment of patient health. It's time we took a broader view of health care—one that puts the well-being of patients first and trains and rewards clinicians who work with patients, caregivers, and other health professionals to achieve that goal."

Editor's note:  "A fanatic is one who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim." -  George Santayana

The U.S. corporate dialysis medical directors have created the 'Peer Kidney Care Initiative', which is focused on --- drum roll please --- 'not dead' and 'not in the hospital.' (See their report.) This leadership continues to exclude patients, their psychosocial needs, and their life goals from consideration. A recent focus group showed that the number one complaint of U.S. dialysis patients is that medical staff is dismissive of their concerns.

To me, this organization seems more like mutual legal defense strategy group, as the dialysis care provided in U.S. clinics (fast and profitable) has long trailed other first-world countries. Do they admit that anywhere?

In the meantime, U.S. nephrologists continue their fanatical efforts to 'fix the numbers' through medical interventions.
bullet point NIH Works to Improve Kidney Health for All
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
bullet point Kidney Disease Awareness Grows As New Dialysis Cases Drops
Article from the Pittsburgh Post--Gazette.
bullet point Chronic Kidney Disease May Increase Certain Risks during Pregnancy
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Published Ahead-of-Print Abstracts from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension:
  Abstracts from the American Journal of the Medical Sciences:
bullet point FDA Device Recall Notice: Baxter AMIA v1.0 APD System - Labeling Change
Notice from the March 11, 2015 Enforcement Report.
bullet point Scleritis and Kidney Disease - More Than Meets the Eye...
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point FDA Releases Final Guidance on Reprocessing of Reusable Medical Devices
Press release and guidance (44-page pdf). This guidance does NOT include dialyzers or artificial kidneys.
bullet point Heritage Provider Network and Fresenius Medical Care Announce Physician Network Development and Care Coordination Collaboration
bullet point AMA and CDC Create 'Prevent Diabetes Stat' Website
bullet point Efforts To Instill Empathy Among Doctors Is Paying Dividends
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point NIH To Admit American Healthcare Worker with Ebola Virus Disease
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
bullet point Improving Physician-Nurse Teamwork
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Ethical Implications of Patients and Families Secretly Recording Conversations With Physicians
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Panasonic's Toughbook 54 (Laptop) is Designed for the Chaos of Healthcare Facilities
Corrections Released for ESRD QIP: "CY 2015 Changes to the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System and Quality Incentive Program (CMS-1614-P)"
Notice from The Federal Register.
Solving The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Formula Conundrum Continues Steps Toward Cost Savings And Care Improvements
Article from Health Affairs.
Momentum Building in Congress for $174 Billion Medicare Fix
Article from The Hill.


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Thursday, March 12

Heritage Provider Network and Fresenius Medical Care Announce Physician Network Development and Care Coordination Collaboration
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bullet point Too Much Sitting May Up Risk of Coronary Artery Calcification
(Registration required, but free.) Conference news from Heartwire via Medscape Nephrology.

Editor's note: More evidence that suggests that the standard approach to dialysis treatments in the United States is wrong.

bullet point ESRD NCC Offers Free Webinar on Dialysis Catheter-Related Blood Stream Infections, April 14, 2015, CE Available
Notice from the End Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center.
bullet point Unusual CKD Identified in Salvadoran Women
Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point How the United States Stacks Up to Other Countries in Chronic Kidney Disease
Article from the Huffington Post.
bullet point Study Shows Even Injured Kidneys Can Be Used for Transplants
Press release from Yale University. Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Modern Treatment Strategies Change Outlook for Adults with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy from Grim to Good
Press release from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation.
bullet point Baseline Hydration Status in Incident Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: the Initiative of Patient Outcomes in Dialysis (IPOD-PD Study)
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point Cardiac Valve Calcification Is Associated with Presence and Severity of Coronary Artery Disease in Patients with Predialysis Chronic Kidney Disease
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point NephroPlus Concerned over Rampant Cross Infections Rates of 20 to 34% Plaguing Dialysis Care in India
Article from Pharmabiz.com (India).
bullet point February 2015 Safety Labeling Changes
Includes 45 products with revisions to Prescribing Information. The list includes:
bullet point Two Regimens Equivalent in Lupus Nephritis
bullet point World Kidney Day Is March 12
bullet point Most Clinical Trial Results Not Reported on Time to Government
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Ensuring Respect and Dignity in the ICU
Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine.
bullet point Putting On and Removing Personal Protective Equipment
Free, Online First video from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Bird Flu Spreads Across China: Report
House GOP Plans Votes on Budget, Medicare Cuts in March
Article from The Hill.


