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Wednesday, Sept. 2

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  Sept. 2, 2015
bullet point Hemodialysate: Long Neglected, Difficult to Optimize, May Modify Hard Outcomes
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Acute Kidney Injury: Preclinical Innovations, Challenges, and Opportunities for Translation
Free, full-text, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Outcome of Patients Initiating Chronic Peritoneal Dialysis During the First Year of Life
Abstract from Pediatrics.
bullet point Coupled Plasma Filtration Adsorption in Patients with a History of Kidney Transplantation: Report of Two Cases
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Effect of Finerenone on Albuminuria in Patients With Diabetic Nephropathy: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Abstract and press release from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Fresenius Medical Care Releases New Adsorber IgEnio® in Europe for Treatment of Severe Allergic Symptoms
bullet point Many Say Mental Health Care Is Vital, But Often Tough to Get
Article from HealthDay.
Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System; Correction
Notice from the Federal Register. Correction to the Proposed Rule published on July 1, 2015.

CMS Announces Value-Based Insurance Design Model to Improve Care and Reduce Costs in Medicare Advantage Plans
CMS press release.



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Tuesday, Sept. 1

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  Sept. 1, 2015
bullet point More Black Patients Are Getting Kidney Transplants Thanks To Partial Matches
AP article via the Huffington Post. Online First extract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point American Renal Associates Files for an IPO That Could Raise $300 Million
News item from Renaissance Capital via Nasdaq.com.
bullet point DOPPS Practice Monitor Update
Latest update from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program contains data through April 2015.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
bullet point It is Time to Individualize the Dialysate Sodium Prescription?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Early Online Abstracts from Renal Failure:

bullet point Visit-to-Visit Variability of Blood Pressure and Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, Heart Failure, and Mortality: A Cohort Study
Abstract and Summary for Patients from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point UCSD Mouth Guard Tracks Levels of Uric Acid Without Blood Draws
Aticle from MedGadget.
bullet point Many Teens With Chronic Illnesses Use Alcohol, Pot
Article from HealthDay.
Young Women with Diabetes Have 6-Fold Risk of Heart Attack
Depressed Patients Have More Frequent Chest Pain Even in the Absence of Coronary Artery Disease
bullet point New Research Confirms Lack of Sleep Connected to Getting Sick
Press release from Carnegie Mellon University.
bullet point Religion, Physicians and Surrogate Decision-Makers in the Intensive Care Unit
Press release and Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
 


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Monday, Aug. 31

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  Aug. 31, 2015
bullet point DaVita to Form Kidney Care Specialty Hospital Chain in China
Press release.

Editor's note: When considering the future of dialysis technology, investing in bricks and mortar is likely the wrong way to go. The stagnant technology approach that has worked so well for DaVita in the U.S.cannot survive much longer.
bullet point Winco Dialysis Chairs Recalled Due to Substandard Fire-Retardant Foam
See the nine recall notices for Winco Mfg., LLC in the FDA Enforcement Report for the week of August 26, 2015.
bullet point The Problematic World of Following a Renal Diet outside the Home
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
bullet point Serum Ferritin Predicts Mortality Regardless of Inflammatory and Nutritional Status in Patients Starting Dialysis: A Prospective Cohort Study
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Trends in Incident Hemodialysis Access and Mortality
Abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from the Journal of Hospital Infection:
bullet point Where the Sun Shines: Industry's Payments to Transplant Surgeons
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Vitamin D-Binding Protein in Health and Chronic Kidney Disease
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
FDA Warns of Joint Pain Tied to Common Type 2 Diabetes Drugs
bullet point "Cowboy Doctors” and Health Costs
Article from Harvard Magazine.
bullet point New ANA Position Statement: Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence
Press release from the American Nurses Association.
bullet point Suicide-Risk Behaviour Patterns Identified - Study
RPA Comments on 2016 ESRD QIP Proposed Rule
Letter from the Renal Physicians Association.


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Fri./Sat., Aug. 28-29

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  Aug. 28, 2015
bullet point Remembering Hurricane Katrina in 2005
RenalWEB's news coverage (oldest posts at bottom) from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9, 2005 and Sept. 12-22.

Correspondence with Dr. Paul Miller on Sept. 7, 2005  and Sept. 15, 2005.

Why Hurricane Katrina Ran Short On Nurses: Column from USA Today.
bullet point Tropical Storm Erika Heads Toward Florida
Map from the National Hurricane Center. Erika coverage from the Weather Channel. Recent press release from the American Society of Nephrology. KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network. KCER web site.
bullet point What to Call Biologic Copycats? FDA Plans Names And Suffixes
Article from Bloomberg.
bullet point Explore Transplant at Home: A Randomized Control Trial of an Educational Intervention to Increase Transplant Knowledge for Black and White Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Dialysis Patients
Free, full-text Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Quality Measures for Dialysis: Time for a Balanced Scorecard
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point The Paternalism Preference — Choosing Unshared Decision Making
Free, full-text, perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Understanding What Influences the Health-Related Quality of Life of Hemodialysis Patients: A Collaborative Study in England and Ireland
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
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Vitamin D Deficiency and the Risk of Anemia: a Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy May Reappear Later in Life: Study
One in Four Hepatitis C Patients Denied Initial Approval for Drug Treatment
bullet point How Reliable Are Medical Studies? Half of Findings Couldn't Be Replicated
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Antibiotic Use Linked to Type II Diabetes Diagnosis
Press release from the Endocrine Society.
bullet point FDA Approves Second Drug in New Class of Cholesterol-Lowering Medications
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Survey: 81% of Health IT Leaders Say Cyberattacks Hit Their Systems
 


