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Tuesday, May 22

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  May 22, 2018
Kidney Docs Worry Over No Dialysis for Undocumented Immigrants
Articles from HealthDay and NPR. Latest article abstract and editorial extract from Annals of Internal Medicine. Excerpt from HealthDay:
In interviews with providers at two U.S. hospitals, Cervantes' team found widespread guilt, exhaustion and "moral distress" over the care given to undocumented immigrants.

Doctors and nurses were emotionally drained from seeing "needless suffering and high mortality," Cervantes said.

At the same time, some also said they tried to "numb" themselves against feeling too much, because they were powerless to change anything.

"Turning patients away from hemodialysis is a huge aspect of physician burnout," one physician said. "Residents have to emotionally disassociate from their patients, and that's the opposite of what we're trying to teach."
Editor's note: Bravo to Dr. Lilia Cervantes.
Kidney Disease in Undocumented Immigrants
Posting from the AJKD blog and related AJKD Policy Forum.
Delhi Hospitals To Offer Free Dialysis, But Conditions Apply
Article from NewsBytes. Related New Online viewpoint article from The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Although It's Life Extending, I Absolutely Hate Dialysis.
Facebook posting from Dialysis Discussion Uncensored.
Women with Pregnancy Related Diabetes May Be at Risk for Chronic Kidney Disease
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
Helping Preterm Infants Grow Bigger Kidneys Would Prevent Kidney Disease Later in Life
Press release from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
Accepted Articles Abstracts from Nephrology:
Atrial Fibrillation in Dialysis Patients: Is There a Place for Non-Vitamin K Antagonist Oral Anticoagulants?
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
UCLA Engineer Develops 3D Printer That Can Create Complex Biological Tissues
Press release from UCLA Samueli School of Engineering.
Articles from MedGadget:
Community Water Quality Linked to Kidney Stones
Trump Nominates Acting VA Secretary To Lead Troubled Agency
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Patients Want Providers with Strong Online Presence
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.
Richard Lehman Retiring
Twitter post by Tom Oates.

Editor's note:
I will miss weekly entries like this:

"It's time to get out in the garden. In honour of Blake we have planted a fig and a vine and much honeysuckle, though these days we seldom go there naked to read Paradise Lost to each other. A pity, since it is a most excellent poem. It's interesting that in book XI Milton joins today's moralists in putting down most non-communicable diseases to poor lifestyle choices..."
 


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Monday, May 21

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  May 21, 2018
LOKELMA™ Approved in the US for the Treatment of Adults with Hyperkalemia
Press release.
In Lupus, Time on Dialysis Matters
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
UC Nephrology Researchers Examine Impact of Poor Functional Kidney Status
Press release from the University of Cincinnati.
Top Studies on AKI
List from Healio.
Environmental Pollution and Kidney Disease
News release from the National Kidney Foundation.
A Holistic Approach to Factors Affecting Depression in Hemodialysis Patients
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Critical Governance Issue of Parathyroid Hormone Assays and its Selection in the Management of Chronic Kidney Disease Mineral and Bone Disorders
Free, Open Access, Early View article from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Improving Hemodialysis Fistula Maturation Following Early Ultrasound Vascular Mapping: "The Venous Preservation Scan"
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Preoperative Point-of-Care Ultrasound and Its Impact on Arteriovenous Fistula Maturation Outcomes
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
What Is the Impact of Human Leukocyte Antigen Mismatching on Graft Survival and Mortality in Renal Transplantation? A Meta-Analysis of 23 Cohort Studies Involving 486,608 Recipients
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Survival in Patients on Hemodialysis: Effect of Gender According to Body Mass Index and Creatinine
Free, Open Access article from PLOS ONE.
Parathyroid Hormone, Fibroblast Growth Factor 23, and Parameters of Phosphate Reabsorption
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Canagliflozin Improved Renal Outcomes in Diabetes
CANVAS conference coverage from Internal Medicine News.
Share the Spare: Nephrologist Donates Kidney to Brother
Article from Kidney News Online.
VA Signs $10 Billion Cerner EHR Contract
Article from Healthcare IT News.
 


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Fri/Sat, May 18-19

LOKELMA™ Approved in the US for the Treatment of Adults with Hyperkalemia
Press release.
In Lupus, Time on Dialysis Matters
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
UC Nephrology Researchers Examine Impact of Poor Functional Kidney Status
Press release from the University of Cincinnati.
Top Studies on AKI
List from Healio.
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  May 18, 2018
Results from UCLA SONG Working Groups in English and Spanish
Tweets from @song_initiative. The SONG initiative is an international initiative that aims to establish core outcomes in chronic kidney disease that are important to patients, caregivers, and health professionals.