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Wednesday, March 11

Study Shows Even Injured Kidneys Can Be Used for Transplants
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bullet point World Kidney Day Is March 12
Links from the Northwest Renal Network.
bullet point Drug Resistant Hypertension - No SIMPLE Way Out
Free, full-text, Issue in Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point OPTN/SRTR 2013 Annual Data Report
Free, full-text, special issue from the American Journal of Transplantation. OPTN/SRTR is the US Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.
bullet point A Guidance Document From the American Society of Transplantation's Living Donor Community of Practice (AST LDCOP)
(Registration required, but free.) Article from American Journal of Transplantation via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Socioeconomic Status and Ethnicity of Deceased Donor Kidney Recipients Compared to Their Donors
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Prolonged Renal Replacement Therapy Linked to Aspergillosis after Kidney Transplantation
Article from Healio.
bullet point FDA Heads Into Uncharted Territory Of ‘Biosimiliar’ Drugs
Article from WHYY via Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Stress, Depression a 'Perfect Storm' of Trouble for Heart Patients
Press release from the American Heart Association. Article from HealthDay. Abstract from Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
bullet point Atrial Fibrillation
Free, full-text JAMA Patient Page.
bullet point High Levels of Vitamin D Is Suspected of Increasing Mortality Rates
bullet point Are Current Water Treatment Methods Sufficient to Remove Harmful Engineered Nanoparticle?
bullet point Why Does the Affordable Care Act Remain So Unpopular?
Article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Sen. Warren Accuses GOP of Chasing Profits for Medical Companies
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Telehealth Promises to Reshape Health Care
Free, full-text article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Hundreds Of Hospitals Struggle To Improve Patient Satisfaction
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point IOM Halftime Report: Are Future of Nursing Goals within Reach?
Article from Nurse.com.
CMS Launches 'Next Generation' ACO Model
News briefs from Healthcare DIVE and AHANews.


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Tuesday, March 10*

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bullet point How I Discovered an Important Question a Doctor Should Ask a Patient
Article from the Washington Post.

“What are your goals for your care?” I ask. “How can I help you?”

Editor's note: The answer, from a patient suffering from heart and renal failure, was unexpected.
bullet point Blacks Dying for Lack of Black Organ Donors
Article from Howard University News Service.
bullet point Four Years of Experience with the Australian Kidney Paired Donation Program
Free, full-text article from Nephrology.
bullet point In UK, NHS Backs Plans for 'High Risk' Organ Donations
Article from The Telegraph.
bullet point Viral-Associated Glomerulopathies in Children
Free, full-text, Online First educational review from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Efficient Strategies to Find Diagnostic Test Accuracy Studies in Kidney Journals
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Never Share Diabetes Pens, FDA Warns
bullet point Apple Unwraps New (Open Source) Tool for Medical Researchers
Article from mHealthNews.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point FDA Approves CPR Devices That May Increase Chance of Surviving Cardiac Arrest
ANA Applauds Introduction of Legislation Recognizing APRNs' Ability to Sign Home Health Care Plans for Medicare
Press release from the American Nurses Association.


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Monday, March 9

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bullet point FDA Authorizes Use of First Device To Treat Patients with Dialysis-Related Amyloidosis
FDA press release.
bullet point A Sense of Purpose May Help Your Heart
Article and another heart health/depression report from HealthDay. Press release from Mount Sinai Hospital School of Medicine.

