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Tuesday, Nov. 13

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  Nov. 13, 2018
Why Fresenius Medical Care's Stock Fell 24% in October
Article from The Motley Fool. Fresenius Medical Care stock chart.
UNOS Wins Contract to Continue As National Transplant Network
Press release from the United Network for Organ Sharing.
Palm Desert Couple to Swap Kidneys with Other Perfect Transplant Matches
Article and video from KESQ.com.
The Relationship between Care Burden and Quality of Life in Caregivers of Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Is Successful Treatment of Depression in Dialysis Patients an Achievable Goal?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Long-term Psychosocial Outcomes after Nondirected Donation: A Single Center Experience
Accepted Article abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Company of the Day: Hach
Air Pollution and Kidney Disease: Review of Current Evidence
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Potassium: Poison or Panacea in Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal of Nephrology:
Advance Articles Abstracts from NDT:
Physical Activity Guidelines for Health and Prosperity in the United States
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article and editorial from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Effect of Exercise Intervention on Functional Decline in Very Elderly Patients During Acute Hospitalization — A Randomized Clinical Trial
Free, full-text, New Online article and commentary from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Being Overweight Likely to Cause Depression, Even without Health Complications
Press release from University of Exeter.
Patients With Common Heart Failure More Likely to Have Lethal Heart Rhythms
Press release from Cedars-Sinai.
Racial Disparities in Sudden Cardiac Death Rates Cannot Be Explained by Known Risk Factors
Press release from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Risk Score-Guided Care Reduces Mortality Rate in High-Risk Heart Failure Patients by Nearly 50 Percent
Press release from Intermountain Medical Center.
Hepatitis C Treatment Can Be Shortened in 50 Percent of Patients, Study Finds
Press release from Loyola University Health System.
Diabetic Foot Ulcers Heal Quickly With Nitric Oxide Technology
Press release from Michigan Technological University.
Cancer May Soon Replace Heart Disease as Leading Killer of Affluent Americans
Article from HealthDay.
Healthcare Compliance Has Big Changes in Store for the Rest of 2018 and Beyond
Article from Medical Economics.
U.S. OD Death Rate Worst Among Wealthier Nations
Article from HealthDay.
Ethical Leaders: Use Science to Advance Gender Equity in Medicine
Article from STAT.
National Strategy Call to Win Medicare for All, Tuesday, Nov. 13
Notice from National Nurses United.


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Monday, Nov. 12

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  Nov. 12, 2018
The Profiteering Dialysis Industry Made Big Bucks from Killing Proposition 8. Here's How
Article from Los Angeles Times.
NIDDK Recent Advances & Emerging Opportunities 2018
Annual report from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
Albany Man Makes It to 40 Years on Dialysis
Article from Albany Herald (GA).
Company of the Day: Rockwell Medical
Long-Term Survival for Hemodialysis Patients Differ in Japan Versus Europe and the USA. What Might the Reasons Be?
Early View editorial extract from Artificial Organs.
Anemia in Conventional Hemodialysis: Finding the Optimal Treatment Balance
Free, full-text article from Seminars in Dialysis.
Increased Weight Gain During the Long Interdialytic Period Is Associated with Minor Effects on Blood Pressure Control in Clinically Stable In-Centre Haemodialysis Patients
Online First abstract from Nephron.
Evaluating Hemodialysis Patient's Nutritional Status: Body Mass Index or Body Cell Mass Index?
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Resistant Hypertension: The 2018 Update
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Impact of a Phone App on Nephrology Referral
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Abstracts from Peritoneal Dialysis International:
Can Childhood Obesity Influence Later Chronic Kidney Disease?
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Determinants of Left Ventricular Characteristics Assessed by Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Cardiovascular Biomarkers Related to Kidney Transplantation
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Multicenter Investigation of the Reliability and Validity of the Live Donor Assessment Tool As an Enhancement to the Psychosocial Evaluation of Living Donors
Accepted Article abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Pre-, Peri and Posttransplant Diabetes Mellitus
Published Ahead of Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
Pretransplant Cancer in Kidney Recipients in Relation to Recurrent and de novo Cancer Incidence Posttransplantation and Implications for Graft and Patient Survival
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
Fish Oil And Vitamin D Pills No Guard Against Cancer Or Serious Heart Trouble
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Detailed Results Show Amarin Fish Oil Drug Offered a Major Cardiovascular Benefit — But Come with a Blemish
Article from STAT.
Effect of Linagliptin vs Placebo on Major Cardiovascular Events in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes and High Cardiovascular and Renal Risk — The CARMELINA Randomized Clinical Trial
Free, full-text, New Online article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
AstraZeneca's Diabetes Drug Curbs Heart Failure, Kidney Risks
Article from Reuters. NEJM Recently Published article. Article from HealthDay.
Coronary Calcium Levels a Better Predictor of Patients at Risk for Coronary Heart Disease
Press release from Intermountain Medical Center.
Protesters Take Anger over Insulin Prices to Drug Makers, Some Bearing Children's Ashes
Article from STAT.
New Cholesterol Clinical Guidelines Focus on Personalized Approach
Article from HealthDay. Press release from the American Heart Association. Free, full-text clinical practice guidelines from Circulation.
2019 MIPS Payment Information released by Medicare
Article from Kidney News Online.
CROWNWeb Town Hall: KCER: Preparing for and Managing Emergencies
Thursday, November 29, 2018, 2 PM ET.
Medicare To Test Out Philosophy That Simple Help In Patients' Homes Can Have Meaningful Impact On Well-Being
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Fri/Sat, Nov. 9-10

Albany Man Makes It to 40 Years on Dialysis
Article from Albany Herald (GA).
NIDDK Recent Advances & Emerging Opportunities 2018
Annual report from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
The Profiteering Dialysis Industry Made Big Bucks from Killing Proposition 8. Here's How
Article from Los Angeles Times.
Effect of Linagliptin vs Placebo on Major Cardiovascular Events in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes and High Cardiovascular and Renal Risk — The CARMELINA Randomized Clinical Trial
Free, full-text, News Online article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Medicare To Test Out Philosophy That Simple Help In Patients' Homes Can Have Meaningful Impact On Well-Being
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
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DaVita Settles with Dialysis Patients' Families over Deaths for $25.5 Million
Article from Reuters.
Couple Find Love on the Dialysis Ward As They Waited for Life-Saving Transplants Together
Article from Virgin Media Television, Dublin, Ireland.
New York Passes Living Donor Protection Act
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Healing Kidneys with Nanotechnology
Press release from Arizona State University.
NIH Grant Supports Research Seeking Heart Disease Treatment for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Press release from New York Institute of Technology.
National Symposium on Anemia Renal Research
July 14, 2019 in Bethesda, MD.
#KidneyWk 2018: Late-Breaking and High-Impact Trials Session
Posting from the AJKD blog.
PIVOTAL Trial Video: Research Nurse Elizabeth Clarke Reveals the Results
2-minute video from The Renal Association (UK).
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Accepted Article Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Effects of L-Carnitine on Mineral Metabolism in the Multicentre, Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled CARNIDIAL Trial
Online First abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
DPP-4 Drugs for Diabetes May Protect Kidneys Too
Article from Internal Medicine News.
What's the #1 Condition Globally To Impact Years of Life Lost? — High Blood Pressure
Tweet from Eric Topol. Full-text article from The Lancet.
Patient to Patient Support
5-minute YouTube video from the Ontario Renal Network.
American Renal Associates Announces Third Quarter Results
Here Are The Lawmakers Who May Take The Gavels Of Committees That Oversee Health Care
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Articles from The Hill:
U.S. Smoking Rates Hit Record Low
Article from HealthDay. Article from the CDC's MMWR.
Health, Income, & Poverty: Where We Are & What Could Help
Article from Health Affairs.
Medicaid Won The Midterms. Here's Why That Could Save Lives
Article from WBUR. (second half of article is about kidney disease and dialysis)


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Thursday, Nov. 8

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  Nov. 8, 2018
DaVita 3rd Quarter Results - Misses on Revenue
Press release from DaVita. News brief and earnings call transcript from Seeking Alpha.
Measure To Cap Dialysis Profits Pummeled After Record Spending By Industry
Article from California Healthline.