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Thursday, Aug. 27

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  Aug. 27, 2015
bullet point Implantable Artificial Kidney Will Save Millions of Lives, Scientists Say
Article and video from KSL.com. The Kidney Project web site from UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences.
bullet point Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients with Pediatric Onset of End-Stage Renal Disease: State of the Art and Recommendations for Clinical Practice
Free, full-text, Online First article from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:

bullet point Mortality, Hospitalization, and Technique Failure in Daily Home Hemodialysis and Matched Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: A Matched Cohort Study
Free, full-text,Open Access Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Insulin Sensitivity of Muscle Protein Metabolism Is Altered in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease and Metabolic Acidosis
Free, full-text, Open, Advance Online article from Kidney International.
bullet point Acute Kidney Injury Incidence in Noncritically Ill Hospitalized Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults: A Retrospective Observational Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Simple Surgical Method for a Native Arteriovenous Fistula of Chronic Hemodialysis Patients and the Patency Rate
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point Management of Serum Calcium Reductions among Patients on Hemodialysis Following Cinacalcet Initiation
Early View abstract from Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety.
bullet point Uremic Toxicity of Advanced Glycation End Products in CKD
JASN Express abstract.
DOPPS Practice Monitor Web Conference - Sept. 9, 2015 at 3 PM EDT
Registration is now open.
bullet point Tropical Storm Erika Heads Toward Florida
Map from the National Hurricane Center. Washington Post article. Recent press release from the American Society of Nephrology. KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network. KCER web site.
Rehabilitation Improves the Prognosis of Serious Heart Disease
bullet point What's Missing From Your Patient Experience Strategy?
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Common 'Heart Attack' Blood Test May Predict Future Hypertension
Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine.
bullet point New Approach to Tackling Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure Shows Significant Results
Press release from Queen Mary University of London.
bullet point Life Expectancy Climbs Globally but More Time Spent Living with Illness and Disability
Press release from Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
 


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Wednesday, Aug. 26

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  Aug. 26, 2015
bullet point Tropical Storm Erika Heads Toward Florida
Map from the National Hurricane Center. Reuters article. Recent press release from the American Society of Nephrology. KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network. KCER web site.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Open Access Articles from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology:
bullet point Diagnostic Accuracy of Bone Turnover Markers and Bone Histology in Patients With CKD Treated by Dialysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point PDI in Press Abstracts:
bullet point Pulse Wave Velocity: A Valuable Predictor for Cardio-Cerebrovascular Disease and Death in PD Patients
Issue in Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Prevalence and Correlates of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Deficiency in the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) Cohort
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Citrate Pharmacokinetics at High Levels of Circuit Citratemia during Coupled Plasma Filtration Adsorption
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Amgen Submits New Drug Application For Novel Intravenous Calcimimetic Etelcalcetide (AMG 416)
Press release. Article from AP.
U.S. Hurdler Aries Merritt To Have Kidney Transplant Four Days after World Championships
Article from AP.
bullet point A Racial Gap In Attitudes Toward Hospice Care
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point NIH Study Shows No Benefit of Omega-3 or Other Nutritional Supplements for Cognitive Decline
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
Medicare ACOs Continue to Improve Quality of Care, Generate Shared Savings
CMS press release.
Few Medicare ACOs Earned Bonuses in 2014
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
Report Finds Lack Of Competition Among Medicare Advantage Plans
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Tuesday, Aug. 25

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  Aug. 25, 2015
Home Dialyzors United Submits Comments to CMS on ESRD Prospective Payment System and QIP Program
Comments on the proposed rules for the calendar year (CY) 2016 End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) and the payment years (PY) 2018 and 2019 ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP), which was published in the July 1, 2015 Federal Register, vol. 80, no. 126, pages 37806 – 37860.

Editor's note: Today is the last day to comment on these proposed rules. At 6 a.m. this morning there were 179 comments received. The majority appear to be from patients concerning home hemodialysis.

Many dialysis providers and nephrologists are holding patients hostage in their clinics until CMS increases the reimbursement for home training.
Kidney Care Providers Consolidate to Manage Costs, Patient Care
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
U.S. Renal Care and DSI Renal Announce Definitive Merger Agreement
Press releases from U.S. Renal Care and DSI Renal.

USRC is the third largest U.S. dialysis provider and operates 198 facilities in 20 states and the Territory of Guam. DSI Renal is the sixth largest U.S. dialysis provider and operates 100 facilities in 22 states.
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DaVita Healthcare To Buy Renal Ventures for $415 Million
Headline from The Wall Street Journal. Press release from DaVita. Renal Ventures Management (web site) is the eighth largest U.S. dialysis provider.

Editor's note: Estimating that Renal Ventures Management has 2500 patients, the per-patient price is $166,000.

Due to the Stark Law exemption that allows them to own dialysis facilities, U.S. nephrologists continue to extract enormous wealth from the taxpayer-funded dialysis care system. They have done this for decades, some of them doing it several times, all while providing treatments and standards of care that they would never accept for themselves or their own family members.

Over the last four decades, I have seen these changing 'group norms' in the U.S. nephrology community. (There have always been individual exceptions to these norms.) Since 1975, U.S. nephrologists have:

  • gone from leading the world in dialysis care and trying to do right by their patients
  • to abandoning patient employment and rehabilitation (and any associated major technology advances)
  • to ignoring patients' psychosocial needs
  • to maximizing profit per treatment by providing the fastest, cheapest, and often harmful treatments (which kept Medicare reimbursement rates stagnant)
  • to overprescribing profit-making medications
  • to falling behind other first-world countries in dialysis care outcomes
  • to extracting billions of dollars of value from the healthcare system through clinic sales to for-profit corporations
  • to aligning their financial interests with corporate financial interests and never taking opposing policy stances (e.g. Renal Care Partners)
  • to giving up nearly all their powers as patient advocates by becoming employees of these corporations
  • to blindly following medication regimens established by these corporations that maximize profits
  • to tolerating widespread corporate cheating in reporting government-required, quality-of-care data
  • and finally — IMO — despite public trust and their Hippocratic oath, to becoming essentially impotent, ineffective, incompetent, insincere, insular-thinking and specious patient advocates with no professional or political will to change their perverse roles in today's healthcare system
Whatever the intent of the Stark Law exemption was, it has completely backfired on patients and today's young nephrologists. It has ruined this field of medicine.
bullet point Infection-Related Hospitalizations in Home Hemodialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Online First article from Blood Purification.
bullet point Predicting Mortality after Severe Acute Kidney Injury: A Step Forward but Not Close to the Finish Line
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Nephrohepatology: Managing the Nexus of Liver and Kidney Interactions
Free, full-text article from Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease.
bullet point Article in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Unruly Teenagers Deserve Organ Transplants Too
(Registration required, but free.) Video blog from Medscape.
bullet point The Effect of State Policies on Organ Donation and Transplantation in the United States
Abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point The Effect of Citrate Dialysate on Intradialytic Heparin Dose in Hemodialysis Patients: Study Design of a Randomized Controlled Trial
Free, full-text, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Citrate Formulation Determines Filter Lifespan during Continuous Veno-Venous Hemofiltration: A Prospective Cohort Study
Online First abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Online First Abstracts from International Urology And Nephrology:
bullet point Pathophysiology of Calcium, Phosphorus, and Magnesium Dysregulation in Chronic Kidney Disease
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Medical Terms Lead to Divide between Parents and Doctors
Press release from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
bullet point Progress Slows Against Heart Disease Deaths for Adults Under 55, Study Shows
Article from HealthDay.
Trends in Medicaid Reimbursements for Insulin From 1991 Through 2014
Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.