Editor's note: Psychosocial well-being in dialysis patients is ignored by U.S. nephrology at this time. Could psychosocial well-being be a major factor in the success of the vast majority of long-surviving dialysis patients?

What if creating an environment — where both patients' psychosocial lives and their bodies can thrive — is the secret of Tassin? What if positive environmental effects — along with non-iatrogenic treatments — facilitate physiological and/or epigenetic adaptations that nephrology has not yet begun to understand?

Could nephrologists learn from cell biologists? When a cell is ailing, cell biologists achieve far greater success by treating the cell's environment rather than injecting substances into the cell.

Currently, U.S. patients can best control their environment by dialyzing at home. However, this can be socially isolating and one does not benefit from the support and experiences of other patients. Wouldn't the best environment be like the nocturnal dialysis at Tassin (dinner and dialysis with wine or beer)?
bullet point FDA Approves First Biosimilar Product Zarxio (Neupogen stand-in)
FDA press release. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Warfarin Not Linked to Increased Mortality in Dialysis Patients
Article from Renal & Urology News. Free, full-text article from NDT: Other recent articles on AF and dialysis patients:
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Establishes Research and Development Center in Shanghai, China
Press release.
bullet point Complaint Alleges Sex Harassment by Yale Doctor/DaVita Nephrologist
Article from the New Haven Register.
bullet point World Kidney Day: CKD in Disadvantaged Populations
Free, full-text article from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point One-Year Mortality Rates in US Children with End-Stage Renal Disease
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point The Use of Calcimimetics for the Treatment of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism: A 10 Year Evidence Review
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Does the Presence of an Arteriovenous Fistula Alter Changes in Body Water Following Hemodialysis As Determined by Multifrequency Bioelectrical Impedance Assessment?
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point The Relationship Between Hemodialysis Modality and Insulin Resistance in Non-Diabetic Hemodialysis Patients
Issue in Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Impact of Baseline Health-Related Quality of Life Scores on Survival of Incident Patients on Peritoneal Dialysis: A Cohort Study
Free, full-text article from Nephron.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Pediatric Nephrology:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Adverse Events Associated with Administration of Simulation Intravenous Fluids to Patients — United States, 2014
Article from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
bullet point Saudis' Renal Health Alarming
Article from Arab News.
bullet point NIDDK Establishes Office of Nutrition Research
bullet point NIH-Led Study to Assess Community-Based Hepatitis C Treatment in Washington, D.C.
bullet point GOP Braces for ObamaCare Win at the Supreme Court
Video/news brief from The Hill.
 


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Fri./Sat., March 6-7

FDA Approves First Biosimilar Product Zarxio (Neupogen stand-in)
FDA press release. Article from HealthDay.
Warfarin Not Linked to Increased Mortality in Dialysis Patients
Article from Renal & Urology News. Free, full-text article from NDT:Other recent articles on AF and dialysis patients:
FDA Authorizes Use of First Device To Treat Patients with Dialysis-Related Amyloidosis
FDA press release.
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bullet point Defining Patient and Family Centered Care
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point Easing Depression May Boost Heart Health, Study Finds
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point What Is the Significance of Staphylococcus aureus Colonization in Hemodialysis Patients?
Free, full-text editorial and article from Nephron.
bullet point Dialysis Patients May Have Faulty 'Good' Cholesterol
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Study Reveals How Dietary Phosphate Can Increase Heart Disease Risk
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Articles from Reuters Health via Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
bullet point Should Temporary Hemodialysis Catheter Insertion Remain a Requirement of Nephrology Residency Training?
Provisional abstract and full-text article (9-page pdf) from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
bullet point Risk of Dementia in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients Compared with Hemodialysis Patients
PDI in Press abstract.
bullet point Hospira Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of One Lot of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 250 mL VisIV™ Container Due to Particulate Matter
Press release.
bullet point Reducing the Burden of Kidney Disease
New blog from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
bullet point Renal Research Institute Conducts Evaluation of Nephros' On-line Mid-dilution Hemodiafiltration System
bullet point Right-to-Try Laws
Health policy brief from Health Affairs.