"The industry, led by DaVita and Fresenius Medical Care, spent nearly $111 million to defeat Proposition 8, which voters trounced, 62 to 38 percent, and appeared to approve in just two of 58 counties."
Dialysis Stocks Soar after California Voters Reject Prop. 8
Article from San Francisco Chronicle.
Separation
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Development of an Artificial Intelligence Model to Guide the Management of Blood Pressure, Fluid Volume, and Dialysis Dose in End-Stage Kidney Disease Patients: Proof of Concept and First Clinical Assessment
Free, full-text, Online First article from Kidney Diseases.
Could Artificial Intelligence Make Doctors Obsolete?
Free, full-text article and commentary from The BMJ.
Cardiovascular Risk in Renal Transplant Recipients
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Journal of Nephrology.
Financial Costs Incurred by Living Kidney Donors: A Prospective Cohort Study
Published Ahead of Print JASN abstract.
Recurrent Lupus Nephritis Less Frequent after Kidney Transplant
Article from Healio.
Why People with Kidney Disease Should Avoid High-Inflammatory Diets
Article from Healthline.
"Let's Talk About Peritoneal Dialysis" Post 1: The Peritoneal Equilibration Test (PET)
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Medication Safety Principles and Practice in CKD
Free, full-text CJASN article.
Poor Adherence to Early Childhood Blood Pressure Measurement Guidelines in a Large Pediatric Healthcare System
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Obamacare Repeal in Congress Is Dead. Next, a Battle Over Medicare for All
Article from Bloomberg.
Naloxone Rescue Kits Now Being Prescribed Alongside High-Dose Prescriptions
Press release from Penn State Health.
 


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Wednesday, Nov. 7

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  Nov. 7, 2018
California Voters Reject Measure to Limit Dialysis Profits
Articles from AP (via U.S. News & World Report) and Los Angeles Times. Press release from Fresenius Medical Care.

Editor's note: For what they spent to defeat this proposition, DaVita and Fresenius could have revolutionized dialysis care by creating a new medical subspecialty — renal rehabilitation.

Dialysis care will not change in California. These organizations need new medical and moral leadership.
Mount Sinai Researchers Develop a Nanotechnology-based Immunotherapy that Promotes Organ Transplant Acceptance
Press release.
Florida Doctor Removes Woman's Kidney After Mistaking It for Tumor
Article from ClickOrlando.com.
Bon Voyage: Dialysis on the High Seas
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Not All Hyperphosphataemias Should Be Treated
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Intravenous Fluids — Finding the Right Balance
Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN perspective piece.
New Tools in Depression Toolkit
Posting from the Northwest Renal Network.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
#KidneyWk 2018: Shaping the Future of Nephrology Education
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Alterations of Peritoneal Transport Characteristics in Dialysis Patients with Ultrafiltration Failure: Tissue and Capillary Components
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Monitoring Blood Pressure Outside of the Doctor's Office
JAMA Patient Page.
Over 2 Million Americans Have Hepatitis C; Opioids Help Drive Spread
Article from HealthDay.
Democrats Took the House. Here's What It Means for Health and Medicine
Article from STAT. Additional election analysis from STAT on healthcare issues.
Think Genes Dictate Your Life Span? Think Again
Article from HealthDay.
Articles from The Hill:


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Tuesday, Nov. 6

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  Nov. 6, 2018
Dialysis for Patients With End-stage Renal Disease Who Are Homeless
Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Standing in for a Kidney, MXene Materials Could Give Dialysis Patients the Freedom to Move
Press release from Drexel University.
Researchers Show That a High-Protein Diet Does Not Affect Kidney Function
Press release from McMaster University.
Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Videos
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Fostering Innovation in Symptom Management among Hemodialysis Patients
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract.
Derivation and Validation of a Prognostic Model to Predict Mortality in Patients with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Oncology in Nephrology Comes of Age: a Focus on Chronic Dialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract and full-text article (28-page PDF) from Nephrology.
An Adjustable Dalteparin Sodium Dose Regimen for the Prevention of Clotting in the Extracorporeal Circuit in Hemodialysis: A Clinical Trial of Safety and Efficacy (the PARROT Study)
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
#KidneyWk 2018: Education Poster Tour
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Abstracts from JAMA Internal Medicine:
Kidney Damage Biomarkers and Incident Chronic Kidney Disease During Blood Pressure Reduction: A Case–Control Study
Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Lupin Receives FDA Approval for Doxercalciferol Injection (Generic Hectorol) , 4 mcg/2 mL (2 mcg/mL) Multi-dose Vials
Press release.
Wisdom of Limiting Salt Intake in Heart Failure Questioned
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch. Free, full-text, New Online review article and commentary from JAMA Internal Medicine. Article from MedPage Today (registration required).
Violent Crime Raises Blood Pressure Even among Those Living in Safe Areas
Soda Industry Steals Page From Tobacco To Combat Taxes On Sugary Drinks
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Clinical Decision Support in the Era of Artificial Intelligence
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
CMS Implements Survey Process of Home Dialysis Services in Nursing Homes
Article from McGuire Woods LLP via Lexology.
CROWNWeb New User Training
Nov. 13.


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Monday, Nov. 5

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  Nov. 5, 2018
2018 Annual Data Report from the United States Renal Data System (USRDS)
Table of contents for report on data from 2016. Volume 1 is on chronic kidney disease in the US.  Volume 2 is on end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in the US. Also see Oct. 2018 USRDS quarterly update.

Editor's note: No mention again this year of the differences in outcomes between for-profit and non-profit dialysis providers. This discrepancy is perhaps the biggest embarrassment in U.S. medicine and the USRDS report simply ignores it.
Dialysis Patient Takes Refuge in Ann Arbor Church, Says He Will Die If Deported
Articles from Detroit Free Press and Michigan Radio.
NephroPlus Acquires Kidney Care Company DaVita Care India
Articles from The India Wire and The Hindu.
DaVita Settles After $384M Verdict In Patient Danger Suits
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Law360.com.
FDA Permits Marketing of Two Devices That Detect Parathyroid Tissue in Real-Time during Surgery
FDA news release.
Sex & the Kidney
Tweet of UK @RenalAssoc @rasprclub program held Nov. 3-4. See tweets at #sexandthekidney and #rasprclub.
View From The Chair: Balancing Burdens And Benefits Between Home And In-Center Dialysis
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Free, Full-Text, Published Ahead of Print Articles from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology:
Free, Full-Text Articles from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology:
Residual Renal Function in Incremental Hemodialysis
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
Barriers to Education and Shared Decision Making in the Chronic Kidney Disease Population: A Narrative Review
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Accepted Articles Abstracts from Nephrology:
#KidneyWk 2018: Management of Patients with Progressing Diabetic Kidney Disease
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Update on Perioperative Acute Kidney Injury
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Anesthesia and Analgesia via Medscape Nephrology.
Understanding Restless Legs Syndrome
Mayo Clinic Q and A.
Stroke Prevention in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: A Systematic Review Update
New systematic review by AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Quick: What's The Difference Between Medicare-For-All and Single-Payer?
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Free, Full-Text, New Online Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
FDA Approves Powerful New Opioid Despite Criticisms
CMS Finalizes Rule that Encourages More Choices and Lower Costs for Seniors
CMS press release.
Medicare Administrator Violated Hatch Act, Says Watchdog Group
Article from The Hill.


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Fri/Sat, Nov. 2-3

DaVita Settles After $384M Verdict In Patient Danger Suits
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Law360.com.
Sex & the Kidney
Tweet of UK @RenalAssoc @rasprclub program held Nov. 3-4. See tweets at #sexandthekidney and #rasprclub.
View From The Chair: Balancing Burdens And Benefits Between Home And In-Center Dialysis
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Free, Full-Text, Published Ahead of Print Articles from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology:
Free, Full-Text Articles from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology:
Residual Renal Function in Incremental Hemodialysis
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
Free, Full-Text, New Online Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
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CMS Finalizes Policies to End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Program
Press release, fact sheet and final rule (ZIP).
Ad Check: What Happens If California Limits Dialysis Center Profits?
Article from California Healthline.
Insurance-Related Disparities in Timely Access to Gold Standard Dialysis Procedure
Press release and Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Scientific Program from 2018 Controversies in Dialysis Access (CiDA), Nov. 1-2
CiDA web site.
Health Outcome Priorities of Older Adults with Advanced CKD and Concordance with Their Nephrology Providers' Perceptions
Published Ahead of Print JASN abstract.
Geriatric Assessment in Elderly Patients with End-Stage Kidney Disease
Free, Open Access, Online First article from Nephron.
Technique Failure in a Multicenter Canadian Home Hemodialysis Cohort
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Articles from Healio (registration required):
First Online Abstracts from Pediatric Nephrology:
Impact of Dialysate Sodium Concentration Lowering on Home Blood Pressure Variability in Hemodialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Successful Use of Arterio-Venous Graft for Hemodialysis in Patient with Hemophilia
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Kidney Injury from Recurrent Heat Stress and Rhabdomyolysis: Protective Role of Allopurinol and Sodium Bicarbonate
Online First abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Short-and Long-Term Outcomes after Postsurgical Acute Kidney Injury Requiring Dialysis
Free, full-text article from Clinical Epidemiology.
Hypertension Drug Irbesartan Recalled Over Contamination with Probable Carcinogen
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch. FDA news release.
National Diabetes Month — November 2018
FDA Warns Patients and Doctors about Risk of Inaccurate Results from Home Use Device to Monitor Blood Thinner Warfarin
The Election's Impact On Health Care: Some Bellwether Races To Watch
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Voters Don't like 'Big Pharma.' But They Could Soon Elect a Senate That Includes Two Pharma Lobbyists and a CEO
Article from STAT.
Congressional Report Says Insulin Market Benefits Drugmakers and Insurers, Not Patients
Article from The Hill.
Establishing the Effectiveness of Procedural Interventions — The Limited Role of Randomized Trials
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc (ACHC) for Approval of its End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Facility Accreditation Program
Notice from the Federal Register. ACHC web site.
CMS Finalizes Changes to Advance Innovation, Restore Focus on Patients — Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program
Press release.
CMS Takes Action to Modernize Medicare Home Health
CMS press release.
Medicare Plans to Phase in Changes for Office-Visit Payments
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape.