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Monday, Aug. 24

DSI Renal To Be Sold to U.S. Renal Care Inc.
Posting from the Nashville Business Journal blog. Press release from U.S. Renal Care and DSI Renal.

USRC is the third largest U.S. dialysis provider and operates 198 facilities in 20 states and the Territory of Guam. DSI Renal is the sixth largest U.S. dialysis provider and operates 100 facilities in 22 states.
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  Aug. 24, 2015
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DaVita Healthcare To Buy Renal Ventures for $415 Million
Headline from The Wall Street Journal. Press release from DaVita. Renal Ventures Management (web site) is the eighth largest U.S. dialysis provider.

Editor's note: Estimating that Renal Ventures Management has 2500 patients, the per-patient price is $166,000.

Due to the Stark Law exemption that allows them to own dialysis facilities, U.S. nephrologists continue to extract enormous wealth from the taxpayer-funded dialysis care system. They have done this for decades, some of them doing it several times, all while providing treatments and standards of care that they would never accept for themselves or their own family members.

Over the last four decades, I have seen these changing 'group norms' in the U.S. nephrology community. (There have always been individual exceptions to these norms.) Since 1975, U.S. nephrologists have:

  • gone from leading the world in dialysis care and trying to do right by their patients
  • to abandoning patient employment and rehabilitation (and any associated major technology advances)
  • to ignoring patients' psychosocial needs
  • to maximizing profit per treatment by providing the fastest, cheapest, and often harmful treatments (which kept Medicare reimbursement rates stagnant)
  • to overprescribing profit-making medications
  • to falling behind other first-world countries in dialysis care outcomes
  • to extracting billions of dollars of value from the healthcare system through clinic sales to for-profit corporations
  • to aligning their financial interests with corporate financial interests and never taking opposing policy stances (e.g. Renal Care Partners)
  • to giving up nearly all their powers as patient advocates by becoming employees of these corporations
  • to blindly following medication regimens established by these corporations that maximize profits
  • to tolerating widespread corporate cheating in reporting government-required, quality-of-care data
  • and finally — IMO — despite public trust and their Hippocratic oath, to becoming essentially impotent, ineffective, incompetent, insincere, insular-thinking and specious patient advocates with no professional or political will to change their perverse roles in today's healthcare system
Whatever the intent of the Stark Law exemption was, it has completely backfired on patients and today's young nephrologists. It has ruined this field of medicine.
bullet point Device Cleans Septicimic Blood Using Novel Protein and Common Dialysis Filters
Article and video from MedGadget.
bullet point EDTNA/ERCA News Now Available in 16 Languages
The summer English edition of the European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association news is a 2-page pdf.
bullet point Kent Thiry Named #19 Most Influential Person in U.S. Healthcare for 2015
(Registration required, but free.) Listing from Modern Healthcare.
bullet point

Acute Kidney Injury Fact Sheet
(2-page pdf) Resource from the ANNA Administration Specialty Practice Network.

bullet point The Effect of Location and Configuration on Forearm and Upper Arm Hemodialysis Arteriovenous Grafts
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
bullet point CDC Grand Rounds: Getting Smart About Antibiotics
Article from MMWR.
bullet point One-Third of Mass Shootings Worldwide Occur in U.S.
Article from HealthDay. Press release from the American Sociological Association.
 


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Fri./Sat., Aug. 21-22

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  Aug. 21, 2015
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Vascular Access: What Do Patients Want?
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog from Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Manitoba to Reimburse Dialysis Patients for At-Home Utilities
Article from Winnipeg Free Press.
bullet point New Research Examines Recent Increases in Ferritin Levels in U.S. Dialysis Patients
News item from Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) Program. Related CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Value of Pulse Wave Velocity
Posting from the AJKD blog.
bullet point Genetic Damage in Patients Moving from Hemodialysis to Online Hemodiafiltration
Advance Access abstract from Mutagenesis.
bullet point Assessing Transplant Education Practices in Dialysis Centers: Comparing Educator Reported and Medicare Data
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Coronary Events in Obese Hemodialysis Patients Before and After Renal Transplantation
Accepted Article abstract from Clinical Transplantation.
bullet point Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Withdrawal Study of Colestilan after Dose Titration in Chronic Kidney Disease Dialysis Patients with Hyperphosphatemia
Abstract from Nephron.
bullet point Environmental Cleaning for the Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections
Report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
bullet point Antibodies in the Blood Provide Clues to Transplant Recipients' Likelihood of Rejection
bullet point Can Health Care Be Cured Of Racial Bias?
Article from KQED via Kaiser Health News.
bullet point ANA Makes New Recommendation That All Nurses Should Be Immunized Against Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
News release from the American Nurses Association.
bullet point Four Measures that Are Key to Retaining Nurses
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
 


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Thursday, Aug. 20

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  Aug. 20, 2015
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Recalls 2.2 Million Bottles of Liquid Bicarbonate Concentrate
FDA recall notice from the Enforcement Report for August 19, 2015.