Editor's note: The choices that were offered do not include the most inclusive desired outcome: to live as normal a life as possible. These choices remind me of the Henry Ford quote, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

Without a goal of "normalcy," systems of care will never be holistic and will only invite more life-disrupting interventions. A goal of normalcy also encourages the continuous development of technological innovations. Dialysis patient employment will always be the best example of holistic dialysis care and will always drive both micro and macro innovations.
Putting Patients at the Center of Kidney Disease Research
Guest blog post from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
Between Death And Deportation
Article from Kaiser Health News.

“In some states, they say giving you dialysis is keeping you from dying. We are going to put you on emergency Medicaid,” said Steven Wallace, a health professor at UCLA, who has studied immigrant health care in the U.S. “In other states — Georgia comes to mind — they will not put you on emergency Medicaid until you are in diabetic shock.”
Man Has SIX Kidneys Inside His Body After Having Transplants Due to Chronic Illness.. and Some of the Organs May Have Dissolved
Articles from The Daily Mail and The Sun (UK).
Acute Kidney Injury during Hospitalization Linked with Higher Risk of Heart Failure
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. Press release from Kaiser Permanente.
Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
Pain in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients: a Multicenter Study
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
Issue-in-Progress Abstracts from American Journal of Nephrology:
Comparison of Hemodialysis Arteriovenous Fistula Blood Flow Rates Measured by Doppler Ultrasound and Phase Contrast Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Effects of Plasma Proteins on the Transport and Surface Characteristics of Polysulfone/Polyethersulfone and Asymmetric Cellulose Triacetate High Flux Dialyzers
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
Robots Grow Mini Organs from Human Stem Cells
Press release from University of Washington Health Sciences.
Effectiveness of Text Message Based, Diabetes Self Management Support Program
Free, full-text article from The BMJ.
Hepatitis Awareness Month and Testing Day, May 2018
MMWR news item and CDC Hepatitis resource.
An Incomplete Prescription — President Trump's Plan to Address High Drug Prices
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
FDA Spotlights Drugmakers Who May Be Blocking Access to Generics
News brief from the American Hospital Association. Article from STAT.
Changing How We Tthink about Healthcare Improvement
Free, full-text article from The BMJ.
DR Congo Ebola Outbreak: WHO in Emergency Talks as Cases Spread
Article from the BBC.
U.S. Fertility Rates Hit Record Low in 2017
AHA Responds to Commentators Calling for Capping Payments at Medicare Rates
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
“New CROWNWeb Release – EQRS 1.2” Town Hall Recording Is Now Available


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Thursday, May 17

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  May 17, 2018
Members of the KHI Patient and Family Partnership Council Meet with HHS Secretary Azar
Tweet from @HHSIDEALabNews brief from Kidney News Online. Blog post by Bruce D. Greenstein, HHS Chief Technology Officer. Photo of KHI Patient and Family Partnership Council members.
I See A Lot Of People Just "Accepting" Feeling Terrible after Dialysis. None of Us Should Just Accept That.
Facebook posting from Dialysis Discussion Uncensored.
Organ Stunning on Hemodialysis: What Is It and What Can You Do?
Article from Home Dialysis Central.
The Opioid Epidemic Has Boosted the Number of Organs Available for Transplant
Press releases from the University of Utah Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Article from HealthDay. Article extract and letter to the editor from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Researchers Take Key Step toward Growing Human Organs in Laboratory
Press release from Oregon State University.
Per-Capita End-Of-Life Spending Is Decreasing Rapidly, According to New Study
Press release from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.
Clinical Pharmacodynamics: Principles of Drug Response and Alterations in Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, CJASN Express article.
Early Renal Damage among Children Living in the Region of Highest Burden of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Emerging Association Between Parathyroid Hormone and Anemia in Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Early Online, Open Access article from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
A Stress Response Protein May Prevent Kidney Damage after Heart Surgery
Press release from American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Paying the Price for Insulin
Opinion piece from STAT.
Renal Support Network Announces the 16th Annual Essay Contest
American Kidney Fund Launches Comprehensive New Kidney Disease Education Portal
Addressing Generic-Drug Market Failures — The Case for Establishing a Nonprofit Manufacturer
Free, full-text perspective piece from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Azar Says Admin 'Does Not Believe in' Medicare Drug Price Negotiations
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.