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Thursday, Nov. 1

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  Nov. 1, 2018
Summaries from MassDevice:
Higher Physical Activity Is Associated with Less Fatigue and Insomnia among Patients on Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract and full-text article (28-page PDF) from Kidney International Reports.
Meet the Twins: Intradialytic and Interdialytic Hypertension
Free, full-text, Online First editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
When to Start Renal Replacement Therapy in the Critically ill?
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Renal-Replacement Therapy for AKI
2-minute video from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from American Journal of Nephrology:
Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research:
Vascular Calcification Markers and Hemodialysis Vascular Access Complications
Online First abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Early Left Ventricular Dysfunction Detected by Speckle Tracking in Long-Term Hemodialysis Patients with Valvular Calcification
Online First abstract from CardioRenal Medicine.
Self-care Behavior of Hemodialysis Patients with Arteriovenous Fistula in China: A Multicenter, Cross-sectional Study
Accepted Article abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Continuous Veno-Venous Hemodialysis Using the Cardio-Renal Pediatric Dialysis Emergency Machine™ First Clinical Experiences
Online First abstract from Blood Purification.
Reproducing Pediatric Kidney Disease from Human iPS Cells
Press release from Kumamoto University.
FDA Clears the First Consumer Genetic Test for How Well Your Medications May Work — with Caveats
Article from STAT. FDA news release.
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
How the American Nurses Association Gamified Training for Its 4M Members
Article from Healthcare Dive.
Articles from HealthDay:
RPA Comments to Medicare Administrative Contractor Novitas on Proposed LCD on Endovenous Stenting
Notice from the Renal Physicians Association.
Trump Administration Approves Wisconsin Medicaid Work Requirements
Article from The Hill.


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Wednesday, Oct. 31

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  Oct. 31, 2018
Need Kidney Diet Friendly Candy for Your Young Patients on Dialysis for Halloween?
Tweet from MIchelle Rheault, MD. Related article from the National Kidney Foundation.
To All the 81 Amazing Children, Families and Health Professionals Who Took Part in the @SONG Kids Workshop
Tweet from @song_initiative. The SONG Initiative web site.

Symone says, “The patient perspective should be listened to more. We are the ones dealing with our condition.”
KidneyX Innovators Showcase at Kidney Week 2018
Article from Kidney News Online.
Are Current Strategies for Building a Human Kidney Misguided? Speculative Alternatives
Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print JASN article.
Cricket Health Announces Key Senior Leadership Hires
Press release.
Acute Effects of Hemodialysis on Circulating Microparticles
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Overview of Complement Activation and Regulation
Free, Open Access article from Seminars in Nephrology.
The Multifaceted Role of Complement in Kidney Transplantation
PDF abstract/extract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
Cardiovascular Events after New-Onset Atrial Fibrillation in Adults with CKD: Results from the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study
Published Ahead of Print JASN abstract.
Increasing the Removal of Protein-Bound Uremic Toxins by Liposome-Supported Hemodialysis
Accepted Article abstract from Artificial Organs.
Effect of Ferric Citrate on Serum Phosphate and Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 among Patients with Nondialysis-Dependent Chronic Kidney Disease: Path Analyses
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Veinplicity Makes Veins Fatter for Easier Access (Interview)
Article from MedGadget.
Solving a 100-Year Mystery in Blood Pressure Research
Press release from Scripps Research Institute.
Plant-based or Vegan Diet May Be Best for Keeping Type 2 Diabetes in Check
Press release from The BMJ. Article from HealthDay.
3 Percent of Children Hit Daily Activity Target
HHS Announces the Official Opening of the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center
Press release.
Why Healthcare Wastes $750 Billion Every Year: Few Organizations Analyze Data to Stop It
Article from Healthcare Finance.
Study: Democrats Could Expand Medicaid to Millions If They Win Six Key Governor's Races
Article from The Hill.


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Tuesday, Oct. 30

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  Oct. 30, 2018
Cruel Carousel: The Grim Grind of "Compassionate" Dialysis
Graphic narrative from the AMA Journal of Ethics.
Dialysis Companies' Anti-Proposition Eight Fight Has Gone over the Top — in Self-Interested Campaign Spending
Article from Los Angeles Times.
Kaiser Permanente, Anthem Blue Cross Directly Undercut Dialysis Industry's Central Claim that Prop. 8 Would Disrupt Access to Care, Reports Californians for Kidney Dialysis Patient Protection
Press release.
Fresenius Medical Care Publishes Results for Third Quarter and First Nine Months 2018
Press release. Article from Reuters.

"Regarding the planned acquisition of NxStage Medical, Inc. the parties have agreed to extend their closing deadline to February 5, 2019, but continue to expect closing within this year."
Seamless Care in ESRD: Early Results from the Comprehensive ESRD Care Model
Posting from Kidney News Online.
Penn Researchers Receive $17.5 Million Grant to Study Public Health Threat of Chronic Kidney Disease
Press release.
Grant Will Help UB Researchers Unravel Racial Disparity in Kidney Transplant Success
Article from the University at Buffalo.
Free, Full-Text, Supplemental Issue of American Journal of Kidney Diseases on African-Americans and Kidney Disease in the 21st Century
Nine full-text articles.
Natural Disaster and Kidney Disease: How Prepared Are We?
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
States Are Protecting Living Organ Donors. Congress Should Follow Suit
Opinion piece from STAT.
Revision: Dialysis Patient Depression Toolkit
Post from the Northwest Renal Network. Toolkit and video from the National Forum of ESRD Networks.
Perceptions about the Dialysis Modality Decision Process among Peritoneal Dialysis and In-Center Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from Kidney Diseases:
Free, Full-Text, Advance Article Articles from NDT:
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Transplantation:
Everolimus and Long-term Clinical Outcomes in Kidney Transplant Recipients: A Registry-based 10-year Follow-up of Five Randomized Trials
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
Accepted Articles Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
Acute Kidney Injury among Hospitalized Children in China
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract.
Articles in Press Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from Kidney International Reports:
Free Access Articles from Nephrology:
One in 10 People May Opt out of Proposed Organ Donor System
Press release from Stirling University.
Minimally Sufficient Numbers of Measurements for Validation of 24-Hour Blood Pressure Monitoring in Chronic Kidney Disease
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Benefits and Harms of Antihypertensive Treatment in Low-Risk Patients With Mild Hypertension
Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Attitudes and Practices of Chinese Physicians regarding Chronic Kidney Disease and Acute Kidney Injury Management: a Questionnaire-based Cross-Sectional Survey in Secondary and Tertiary Hospitals
Free, Open Access article from International Urology and Nephrology.
Diagnosed Diabetes Decreased in Adults Aged 60–64 years in a Commercially Insured Population
Brief from the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Surveillance System.
Hurricane Michael Stuns but Doesn't Sideline Nurses
With One Hand, Administration Boosts ACA Marketplaces, Weakens Them With Another
Article from Kaiser Health News. Related posting from the Health Affairs blog.
Statement on NHLBI Decision to Pause the CONCERT-HF Trial
News release from the National Institutes of Health.
 