"Expansion of recall to lots manufactured in 2015 due to the potential for bacterial contamination"
bullet point In France, World's First Robotic Kidney Transplant through Vagina
Article from AFP and YouTube video.
bullet point Los Angeles-Area Ambulance Company Owner, Managers Guilty of Medicare Fraud for Dialysis Patient Transport
Articles from MyNewsLA.com and Los Angeles Business Journal.
bullet point Why Is the Association of Phosphorus and FGF23 with Mortality Stronger in African-American Hemodialysis Patients?
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Changes in Secondary Hyperparathyroidism-Related Biochemical Parameters and Medication Use Following Parathyroidectomy
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point DOPPS Presentations at the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week, November 3-8, 2015
15 abstracts will be presented by the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program.
bullet point Assisted Dying: Law and Practice around the World
Free, full-text feature from the BMJ. Also see 'A Doctor Who Chose an Assisted Death.'
bullet point Happiness Spreads But Depression Doesn't
Press release from the University of Warwick.
 


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Wednesday, Aug. 19

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  Aug. 19, 2015
bullet point Amgen Paying $71M for Off-Label Drug Marketing of Aranesp and Enbrel
News articles from AP, Los Angeles Times, and Reuters.
bullet point Peritoneal Dialysis As a Treatment Option in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Online First article from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Cost Of Diabetes Drugs Often Overlooked, But It Shouldn't Be
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point FDA Approves First Treatment for Sexual Desire Disorder
FDA news release.
bullet point PCORI Board Approves $65.7 Million in Research Awards, Authorizes Up To $60 Million to Fund New Studies on Key Patient-Centered Topics
Press release from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
bullet point Coming Together on Long-term Care
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Medicare Says Doctors Should Get Paid To Discuss End-Of-Life Issues
Article via Kaiser Health News.


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Tuesday, Aug. 18

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  Aug. 18, 2015
bullet point My Journey as a Nephrologist in a Veterans Affairs Hospital
Posting from the AJKD blog.
CMS Technical Expert Panel (TEP web site) Meeting Schedule:
  • Access to Kidney Transplantation Post -TEP Conference Call #1 (pdf)
    Tuesday, August 18, 2015: 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
  • ESRD DFC Star Rating Post-TEP Conference Call (pdf)
    Friday, August 21, 2015: 11:00am  – 1:00pm ET
  • Access to Kidney Transplantation Post -TEP Conference Call #2
    Tuesday, August 25, 2015: 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
  • End-Stage Renal Disease Evaluation of Potential Prevalent Comorbidity Adjustments in the Standardized Hospitalization Ratio (SHR) and the Standardized Mortality Ratio (SMR) In-Person TEP meeting
    September 9-10, 2015, Baltimore MD
bullet point Conference: Using Health Information Technology to Identify and Manage CKD Populations
National Kidney Disease Education Program conference scheduled for October 22-23, 2015 in Bethesda, MD.
bullet point KCER Program Commemorates Hurricane Katrina Anniversary with Preparedness Training
News brief from the ESRD National Coordinating Center.

Editor's note: During ongoing disasters, the KCER web site only displays weather reports as updates. Dialysis-related information that is changing during disasters, including the inevitable system failures, are hidden from the public.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Association between Serum Alkaline Phosphatase and Primary Resistance to Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents in Chronic Kidney Disease: a Secondary Analysis of the HERO Trial
Free, full-text, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
bullet point Kidney-Brain Crosstalk in the Acute and Chronic Setting
Advance Online abstract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
bullet point Conservation of Mass: An Important Tool in Renal Research
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Proteon Starts Late-Stage Trial of Kidney Disease Drug for AV Fistulas
bullet point Journal Hopes Stomach-Churning Essay Will Spur Change
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News. Essay and editorial from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point For Hospitals, Sleep And Patient Satisfaction May Go Hand In Hand
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Patient Experience: Cultural Transformation to Move Beyond HCAHPS
Free Intelligence Report from Media HealthLeaders.
bullet point GlucoTrack Non-Invasive Ear Lobe Glucometer to Go to Clinical Trial in U.S.
African-Americans Most Likely to Stop Taking Meds in Medicare Part D's Coverage Gap
Press release from the University at Buffalo.


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Monday, Aug. 17

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  Aug. 17, 2015
bullet point New Hope for Avoiding Tunneled Catheters in ESRD
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text commentary from Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Organ Allocation and Distribution: Lessons to Be Learned and Principles to Lead Us Forward
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point What Is the Expected Kidney Function of a Patient after Donating a Kidney?
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Time Savings with Once-Monthly C.E.R.A.: A Time and Motion Study Conducted in 13 Haemodialysis Centres in Italy
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point Systolic BP and Mortality in Older Adults with CKD
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Accepted Article Abstracts from Nephrology:
bullet point Pinch Grip Strength As an Alternative Assessment to Hand Grip Strength for Assessing Muscle Strength in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Treated by Hemodialysis: a Prospective Audit
Early View abstract from Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.
bullet point Early Online Abstracts from Renal Failure:

bullet point July 2015 Drug Safety Labeling Changes
Includes 49 products with revisions to Prescribing Information.
bullet point At Mass General Hospital, Schooling Doctors in the Power of Empathy
Article from The Boston Globe.
bullet point Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Language Problems in Women
CMS Extends ESRD QIP Preview Period for PY 2016 to August 31, 2015
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network. Full CMS memo (2-page pdf).
ICD-10: Defeat the Deadline
Article from Medical Economics.


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Fri./Sat., Aug. 14-15

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  Aug. 14, 2015
bullet point Transplant Recipients More Likely To Develop Aggressive Melanoma
Press release from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Accepted Article abstract from Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
bullet point Transplant Donors and Recipients Want More Information about Each Others' Health
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Seasonal Variations in Mortality and Clinical Indicators in International Hemodialysis Populations from the MONDO Registry
Free, full-text Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Difficult Peritonitis Cases in Children Undergoing Chronic Peritoneal Dialysis: Relapsing, Repeat, Recurrent and Zoonotic Episodes
Free, full-text, educational review from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Pathophysiology of the Chronic Kidney Disease – Mineral Bone Disorder
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Government Quality Measures: First Do No Harm
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point NIH Study Finds Cutting Dietary Fat Reduces Body Fat More Than Cutting Carbs
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
bullet point Review Confirms Trans Fats Bad for Heart — But Saturated Fats Not Associated with Cardiovascular Problems
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today. Free, full-text article from the BMJ.
 