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Wednesday, May 16

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  May 16, 2018
Pfizer's Biosimilar RETACRIT® (epoetin alfa-epbx) Approved by U.S. FDA
Press release. Article from Reuters. FDA news release. Related article extract from STAT.
Patient-Centered Care — Taking Us Back to Medical School
Posting from the AJKD blog.
FDA Product Recall Notices:
The Management of Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Patients with Advanced Kidney Disease
Free supplemental issue of Hemodialysis International with 10 full-text articles.
Free, Full-Text, Articles in Press from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Longitudinal Changes in Bone and Mineral Metabolism after Cessation of Cinacalcet in Dialysis Patients with Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Fibroblast Growth Factor-23 and Risks of Cardiovascular and Noncardiovascular Diseases: A Meta-Analysis
Free, full-text JASN Express article.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Kidney International:
Infection Is the Chief Cause of Mortality and Non-Death Censored Graft Loss in the First Year after Renal Transplantation in a Resource Limited Population: a Single Center Study
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Dialysis Profits Bill Goes before California Senate Hearing
Article from Healio.
Kidney Transplant Ups Survival in Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA)
The Mediterranean Diet's Fight Against Frailty
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Preparing for the 'Silver Tsunami'
Press release from Case Western Reserve University.
America's Fittest City: Arlington, VA
New Medicare Perk: Diabetes Prevention
Article from HealthDay.
CMS Releases 2016 Medicare Parts B and D Drug Spending Data
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
CMS Unveils Enhanced “Drug Dashboards” to Increase Transparency on Drug Prices
CMS press release. Article from HealthLeaders Media.


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Tuesday, May 15

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  May 15, 2018
First Lady Melania Trump Hospitalized After Treatment For Kidney Condition
Articles from NPR and Reuters.
National Kidney Foundation Statement on American Patients First: The Trump Administration Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs
Press release.
This Robot Can Automatically Draw Blood from Humans
1min31sec YouTube video from In the Know Innovation.
The Sixth Annual Kidney Health Initiative Stakeholders Meeting, May 14-15
Twitter #KidneyHealthInitiative and #ASN_KHI.
NxStage Keeps Losing Money as Key Deadline Grows Nearer
Article from The Motley Fool.
Protective Protein Activated by Vitamin K Found, Inactive, Abundant in Blacks on Dialysis
Press release from Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Abstract from American Journal of Hypertension.
Study Finds Acetaminophen Helps Reduce Acute Kidney Injury Risk in Children Following Cardiac Surgery
Press release from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Cross-Sectional Assessment of Achievement of Therapeutic Goals in a Canadian Multidisciplinary Clinic for Patients With Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text research letter from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Activation of the mTORC1 Pathway by Inflammation Contributes to Vascular Calcification in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Antibiotics and AKI for #MADID18
48-minute video presentation by Joel Topf via Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
The Shortage of Normal Saline in the Wake of Hurricane Maria
Preview of New Online viewpoint article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Patients Who Skip Medications Cost Healthcare $300 Billion Annually
Article from Healthcare Finance.
Apart From A Few ‘Sacrificial Lambs,’ Pharma Emerges From Trump’s Speech Largely Unscathed
News summary and editorial summary from Kaiser Health News.
Opioid Makers' Perks to Docs Tied to More Opioid Prescriptions
Article from HealthDay.
In the 'Diabetes Belt,' a Small NC Town Grapples with Growth of the World's Largest Insulin Maker
Article from STAT.
Texas Doc Allegedly Built 'Lavish' Life on Dubious Diagnoses, Unneeded Chemo
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
The Big Ethical Questions for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
Press release from Nuffield Council on Bioethics.
May 15: NHSN Reporting Deadline for ESRD Facilities


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Monday, May 14

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  May 14, 2018
The Sixth Annual Kidney Health Initiative Stakeholders Meeting, May 14-15
The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) is a public-private partnership between the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Twitter #KidneyHealthInitiative and #ASN_KHI.
Question of the Day: Why Do You Think an Overwhelming Number of Nephrologists Would Do Home Dialysis (PD or HHD) but Send Their Patients In Center?
Facebook posting and another related posting from Dialysis Discussion Uncensored.
Despite Skyrocketing Incidence of Kidney Disease and Kidney Failure, Government Investment Remains Inadequate
Opinion piece from Kidney Care Partners via The Hill.
Hurricane Preparedness Newsletter
(6-page pdf) Special edition from the Florida ESRD Network.
National Kidney Foundation Statement on Legislation Passed in Colorado to Provide Paid Leave for Living Organ Donors
Press release.
Ready, Set, Match: Digital Solution Shortens Wait Time For Kidney Transplants
Article from GE Reports.
ASN Communities Weekly Rewind: Burnout in Nephrology
Feature from Kidney News Online.
7 Mistakes That Can Boost Your Blood Pressure Reading
Article from HealthDay.
U.S. Investigates Bloodstream Infections for Link to Heparin Syringes
Article from Reuters.
Drinking More Water No Help in CKD
Article from MedPage Today. Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Comparison between Incremental and Thrice-Weekly Hemodialysis: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Self-Cannulation of the Vascular Access in Home Hemodialysis: Overcoming Patient-Level Barriers
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Factors Associated With Anthropometric Indicators of Nutritional Status in Children With Chronic Kidney Disease Undergoing Peritoneal Dialysis, Hemodialysis, and After Kidney Transplant
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Syncope, Hypotension, and Falls in the Treatment of Hypertension
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from Journal of the American Geriatrics Society via Medscape Nephrology.
Study Finds New Combined Risk Score More Effectively Predicts Stroke Risk in Afib Patients
Press release from Intermountain Medical Center.
American Renal Associates Holdings, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2018 Results
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Pharma Breathes Easy As Trump's Drug Pricing Plan Fizzles
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma Statement on ‘American Patients First’ Blueprint
CMS Press release.