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Monday, Oct. 29

Kaiser Permanente, Anthem Blue Cross Directly Undercut Dialysis Industry's Central Claim that Prop. 8 Would Disrupt Access to Care, Reports Californians for Kidney Dialysis Patient Protection
Press release.
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  Oct. 29, 2018
Press Releases from the American Society of Nephrology:
Policy and Advocacy for the Disadvantaged and Vulnerable during Kidney Week
Article from Kidney News Online.
News Coverage of the American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting:
High-Dose Iron at Least as Effective as Low-Dose Iron During Maintenance Dialysis
News brief and full-text, Recently Published article from the New England Journal of Medicine. Related Twitter thread by Daniel Coyne, MD. Article from Medscape Nephrology (registration required).
Dialysis Companies Spend $111 Million To Kill Prop. 8
Article from Capital Public Radio (Sacramento).
Free, Full-Text, Published Ahead of Print Articles from the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology:
Dialysis Care Redesign Improves Clinical, Operational and Economic Outcomes
Press release from Centro Brasiliense de Nefrologia & Dialise (CBN&D), Brasilia, Brazil.
Peritoneal Dialysis Offers Flexibility in Emergent and Austere Environments
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Use of Renin Angiotensin System Blockers After Acute Kidney Injury — Balancing Tradeoffs
Free, full-text, New Online commentary and article abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
A Grading System That Predicts the Risk of Dialysis Induction in IgA Nephropathy Patients Based on the Combination of the Clinical and Histological Severity
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Surveillance of CKD Epidemiology in the US – a Joint Analysis of NHANES and KEEP
Free, full-text article from Nature.
Septic Shock: Innovative Treatment Options in the Wings
Conference report from Internal Medicine News.
Home Monitoring Confirms Clinic Diagnosis of High Blood Pressure
Press release from the American Heart Association. Press release from UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Diabetes Medication May Protect Against a Common Cause of Blindness
Press release from American Academy of of Ophthalmology.
Female Physicians Prioritize Patients over Profits
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Should Failure to Disclose Significant Financial Conflicts of Interest Be Considered Research Misconduct?
Free, full-text, New Online article and editorial from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Trump Officials Sticking with Reduced ObamaCare Outreach Budget
Article from The Hill.
CMS Proposes to Modernize Medicare Advantage, Expand Telehealth Access for Patients
CMS press release and fact sheet.
Administration Outlines Plan To Lower Pharmaceutical Prices In Medicare Part B
Posting from the Health Affairs blog.


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Fri/Sat, Oct. 26-27

Dialysis Companies Spend $111 Million To Kill Prop. 8
Article from Capital Public Radio (Sacramento).
Free, Full-Text, Published Ahead of Print Articles from the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology:
High-Impact Clinical Trials Yield Results That Could Improve Kidney Care
Press release from the American Society of Nephrology.
Dialysis Care Redesign Improves Clinical, Operational and Economic Outcomes
Press release from Centro Brasiliense de Nefrologia & Dialise (CBN&D), Brasilia, Brazil.
Peritoneal Dialysis Offers Flexibility in Emergent and Austere Environments
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Should Failure to Disclose Significant Financial Conflicts of Interest Be Considered Research Misconduct?
Free, full-text, New Online article and editorial from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Health Initiative Announces Release of “Technology Roadmap” to Spur Kidney Dialysis Innovations
Press release, Kidney Health Initiative, and Technology Roadmap (34-page pdf) from ASN. Article from Kidney News Online.
KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis Phase 1 Accepting Applications
Article from Kidney News Online.
Medicaid Expansion Linked to Reduced Mortality among Dialysis Patients
Press release from Brown University. Free, full-text, New Online article and editorial from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
News Coverage of the American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting:
Press Releases from the American Society of Nephrology:
KDIGO Transplant Candidate Guideline Now Available for Public Comment
Submit your feedback no later than Monday, November 26th.
Social Work Services to Meet Home Patients' Psychosocial Needs
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
2018 AJKD Editors' Choice Award
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Effect of Lanreotide on Kidney Function in Patients With Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease — The DIPAK 1 Randomized Clinical Trial
Free, full-text, New Online article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Experimental Drug More Effective in Treating Rare Kidney Disease (FSGS)
Press release from NYU Langone Health. Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print article from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Identification and Prioritization of Quality Indicators for Conservative Kidney Management
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Effects of Parathyroidectomy on Blood Bone Markers and Heart Rate Variability in Patients with Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Online First Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
Survival and Clinical Outcomes of Tunneled Central Jugular and Femoral Catheters in Prevalent Hemodialysis Patients
Online First abstract from Blood Purification.
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois KidneyMobile: a Mobile Resource for Community Based Screenings of Chronic Kidney Disease and Its Risk Factors
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Childhood Obesity and Impact on the Kidney
Free, full-text, First Online article from Nephron.
Chronic Hyperkalemia in Cardiorenal Patients: Risk Factors, Diagnosis, and New Treatment Options
Free, full-text, Online First, review article from CardioRenal Medicine.
The Potential for Improving Cardio-Renal Outcomes by Sodium-Glucose Co-Transporter-2 Inhibition in People with Chronic Kidney Disease: a Rationale for the EMPA-KIDNEY Study
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
A Paired Kidney Analysis on The Impact of Pre-Transplant Anti-HLA Antibodies on Graft Survival
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Dialysis Discussion Uncensored: Keeping the Conversation Going
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
The Preventable Proportion of Healthcare Associated Infections 2005-2016: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Free, Open Access article from Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
Trump Plans To Curb High Drug Prices By Overhauling How Medicare Pays For Medications
News summary from Kaiser Health News. Articles from STAT, STAT, and Reuters. CMS fact sheet.
Font of Despair: in the Fierce Competition for Science Funding, Even a Typeface Glitch Can Be Fatal
Article from STAT.
Use Psychology To Improve Patient Satisfaction
Article from Medical Economics.
 


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Thursday, Oct. 25

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American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week Press Briefing
Press release.
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Dialysis Event Surveillance Training Sessions in November
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
Advance Article Abstracts from NDT:
Effect of Human Recombinant Alkaline Phosphatase on 7-Day Creatinine Clearance in Patients With Sepsis-Associated Acute Kidney Injury — A Randomized Clinical Trial
Free, full-text, New Online article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Better Oral Hygiene Habits Are Associated With a Lower Incidence of Peritoneal Dialysis-Related Peritonitis
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Vascular Surgery:
Tolvaptan in Japanese Patients with Later-Stage Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Common Blood Pressure Drugs Tied to Increased Lung Cancer Risk
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch.
Could Wearable Technology Help Patients Monitor Blood Pressure?
Press release from University of Arizona Health Sciences.
Amgen Cuts Price of Cholesterol Drug Repatha by 60% (on eve of Trump's Drug-Price Speech)
Trump Enacts Anti-Opioid Abuse Package in Rare Bipartisan Step
Article from Reuters.
FDA Approves a Fast-Acting Flu Drug That Is Taken in a Single Dose
Articles from STAT and HealthDay. FDA news release.
MLN Matters: Systems Changes to Address Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) Claims and Outlier Payments
Implementation date is April 1, 2019. CMS Program Transmittal is 4-page pdf.


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Wednesday, Oct. 24

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American Renal Associates Announces Launch of American Renal Clinical Research Services
Press release.
Kidney Week (Oct. 23-28) Related Press Releases: Twitter hashtags to follow.
Special Announcement: Kidney Medicine, New Open Access Journal from NKF
Posting from the AJKD blog. Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Effect of a Home Based, Low Intensity, Physical Exercise Program in Older Adults Dialysis Patients: a Secondary Analysis of the EXCITE Trial
Free, Open Access article from BMC Geriatrics.
Study Homes in on How to Treat Acute Kidney Injury Patients
Press release from University of Washington School of Medicine.
HCV Eradication Program Achieves 97% Cure among Patients on Dialysis
Article from Healio.
High-Dose Influenza Vaccine Linked with Lower Hospitalization Rates in Dialysis Patients
Press release and Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract.
Long-Term Mortality and Bone Safety in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease Receiving Lanthanum Carbonate
Free, Open Access, Online First article from Nephron.
Which Anticoagulants Should Be Used for Stroke Prevention in Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation and Severe Chronic Kidney Disease?
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension via Medscape Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
Prebiotic, Probiotic, and Synbiotic Supplementation in Chronic Kidney Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
A Qualitative Analysis of Eating Behavior Change for Patients with Diabetes and Non-Dialysis Dependent Chronic Kidney Disease Stages 4-5
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
HCV, HBV, and HIV Associated with Autoimmune Kidney Diseases
Article from Internal Medicine News.
AAKP Announces New Board Officers
Press release from the American Association of Kidney Patients.

‘Embarrassing’ Shortage Of Research On People Who Overcome Depression Stymies Progress On Effective Treatments
News summary from Kaiser Health News.

Managing High Blood Pressure in Diabetics May Prevent Life-Threatening Organ Damage
Press release from Rutgers University.
Updates from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
FDA Too Quick to Call BPA Chemical Safe, Health Experts Say
Article from HealthDay.
Researchers Design 'Smart' Surfaces to Repel Everything but Targeted Beneficial Exceptions
Trump Administration Grants States More Flexibility To Circumvent Health Law Protections For Consumers
News summary from Kaiser Health News. News brief from Healthcare DIVE. Posting from the Health Affairs blog.
AI Doctor Could Boost Chance of Survival for Sepsis Patients
Press release from Imperial College London.
The Extricable Links between Health, Wealth, and Profits
Free, full-text editorial from The BMJ.

'Take Back Day' Saturday (Oct. 27) to Safely Dispose of Prescription Drugs
News brief from the American Hospital Association.

