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Thursday, Feb. 23

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  Feb. 23, 2017
DaVita Steered Poor Dialysis Patients to Private Insurers To Pump up Profits, Lawsuit Says
Article from The Denver Post.
2 Investigators: Mistakes, Delays At DaVita Dialysis Centers Caused Deaths Of 2 Women, Families Say
Article and video from CBS Chicago.

"The facility did not want to call 9-1-1, and they didn't want her to go to the closest hospital, Jackson Park, Watkins says. She says Davita workers wanted to call a private ambulance, which was going to take longer, and they insisted on sending Heather to the University of Chicago.

"The University of Chicago is not the closest hospital, but it has a medical director tied to Davita.

"Watkins says staff finally got an ambulance, but not until about four to five hours after her daughter's troubles began."
New York State Considers Bill to Pay Live Organ Donors' Costs
Article from Crain's New York Business.
Organ Transplant Programs Are so Prestigious, They're Sparking Crosstown Rivalry in Chicago
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Lung Ultrasound in Hemodialysis: A Card to be Played?
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from Blood Purification.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Prevalence of Frailty in End-Stage Renal Disease: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.

Venous Hemodialysis Catheters and Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices: Avoiding a High-Risk Combination
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.

Blood Pressure Targets in Older Patients: Many Guidelines, Much Confusion
(Registration required, but free.) Interview from Medscape Nephrology.
In Mexico, Evidence Of Sustained Consumer Response Two Years After Implementing A Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax
Free, full-text article from Health Affairs.
FMC's Frenova Announces Collaboration Agreement with PPD
Standing Up for Science in the Era of Trump
Full-text editorial from The BMJ.
A New Diagnosis: ‘Post-Election Stress Disorder’
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Smartphones to Become Pocket Doctors after Scientists Discover Camera Flash and Microphone Can Be Used to Diagnose Illness
Article from The Telegraph (UK).
DHS Official: Ransomware an Increasing Threat to Medical Device Cybersecurity
Article from MassDevice.
Free, Full-Text, New Online Viewpoint Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Protecting the Tired, the Poor, the Huddled Masses
Free, full-text, perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
CMS Launches MACRA Assistance as Prep Lags
Article from HFMA.


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Wednesday, Feb. 22

DaVita Steered Poor Dialysis Patients to Private Insurers To Pump up Profits, Lawsuit Says
Article from The Denver Post.
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  Feb. 22, 2017
Fresenius Medical Care Misses 4Q Revenue Forecasts
News briefs from AP and ReutersPress release from Fresenius Medical Care. Earnings call transcript from Seeking Alpha.
DaVita Is Targeted by California Bill to Increase Its Staffing Levels at Clinics
Article from Denver Business Journal. Related article from Record-Bee.
PD or HD: Which One Gets a Higher Readmisssion Score?
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Right to Try, Right to Buy, Right to Test
Opinion piece from The Washington Post.
Popular Heartburn Drugs Linked to Gradual Yet 'Silent' Kidney Damage
Press release from Washington University in St. Louis. Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International.
Hemodialysis Abstracts from the 37th Annual Dialysis Conference March 11–14, 2017 Long Beach, California
Free access via Hemodialysis International.
Nephrologists' Perspectives on Defining and Applying Patient-Centered Outcomes in Hemodialysis
CJASN Express abstract.

Free Issue (January 2017) of Hemodialysis International; Included among the 23 Articles and Case Reports:

Vascular Access Conversion and Patient Outcome after Hemodialysis Initiation with a Nonfunctional Arteriovenous Access: a Prospective Registry-based Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Identification of the Appropriate Fixation Site to Avoid Peritoneal Catheter Migration Based on a Mechanical Analysis
Issue in Progress abstract from Renal Failure.
Peritoneal Dialysis Safe for Post-Op Fluid Overload in Infants with CHD
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today. Online First abstract from JAMA Pediatrics.
In the News: Death of Contrast-Induced Nephropathy
Posting from the NephronPower blog.
Testosterone Treatment Improves Bone Density and Anemia, May Lead to Cardiac Risk
Press releases from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Yale University and the JAMA Network Journals. Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text articles from JAMA and Online First articles from JAMA Internal Medicine:
Raising Dietary Potassium to Sodium Ratio Helps Reduce Heart, Kidney Disease
3,000 Steps in 30 Minutes Improves the Prognosis for Heart Failure
Rockwell Medical Updates Progress on Calcitriol Commercial Launch
Trump's Policies Set to Damage Health and Science, Warns The BMJ
Press release from The BMJ.
Life Expectancy Study Shows Many Likely to Live beyond 90 by 2030
Articles from Reuters and HealthDay.
Health Law's 10 Essential Benefits: A Look At What's At Risk In GOP Overhaul
Article from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Tuesday, Feb. 21

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  Feb. 21, 2017
Initial Session Duration and Mortality Among Incident Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press Abstract from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases.

"Conclusions: Patients in facilities routinely initiating hemodialysis therapy for = 4 hours may have substantially lower mortality as compared with patients in facilities initiating for only 3 hours of treatment."
Kidney Disease Is Not For the Faint of Heart
Posting via the KidneyView blog.
Place Emotional Harms on a Par with Physical Ones
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal of Renal Care:
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
JASN Express Abstracts:
Preventing Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy-Induced Hypophosphatemia: An Extended Clinical Experience with a Phosphate-Containing Solution in the Setting of Regional Citrate Anticoagulation
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
Prophylactic Hydration to Protect Renal Function from Intravascular Iodinated Contrast Material in Patients at High Risk of Contrast Induced Nephropathy (AMACING): a Prospective, Randomized, Phase 3, Controlled, Open Label, Noninferiority Trial
Online First abstract from The Lancet.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Annals of Internal Medicine:
Steep BP Drop Using 'Quadpill' in Untreated HTN: Pilot Study
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Effect of Magnesium Oxide Supplementation on Nocturnal Leg Cramps — A Randomized Clinical Trial
New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
The Short- and Long-Term Prognosis for Obamacare
Article from HealthDay.
Single-Payer Reform Is 'the Only Way to Fulfill the President's Pledge' on Health Care
Press release from Physicians for a National Health Program.
Republicans' Answer To Covering The Sickest Of The Sick: High-Risk Pools
News brief from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Monday, Feb. 20

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  Feb. 20, 2017
The DOPPS Program Marks Its 20th Anniversary with an Overview of Major Findings
Notice from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program.
Public Health or Public Shaming
Posting on diabetes from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
Why Should We Worry about Conflict of Interest?
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Persistent Variation in Medicare Payment Authorization for Home Hemodialysis Treatments
Early View abstract from Health Services Research.
Factors Affecting the Choice of Peritoneal Dialysis: Perspective of Patients and Nephrologists
In Press abstract from Néphrologie & Thérapeutique.
Free, Open Access Articles from Journal of Nephrology:
Sudden Cardiac Death Among Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
Strategies for the Optimal Timing to Start Renal Replacement Therapy in Critically Ill Patients with Acute Kidney Injury
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Thirty-Day and 90-Day Hospital Readmission after Outpatient Upper Extremity Hemodialysis Access Creation
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Impact of the Type of Dialysis Membranes on the Circulating Concentration of Markers of Vitamin D Metabolism
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Hard Choices, Better Outcomes: a Review of Shared Decision-Making and Patient Decision Aids around Dialysis Initiation and Conservative Kidney Management
(Click on "+ Abstract") Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
Compensating Kidney Donors Is Supported by Over 85% of US Adults as Reported by Acumen Health Research Institute
Chronic Pain More Likely for Poor, Less Educated
Hundreds Gather to 'Stand up for Science'
Article from The Boston Globe. Related article from STAT.
 