"Some states have passed legislation intended to expand access to experimental treatments for patients with serious or life-threatening conditions."
bullet point 12 Patient Safety Gurus and Why They Matter
Article from Healthcare IT News.
bullet point Divorce May Be More Likely When Wives Get Sick
 


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Thursday, March 5

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bullet point How the ESRD Quality Incentive Program Could Potentially Improve Quality of Life for Patients on Dialysis
CJASN Express abstract.

"A key goal of improving quality of care is to enhance quality of life, a patient-important quality measure that matters more to many patients than even survival. None of the ESRD Quality Incentive Program measures assess patient-reported quality of life."

Editor's note: Far too many nephrologists are internal medicine wonks who can't see the forest (of patient well-being) for the trees. Is ASN finally seeing the forest?
bullet point Digoxin for Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Worse Outcomes (Especially for Kidney Failure Patients)
Article from HealthDay.

"The analysis also suggests that digoxin may increase the risk for death by 60 to 70 percent among patients with both the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation and kidney failure."
bullet point Data from the DOPPS Validate an Association between High IV Iron Doses and Mortality
News release from Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program.
bullet point Kidney Swap Chain Matches 6 Patients, 6 Donors At San Francisco Hospital
AP article via the Huffington Post.
bullet point March 18 Webinar: Emergency Preparedness and Response for the Dialysis Community: What You Need to Know
Notice from the ESRD National Coordinating Center.
bullet point Should Patients with CKD Stage 5D and Biochemical Evidence of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Be Prescribed Calcimimetic Therapy? An ERA-EDTA Position Statement
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Economic Evaluation of Neutral-pH, Low–Glucose Degradation Product Peritoneal Dialysis Solutions Compared With Standard Solutions: A Secondary Analysis of the balANZ Trial
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point Is Matching at the HLA Epitope Level the Holy Grail of Longer Graft Survival?
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point Medical Device Market in China
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
bullet point FDA Launches Drug Shortages Mobile App
Press release.
bullet point Largest Risk for Diabetes With Statins Yet Seen, in New Study
Articles from HealthDay and Medscape Medical News (registration required, but free).
bullet point NEJM Correspondence: Blood Pressure in Early Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
bullet point Can Exercise Training Prevent Premature Death in Elderly?
bullet point Long-Term Efficacy of a Hepatitis E Vaccine
bullet point Surprises And Standing: Breaking Down the Supreme Court Arguments on Obamacare
Video/text and article from Kaiser Health News. Article from The Hill.
bullet point Free Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point Health Care Quality Benchmarks Continue to Irritate, Evolve
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Aetna Claims Yoga Classes Are Worth $3K Per Employee Each Year
 


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Wednesday, Mar. 4

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bullet point "Kidneys Go Social" Kidney Disease Awareness Campaign
Press release from Renal Support Network.
bullet point Ferric Citrate Reduces Intravenous Iron and Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agent Use in ESRD
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Three-Dimensional Simulation of Mass Transfer in Artificial Kidneys
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
  From Skeletal to Cardiovascular Disease in 12 Steps — the Evolution of Sclerostin As a Major Player in CKD-MBD
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point The Impact of the Israeli Transplantation Law on the Socio-Demographic Profile of Living Kidney Donors
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Kidney Patients Team Up in Washington to Kick Off National Kidney Month
bullet point Saudi Arabia's MERS Death Toll Reaches 400
bullet point Obamacare and the Supreme Court: What's at Stake
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Article from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point 'Extreme' Disagreement Seen across Hospital Ratings Sites
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
CROWNWeb Downtime on March 5, 2015


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Tuesday, March 3

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bullet point Life on the Bridge
Documentary from Judy Weintraub, who has been living with chronic renal failure since 1975.