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Thursday, Aug. 13

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  Aug. 13, 2015
bullet point Poke-Proof Grafts Could be Life-Changing for Dialysis Patients
Article from Duke (University) Translational Medicine Institute.
bullet point Surgeons Smash Records with Pig-to-Primate Organ Transplants
Article from MIT Technology Review.
bullet point Nephrologists' Perceptions regarding Dialysis Withdrawal and Palliative Care in Europe: Lessons from a European Renal Best Practice Survey
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
bullet point Calculation of the Clearance Requirements for the Development of a Hemodialysis-based Wearable Artificial Kidney
Free, full-text, Early View article from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point

Depression, Stress, Anxiety & Anger Compound CVD Risk in RA Patients
Press release from Arthritis Care and Research.

Editor's note: More evidence that it is necessary to address patients' psychosocial needs in chronic disease care.

bullet point Cinacalcet and Clinical Outcomes in Dialysis
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Serum S100A12: A Risk Marker or Risk Factor of Vascular Calcification in Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Living Donor Kidney Transplantation: Improving Efficiencies in Live Kidney Donor Evaluation–Recommendations from a Consensus Conference
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point The Effect of Location and Configuration on Forearm and Upper Arm Hemodialysis Arteriovenous Grafts
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
bullet point Blood Chemical Test (Troponin) May Predict Risk of Heart Disease Death
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Joint Commission Tool Designed to Stop Patients from Falling Down
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks. Preventing Falls Targeted Solutions Tool® web site.
bullet point CDC: 15.8 Million Fewer Uninsured Than in 2013
News brief from AHANewsNow.
bullet point GE Healthcare Announces $1 Billion Investment In Healthcare Education
Article from Nurses.com.
 


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Wednesday, Aug. 12

Surgeons Smash Records with Pig-to-Primate Organ Transplants
Article from MIT Technology Review.
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bullet point Study Finds Low Rate of Dialysis Facility Referral in Georgia for Kidney Transplantation Evaluation
Press release, abstract, and editorial extract from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Press release from Emory Health Sciences. Article from HealthDay.

Editor's note: Here is an Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from the American Journal of Nephrology about transplant referral rates in the U.S. Southeast (ESRD Network 6, Georgia, NC, SC).

This is another problem caused by the exemption in the Stark Law that allows nephrologists to own financial stakes in dialysis facilities. This exemption is also the major cause of U.S. patients having the shortest hemodialysis treatment times among first-world countries. This exemption, which was supposed to prevent abuse in the Medicare program, has led to poor medical practices and often iatrogenic care for U.S. dialysis patients. As a group, U.S. nephrologists have sided with their business partners instead of being patient advocates for decades.
bullet point Coronary Artery Calcification, Cardiovascular Events, and Death: a Prospective Cohort Study of Incident Patients on Hemodialysis
Free, full-text, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
bullet point Clinical Praxis for Assessment of Dry Weight in Sweden and Denmark: a Mixed Methods Study
Free, full-text, Early View article from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Cochrane Library: Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents for Anemia (New Evidence Summary)
Educational presentation and podcast from the International Society of Nephrology.

"The review authors conclude that there is currently no strong evidence that ESAs have different benefits (preventing blood transfusions) or toxicity effects (vascular events or mortality) compared to each other or placebo. They draw attention to the sparse information about some key patient-centered outcomes of treatment such as fatigue and breathlessness."

Editor's note: Considering all the money that Amgen has given U.S. nephrologists in educational grants over the last 25 years, it is surprising there is so little data on the long-term use of ESAs.
bullet point Impact of Nocturnal Hemodialysis on Peripheral Uremic Neuropathy
Free, full-text, Open Access case report from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Survival Outcomes of Supportive Care versus Dialysis Therapies for Elderly Patients with End Stage Kidney Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Carnitine Deficiency in Children Receiving Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Defining End-Stage Renal Disease in Clinical Trials: a Framework for Adjudication
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Predictors of Recurrent AKI
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Extracts from the Aug. 11 Issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point Participating in Your Dialysis Care Plan
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point China's Black Market for Organ Donations
Article from the BBC.
bullet point The Ethics and Risks of Expecting Teen Siblings to Be Transplant Donors
bullet point Insulin Pump Reduces Mortality from Cardiovascular Disease by Almost 50%
Press release from University of Gothenburg.
bullet point NIH Analysis Shows Americans Are in Pain
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
CMS Announces Timeline for Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding
Press release.


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Tuesday, Aug. 11

Study Finds Low Rate of Dialysis Facility Referral in Georgia for Kidney Transplantation Evaluation
Press release, and abstract, and editorial extract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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bullet point What's the Best Method for Cleaning Hospital Rooms?
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text, Online First article and press release from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point A Peer Outreach Initiative to Increase the Registration of Minorities As Organ Donors
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point

Systematic Review of the Efficacy and Safety of Intradermal Versus Intramuscular Hepatitis B Vaccination in End-Stage Renal Disease Population Unresponsive to Primary Vaccination Series
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point Relationship between Dialysis Adequacy and Sleep Quality in Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Journal of Clinical Nursing.
bullet point Linezolid Extracorporeal Removal during Hemodialysis with High Cutoff Membrane in Critically ill Patients
Article in Press abstract from International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents.
bullet point Drugs As Risk Factors of Acute Kidney Injury in Critically ill Children
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Why Primary Care Physicians Aren't Enough to Treat Complex Elderly Patients
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Test Your Knowledge: OncoNephrology
Posting from the AJKD blog.
bullet point JAMA Internal Medicine To Publish Package of Articles and Podcast on End-Of-Life, Physician-Assisted Suicide
Press release and free, full-text, Online First articles:
bullet point Survey Reveals Best Practices That Lead to High Patient Ratings of Hospital Care
Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine.
bullet point New Therapies in the Treatment of High Cholesterol — An Argument to Return to Goal-Based Lipid Guidelines
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Nurses Endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for President
bullet point Nurse Practitioners Fill Needs In Underserved Areas, Emergency Care
bullet point More Evidence That Southern Cooking Boosts Heart Attack Risk
bullet point Google's Alphabet Announcement Could Have Big Healthcare Implications
bullet point 12 Deaths Now Reported in NYC Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak
CMS Program Transmittal: End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Home Dialysis Policy
6-page pdf. Details for R3311CP.