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Fri./Sat., Feb. 17-18

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  Feb. 17, 2017
California Dialysis Centers May Receive Quality Boost under New Legislation
Article from San Francisco Examiner.
DaVita Quarterly Revenue Rises 5.15%
News item from Reuters. Press release from DaVita. Earnings call transcript from Seeking Alpha.
After Successful 2016, DaVita Predicts Income Drop in 2017
Article from Denver Business Journal.
Why Does Quality of Life Remain an Underinvestigated Issue in Chronic Kidney Disease and Why Is It Rarely Set As an Outcome Measure in Trials in This Population?
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Public Comments Sought for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) Star Ratings Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
The in-person meeting date is Feb 21, 8:30 am to 4:00 PM in Baltimore, MD. Public Comments may be submitted before the meeting by emailing the comment to DialysisData@umich.edu by 5pm (EST) on February 17, 2017. Additionally, the Public Comment Period will be held at the end of the in-person TEP meeting.
Free, Open Access, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Home Hemodialysis: a Comprehensive Review of Patient Centered and Economic Considerations
Abstract and link to full-text PDF from ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research.
Free, Open Access Articles from PLOS ONE:
Dietary Sources of Energy and Nutrient Intake among Children and Adolescents with Chronic Kidney Disease
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
Advance Articles Abstracts from NDT:
Infectious Complications As the Leading Cause of Death after Kidney Transplantation: Analysis of More Than 10,000 Transplants from a Single Center (in Brazil)
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Role of Intravascular Ultrasound Imaging during Endovascular Interventions of Failing Hemodialysis Access Grafts
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Mayo Clinic Radio: the Importance of Organ Donation
Listen to the program on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 9:05 a.m. CST.
Discovery May Help Prevent Tissue Scarring and Rejection of Transplanted Kidneys
Limiting Salt Consumption Lowers Blood Pressure in Patients with Kidney Disease
UT Southwestern Researchers Develop Potential Treatment for Polycystic Kidney Disease
Right-To-Die Fight Hits National Stage
Article from Kaiser Health News.
New Analysis Links 30,000 Excess Deaths in 2015 to Cuts in Health and Social Care (in England and Wales)
Press release and Open Access article from the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.
CDC: Flu Vaccine a Pretty Good Match for Viruses This Year
Seema Verma Says She's against Medicare Vouchers, Suggests Risk Models Hurt Rural Healthcare
Articles from Healthcare Finance, The Hill, and Modern Healthcare.


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Thursday, Feb. 16

New Bill in California to Mandate for Staffing Ratios, Transition Time between Patients:
Public Comments Sought for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) Star Ratings Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
The in-person meeting date is Feb 21, 8:30 am to 4:00 PM in Baltimore, MD. Public Comments may be submitted before the meeting by emailing the comment to DialysisData@umich.edu by 5pm (EST) on February 17, 2017. Additionally, the Public Comment Period will be held at the end of the in-person TEP meeting.
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Why You Should Donate Your Health Data (As Well As Your Organs) When You Die
Article from The Conversation.
How Does My Diet Affect My Treatment?
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Patients Are Unique with Individual Needs. That Is the Art of Medicine.
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Investors Accuse Dialysis Provider DaVita of Ethics Breach
Article from Courthouse News Service.
Pain, CKD, and What to Do About It
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Free, Open Access Articles from PLOS ONE:
A Comparative Study of the Risk Profile of Hemodialysis Patients in a for Profit Network and in Two Regional Registries of the Italian Society of Nephrology
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Abstracts from Nephrology:
Factors Associated with Reduction of Left Ventricular Mass in Children On Peritoneal Dialysis
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Prevalence and Risk Factors for Human T-Lymphotropic Virus Type I (HTLV-1) among Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Artificial Organs: Current Status and Future Directions
Free, full-text article from The International Journal of Artificial Organs.
American Nurses Association Partners with CDC to Improve Infection Prevention and Control Education for Nurses
Press release.
Vitamin D Pills 'Could Stop Colds or Flu'
Article from the BBC. Full-text article from The BMJ.
Ardelyx's Hyperphosphatemia Drug Meets Endpoint in Phase 3 Study
Uninsured Rate Lowest On Record As Republicans Prepare To Dismantle Health Law
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Trump Administration Rolls Out New Obamacare Rules
Article from HealthDay. News brief from AHANews.
Sugar, Salt, and Fat Taxes Could Save Billions in Health Care Costs
Press release and article from PLOS Medicine.
Aetna, Humana Call Off $34 Billion Deal
US Healthcare Costs to Escalate over Next Decade: Government Agency
Article from Reuters. Press release from CMS. News brief from AHANews. Full-text article from Health Affairs.
Medicaid Expansion Possibly Reduced 'Medical Divorces,' Economists Find
Press release from the University of Kansas.