"When I was being tested for a kidney transplant back in 2000, a doctor in the transplant program said, “Well, you know, dialysis is just a bridge to transplantation,” “How can you say that to me? I’ve been living my life on that bridge!” And indeed, I have built a good life for myself on that bridge…. with kidney dialysis since 1975."
bullet point Are Doctors Using Unnecessary Tests to Diagnose Chronic Kidney Disease?
Press release from Brigham and Women's Hospital. Online First extract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Cause of Death in Patients with Reduced Kidney Function
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point NT-proBNP and Troponin T Levels Differ after Hemodialysis with a Low Versus High Flux Membrane
Free, full-text, Advance Online article from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point Evaluation of a Pseudo-One-Compartment Model for Phosphorus Kinetics by Later Phase Dialysate Collection during Blood Purification
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point New Care Model Enhances Psychological, Cognitive and Physical Recovery of ICU Survivors
Press release from Indiana University. Free, full-text article from American Journal of Nursing.
bullet point Low BP Might Speed Mental Decline in Dementia
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today. Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Abstracts from JAMA Internal Medicine:
bullet point Study Links BPA Exposure to Autism Spectrum Disorder
bullet point Power Vest Helps Caregivers to Assist Weak Patients
bullet point End-of-Life Care in the Intensive Care Unit:  How Asia Differs From the West
Free, full-text commentary and abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Nurse Who Survived Ebola Sues Dallas Hospital System
Article from AP.
bullet point Hospitals Battle Data Breaches With a Cybersecurity SOS
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
CMS: Report Shows 'Clear Progress' on Quality Improvement
News brief from AHA News Now. Report (271-page pdf) from CMS
Relationships Between Medicare Advantage Contract Characteristics and Quality-of-Care Ratings: An Observational Analysis of Medicare Advantage Star Ratings
Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Effect of Medicare's Nonpayment for Hospital-Acquired Conditions:  Lessons for Future Policy
Abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.


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Monday, March 2

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bullet point Hearts in the Crossfire: Standard Hemodialysis Stuns Organs—But, There is Hope!
Blog posting from Home Dialysis Central.
bullet point Over 50 Percent of People Currently Age 30 to 49 Could Develop CKD in Their Lifetime
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
bullet point New Kidney Disease Legislation Introduced
Press release from Kidney Care Partners.

Editor's note: Text of the bill is not yet available.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
bullet point The Prognostic Value of Positive T-Wave in Lead aVR in Hemodialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Online First article in Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Patients' and Relatives' Experiences of Peritonitis When Using Peritoneal Dialysis
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Factors Associated with Albumin Loss in Post-Dilution Hemodiafiltration and Nutritional Consequences
Online First abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point Funding Renal Replacement Therapy in Southeast Asia: Building Public-Private Partnerships in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia
Free, full-text, Article in Press article from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Antiretrovirals Linked to Cumulative Kidney Risk
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point Global Blood Pressure Program Could Save Millions of Lives, Experts Say
bullet point Hepatitis C Infections in Hospitals Show Need for Tight Infection Control Practices
bullet point ACA Boosts Primary Care Visits by Just 3.8%
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.
CMS Requests Suggestions for Updates to Conditions for Coverage for ESRD Facilities
The Clinical Standards Group (CSG) in the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) is responsible for developing, updating and overseeing the CMS regulations on the Conditions for Coverage (CfCs) for ESRD facilities.  These particular regulations were last revised in 2008 (116-page pdf); therefore, CSG is asking the ESRD community to review the current Conditions for Coverage (CfCs) and provide suggestions for additions/changes/obsoletions that may be useful in a future update to the current regulations.

Please email ESRDCSG@cms.hhs.gov by April 1st with your suggestions for future updates to the CMS regulations on the Conditions for Coverage (CfCs) for ESRD facilities.
CMS Extends Meaningful Use Deadline to March 20


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Fri./Sat., Feb. 27-28

Hearts in the Crossfire: Standard Hemodialysis Stuns Organs—But, There is Hope!
Blog posting from Home Dialysis Central.
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bullet point

Georgia's Dialysis Crisis: Living, and Dying, on a Mechanical Kidney
Article from Al Jazeera America.