Seniors With Multiple Chronic Conditions Should Be Careful When Choosing Medicare Plans, Experts Advise
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Tuesday, Oct. 23

AAKP Announces New Board Officers
Press release from the American Association of Kidney Patients.
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Vascular Access Centers to Pay $3.8 Million in Whistleblower Case
News brief from The Inquirer (Philadelphia).
Dialysis Giant DaVita Defends Itself In Court And At The Polls
Article from California Healthline.
World's First Wearable Peritoneal Dialysis Device Shown to Be Safe for End-Stage Renal Disease Patients: New AWAK Technologies and Singapore General Hospital Study Shows
Press release from AWAK Technologies.
Kidney Week 2018: The American Society of Nephrology Honors Leaders in the Fight Against Kidney Diseases
Press release.
Last Month in Nephrology Blog
October 20018 update.
The European Certificate in Nephrology: Towards Harmonization and Excellence in Training
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Report of National Kidney Foundation Consensus Conference to Decrease Kidney Discards
Press release and Early View abstract from Clinical Transplantation.
Life Threatening Bleed: Improving Patient Safety
Resources from the British Renal Society.
FDA Grants Breakthrough Device Status for MediBeacon's Transdermal GFR Measurement System
Press release.
Kidneys Aren't Harmed When Significantly Lowering Blood Pressure
Press release from UCSD Health. Latest Article abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Free, Open Access Articles from Hemodialysis International:
A Randomized Controlled Trial of Alanyl-Glutamine Supplementation in Peritoneal Dialysis Fluid to Assess Impact on Biomarkers of Peritoneal Health
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
Free, Open Access, Online First Articles from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research:
Implementing Core Outcomes in Kidney Disease: Report of the Standardized Outcomes in Nephrology (SONG) Implementation Workshop
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
African American Living Donors' Attitudes About APOL1 Genetic Testing: A Mixed Methods Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
High-Sensitive Cardiac Troponin T: a Biomarker of Left-Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction in Hemodialysis Patients
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Good Long-Term Patency: 10--Year Follow-Up Using the Mid-Thigh Adductor Loop Arteriovenous Graft
Online First abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
High-Dose, High Precision Radiation Therapy Safe, Effective for Solitary Kidney Cancer Patients with Only One Kidney
Press release from the American Society for Radiation Oncology.
Trump Administration Plans to Revamp Employer-Based Health Care
Article from The Hill.
Marrying Patient Activation And Self-Determination For People With Medical And LTSS Needs
Posting from the Health Affairs blog.
1 in 4 College Students Really Stressed Out by 2016 Election
Article from HealthDay.
 


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Monday, Oct. 22

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DCI Medical Director Challenge
Tweet from DCI Annual Meeting.
Making the Case for a Comprehensive National Registry for Pediatric CKD
Press release from the Children's National Health System.
High Frequency of Headaches Following Dialysis Associated With BUN and Blood Pressure
Summary from Neurology Advisor. Early View abstract from European Journal of Neurology.
What Happens on Dialysis is Likely from Dialysis: Tunneled Dialysis Catheter Infections
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Sum of Her Parts: Why Are the Vast Majority of Indian Organ Donors Women?
Article from The Hindu.
How to Make Organ Transplants Last
Article from Science News.
Question of the Day: Have You Cut Short or Skipped Treatments? If so, How Often and Why?
Posting with 80+ comments from the Dialysis Discussion Uncensored Facebook page.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
Gastrointestinal Disorders in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Online First, in-depth topic review from American Journal of Nephrology.
Perceived Significance of Engagement in Research Prioritization Among Chronic Kidney Disease Patients, Caregivers, and Health Care Professionals: A Qualitative Study
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Lupus Nephritis Recurring Less Often in Transplant Patients Due to Improved Immunosuppression Drugs
Press release from American College of Rheumatology.
Online First Abstracts from Nephron:
Differences between Measured Total Nitrogen Losses in Spent Peritoneal Dialysate Effluent and Estimated Nitrogen Losses
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Dialysate Sodium Concentration: the Forgotten Salt Shaker
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Prognostic Value of Hypochloremia Versus Hyponatremia among Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease – A Retrospective Cohort Study
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
First Online Abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology:
Precurved Non-Tunneled Catheters for Hemodialysis Are Comparable in Terms of Infections and Malfunction As Compared to Tunneled Catheters: a Retrospective Cohort Study
Free, full-text, Online First article from Journal of Vascular Access.
Cleveland Clinic Shows Better Cardiorespiratory Fitness Leads to Longer Life
Press release from the Cleveland Clinic. Free, full-text article JAMA Network Open.
Poor Oral Health Linked to Higher Blood Pressure, Worse Blood Pressure Control
Press release from the American Heart Association.
John Gerzema Named Chairman of the National Kidney Foundation Board
Press release.
Next Stage of ESKD Strategic Plan
News brief from the International Society of Nephrology.
Regular Exercise Should Be Part of Cancer Care for All Patients
Recent Survey Provides Updated National Estimate of Doctors' Financial Ties to Industry
Press release from Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.
Scientific Misconduct and Medical Journals
Free, full-text, New Online JAMA editorial.
Professional Societies Should Abstain from Authorship of Guidelines and Disease Definition Statements
(4-page PDF) . Editorial from Circulation.
Head of IBM Watson Health Leaving Post after Company Stumbles, Growing Criticism
Article from STAT.
Politicians Hop Aboard ‘Medicare-For-All’ Train, Destination Unknown
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Fri/Sat, Oct. 19-20

Making the Case for a Comprehensive National Registry for Pediatric CKD
Press release from the Children's National Health System.
High Frequency of Headaches Following Dialysis Associated With BUN and Blood Pressure
Summary from Neurology Advisor. Early View abstract from European Journal of Neurology.
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Despite Near Record Spending by Dialysis Industry, Independent Poll Shows Voters Favor Prop. 8 to Improve Patient Care, Californians for Kidney Dialysis Patient Protection
Press release from Yes on 8.
Near-Record Spending Against Dialysis Initiative
Article from California Healthline.
Experiences with Doctors and Hospitalization Risk in Hispanic Kidney Disease Patients
Press release and Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
How a New System Improved Wait Times for Stanford Kidney Transplant Patients
Article from Stanford Medicine.
Latest Generation of the Artificial Wearable Kidney Is Focused on Quality of Life
Article from Healio.
36 Kidney Care Organizations Write HHS Secretary Azar in Support of KidneyX
2-page pdf.

Editor's note: The fundamental flaw of the KidneyX project is that it ignores the necessity of establishing renal rehabilitation as a medical subspecialty to drive technological and system change.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Chronic Kidney Disease: A Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies
Online First abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
High-Dose Influenza Vaccination May Benefit Transplant Recipients
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Spirituality, Coping, and Thriving with Home Dialysis
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Don't Be Alarmed, but Your Kidney Has a Clock
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
A New Test Published in AACC's Clinical Chemistry Journal Could Help Prevent Kidney Failure in Diabetic Patients
Press release from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.
Why Does Diabetes Cause Heart Failure?
Press release from Loyola University.
Pay Attention to Kidney Disease Risk in People Living with HIV
Article from Internal Medicine News.
A No-Pain Gain to Combat Hypertension: UT Research Finds Way to Mimic Exercise's Blood Pressure Lowering Effects
Press release from the University of Toledo.
Group Purchasing Organizations, Health Care Costs, and Drug Shortages
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Consolidation Is Hurting Hospitals' Supply Costs, Not Helping Them
Article from STAT.
Legislators Call on HHS to Reconsider Proposed Cuts to Access Procedures
Article from Healio.
As Billions In Tax Dollars Flow To Private Medicaid Plans, Who's Minding The Store?
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Thursday, Oct. 18

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A Battle over Dialysis Patients, Profits
Article from U.S. News & World Report.
American Society Of Nephrology Announces New Journal: Kidney360
Press release.
Taking Steps toward a Wearable Artificial Kidney
Press release from the American Chemical Society.
Study: Even Low Levels of Arsenic Can Cause Kidney Disease
Press release from Texas Tech University.
Free, Open Access Articles from PLOS ONE:
Obesity and Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: a Cohort Study
Advance Article abstract from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
CKD in Patients with Bilateral Oophorectomy
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract.
Heart Rate Variability as a Predictor of Rapid Renal Function Deterioration in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Contrast and AKI: The Plot Thickens
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
First GWAS Analysis of 'Type I.5 Diabetes' Reveals Links between Immune and Metabolic Disease
Press release from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Health Care Tops Guns, Economy As Voters' Top Issue
Article from Kaiser Health News.
McConnell: GOP Could Try to Repeal Obamacare Again after Midterms
Article from The Hill.
Probiotics and Antibiotics Create a Killer Combination
Press release from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
 