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Wednesday, Feb. 15

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  Feb. 15, 2017
A New Contrast Agent for MRI
Press release from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Acknowledging and Overcoming Nonreproducibility in Basic and Preclinical Research
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Annual Congress of the Blood Purification Management Branch of Chinese Hospital Society, August 11-14, 2016, Nanjing, China: Selected Abstracts
(11-page pdf) Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress collection from Blood Purification.
Stop Adding Insult to Injury-Identifying and Managing Risk Factors for the Progression of Acute Kidney Injury in Children
Free, full-text, First Online, Open Access, educational review from Pediatric Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Assessing the Adequacy of Small Solute Clearance for Various Dialysis Modalities, with Inclusion of Residual Native Kidney Function
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Abnormal Ankle Brachial Index and Risk of Cardiovascular or All-Cause Mortality in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: a Meta-Analysis
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
The Blame Game: It's Not Alright to Blame the Patient
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
U.S. Renal CMO Stan Lindenfeld Retires
Michigan-based Trinity to Provide Home Health Patients With Continual Remote Monitoring
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Humana to Exit Exchange Business in 2018
Article from Healthcare Finance.
China Bird Flu Deaths Surge in What Could Be Worst Season Ever
Article from Reuters.
Cardiovascular Disease Costs Will Exceed $1 Trillion by 2035
 


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Tuesday, Feb. 14

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  Feb. 14, 2017
Texas Judge Upends Effort To Limit Charity Funding For Kidney Care
Kaiser Health News article via NPR.
Impact of Fluid Status and Inflammation and Their Interaction on Survival: a Study in an International Hemodialysis Patient Cohort
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International.
Inflammation and Elevated Levels of Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 Are Independent Risk Factors for Death in Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text article from Kidney International.
Cardiac Troponins in Chronic Kidney Disease: A Marker of Global Cardiovascular Risk
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Pregnancy in Chronic Kidney Disease and Kidney Transplantation
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Association of Serum Triglyceride to HDL Cholesterol Ratio with All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality in Incident Hemodialysis Patients
CJASN Express abstract.

Free February 2017 Issue of Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis; Articles Include:

Chronic Kidney Disease and Fragility Fracture
Free, Open Access article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Early Conversion From Calcineurin Inhibitor- to Everolimus-Based Therapy Following Kidney Transplantation: Results of the Randomized ELEVATE Trial
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Outcome of Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants with a History of Neonatal Acute Kidney Injury
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Nipro To Build Vietnamese Plant for Dialysis Equipment
Intensive Blood Pressure Control Could Prevent 100,000 U.S. Deaths Each Year

Try Drug-Free Options First for Low Back Pain, New Guidelines Say
Article from HealthDay. Latest clinical guidelines and summary for patients from Annals of Internal Medicine.