"“I am honored to work for a President who is unafraid to take bold actions to put American patients first."


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Fri/Sat, May 11-12

Despite Skyrocketing Incidence of Kidney Disease and Kidney Failure, Government Investment Remains Inadequate
Opinion piece from Kidney Care Partners via The Hill.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
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  May 11, 2018
Oral Antibiotics Linked to Increased Kidney Stone Risk
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Health Insurance and PD Utilization at ESRD Onset in the US
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Why to NOT Ask “Have You Thought About Home Dialysis?”
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Long-Term Efficacy and Safety of Sucroferric Oxyhydroxide in African American Dialysis Patients
Free, Open Access, Early View article from Hemodialysis International.
Successful Pregnancy and Delivery after Simultaneous Islet-Kidney Transplantation
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
A Novel Method for Rapid Bedside Measurement of GFR
JASN Express abstract.
Attitudes and Practices of Chinese Physicians regarding Chronic Kidney Disease and Acute Kidney Injury Management: a Questionnaire-based Cross-Sectional Survey in Secondary and Tertiary Hospitals
Free, Open Access, First Online article from International Urology and Nephrology.
Biomarker-guided Intervention to Prevent Acute Kidney Injury After Major Surgery: The Prospective Randomized BigpAK Study
Abstract from Annals of Surgery.
Multiple Risk Factor Control, Mortality and Cardiovascular Events in Type 2 Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease: a Population-based Cohort Study
Free, full-text article from BMJ Open.
Rockwell Medical Reports First Quarter 2018 Results
Exercises for Chronic Health Conditions
HHS Head Azar Requested Less Money Than Congress Gave the Agency
Article from Healthcare Finance.
Alcohol and Tobacco Are by Far the Biggest Threat to Human Welfare of All Addictive Drugs
Press release from Society for the Study of Addiction.
Working Overtime Linked to Less Collaboration Between Nurses and Doctors
Press release from New York University.
Trump to Drop Call for Medicare to Negotiate Lower Drug Prices
Article from The New York Times.
Study: More Medicare Drug Plan Enrollees Hitting Out-of-Pocket Limit
News brief from American Hospital Association.


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Thursday, May 10

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  May 10, 2018
Women Are More Likely To Die Waiting For An Organ Due To A Mix Of Biology And Bias
Article from The Huffington Post.
Transplantation in Value-Based Care for Patients with Renal Failure
Free, full-text, Early View letter to the editor and reply from American Journal of Transplantation.
Restrictive Fluids Tied to Kidney Injury after Major Abdominal Surgery
Article from Internal Medicine News. Free, full-text, Recently Published article and editorial from the New England Journal of Medicine.

"Among patients at increased risk for complications during major abdominal surgery, a restrictive fluid regimen was not associated with a higher rate of disability-free survival than a liberal fluid regimen and was associated with a higher rate of acute kidney injury."
Last Month in Nephrology Blog
May 2018 update.
Validation of the Living Kidney Donor Profile Index in a European Cohort and Comparison of Long-Term Outcomes with US Results
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Microbiome and Cardiovascular Disease in CKD
CJASN Express abstract.
Cardiac Hypertrophy Elevates Serum Levels of Fibroblast Growth Factor 23
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
Vaccination Practices in Dialysis Patients: a Narrative Review
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
CDC and the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition To Present an Infection Prevention Webinar - May 18
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
National Kidney Foundation and TMF Quality Innovative Institute Team-Up to Prevent Kidney Disease through Screening and Education
Press release.
Words Matter: Stigmatizing Language in Medical Records May Affect the Care a Patient Receives
Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Nephros Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Almost 150 Now Sickened By E. Coli-Tainted Lettuce
Trump Wants to Cut Billions from CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program)
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.
Novartis Paid Trump's Lawyer's Firm Far More Than Any of Its Actual Lobbyists
Article, unanswered questions, and exclusive from STAT.
Midterm Elections Are Shaping Up To Be A Referendum On Trumpism
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Former CMS Administrator's New Firm Will Focus On Getting Health Care To Low-Income, High-Need Populations
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Penn Experts Call for Safeguards If Medicaid Work Requirement Policies Prevail
Press release from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
CROWNWeb New User Training
June 12th at 2:00 pm ET.