"SUMMARY OF CHANGES: In the CY 2015 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule (79 FR 67733) we finalized a change to home dialysis (less than a full month) to provide consistency with our policy for partial month scenarios pertaining to patients dialyzing in a dialysis center."


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Monday, Aug. 10

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bullet point Optimizing Hemodialysate Composition
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Patients' and Relatives' Experiences of Peritonitis When Using Peritoneal Dialysis
Free, full-text article from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Patterns of Health-Related Quality of Life and Associated Factors in Chinese Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis
Open Access article from Health and Quality of Life Outcomes.
bullet point Managing Disruptive Behavior by Patients and Physicians: A Responsibility of the Dialysis Facility Medical Director
Free, full-text CJASN article.
bullet point Early Failure of Dialysis Access among the Elderly in the Era of Fistula First
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Calcium and Sudden Cardiac Death in End-Stage Renal Disease
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Efficacy of Neuromuscular Electrostimulation Intervention to Improve Physical Function in Hemodialysis Patients
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Should Nephrologists Be PCPs to Late-Stage CKD Patients?
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog from Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Effect of Resistance Exercises on the Indicators of Muscle Reserves and Handgrip Strength in Adult Patients on Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Serum Phosphorus and Association with Anemia among a Large Diverse Population with and without Chronic Kidney Disease
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point A Failing Heart And The Downside Of Life-Prolonging Technology
Free, full-text article from Health Affairs.
bullet point How Spiritual Beliefs Relate to Cancer Patients' Physical, Mental, and Social Well-Being
Press release from CANCER.
bullet point Study Casts Doubt on Assumptions About Hospital 'Frequent Fliers'
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
 


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Fri./Sat., Aug. 7-8

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bullet point It's Time to Compensate Kidney Donors
Opinion piece from The New York Times (blog).
bullet point NIH Seeks Public Input on Framework for NIH Strategic Plan
Press release from the National Institutes of Health. The aim is to pursue crosscutting areas of research that span NIH's 27 Institutes, Centers, and Offices, including the NIDDK (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases).
bullet point A Risk Score to Predict Early Death on Dialysis in the Elderly
Posting from the AJKD blog.
bullet point Cross-Sectional Association of Volume, Blood Pressures, and Aortic Stiffness with Left Ventricular Mass in Incident Hemodialysis Patients: the Predictors of Arrhythmic and Cardiovascular Risk in End-Stage Renal Disease (Pace) Study
Free, full-text, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Kidney Problems Linked to Brain Disorders: Study
Article from HealthDay. JASN Express abstract and press release from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Hematological Parameters Can Predict the Extent of Coronary Artery Disease in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, United States, 2015–16 Influenza Season
bullet point High Blood Sugar of Diabetes Can Cause Immune System Malfunction, Triggering Infection
bullet point Urban ERs See High Rates of Hepatitis C Infection
bullet point NxStage Announces 2nd Quarter Results, Pipeline
bullet point Listen to Patients Rather Than Rely on Tests
Posting from KevinMD.com.
bullet point Telephone Therapy Helps Older People In Underserved Rural Areas, Study Finds
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Watson Goes To Work: IBM Pays $1B for Medical Imaging Company
bullet point Bigger Families Mean More Infections, Study Finds
MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System and Quality Incentive Program
(12-page pdf) Letter from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

Editor's note: Not a single mention of employment or rehabilitation.


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Thursday, Aug. 6

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bullet point Patients Can Now Look up ER Wait Times, Hospital Noise Levels on Yelp; Also Includes Dialysis Unit Hospital Readmission Data, Patient Reviews
Articles from The Washington Post and Tech Times. News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Quarterly Update of the United States Renal Data System
July 2015 update.
bullet point Access to Kidney Transplantation: Is There a Potential Conflict of Interest?
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point WebEx on Volume Management 8/20
Bulletin from the Northwest Renal Network.
bullet point Nutrition Information for Hemodialysis Nurses
3-page pdf from the EDTNA/ERCA website (Europe).
bullet point Economic Evaluations of Interventions to Manage Hyperphosphataemia in Adult Haemodialysis Patients: A Systematic Review
Accepted Article abstract and free, full-text (33-page pdf) version from Nephrology.
bullet point Prediction and Validation of Hemodialysis Duration in Acute Methanol Poisoning
Free, full-text, Advance Online Open Article from Kidney International.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Depression and Cognitive Impairment in Peritoneal Dialysis: A Multicenter Cross-sectional Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Association of Prescribed Chinese Herbal Medicine Use with Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point Postrenal Transplantation Anemia at 12 Months: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Impact on Clinical Outcomes
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Kt/V Urea Has Served Its Purpose, So Let Us Now Move On
bullet point Rockwell Medical Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results
bullet point With Education Payments, Drug Firms Funnel Funds to Doctors
Article from The Boston Globe.
bullet point Questions of Safety and Fairness Raised as Right-to-Try Movement Gains Steam
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Use of Ultrasound to Promote Faster Healing of Wounds
Article from MedGadget.
bullet point AHRQ: Inpatient Mortality Declines for Four High-Volume Conditions over Decade
 


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Wednesday, Aug. 5

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bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. 2nd Quarter 2015 Results
Press release. Article from Denver Business Journal.
bullet point Lack Of Cooperation Among Health Facilities Mars Antibiotic Resistance Fight, CDC Says
Articles from Kaiser Health News and HealthDay. Vital Signs report from the CDC.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point Clinical Outcomes in Dialysis Patients: Prospects for Improvement with Aldosterone Receptor Antagonists
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Trends in Hemoglobin, Erythropoietin Stimulating Agents and Iron Use in Swedish Chronic Kidney Disease Patients between 2008 and 2013
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
bullet point Urinary, Plasma, and Serum Biomarkers' Utility for Predicting Acute Kidney Injury Associated With Cardiac Surgery in Adults: A Meta-analysis
Free, full-text, Open Access Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Total Convection Affects Serum ß2 Microglobulin and C-Reactive Protein but Not Erythropoietin Requirement following Post-Dilutional Hemodiafiltration
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Greater Risk for Kidney Stones in Summer
Article from the Mayo Clinic.
bullet point Consumption of Spicy Foods and Total and Cause Specific Mortality: Population Based Cohort Study
Free, full-text article and editorial from the BMJ.
bullet point Device Trains Immune Cells to Attack Cancer, Chronic Infections
 