Why High-Risk Pools Won't Crack the Pre-Existing Condition Dilemma
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
Death Doesn't Have To Be So Scary
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Researchers Find Clues to Why Diet with Olive Oil Is Tied Lower Heart Disease Risk
Allegheny Science & Technology (AST) Under Contract with CMS to Validate the Accuracy of CROWNWeb and NHSN Data
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
Medicare, Medicaid ACO Models Show Gains Increase Over Time
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.  Free, full-text, New Online articles from JAMA Internal Medicine:


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Monday, Feb. 13

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Nano Dimension Launching 3-D Bioprinting Subsidiary Dedicated to Kidney Disease Solutions
Press release via Morningstar.
Patients Receiving Frequent Hemodialysis Have Better Health-Related Quality of Life Compared to Patients Receiving Conventional Hemodialysis
Free, full-text article from Kidney International. Also see this recent supplemental issue on intensive hemodialysis from AJKD.
The Limits of Compassion: Dialysis and the Undocumented – A Solution
Part 2 blog posting from the Center for Ethics and Health Policy — Baylor College of Medicine.
Reducing Cardiovascular Mortality in Kidney Disease: Time to Focus on Heart Failure?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Anemia Management
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from NDT:
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Low Renal Replacement Therapy Incidence among Slowly Progressing Elderly Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Referred to Nephrology Care: an Observational Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Advance Online Abstracts from the International Journal of Artificial Organs:
Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
Long-term Risks of Kidney Living Donation: Review and Position Paper by The ERA-EDTA DESCARTES Working Group
Abstract from NDT.
Caregivers Should Be Screened Early, Often to Prevent Depression, Anxiety
Press release from University of Missouri.
'Antiaging' Hormone Could Unlock New Treatments for Kidney and Heart Disease
Five Quick Ways HHS Secretary Tom Price Could Change The Course Of Health Policy
Article from Kaiser Health News.
What's Next for the Obamacare Insurance Exchanges?
Article from HealthDay.
 


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Fri./Sat., Feb. 10-11

The Limits of Compassion: Dialysis and the Undocumented – A Solution
Part 2 blog posting from the Center for Ethics and Health Policy — Baylor College of Medicine.
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Researchers Develop Device That Emulates Human Kidney Function
Press release from Binghamton University (NY).
China Punishes Hospital Staff after Dialysis Patients Infected with Hepatitis B
Articles from Reuters and South China Morning Post.
IV Contrast for CT Is Not Associated with Increased Risk of Acute Kidney Injury
Press release from the American College of Emergency Physicians. Free, full-text, Article in Press from Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Language Barriers May Interfere with Access to Kidney Transplantation
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from HealthDay.
New Simple Method Quickly Reveals Kidney Damage
Press release from Aarhus University.
Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Incremental Hemodialysis – A European Perspective
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
PDI in Press Abstracts:
Low Prognostic Nutritional Index Associated with Cardiovascular Disease Mortality in Incident Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Effects of Ferric Citrate in Patients with Nondialysis-Dependent CKD and Iron Deficiency Anemia
Free, full-text, JASN Express article.
ESRD Patient/Advocate Celeste Castillo Lee Dies
Notice from Home Dialyzors United.
Physio-Control Recalls LIFEPAK15 Monitor/Defibrillator Due to Failure of Electrical Shock Delivery
Feb. 23 Employment Options Webinar
Polarizing HHS Nominee Tom Price Confirmed by Senate on Partyline Vote
Articles from The Washington Post and The Hill.
Taking Full Load Of Antibiotics May Actually Exacerbate Resistance, Not Protect Against It
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Will Avoid 'Controversial Venues' after Mar-A-Lago Fundraiser
Article from STAT.
Dozens Of New Cancer Drugs Do Little To Improve Survival, Frustrating Patients
Article from Kaiser Health News.
The Medicare-for-All Imperative: Beyond “Saving” the Affordable Care Act
Blog posting from National Nurses United.