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Wednesday, May 9

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  May 9, 2018
Games and Greed Delay the Market Entry of Money-Saving Biosimilars
Article from STAT.
May Issue of Kidney News Online
24-page document from the American Society of Nephrology.
Surviving Kidney Disease: Where There Is Hope, Anything Is Possible!
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Drinking More Water Does Not Slow Decline of Kidney Function for Kidney Disease Patients
Press release from Lawson Health Research Institute. Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Smoking and Outcomes in Kidney Transplant Recipients: a Post Hoc Survival Analysis of the FAVORIT Trial
Full-text article from the International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease.
Longitudinal Analysis of Cardiac Structure and Function in Incident Automated Peritoneal Dialysis: Comparison between Icodextrin Solution and Glucose-based Solution
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Prevalence of Central Vein Stenosis in Patients Referred for Vein Mapping
CJASN Express abstract.
Acute Kidney Injury: Epidemiology, Outcomes, Complications, and Therapeutic Strategies
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
AHA: Blood Pressure Measurement Mistakes Can Lead to Misdiagnoses
Article from HealthDay.
The US Renal Anemia Market Sees Some Shifting As Mircera Use Expands Beyond Fresenius Medical Care Clinics and Auryxia Makes its Debut with a New Iron Deficiency Anemia Indication in the Pre-Dialysis Setting
Press release.
Palladio Biosciences Receives FDA IND Clearance to Begin the ELISA Study, a Phase 2 Clinical Trial with Lixivaptan in Patients with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD)
Press release.
Rockwell Medical Update on Calcitriol New Manufacturing Submission to FDA
Press release.
Senators Probe 'Enormous' Insulin Price Spikes
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
Words Matter: How Older Patients Want to Discuss Health Concerns
Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Eye-Popping Premium Increases Give First Glimpse Of Next Year's Marketplace
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Financial Strain Has Major Impact on Patients' Health Care Decisions
Press release from UT Southwestern Medical Center.
When Credit Scores Become Casualties Of Health Care
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Cancer Warnings to Be Served up with Coffee in California
Article from Reuters.
News from CMS: Telehealth Waiver and Renamed MIPS Category
Article from Kidney News Online.
CMS Announces Agency's First Rural Health Strategy
Press release.
CROWNWeb Updates
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are pleased to inform the ESRD community that the 1.2 release will be deployed to CROWNWeb production during scheduled downtime on May 8 at 8:00 PM EDT through May 9 at 12:00 AM EDT.


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Tuesday, May 8

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  May 8, 2018
DaVita Endorses International Initiative Aimed at Helping Give Patients a Voice in Kidney Care Trials and Research
Press release.

Editor's note: Will patients finally become "teammates" at DaVita?
Home Health, Nursing Face Job Shortages, Report Finds
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.

"... six occupations in healthcare that will face shortages by 2025: home health aides, nursing assistants, lab technologists, lab technicians, nurse practitioners and physicians."
'Productive Aging' Is Key to Addressing the Aging Workforce
Press release and abstract from Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Editor's note: These concepts should have been adopted for renal re/habilitation decades ago. Why shouldn't dialysis providers employ experienced dialysis patients?
International Differences in the Location and Use of Arteriovenous Accesses Created for Hemodialysis: Results From the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS)
Free, Open Access article and accompanying editorial from the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
CKD Potpourri — An Overview of Scientific Progress in CKD in Children
Twitter moment from the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting in Toronto (May 5-8).
Flexible, Wearable Oral Sodium Sensor Could Help Improve Hypertension Control
Press release from Georgia Institute of Technology.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the Public Health Benefits from Enactment of Menu Labeling
FDA statement.
Serum Phosphate Optimal Timing and Range Associated with Patients Survival in Hemodialysis: the COSMOS Study
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
New Project Will Study Peritonitis Infection in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
News release from Arbor Research.
NIH Clinical Trial to Track Outcomes of Kidney Transplantation from HIV-Positive Donors to HIV-Positive Recipients
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
Measuring and Monitoring Equity in Access to Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation
Accepted Article abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Alabama Hospital Uses Telehealth To Minimize Travel Times for Kidney Transplant Patients
Article from Becker's Hospital Review.
Determinants of Regret in Elderly Dialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Seminars in Dialysis:
Test Your Knowledge: Lung Ultrasound To Assess Volume Status in CKD
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Haemodialysis Membranes
Advance Online abstract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.