"Dialysis facilities function as gatekeepers between kidney patients and new organs. By federal law, clinic staff are required to educate patients about transplants and they are supposed to send them to hospitals to be screened for the national waitlist. But in Georgia, dialysis clinics often fail to adequately assist patients as they navigate the transplant process."

"As one Georgian told researchers for a soon-to-be-published paper: “I’m a new dialysis patient and I know absolutely nothing about the transplant process … they don’t say anything about it.”

Editor's note: What are the nephrologists' financial incentives?

Financial incentives in dialysis care are like the undercurrents and riptides in the ocean. They do not seem evident on the surface and their power is unknown to most.

Due to an exception in the Stark Law, nephrologists are allowed to own interests in dialysis facilities. This creates incentives to provide cheap, fast dialysis and to keep patients in the dark about transplants.

Most dialysis clinic employees, like Ms. Sauls who is quoted in the article, are unaware that their work loads and duties are largely driven by their nephrologists' financial interests. One only need look at this recent article about the transplant success rate at the (non-profit) Northwest Kidney Centers to see how the nephrologists' financial interests can also control their patients' fates.

It's time to connect the dots.

bullet point Kidney Injury Alerts Don't Help Anyone
Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free). Article from YaleNews. Abstract from The Lancet.
bullet point Urine Test Predicts Heart Failure Patients' Risk of Kidney Injury
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal of Renal Care:
bullet point Structural and Functional Assessment of the Brain in European Americans with Mild to Moderate Kidney Disease: Diabetes Heart Study-MIND
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Basilic Vein Transposition Tailored As Rescue Procedure in a Uremic Difficult Access Patient with Thrombophilia
Free full-text article from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Shake It Off? Not so Easy for People with Depression, New Brain Research Suggests
Press release from the University of Michigan Health System.
bullet point QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 18–64 Years Who Have Seen or Talked with a Mental Health Professional in the Past 12 Months, by Health Insurance Status and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2012–2013
Report from the CDC's MMWR.
bullet point Rockwell Medical Reports Fourth Quarter 2014 Results
bullet point First-Ever Treatment Approved in Canada for Adults Living with ADPKD
bullet point Hospital-Based Active Shooter Incidents: Sanctuary under Fire
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from Annals of Internal Medicine:
bullet point Flu Vaccine Just 18% Effective This Year
Online Presentations from Project CROWNWeb:
CMS: ICD-10 Test Scores 81% Acceptance
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.


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Thursday, Feb. 26

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bullet point Consideration of Costs Can Reduce Moral Objections to Human Organ Sales and Other ‘Repugnant’ Transactions, Says Johns Hopkins Researcher
Press release from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
bullet point Save Money, Save Lives: Why the Silence on the Fiscal and Fatal Consequences of Kidney Disease Matters
Posting from the Huffington Post blog.
bullet point NxStage Kidney Care Brings Flexible Therapy Options To Greater Boston Area
Press release.
bullet point NxStage Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2014 Revenue
Press release.
bullet point Amgen Announces Positive Results From Head-To-Head Study Comparing The Efficacy And Safety Of AMG 416 With Cinacalcet In Patients With Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Receiving Hemodialysis
Press release.

Editor's note: ... must... get... outside the bundle.
bullet point The Cost Effectiveness of Erythropoietin-Stimulating Agents for Treating Anemia in Patients on Dialysis: A Systematic Review
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point

DaVita HealthCare Partners to Work With Achievement First to Build Culture Between School and Parents
Press release.

Editor's note: DaVita's Kent Thiry has a strong business interest in charter schools. See these stories from The Nation and The Washington Post.

The business plan is familiar. Insert oneself into a never-ending, taxpayer-funded, revenue stream. Use junk-bond funding to capture large portion of market. Reward industry professionals to advance corporate financial goals using law-bending schemes. Use political connections and industry clout to establish standards only a corporation could love. Blame and discharge clients who object or fail. Have PR team continually churn out information on the successful and admired corporate culture.