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Thursday, Feb. 9

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The Limits of Compassion: Dialysis and the Undocumented – The Problem
Part I blog posting from the Center for Ethics and Health Policy — Baylor College of Medicine.
These 53 Hospitals Have the Best Organ Transplant Outcomes
Article from Becker's Hospital Review.
American Society of Nephrology Partners with the Department of Veterans Affairs
Press release.
Kidney Care Advocates and America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Bring Spat Over Premium Assistance To Congress
Article extract from InsideHealthPolicy.com.
Obesity and Kidney Disease: Hidden Consequences of the Epidemic
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial from American Journal of Nephrology.
Transformation of 5-D Itch Scale and Numerical Rating Scale in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Advance Online Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
Effect of Hypothermic Machine Perfusion on the Preservation of Kidneys Donated After Cardiac Death: A Single-Center, Randomized, Controlled Trial
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
Study Provides New Insight into Different Forms of Heart Failure
Poor and Less Educated Suffer the Most from Chronic Pain
HHS: Fraud and Abuse Laws Are Impediment to Improved Care and Efficiencies
News brief from AHANews.
Immorality of Inaction on Inequality
Free, full-text editorial from the BMJ.
To Make Medicare Better for All, Take Social Risk Factors into Account, Experts Recommend
Press releases from the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University. Free, full-text, perspective pieces from the New England Journal of Medicine:


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Wednesday, Feb. 8

The Limits of Compassion: Dialysis and the Undocumented – The Problem
Part I blog posting from the Center for Ethics and Health Policy — Baylor College of Medicine.
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China 'Mending Its Ways' on Unethical Organ Transplants, Official Says
Articles from Reuters and Xinhua.

FDA Approves Amgen's Parsabiv™ (Etelcalcetide) for Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
Article from Reuters.

The Day I Zipped My Lips and Let My Patients Talk
Article from STAT.

"According to a group of Swiss researchers, when doctors did not interrupt, the average duration of their patients' monologues was 92 seconds."

"This was first time I'd ever felt good after a visit with a patient with chronic pain — I was actually doing something to help, rather than just rearranging deck chairs."

Cigna and Fresenius Medical Care North America Collaborate
Press release.
Weaving Integrated Care into the ESRD Model
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Mortality, Hospitalization, and Quality of Life among Patients with Hepatitis C Infection on Hemodialysis
Free, full-text CJASN article.
Prognostic Value of the Delivery Dialysis Dose on Twice-Weekly Hemodialysis Patients
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Suggests Obesity Predicts Onset of Chronic Kidney Disease in the General Population
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Effect of Hypothermic Machine Perfusion on the Preservation of Kidneys Donated After Cardiac Death: A Single-Center, Randomized, Controlled Trial
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
Four Pivotal NIH Funded Artificial Pancreas Research Efforts Begin
Publications on the Management of Gout
HHS Pick Price Made ‘Brazen’ Stock Trades While His Committee Was Under Scrutiny
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Trump, GOP Lawmakers Pump The Brakes On Replacement Amid Political Backlash
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
The 10 Most Promising Healthcare Jobs, According to LinkedIn
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.
Cruz, Sanders Face Off on Obamacare
February CROWNWeb New User Training on Feb. 14


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Tuesday, Feb. 7

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  Feb. 7, 2017
Researchers Study Care for Undocumented Immigrants with Kidney Failure
Press release from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Press release, full-text New Online article and editorial from JAMA Internal Medicine. Article/video from MedPage Today (registration required, but free).

"Conclusions and Relevance: Undocumented patients with ESRD experience debilitating, potentially life-threatening physical symptoms and psychosocial distress resulting from emergent-only hemodialysis. States excluding undocumented immigrants with ESRD from scheduled dialysis should reconsider their policies."
USRDS Quarterly Update
Data through second quarter of 2016 from the United States Renal Data System.
Open Access February 2017 Issue of Clinical Kidney Journal; Full-Text Articles Include:
PCI-first or Preemptive Dialysis-first Approach in CKD Patients Needing Cardiac Catheterization
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Advance Online Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
Clinical Outcomes of Metformin Use in Populations With Chronic Kidney Disease, Congestive Heart Failure, or Chronic Liver Disease: A Systematic Review
Abstract and editorial extract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Effect of Intensive Blood Pressure Control on Gait Speed and Mobility Limitation in Adults 75 Years or Older – A Randomized Clinical Trial
New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years or Older, United States, 2017
Free, Latest, clinical guideline from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Federal Agency Blames Kansas for Delay on Certifying New Dialysis Center
Australian Woman Winched from Cruise Ship for Kidney Transplant
Penn Study Finds New Clues to Causes of Heart Failure
Step Therapy—Clinical Algorithms, Legislation, and Optimal Prescribing
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
7 More Health Myths That Need To Be Debunked
Video from the KevinMD blog.
Projected Coding Intensity In Medicare Advantage Could Increase Medicare Spending By $200 Billion Over Ten Years
Abstract from Health Affairs. Press release from UCSD.
CMS: 9.2 Million Select 2017 Marketplace Plans in States Using HealthCare.gov