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Wednesday, Oct. 16

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Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA Adjusts Targets for Fiscal Year 2018
News brief and press release from Fresenius Medical Care. Article from Reuters.
In Puerto Rico, Patients Are Still Waiting For A Dialysis Clinic That May Never Come
Article from The Huffington Post.
National Dialysis Technician Recognition Week, Oct. 14-20
Posting from the Northwest Renal Network.
Factors Linked with Well-Being and Medication Adherence in Young Adults with Kidney Failure
Press release and free, full-text, CJASN Published Ahead of Print articles:
Early Mortality among Peritoneal Dialysis and Hemodialysis Patients Who Transitioned with an Optimal Outpatient Start
Article in Press abstract and full-text article (28-page PDF) from Kidney International Reports.
Differences in Amino Acid Loss Between High-Efficiency Hemodialysis and Postdilution and Predilution Hemodiafiltration Using High Convection Volume Exchange—A New Metabolic Scenario? A Pilot Study
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Novel Technique for Repair of Arteriovenous Fistula with Aneurysm
Online First abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Accepted Articles Abstracts from Nephrology:
Comparison of Paricalcitol and Calcitriol in Dialysis Patients With Secondary Hyperparathyroidism: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Studies
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
The Renal Safety of L-Carnitine, L-Arginine, and Glutamine in Athletes and Bodybuilders
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
For-Profit Nursing Home Residents More Likely to Be Diagnosed with Neglect Issues
Press release from University of Illinois at Chicago.
Novel Initiative Taps Power of Black Churches to Control HTN
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Cost of Blood Pressure Drug Surges in U.S. after Recall
Article from Reuters.
Minnesota AG Sues Drug Companies over Insulin Price Hikes
Article from The Hill.
Articles from HealthDay:
Another 4,100 Dropped From Arkansas' Medicaid Rolls After Failing To Properly Report Work Hours
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Tuesday, Oct. 16

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Signs of Improving Job Market for New Nephrologists
Press release, Nephrology Workforce page and report highlights (4-page pdf) from the American Society of Nephrology.
Updated: RPA White Paper on Performance Measurement in Nephrology Practice
New paper (12-page pdf) from the Renal Physicians Association.
Success! New Kidney Disease Funding
Posting from the NKF Advocacy in Action blog.
Treatment Burden Should Be Included in Clinical Practice Guidelines
Free, full-text article from The BMJ.

"More recent guidelines may consider patients' values and the acceptability and feasibility of the recommended action, but the treatment burden is not made explicit. This makes it hard for patients to make informed decisions about treatments in line with their values and capacity."
Need a New Kidney? Ask and You May Receive
Article from NextAvenue.
Tract Dilation to Salvage Failing Buttonholes in Arteriovenous Dialysis Fistulae
Online First abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Predicting Kidney Failure Risk after Acute Kidney Injury among People Receiving Nephrology Clinic Care
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Free, Open Access articles from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease:
University of Calgary Researchers Discover Ways to Protect Kidneys during Imaging Tests
Article from The Star Calgary.
New Meatless Campaign Targets Vital Importance of Kidneys to Overall Health
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Gut Microbial Product Predicts Cardiovascular Risk in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Online First abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Your Gut May Be to Blame for Your Bloodstream Infection
Article from HealthDay.
Drugmakers Funnel Millions To Lawmakers; A Few Dozen Get $100,000-Plus
Article and tracking tool from Kaiser Health News.
The New Age of Patient Autonomy — Implications for the Patient-Physician Relationship
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.

White House Wants Prices in Drug Ads, But Big Pharma Fights Back
Articles from HealthDay and STAT.

Persistence and Drivers of High-Cost Status Among Dual-Eligible Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries: An Observational Study
Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Costs of Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program May Exceed Reimbursements
Press release from Medical Care.
GAO Study: Poor Forgo Medical Care More in States That Didn't Expand Medicaid
News brief from the American Hospital Association.


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Monday, Oct. 15

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How Profiteering by the Same Dialysis Firms Trying To Kill Proposition 8 Almost Destroyed Obamacare
Article from Los Angeles Times.

"Since then, however, a more interesting story has emerged. Underlying much of the unexpected cost of covering patients in Obamacare was a single industry — private dialysis firms, which have been accused of gaming the system to fatten their own profits. They did so with an alleged scheme that came under attack by federal healthcare regulators under President Obama, but has been allowed to continue under Trump."
Why Proposition 8 Is One Of The Most Contentious, And Confusing, Ballot Measures In Play
Article from Capital Public Radio.
Berkshire-Backed Davita Pours $94 Million Into California Politics Fight
Articles from Bloomberg and San Francisco Chronicle.
The Impact of CKD on Cognition: An Inside and Outside View
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.

Excerpt of comment by Dr. John Agar:
"Allowing TIME for slow diffusion is critical, yet we deploy dialysis by ‘blitzkreig’, rather than by ‘assimilation’.

"Using a smaller surface area dialyser for our nocturnals also seems to work well ... and we do that, pretty much routinely.

"So, Henning, there is your dialysis fog, in a nutshell.

"Have we researched this? ... No!

"Do we understand this any better than in the days when disequilibration was common? ... No!

"Am I embarrassed, and ashamed of myself and my colleagues on your behalf? ... Yes!"
Editor's note: Until renal rehabilitation is recognized — and finally established — as an essential part of dialysis care, the vast majority of patients will continue to live in the "fog."

Why has this field of medicine seen virtually no improvements in the outcomes that matter to the patients?
Is ESCO the Future of Dialysis Care?
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Donate Reprocessed Hemodialyzers: Easy Water for Everyone
(4-page pdf) Easy Water for Everyone web site. 3-minute YouTube video narrated by Dr. Nathan Levin.

Portable Ultrasound for Locating Fistula Veins and Arteries
Photo from the Dialysis Discussion Uncensored Facebook page.

Liberalizing the Diet of Patients Undergoing Dialysis: Are We Ready?
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Advance Article Abstracts from NDT:
Updated Canadian Expert Consensus on Assessing Risk of Disease Progression and Pharmacological Management of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
Common Clinical Markers Predict End-Stage Renal Disease in Children with Obstructive Uropathy
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
PDI in Press Abstracts:
Sex Hormones and Their Influence on Chronic Kidney Disease
Published Ahead of Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
Articles from HealthDay:
Saliva Urea Nitrogen Dipstick
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
As U.S. Suicides Rates Rise, Hispanics Show Relative Immunity
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Oct. 12 Revision: Hurricane Michael and Medicare Disaster Related Florida Claims
(6-page pdf) MLN Matters Special Edition article.
2019 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles
Fact sheet from CMS. News brief from the American Hospital Association.
CROWNWeb Town Hall: The Journey to EQRS with Release 2.0
October 25, 2018 2:00 PM EDT.
Public Comment Period Open Medicare National Coverage Determination on Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
Notice from CMS.


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Fri/Sat, Oct. 12-13

How Profiteering by the Same Dialysis Firms Trying To Kill Proposition 8 Almost Destroyed Obamacare
Article from Los Angeles Times.

"Since then, however, a more interesting story has emerged. Underlying much of the unexpected cost of covering patients in Obamacare was a single industry — private dialysis firms, which have been accused of gaming the system to fatten their own profits. They did so with an alleged scheme that came under attack by federal healthcare regulators under President Obama, but has been allowed to continue under Trump."
Why Proposition 8 Is One Of The Most Contentious, And Confusing, Ballot Measures In Play
Article from Capital Public Radio.
Berkshire-Backed Davita Pours $94 Million Into California Politics Fight
Articles from Bloomberg and San Francisco Chronicle.
Oct. 12 Revision: Hurricane Michael and Medicare Disaster Related Florida Claims
(6-page pdf) MLN Matters Special Edition article.
Is ESCO the Future of Dialysis Care?
Article from Renal & Urology News.
FDA Monitoring 11 Device Firms for Shortages in Aftermath of Hurricane Michael
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
Saliva Urea Nitrogen Dipstick
Vaccines Are Critical If You Have Diabetes
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Hurricane Michael's Landfall Threatening to Disrupt Treatment for Dialysis Patients in Several States; American Kidney Fund Activates Disaster Relief Program to Help
Press release.

Emergency information and phone numbers for dialysis patients from KCER (Kidney Community Emergency Response).

Emergency Updates from ESRD Network of the South Atlantic (GA, NC, SC).