Hypocalcemia and Bone Mineral Density Changes Following Denosumab Treatment in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients: a Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies
First Online abstract from Osteoporosis International.

Association Between Psychological Interventions and Chronic Pain Outcomes in Older Adults — A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Kidney Cells from Amniotic Fluid Obtained from Cesarean Section at Delivery
New Movement Monitoring System Helping Prevent Falls in the Elderly
Geisinger to Provide Free DNA Sequencing for Patients
News brief from Healthcare DIVE. Related abstract and full-text article from Health Affairs.
Strong Action Is Needed to Preserve the Competitiveness of America's Life-Science Industries
Opinion piece from STAT.
Antitrust, Market Exclusivity, and Transparency in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Federal Officials Say No-Go To Lifetime Limits on Medicaid
Article from Kaiser Health News.
The Ethics of Medicaid's Work Requirements and Other Personal Responsibility Policies
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
New Hampshire Wins Approval for Medicaid Work Requirements
Article from The Hill.
Accountable Care Organizations That Take on Downside Risk Save Medicare Money, but the Majority Would Rather Leave
Articles from Healthcare Finance and HFMA.


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Monday, May 7

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  May 7, 2018
17th Congress of the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis
May 5-8, Vancouver. Twitter #ISPD18 and #ispd2018.
Twitter Moment:
Also see #ASPN18 (American Society of Pediatric Nephrology) from the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting in Toronto (May 5-8).
Why UK Dialysis Patients Fear They Can No Longer Visit EU after Brexit
Article form iNews.
Webinar — Living with Kidney Disease: Pain and Itch, and the Role of Palliative Care
Presented Tuesday, May 15, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT by the the Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Urine of Kidney Disease Patients Contains Diverse Mix of Bacteria
Press release from Loyola University Health System.
Articles via Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
How Low Is Too Low? Experts Debate Blood Pressure Targets in Post-SPRINT Era
Press release and the Leung and Feldman articles from the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.
First Online Abstracts from International Urology And Nephrology:
Role of Antiplatelet Therapy in the Durability of Hemodialysis Access
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Kidney International:
Community-acquired Acute Kidney Injury Among Children Seen in the Pediatric Emergency Department
Early View abstract from Academic Emergency Medicine.
Residual Function Effectively Controls Plasma Concentrations of Secreted Solutes in Patients on Twice Weekly Hemodialysis
JASN Express abstract.
Virtual Doctor Visits Are Getting More Popular, But Questions Remain about Who Pays
Article from The Washington Post.
Armpit Thermometers Helped Spread Dangerous Fungus at UK Hospital
Article from HealthDay.
Proposed Rule: Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2019 Rates; ...
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Fri/Sat, May 4-5

Virtual Doctor Visits Are Getting More Popular, But Questions Remain about Who Pays
Article from The Washington Post.*
Why UK Dialysis Patients Fear They Can No Longer Visit EU after Brexit
Article form iNews.*
Urine of Kidney Disease Patients Contains Diverse Mix of Bacteria
Press release from Loyola University Health System.
How Low Is Too Low? Experts Debate Blood Pressure Targets in Post-SPRINT Era
Press release and the Leung and Feldman articles from the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.
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  May 4, 2018
Four Found Guilty in Insider Trading Case Kinked to U.S. Health Agency
Article from Reuters via WKZO.com (Michigan).
DaVita Inc. 1st Quarter 2018 Results
Press release and earnings call transcript.
2018 Canadian Society of Nephrology Annual General Meeting
May 4-5 in Vancouver. Twitter @CSNSCN and #CSN18.
Teen's Apple Watch May Have Saved Her Life
Article from CBS News.

 "She was in kidney failure. Her kidneys were only working at about 20 percent and we had no idea that they were failing."
The Power of Positive Words
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Fostering Hope during a Patient's Road to Wellness
Article from Medical Economics.

"My experiences as a patient and as a physician showed me the power of hope in helping patients overcome the challenges to getting good care and living as fully as possible. And it boggles my mind that our formal training devotes almost no attention to patient's hopes. If you look at thousand-page textbooks, they don't have a single index entry on patient hope."
Sleep Duration May Affect Kidney Disease Patients' Health-Related Quality of Life
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Effectiveness of Informational Decision Aids and a Live Donor Financial Assistance Program on Pursuit of Live Kidney Transplants in African American Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Assessment of Nutritional Status in Children With Chronic Kidney Disease Using Hand Grip Strength Tool
Article in Press abstract from Journal Of Renal Nutrition.
The Development of Central Venous Thrombosis in Hemodialyzed Patients Is Associated with Catheter Tip Depth and Localization
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Further Signs That Too Much Sitting Can Raise Clot Risk
Article from HealthDay.
May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day
Free, Full-Text, New Online Viewpoint Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Bacterial Toxins Wreak Havoc by Crippling Cellular Infrastructure
CROWNWeb New User Training
May 8, 2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT.