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Monday, Feb. 6

Researchers Study Care for Undocumented Immigrants with Kidney Failure
Press release from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Full-text New Online article and editorial from JAMA Internal Medicine.

"Conclusions and Relevance: Undocumented patients with ESRD experience debilitating, potentially life-threatening physical symptoms and psychosocial distress resulting from emergent-only hemodialysis. States excluding undocumented immigrants with ESRD from scheduled dialysis should reconsider their policies."
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The Pig-Man Isn't
Article from First Things.

"There has been much handwringing about the news that scientists injected human stem cells into pig embryos, creating a mostly-pig-but-a-little-bit-human chimera."
UVA: Inconsistency Found in Dialysis Blood Testing Methods (for Albumin)
Article from NBC29.com (Charlottesville, VA). Abstract from Clinical Chemistry.
Hemodialysis eGFR Equivalence: Why More—and More Often—Matters*
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
If Fish Oil Can't Lower AVF Risk in Dialysis, What Can?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Effect of Tenapanor on Serum Phosphate in Patients Receiving Hemodialysis
Free, full-text JASN Express article.
Consult Rounds: Thrombocytopenia in ESRD
Posting from the NephronPower blog.
Peritonitis Outcomes in Patients with HIV and End-Stage Renal Failure on Peritoneal Dialysis: a Prospective Cohort Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Association of Serum Phosphorus Concentration with Mortality and Graft Failure among Kidney Transplant Recipients
CJASN Express abstract.
Assessment of Intradialysis Calcium Mass Balance by Single Pool Variable-Volume Calcium Kinetic Model
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Chlorhexidine Impregnated Transparent Dressings Decrease Catheter Related Infections in Hemodialysis Patients: a Quality Improvement Project
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Induction Therapy for Kidney Transplant Recipients
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from American Journal of Transplantation via Medscape Nephrology.
Predonation Cognitions of Potential Living Organ Donors: the Development of the Donation Cognition Instrument in Potential Kidney Donors
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Response to Active Hepatitis B Vaccination and Mortality in Incident Dialysis Patients
Free, Open Access article from Vaccine.
Universal Sustained Viral Response to the Combination of Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/Ritonavir and Dasabuvir with/without Ribavirin in Patients on Hemodialysis Infected with Hepatitis C Virus Genotypes 1 and 4
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Can Duration of Hemodialysis Be Estimated Based on the On-Arrival Laboratory Tests and Clinical Manifestations in Methanol-Poisoned Patients?
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement Audio Program: Practicing Respect and Preventing Emotional Harm
Scheduled for Feb. 9, 2 PM ET. Registration now open.
FDA Warns of Reaction to Skin Antiseptic Products Containing Chlorhexidine Gluconate
New Kansas Dialysis Center Grapples with Certification Delays
HHS Nominee Price Introduced Bill To Reverse Medicare Cuts After Company He Invested In Warned They Could Hurt Profits
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Trump: ObamaCare Plan Could Take until Next Year
Article from The Hill.
Judge Accepts Medicare's Plan To Remedy Misunderstanding On Therapy Coverage
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Implementation of New Influenza Virus Vaccine Code


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