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Tuesday, Aug. 4

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bullet point Potential New Therapy Approaches to Reverse Kidney Damage Identified
Press release from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
bullet point Test Your Knowledge: Magnesium – The Forgotten Star of Dialysis Patients' Health
Posting from the AJKD blog.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Randomized Placebo-Controlled Dose Ranging and Pharmacodynamics Study of Roxadustat (FG-4592) To Treat Anemia in Non-Dialysis Dependent Chronic Kidney Disease (NDD-CKD) Patients
Advance Access FastTrack article abstract from NDT.
bullet point The First Fistula: Influence of Location on Catheter Use and the Influence of Catheter Use on Maturation
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from the International Journal of Artificial Organs:
bullet point Kidney Function and Fracture Risk: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point New Research Shows Remembering Self-Control Failures Leads to Repeat Failures
Press release from Boston College.
bullet point Artificial Blood Vessels Become Resistant to Thrombosis
bullet point OncoNephrology Conference 2015
bullet point Obamacare Research Institute Plans to Spend $3.5 Billion, but Critics Question Its Worth
Article from the Center for Public Integrity.
bullet point Specialty Society Clinical Practice Guidelines — Time for Evolution or Revolution?
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Women and Blacks Fare Worse After Heart Attacks: Study
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Vitamin D Supplements Won't Strengthen Older Women's Bones: Study
CMS Updates Q&A on Initial ICD-10 Claims Auditing/Quality Reporting Flexibility
News brief from AHANewsNow.
Half Of Nation's Hospitals Fail Again To Escape Medicare's Readmission Penalties
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, Aug. 3

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bullet point Canadian Dialysis Data Now Available from the DOPPS Practice Monitor
News item from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program.
bullet point The Risk of Hospitalization and Modality Failure with Home Dialysis
Free, full-text, Open article from Kidney International.
bullet point The Impact of Simulation-based Teaching on Home Hemodialysis Patient Training
Free, full-text, Advance Access, Open Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
bullet point The Impact and Treatment of Obesity in Kidney Transplant Candidates and Recipients
Free, full-text, Open Access review article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
bullet point Long Term Outcomes of Transplantation Using Kidneys from Expanded Criteria Donors: Prospective, Population Based Cohort Study
Full-text article from the BMJ.
bullet point Arteriovenous Fistula As a Nephroprotective Intervention in Advanced CKD: Scientific Discovery and Explanation, and the Evaluation of Interventions
Advance Access extract from NDT.
bullet point Free Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Dialysis Dependent Acute Kidney Injury in Children with End-Stage Liver Disease: Prevalence, Dialysis Modalities and Outcome
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Hyponatremia and Cognitive Impairment in Patients Treated with Peritoneal Dialysis
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point GAO: Medical Device Profits Increasing
Article from The Hill.
 


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Fri./Sat., July 31 - Aug. 1

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bullet point Exercise on Dialysis: Staying Active to Stay Healthy
Press release from Deakin University (Australia).
bullet point Dialysis Patient Is Riding Bicycle across Canada
Dale Calibaba is currently in Winnipeg.
bullet point Need a Kidney? Not Iranian? You'll Wait
Opinion piece (Part 1) from The New York Times blog.
bullet point Amgen Hikes 2015 Forecast after 2Q Increase in Profit, Sales
Article from AP.
bullet point Byproduct of Intestinal Bacteria May Jeopardize Heart Health in Kidney Disease Patients
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Baxter Recalls Another Lot of Normal Saline Solution (0.9 % Sodium Chloride)
Press release.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Journal of Renal Care Virtual Issue — Renal Care in Children:
bullet point Dialysis-Dependent Acute Kidney Injury in Children with End-Stage Liver Disease: Prevalence, Dialysis Modalities and Outcome
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Estimation of Total Kidney Volume in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point A Fine Balance: Developing Clinical Practice Guidelines in Areas Where Evidence is Lacking
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Midlife Blood Pressure Tied to Late-Life Kidney Function
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
bullet point Kidney Disease Patients Use App To Test Med Adherence
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Just 1 in 3 Seniors With Diabetes Has Disease Under Control
Article from HealthDay.

Health Care Scheduling and Access: A Report From the IOM
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.

bullet point Why Female Physicians Are Paid Less Than Men
bullet point Drones Might Fly Blood Samples to Clinics, Study Finds
bullet point 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act — July 2015
July 30th “Welcome Back CROWNWeb OCT” Town Hall Slides Now Available
Event announcement from Project CROWNWeb.
Medicare At 50: Some Promises Fulfilled But Program Still Faces Challenges
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Thursday, July 30

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bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Q2 Profit Rises
News item from NASDAQ. Press release from Fresenius.
bullet point

The Association between Conversion to In-Center Nocturnal Hemodialysis and Left Ventricular Mass Regression in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease
Article in Press abstract from Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

Editor's note: It's funny how studies with results like this don't show up in mainstream U.S. dialysis journals, but ones like this do (also see John Agar's commentary).

bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point The Bacterial Colonization in Tunneled Cuffed Dialysis Catheter and Its Effects on Residual Renal Function in Incident Hemodialysis Patients
Advance Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point A Pilot Randomized Trial of Financial Incentives or Coaching to Lower Serum Phosphorus in Dialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Cooling Bodies of Brain-Dead Donors May Boost Kidney Function After Transplant
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text article and editorial from the New England Journal of Medicine. Press release from UCSF.
bullet point PDI in Press Abstracts:
bullet point Abstracts from Journal of Nephrology:
bullet point Impact of Fractional Phosphate Excretion on the Relation of FGF23 with Outcome in CKD Patients
Free, full-text article from Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Hypertension and Polypharmacy in Elderly Nursing Home Residents: When Less is More
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Early Outgrowth Proangiogenic Cell Number and Function Do Not Correlate with Left Ventricular Structure and Function in Conventional Hemodialysis Patients: a Cross-Sectional Study
Free, full-text article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
bullet point Drug (Tamsulosin) May Ease Passage When Kidney Stone Strikes