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Fresenius Medical Care Remains On Track; First Quarter Results
Press release from Fresenius Medical Care.
Fresenius SE Profit Falls; Confirms 2018 Guidance
News brief from MarketWatch.
An Ironic Health Care Twist for Undocumented Immigrants
Press release from Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan. Free, full-text perspective piece from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Baxter and the International Society of Nephrology Announce a Collaboration to Address Growing Prevalence of Kidney Disease
Press release.
Deadline To Bid On Contract To Run Nation's Organ Transplant System Extended
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
ESRD among Immigrants to Ontario, Canada: A Population-Based Study
JASN Express abstract.
Teaching Pediatric Peritoneal Dialysis Globally through Virtual Simulation
CJASN Express abstract.
Patient-To-Patient Peer Mentor Support in Dialysis: Improving the Patient Experience
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Biochemical Comparison of 8-hour Haemodialysis and 4-hour Haemodiafiltration, and Two Dialysis Membranes, in a Randomised Cross-over Trial
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Fatigue, Anxiety, Depression and Quality of Life in Kidney Transplant Recipients, Hemodialysis Patients, Patients with a Hematological Malignancy and Healthy Controls
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Cognitive Impairment in Non–Dialysis-Dependent CKD and the Transition to Dialysis: Findings From the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Long-term Mortality After Acute Kidney Injury in the Pediatric ICU
Abstract from Hospital Pediatrics.
Risk Factors for Adverse Fetal Outcome in Hemodialysis Pregnant Women
Article in Press abstract and full-text article (39-page pdf) from Kidney International Reports.
Automated Acute Kidney Injury Alerts
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Does Warfarin Cause Acute Kidney Injury?
Article from Internal Medicine News.
A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Intensive Nutrition Intervention Versus Standard Nutrition Care to Avoid Excess Weight Gain After Kidney Transplantation: The INTENT Trial
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Five-Year Outcomes in Kidney Transplant Patients Randomized to Everolimus with Cyclosporine Withdrawal or Low-Exposure Cyclosporine Versus Standard Therapy
Accepted Article abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Pioneering Paper Shows Infection Control and Prevention in Clinics Is in Everyone's Hands
Press release from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Free, Open Access article from Open Forum Infectious Diseases.
Flaw Found in Water Treatment Method
Press release from Johns Hopkins University.
Frequent Sauna Bathing Reduces Risk of Stroke
Getting Rid Of Individual Mandate Is Bad Idea, Former HHS Secretary Tom Price Admits
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Paying for Value: Lessons from the Medicare Hospice Benefit
Posting from the Health Affairs Blog.
CMS Updates Year 2 Results for Medicare Chronic Care Model
News brief from the American Hospital Association.


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Wednesday, May 2

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Natural Supplements Can Be a Pain in the Kidneys
Posting from the AHA Networking for Professionals blog.
Family Caregivers Are Getting A Break — And Extra Coaching
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Articles from Healio:
129 Syrian Dialysis Patients in Jordan Lose Access to Critically Needed Care
Article from ReliefWeb.
Equity in Kidney Transplantation: Policy Change Is Only the First Step
Free, Full-Text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
Free, Open Access Articles from PLOS ONE:
Blood Glucose Readings Made Possible Via Smartphone
Article from The JAMA Forum.
Dr. David Roer Joins DaVita's Physician Leadership Team
NIH Announces National Enrollment Date for All of Us  Research Program to Advance Precision Medicine
Press release from the National Institutes of Health. Watch live on Sunday, May 6. They are asking one million people to share health information. In the future, researchers can use this to conduct thousands of health studies.
Survey: 4 Million Working-Age Adults Have Lost Health Coverage Since 2016
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
U.S. Illnesses Tied to Ticks, Mosquitoes Are Soaring
Article from HealthDay.
Trump Officials Abruptly Pull Back from Decision on Medicaid Lifetime Limits
Article from The Hill.