Fast, cheap dialysis becomes... fast, cheap education.

bullet point Abstracts from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point Blood Pressure Target in Diabetes Mellitus
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point MERS CoV Infection in Two Renal Transplant Recipients: Case Report
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Telestroke, Tele-Oncology and Teledialysis: a Systematic Review to Analyze the Outcomes of Active Therapies Delivered with Telemedicine Support
Online First abstract from the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare.
bullet point Transplant Journal Study: Many Transplant Surgeons Suffer Burnout
bullet point Heart Failure Patients Who Struggle With Daily Tasks at Greatest Risk
bullet point New Online Tool Gives Patients Insight Into The Cost Of Medical Care
Article from Kaiser Health News. Guroo.com web site.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal of Medicine:
bullet point Medical Identity Theft Sees Sharp Uptick
Article from Healthcare IT News.
bullet point Swine Flu: India Health Minister Urges Calm
bullet point Bionic Reconstruction Replaces Dysfunctional Arms with Robotic Prostheses
bullet point Burwell: No Back-Up Plan If High Court Overturns Obamacare Tax Credits
CMS: First End-To-End Testing of ICD-10 Successful Overall
News brief from AHANews.com.
CROWNWeb Downtime on February 26, 2015


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Wed., Feb. 25

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bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Says Profit May Not Grow until 2016
Article from Reuters. 4th quarter and full-year results from Fresenius Medical Care.
bullet point Welcome to NephMadness 2015
Posting from the AJKD blog.
bullet point DaVita Kidney Care Announces its First Chief Medical Officer for International Operations
Press release.

"Prior to joining DaVita Kidney Care in 2009, Krishnan worked in various nephrology leadership positions with Amgen, heading up global health economics and outcomes research for nephrology."

Editor's note: See story below.
bullet point India's Private Healthcare Sector 'Treats Patients As Revenue Generators'
Press release, editorial, and article from British Medical Journal.
bullet point Factors Precipitating Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agent Responsiveness in a European Hemodialysis Cohort: Case Crossover Study
Early View abstract from Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety.
bullet point Glomerular Filtration Rate and Albuminuria for Detection and Staging of Acute and Chronic Kidney Disease in Adults:  A Systematic Review
Abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Editorials from Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease:
bullet point The Need for Enhanced Training in Nephrology Medical Education Research
Free, full-text Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point N-Terminal Pro–B-Type Natriuretic Peptide Variability in Stable Dialysis Patients
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Kidney Function Alters the Relationship between Postoperative Troponin T Level and Death
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Endo Apps: How to Get Useful Glucose Meter Data
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Advance Directives
Free, full-text, JAMA Patient Page.
bullet point New Medical Device Postmarket Surveillance System Coming
Article from Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry.  Article from the Brookings Institute.
bullet point ‘Pregnancy Tester’ Device Could Help 1M Undiagnosed Kidney Disease Patients in UK
Press release from the Institution of Mechancial Engineers.
bullet point Over Five Thousand Kidney Transplants in Cuba Since 1970
bullet point Sharing Clinical Trial Data:  Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Risk
Free, full-text viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Pioneering Pediatric ACO Drops Costs but Quality Gains Prove Elusive
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Survey: With Health Law's Help, Uninsured Rate Drops To Lowest Level In 7 Years
bullet point Hospitals Spending Billions On New Buildings, But They May Not Improve Patient Satisfaction
Medicare Advantage Rates Seen Hurting Providers (especially DaVita) with Sicker Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
March Deadlines for National Healthcare Surveillance Network (NHSN) Annual Survey (3/1) and the Secure Access Management Services (SAMS) Registration Process (3/14)
Bulletin from the Northwest Renal Network.


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Tuesday, Feb. 24

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bullet point Collaboration, Focus Drive Transplant Success Rate at Northwest Kidney Centers
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point Patient Bulletin — Kidney Transplant: A New Matching System
1-page pdf from the Northwest Renal Network.
bullet point Longtime Dialysis Nurse in Minnesota Donates Kidney
Video and article from The Bemidji Pioneer.
bullet point Which ESA Is Safer in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients?
Posting from the eAJDK blog.
bullet point Incidence of Erythropoietin Antibody Mediated Pure Red Cell Aplasia: The Prospective Immunogenicity Surveillance Registry (PRIMS)
Free, full-text article from NDT.