Hospital Leaders Urge Congress to Support Needs of Rural Patients
News brief from AHANewsNow.

bullet point Legionnaires' Disease Kills Two, Sickens 31 in New York City
Medicare Prescription Drug Part D Premiums Projected to Remain Stable
CMS press release.
CROWNWeb 4.8, 4.9, 5.0, and REMIS 8.1 and 9.0 System Enhancements and Infrastructure Maintenance Upgrades
Notice from the CROWNWeb Project web site.
Congress Overwhelmingly Approves Bill Bolstering Medicare Patients' Hospital Rights
Article from Kaiser Health News.
CMS Issues Q&A on Initial ICD-10 Claims Auditing/Quality Reporting Flexibility
News brief from AHANewsNow.
CMS Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program Webinar


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Wednesday, July 29

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Dialysis Patients May Be Unprepared for Natural Disasters
Article from HealthDay. CJASN Express abstract and press release from the American Society of Nephrology.

Editor's note: It should be noted by all that Fresenius Medical Care chose not to participate in this analysis.

I remember in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that I could not find information on either the KCER or ESRD Network web sites as to which LDO clinics in Lower Manhattan were closed, even though at least one was. Controlling patients with private insurance, as well as controlling corporate images, seem to be the primary goals during natural disasters. Information is hoarded, corporate public relations departments tout the excellent job the for-profit corporations are doing, and all mistakes are hidden so we only find out about the problems years later in articles like these.

How many more years is this cycle of dialysis disaster news stories going to continue?

bullet point

VA System ESRD Patients Start Dialysis Later
Article from Renal & Urology News. CJASN Express abstract.

bullet point To Boost Patient Health, Rehab Sometimes Starts Before Cancer Treatment
Article from Kaiser Helath News.

Editor's note: After 50 years, U.S. dialysis care still has no rehabilitation programs. What kind of medicine is being practiced?
bullet point Understanding the Physical and Emotional Impact of Early-Stage ADPKD: Experiences and Perspectives of Patients and Physicians
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point How Coordinated Care Gives Patients with Chronic Illnesses the Freedom to Stay at Home
Article from PBS Newshour.
bullet point Comparative Efficacy of Interventions to Promote Hand Hygiene in Hospital: Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis
Article from the BMJ.
bullet point For Women, No Link Between Kidney Stones, Osteoporosis
Deaths, Hospital Stays and Costs All Down Among U.S. Seniors
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Press release from Yale University.

"Between 1999 and 2013, yearly rates of death and hospitalization steadily declined among Americans in the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program. Meanwhile, spending on inpatient care showed the same pattern.

Researchers called the findings striking."
bullet point Companies Stall on Reporting Drug Deaths
Research letter extract from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article from Medscape News (registration required).

CMS: Health Spending to Grow Average 5.8% Annually through 2024
News brief from AHANewsNow. CMS press release. Web First article from Health Affairs.

Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
On Its 50th Anniversary, More Than 55 Million Americans Covered by Medicare
CMS press release.


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Tuesday, July 28

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bullet point Primary Care Doctors Should Screen for Depression: Panel
Article from Reuters Health. See Depression in Adults: Screening and Update in Progress recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Editor's note
: Dialysis care must include screening for depression and should also include a 'failure to thrive' diagnosis that requires intervention.
bullet point Visit-to-Visit Variability of Blood Pressure and Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, Heart Failure, and Mortality: A Cohort Study
Online First abstract and full-text Summary for Patients from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Free, Open Access August 2015 Issue of Clinical Kidney Journal
15 full-text articles.
bullet point CKD and the Dental Connection: A Dentist and Nephrologist Perspective
Posting from the AJKD blog. Free, full-text article from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases.
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Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:

bullet point Preferred Hemodialysis Vascular Access for Diabetic Chronic Kidney Disease Patients: a Systematic Literature Review
Free, full-text, Open Access article from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point Association between Acetylsalicylic Acid and the Risk of Dialysis Related Infections or Septicemia among Incident Hemodialysis Patients: a Nested Case-Control Study
Free, full-text, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Solid Organ Transplantation From Hepatitis B Virus–Positive Donors
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from American Journal of Transplantation via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point ObamaCare Insurance Rates in California To Rise 4 Percent
Article from The Hill.
Health Law Experiment Failed To Show Savings
Article from Kaiser Health News.

"The test to coordinate treatment for high-risk Medicare patients in hundreds of communities was one of many demonstrations run by the Department of Health and Human Services' innovation center."
Medicare Extends Moratoria on New Home Health, Ambulance Providers in Some Areas
News brief from AHANewsNow. Notice from The Federal Register.
Views on the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, July 27

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bullet point Op-Ed: Let's Connect the Chronic Kidney Disease Dots
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.

Editor's note: This is an editorial, written by the leaders of three "dialysis patient advocacy" organizations, calling for legislation that would allow dialysis patients to enroll in Medicare Advantage plans. This would drive more business and healthcare dollars to dialysis corporations and nephrologists.

For decades, U.S. dialysis care has lagged far behind other fields of medicine, as well as other first-world countries, in terms of improving patients' life outcomes. One must wonder why these leaders continue to "dance" for a stagnant, underperforming, medical-industrial complex that has failed U.S. dialysis patients for so long.
bullet point Refining the Definition of Clinically Important Mineral and Bone Disorder in Hemodialysis Patients
Free, full-text article from NDT.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Maintenance Dialysis throughout the World in Years 1990 and 2010
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Nephron:
bullet point The Effectiveness and Safety of Modest Exercise in Japanese Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: a Single Armed Interventional Study
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from American Journal Of Nephrology:
bullet point Anxiety, Depression, Resilience and Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents with Predialysis Chronic Kidney Disease
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point FDA Approves New Treatment for Chronic Hepatitis C Genotype 3 Infections
bullet point FDA Approves Technivie for Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C Genotype 4
bullet point FDA OKs First of New Class of Cholesterol Drugs
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point The $54.4B Deal Is Done! Anthem To Buy Cigna In Latest Health Insurance Merger Deal
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point FDA Wants to Strengthen Sugar Labeling
 


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