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Tuesday, May 1

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Medicare Kidney Failure Patients Enter Hospice Too Late to Reap Full Benefits
Press release from Brigham and Women's Hospital. New Online articles from JAMA Internal Medicine:
Many Kidney-Failure Patients Must Halt Dialysis To Receive Hospice Care
News release from UW Medicine (Washington).
DOPPS Practice Monitor: Trends in Ultrafiltration Rate and New Medications, Findings in Pruritus and Vascular Access
Researchers from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) Practice Monitor (DPM) will host a web conference on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 3 p.m. EDT. Registration for this web conference is available at DOPPS.org/DPM.
Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
Association between Parathyroid Hormone and Cardiovascular Disease
Free, Open Access, First Published article from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Secondary Hyperparathyroidism and Protein-Energy Wasting in End-Stage Renal Disease
First Published abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Negative Effect of Vitamin D on Kidney Function: a Mendelian Randomization Study
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Keryx CEO Is Suddenly Out
Article from The Boston Globe.
RenalSense Announces Distribution Agreement With Fresenius Medical Care
Press release.
Study Identifies Ways Smaller Hospitals Can Effectively Reduce Antibiotic Overuse
Press release from Intermountain Medical Center.
Study Identifies New Target for Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension
Press release from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
New Rule Could Force EPA to Ignore Major Human Health Studies
Article from Science.
Five Healthy Habits May Add More Than a Decade to Life
Press release from the American Heart Association.
Free, Full-Text, New Online Viewpoint Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Study: More Practices Employing Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
 


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Monday, April 30

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American Society of Transplantation Opposes Dialysis PATIENTS Demonstration Act
(2-page pdf) Press release from the American Society of Transplantation. RenalWEB's Legislation Watch page.

Editor's note: This is known as the "DaVita Bill" in Washington, DC. The board of directors of the Renal Physicians Association recently voted to support the Dialysis PATIENTS Act.(1)
How Behavioral Finance Can Be Used in Medicine
Posting from the KevinMD blog.

Editor's note: U.S. nephrology's approach to behavioral finance is to go "full ostrich." U.S. nephrologists' financial incentives are the biggest reason why U.S, dialysis care has been stagnant for decades and why virtually no U.S. nephrologists would choose for themselves the treatment regimen that over 85% of their patients receive. This needs to be addressed if we are ever going to leave the practices of the "junk-bond nephrology" age.
New Booklet Advises Parents of Pediatric Transplant Patients
The OPTN/UNOS Patient Affairs Committee spearheaded the booklet's development in collaboration with a number of transplant professionals and parents of organ transplant recipients.
Northwest Kidney Centers To Open New $43 Million Clinic in SeaTac
Posting from the B-Town Blog. Northwest Kidney Centers web site.
Functional Status, Pre-dialysis Health and Clinical Outcomes among Elderly Dialysis Patients
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Heparin Free Dialysis in Critically Sick Children Using Sustained Low Efficiency Dialysis (SLEDD-f): A New Hybrid Therapy for Dialysis in Developing World
Free, Open Access article from PLOS ONE.
Avoiding In-Hospital Acute Kidney Injury Is a New Imperative
ACP conference coverage from Internal Medicine News.
Identifying Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Who Are at Increased Risk of Death
Research update from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Two Days, Five Kidneys, 10 Surgeries: How KC's Longest Transplant Chain Came Together
Article and video from The Kansas City Star.

The APOL1 Long-Term Kidney Transplantation Outcomes Network—APOLLO
Free, full-text, CJASN Express article.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Nephrology:
Disorders of Lipid Metabolism in Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress, in-depth review from Blood Purification.
ESRD-Induced Dyslipidemia — Should Management of Lipid Disorders Differ in Dialysis Patients?
First Published abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Metformin Prevents the Development of Severe Chronic Kidney Disease and Its Associated Mineral and Bone Disorder (in rats)
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Pre-dialysis Fluid Status, Pre-dialysis Systolic Blood Pressure and Outcome in Prevalent Hemodialysis Patients: Results of an International Cohort Study On Behalf Of the MONDO Initiative
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Inequality in Care and Differences in Outcome Following Stroke in People with End Stage Renal Disease: Results from a National Registry Linkage Analysis
Article in Press abstract and full-text article (37-page pdf) from Kidney International Reports.
Protein Losses and Urea Nitrogen Underestimate Total Nitrogen Losses in Peritoneal Dialysis and Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Removal of Procalcitonin and Selected Cytokines during Continuous Veno-Venous Hemodialysis Using High Cutoff Hemofilters in Patients with Sepsis and Acute Kidney Injury
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
Outbreak Alert Update: Potential Life-Threatening Vitamin K-Dependent Antagonist Coagulopathy Associated With Synthetic Cannabinoids Use
Update from CDC.
National Kidney Foundation Statement on Donald W. Seldin, MD - Distinguished Nephrology Teacher and Researcher
Baxter Reports First-Quarter 2018 Results and Increases Financial Outlook for Full-Year 2018
All You Need to Know for Round 2 of the CRISPR Patent Fight
Article from STAT.
Article and News Summary from Kaiser Health News:
Long-Acting Contraceptive (LARC) Uptake Surged Immediately after Trump's Election
ACP conference coverage from Internal Medicine News.
CMS Press Releases:


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