ESRD Network 7 (Florida)
EMERGEN–SEE
Tweet of visual presention by DCI Manchester (CT) of what dialysis patients need during emergencies.
KHI Patient Council Members Will Be Presenters in Kidney Week 2018 Special Session
Article from Kidney News Online.
Dialysis Industry Drops Nearly $100 Million to Oppose Prop. 8 in California
Press release. Article from Colorado Politics.
Centers for Dialysis Care Names New Leader
Article from Crain's Cleveland Business.
Nephrology Journal Club To Discuss California's Prop 8
Scheduled for Oct. 16, 9 PM EDT.
The Kidney Project and the Bioartificial Pancreas: When Inspiration Strikes Twice
Article from the University of California.
Portable and Implantable Artificial Kidneys: AWAK, WAK, and IAK, Oh My!
Posting from the AJKD blog.
ESRD National Coordinating Center Learning and Action Network Call on Patient Experience of Care
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.
Eliminating the Need for Routine Monthly Postdialysis Serum Urea Nitrogen Measurement: a Method for Monitoring Kt/V and Normalized Protein Catabolic Rate Using Conductivity Determined Dialyzer Clearance
Early View abstract from Seminars In Dialysis.
Ultrasound Helps Predict the Success of Arteriovenous Fistulas in Individual Dialysis Patients
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Free Supplemental Issue of NDT on Expanded Hemodialysis
9 full-text articles.
Clinical and Regulatory Considerations for Central Venous Catheters for Hemodialysis
CJASN Express abstract.
A Retrospective Study on Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agent Dose Reducing Potential of an Anti-Platelet Activation Membrane Dialyzer in Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Marijuana Use & Organ Transplants
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Study Challenges Widely Held Belief That Gout Is Primarily Caused by Diet
University of Utah Engineers Develop Process to 3-D Print Cells to Produce Human Tissue Such As Ligaments and Tendons
Fact Checkers Find That Almost Every Paragraph Of Trump’s ‘Medicare For All’ Op-Ed Contained Misleading Statement Or Falsehood
News summary from Kaiser Health News. Article from The Hill on Sen. Bernie Sander's response op-ed.
At the Top of Patients' Wish Lists: Price Transparency
Posting from KevinMD blog.
Health Apps and Health Policy — What Is Needed?
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Obamacare Premiums Dip For First Time. Some Call It A Correction
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Same-Sex Mice Have Babies
Hurricane Michael and Medicare Disaster Related Florida Claims
(6-page pdf) MLN Matters Special Edition article.
CROWNWEB EQRS 2.0 Training
Scheduled for Oct. 18 and 19.


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Thursday, Oct. 11

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Michael Now Accelerating Through Central Georgia; Deadly Storm Surge, Damaging Winds Continue Following Florida Panhandle Landfall
Daily update, Hurricane Central, and interactive map from The Weather Channel.

Emergency information and phone numbers for dialysis patients from KCER (Kidney Community Emergency Response).

Emergency Updates from ESRD Network of the South Atlantic (GA, NC, SC).

ESRD Network 7 (Florida)

Editor's note: After 15 years of covering hurricanes' effects on dialysis facility closings, I still have no idea how to find this information on the Florida ESRD Network 7 web site. They are still unwilling to make the most basic and most needed information available to the public.
Researchers Call for Reform of Medicare Payments for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
News release from the National Kidney Foundation. Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print article from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Online Positive Psychology Exercises Improve Quality of Life in Hemodialysis Patients
Press release from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Abstract from Social Work in Health Care.
Helping Older Kidney Patients Make Fundamental Care Decisions
National Kidney Foundation press release on a new project launched in conjunction with Tufts University.
Current Opinions in Organ Allocation
Free, full-text, Early View article and related editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
Is Kidney Dialysis Always Needed When Septic Shock Strikes?
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Intradialytic Kinetics of Middle Molecules during Hemodialysis and Hemodiafiltration
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Vancomycin Hemodialysis: Clearance Differences between High-Flux Hemodialysis and On-Line Hemodiafiltration
Accepted Article abstract from Artificial Organs.
Randomized Trial Comparing Proactive, High-Dose versus Reactive, Low-Dose Intravenous Iron Supplementation in Hemodialysis (PIVOTAL): Study Design and Baseline Data
Free, Open Access, Online First article from American Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Neprilysin Inhibition and Effects on Kidney Function and Surrogates of Cardiovascular Risk in Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text article from Circulation.
GARFIELD-AF Registry: DOACs Cut Mortality 19%
Conference coverage from Internal Medicine News.
HRSA Kicks Off 2019 Hospital Organ Donation Campaign
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
Trauma-Informed Care — Reflections of a Primary Care Doctor in the Week of the Kavanaugh Hearing
Free, full-text, Recently Published perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Trump Signs His First Drug Pricing Bill — but Whiffs on the Details
Article from STAT.
As Ketamine Clinics Spread, So Do Start-Your-Own-Business Courses, Sparking Concern
Article from STAT.
Will Maine Voters Decide To Make Aging In Place Affordable?
Article from Kaiser Health News.
ESRD PRO Focus Group Summary Report
(15-page pdf) End-Stage Renal Disease Patient Reported Outcomes.


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Wednesday, Oct. 10

Online Positive Psychology Exercises Improve Quality of Life in Hemodialysis Patients
Press release from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Abstract from Social Work in Health Care.
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Category 4 Hurricane Michael To Strike Florida
Forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center. Daily update and interactive map from The Weather Channel. Emergency information and phone numbers for dialysis patients from KCER (Kidney Community Emergency Response).
Over 8000 Yemeni Dialysis Patients on Verge of Death: Health Minister
Article from PressTV (Iran).
Kidney Week 2018 Abstracts Now Available
Annual feature from the American Society of Nephrology.
Nephrology Journal Club PKD1/PKD2 Complex Video Summary
10-minute YouTube video on a recent Nephrology Journal Club discussion #NephJC.
Fresenius Medical Care Supports Access to Hemodiafiltration for UK Dialysis Patients
Press release.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Free September 2018 Issue of the Journal of Vascular Access
14 full-text articles.
The Efficacy of Low Protein Diets in Delaying the Need for Maintenance Dialysis
News brief from the European Nephrology Portal. Abstract from Cochrane Reviews.
Educational Support Around Dialysis Modality Decision Making in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease: Qualitative Study
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Establishing a Core Outcome Measure for Life Participation: a Standardized Outcomes in Nephrology – Kidney Transplantation (SONG-Tx) Consensus Workshop Report
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
Articles in Press Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from Kidney International Reports:
Preoperative Ultrasound Improves Patency and Cost Effectiveness in AV Fistula Surgery
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Free, Full-Text Articles from September 2018 Issue of Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease:
Dietary Fiber Intake: Its Relation With Glycation End Products and Arterial Stiffness in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Articles from HealthDay:
Therapeutic Fasting Could Be an Alternative to Insulin for Some Diabetes Patients
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch.
Gene Mutation Points to New Way to Fight Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Disease
News release from the National Institutes of Health.
NSAIDs OK for Certain High-Risk Groups?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
Cruising Down the Avenu Until They Turned onto De Novo Way…
Article from Med Device Online.

"Following three years of product development, Avenu's Ellipsys Vascular Access System languished for nearly five additional years through the De Novo regulatory pathway before finally achieving a nod from the FDA in the middle of this year."
Open Enrollment Is Coming, Congress Continues Battle Over Preexisting Condition Protections
Posting from the Health Affairs blog.
Trump Officials Plan Maintenance Downtime for Healthcare.gov during ObamaCare Sign-Ups
Article from The Hill.
No More Secrets: Congress Bans Pharmacist ‘Gag Orders’ On Drug Prices
Article from Kaiser Health News.
One of the World's Largest Drug Makers Is Paying Docs Again — and Patients Are the Worse Off
Article from STAT.
Hospital Privacy Curtains May Be Home to Dangerous Germs
Doctors Give Medicare's Proposal To Pay For Telemedicine Poor Prognosis
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Tuesday, Oct. 9

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Hurricane Michael To Strike Florida Panhandle Wednesday
Forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center. Daily update from The Weather Channel. Emergency information and phone numbers for dialysis patients from KCER (Kidney Community Emergency Response).
Features from Kidney News Online:
Free, Full-Text, Accepted Articles from Nephrology:
Choosing a Dialyzer: What Clinicians Need to Know
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Patient-Reported Outcome Measures and Their Utility in the Management of Patients with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles from the Clinical Journal of the American Society Of Nephrology:
Association of Thyroid Status Prior to Transition to End-Stage Renal Disease with Early Dialysis Mortality
Advance Article from NDT.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Faith-Based Approach to Changing Lifestyle Lowers Blood Pressure
Press releases from the American Heart Association and NYU Langone Health.
Anti-Hypertensive Agents and Removal by Hemodialysis
Posting from the NephronPower blog.
Gout Drug May Protect against Chronic Kidney Disease
Press release from Boston University School of Medicine. Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Frequency and Associations of Prescription Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug Use Among Patients With a Musculoskeletal Disorder and Hypertension, Heart Failure, or Chronic Kidney Disease
Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Type 2 Diabetes Signs 'Detectable Years before Diagnosis'
Inappropriate Statistical Analysis and Reporting in Medical Research: Perverse Incentives and Institutional Solutions
Latest Article editorial extract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
First Self-Controlled Hearing Aid Approved
Medicare Advantage Plans Shift Their Financial Risk To Doctors
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, Oct. 8

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(Soon To Be) Hurricane Michael To Strike Florida Panhandle Wednesday
Forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center. Daily update from The Weather Channel. Emergency information and phone numbers for dialysis patients from KCER (Kidney Community Emergency Response).
NRAA Welcomes New President-Elect
News release from the National Renal Administrators Association.
Kidney Week 2018: High-Impact Clinical Trials
Tweet. Session details from the American Society of Nephrology.
An Open and Honest Discussion about Addiction
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Article from the Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Severe Acute Kidney Injury and Multiple Organ Failure in a 17-Day-Old Newborn: When Pathology Makes the Difference
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Online First Abstracts from Blood Purification:
Comparison of One-Stage and Two-Stage Upper Arm Brachiobasilic Arteriovenous Fistula in the Vascular Quality Initiative
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Diabetes Experts Release New Guidelines on Managing Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes
Press release from University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Consensus report (38-page pdf) from Diabetologia.
Vitamin D Supplements Won't Build Bone Health in Older Adults: Study
Article from HealthDay.
Tina Turner Pens Emotional Book Detailing Kidney Failure and Transplant
The Need to Integrate Climate Science Into Public Health Preparedness for Hurricanes and Tropical Cyclones
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Study: Insurers Returning to Pre-Obamacare Profitability
Article from The Hill.
Articles from HealthDay:
CMS to Strengthen Oversight of Medicare's Accreditation Organizations
Press release.