"Conclusion This large, prospective registry demonstrates that PRCA is rare with subcutaneous administration of either the new coated-stopper syringe presentation of Eprex®, or NeoRecormon® or Aranesp®."
bullet point Dabigatran, Rivaroxaban Contraindicated in AF Patients Who Are on Dialysis
Article from Healio.com. Published Ahead of Print abstract from Circulation.
bullet point Pharmacotherapy in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Presenting With Acute Coronary Syndrome: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association
(Free 28-page pdf) Published Ahead of Print article from Circulation.
bullet point Recurrent Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis after Kidney Transplantation
Free, full-text, Online First educational review from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Addressing Morbid Obesity as a Barrier to Renal Transplantation With Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Vitamin D Deficiency Linked More Closely to Diabetes Than Obesity
Press release from the Endocrine Society.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point IOM to Host March Conference on End-Of-Life Care Recommendations
bullet point Asahi Kasei to Buy Polypore
bullet point The Numbers Are In: As Many As 2 in 3 Smokers Will Die from Their Habit
Press release from the Sax Institute.
bullet point The Art of Handling 'Difficult' Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Business of Medicine.
bullet point Sauna Use Associated with Reduced Risk of Cardiac, All Cause Mortality
bullet point Canada Must Ensure All Orphan Drugs Are Priced Fairly to Allow Patient Access
“Understanding CMS-2744 Errors” Town Hall Registration Now Open
Notice of Feb. 26th Town Hall event from the Project CROWNWeb site.
CMS Proposes 1% Pay Cut for Medicare Advantage


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bullet point Rethinking the Restriction on Nutrition During Hemodialysis Treatment
Free, full-text article from Journal of Renal Nutrition.

"Available data indicate that while eating during HD treatment does generally cause a transient reduction in BP, it is tolerated by a vast majority of patients without significant clinical consequences. Although further research may demonstrate strategies to reduce the potential risks associated with eating during treatment, the widespread use in multiple countries without reports regarding its complications suggests that intradialytic nutrition is an appropriate strategy to improve clinical outcomes in a large proportion of the MHD patient population who can tolerate it."
bullet point 25 Years on Dialysis ‘A Way of Life’
Article from Journal-News (Dayton, OH).
bullet point The Effects of Cinacalcet in Older and Younger Patients on Hemodialysis: The Evaluation of Cinacalcet HCl Therapy to Lower Cardiovascular Events (EVOLVE) Trial
Free, full-text, CJASN Express article.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Self-Management in Chronic Disease: Clear Benefits for Blood Pressure Control in CKD
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
bullet point Effect of Cholecalciferol Replacement on Vascular Calcification and Left Ventricular Mass Index in Dialysis Patients
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point Niacin and Progression of CKD
Article in Press Abstract from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point FDA Recall Notice: MedComp Hemodialysis Catheters and PICCs
Notice from the FDA Enforcement Report for Feb. 18, 2015.
bullet point Improving Diabetes Prevention with Benefit Based Tailored Treatment: Risk Based Reanalysis of Diabetes Prevention Program
Free, full-text article from British Medical Journal.
bullet point São Paulo Brazil Running Out of Water; Dialysis Treatments Cut Short
bullet point Diaverum To Take Kidney Care in Kazakhstan to the Next Level
bullet point U.N. Investigates Surge in Saudi MERS Cases
bullet point Diabetes and Depression Predict Dementia Risk in People with Slowing Minds
bullet point 'Socialized' or Not, Britain's Health Care System is Superior
Article from the Center for Public Integrity. Related article from The Guardian.
bullet point U.S. Dietary Guidelines Take Aim at Sugar
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point An Era Of Precision Medicine And Rapid Learning
Posting from the Health Affairs blog.
 


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