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Fri/Sat, Oct. 5-6

Diabetes Experts Release New Guidelines on Managing Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes
Press release from University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Consensus report (38-page pdf) from Diabetologia.
Tina Turner Pens Emotional Book Detailing Kidney Failure and Transplant
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Patient Advocacy Or Political Ploy? Union, Industry Square Off Over Dialysis Initiative
Article from California Healthline.
California Proposition 8 Television Ads:
Patients Engage in FDA Meeting to Spur Drug Development in Transplantation
Posting from the NKF Advocacy in Action blog.
Puerto Rico Patients to Get Kidney Dialysis in Vieques — a Year after Hurricane
Article and video from Miami Herald.
UN High-Level Meeting 2018: Targeted Action on Kidney Disease
Posting from the ISN-Blog.
Psychosocial Health and Lifestyle Behaviors in Young Adults Receiving Renal Replacement Therapy Compared to the General Population: Findings From the SPEAK Study
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Single-Handed Touch Cannulation and Chevron Taping for Solo Home HD
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Free, Open Access, Online First Articles from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research:
First-Time-in-Human Randomized Clinical Trial in Healthy Volunteers and Hemodialysis Patients with SNF472, a Novel Inhibitor of Vascular Calcification
Free, Open Access, Early View article from British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Clinical Presentation at Initiation of Maintenance Dialysis and Subsequent Survival: a Retrospective Cohort Study
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Online First Abstracts from Blood Purification:
Predicting 3-Year Survival in Patients Receiving Maintenance Dialysis: An External Validation of iChoose Kidney in Ontario, Canada
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Intradialytic Parenteral Nutrition in Pediatrics
Free, full-text, review article from Frontiers in Pediatrics.
High Blood Levels of Inflammatory Marker Linked with Kidney Function Decline in Adults
Press release and JASN Published Ahead of Print abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Acute Kidney Injury among Hospitalized Children in China
CJASN Published Ahead of Print abstract.
Oxidative Stress in Hemodialysis: Causative Mechanisms, Clinical Implications, and Possible Therapeutic Interventions
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Articles from Healio:
Vitamin D Supplements No Help for Preventing Fractures, Falls
Posting from the NEJM Journal Watch.
Researchers Link Gut Bacteria to Heart Transplant Success or Failure
Press release from University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Using Personal Data to Predict Blood Pressure
Press release from UCSD.
Transplant Games S-P-I-R-I-T
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Iowa to Sell Health Plans That Can Disqualify People Based on Pre-Existing Conditions
Article from The Hill.
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
Flu Season Is Coming. If You Live in a Large City, It May Stretch Longer Than Elsewhere, Study Says
Article from STAT.
Articles from Healio:
Summary of Significant Changes to the Medicare Program Integrity Manual Chapter 13 – Local Coverage Determinations
Fact sheet from CMS.
Medicare Open Enrollment
This year's Medicare Open Enrollment period spans October 15 through December 7, 2018.


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Thursday, Oct. 4*

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Kidney Care Conflicts of Interest: Experts Call for Transparency on Joint-Venture Dialysis Clinics
Press release from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Extract of Recently Published perspective piece from The New England Journal of Medicine.

"It is certainly possible that these concerns are not borne out in practice and that joint ventures actually improve outcomes and patient satisfaction," the authors wrote. "The only way to find out is with independent, empirical research comparing the outcomes and costs of care among patients receiving treatment at joint-venture facilities with those at other facilities. Unfortunately, such research is not only nonexistent, it is currently impossible to conduct."

Editor's note: U.S. nephrology has long been in "full ostrich" mode concerning their conflicts of interests in dialysis care. If a patient organization wants their money, they too must assume the position.
Breaking Down Calif.'s Prop 8
Article and 4-minute video from One America News Network.
Tissue Engineering Is No Quick Fix for Kidney Disease, but Early Intervention Can Help
Article from Horizon magazine.
51st Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Society for Pediatric Nephrology
October 3-6, 2018 in Antalya, Turkey. @ESPN2018  #espn2018
New UK Guidelines: Renal Replacement Therapy and Conservative Management
Flowchart and quality standard from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Press release via Pharmafield.
New Geriatrics Research Demonstrates the Feasibility, and the Promise, of Care Based On Patient Priorities
Press release from NYU Langone Health.
Free, Online First Articles from Blood Purification:
Impact of Introducing Electronic Acute Kidney Injury Alerts in Primary Care
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Requirements and Pitfalls of Dialyzer Sieving Coefficients Comparisons
Free, full-text, Early View article from Artificial Organs.
A Clinical Decision Support System Can Help Facilitate Living Kidney Donor Assessments
Free, full-text article from Transplantation.
Online First Abstracts from the International Journal of Artificial Organs:
Diet Rich in Fried and Processed Foods Linked to Increased Hypertension in Black Americans
News release from the National Institutes of Health.
Dialysis Worker Charged with Patient Abuse
Article from Cincinnati.com via MSN.
Life-Saving Dialysis at 19 Leads to Career in Nursing
Article from The Journal-News (Hillsboro, IL).
Patients Give Doctors High Marks For Prescribing Antibiotics For Common Sniffles
Article from NPR.
Free, Full-Text, New Online Articles from JAMA Internal Medicine:
Researcher: 'Selfie Deaths Have Become a Major Public Health Problem'
Article from The Hill.
Collaboration between Academics and Industry in Clinical Trials: Cross Sectional Study of Publications and Survey of Lead Academic Authors
Free, full-text article from The BMJ.

"In most industry funded trials reported in high impact medical journals, all aspects of the clinical trial were influenced by the industry funder, according to this study"
CMS Accelerates Innovation and Promotes Patient Access to Medical Technology
Press release.


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Wednesday, Oct. 3

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Baxter, Mayo Clinic Ink Collaborative Deal To Develop US-Based Renal Care Center
Article from Mass Device. Press release from the Mayo Clinic and Baxter Renal Care Services.

"... new collaboration to develop a renal care center of excellence in the U.S. The center will serve patients across the continuum of renal care — from chronic kidney disease (CKD) management through transplant — and drive better patient outcomes."

Editor's note: This sounds like what DCI has been doing for the last several years.

It is disappointing that there is no mention of renal rehabilitation. Approximately 50 years ago, Dr. Belding Scribner said, "If the treatment of chronic uremia cannot fully rehabilitate the patient, the treatment is inadequate."

In 2018, there are still no renal rehabilitation programs in the United States.
Academic Achievement and Employment in Young Adults with End-Stage Kidney Disease
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.

Editor's note: It is time to differentiate between the different standards of dialysis care which result in either patient debilitation, habilitation (dialysis is my job), or rehabilitation.
(DaVita) Renal Clinic Closed amid Threat of Losing Medicare Payments
Article from Longview News-Journal (Texas).

"The facility failed to have a safe and clean physical environment for the patients being treated at the dialysis facility," according to the Statement of Deficiencies report. "The condition of the building had the likelihood to expose the dialysis patients to an unsafe and unclean treatment area."
Chronic Kidney Disease Outcomes Can Be Improved by Expanding Specialist Care
Press release from Rand Corporation. Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print article from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
USC Biomedical Engineers Awarded $2.4 Million to Combat Kidney Disease
Article from Los Angeles Business Journal.
Patient-Reported Experiences of Dialysis Care Within a National Pay-for-Performance System
JAMA Internal Medicine abstract.
Novel Inhibitor of Vascular Calcification Tested in Trial of Hemodialysis Patients
Press release from the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
Translational Methods in Nephrology: Individual Treatment Effect Modeling
Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print article from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Research Brief: Primary Care Strategies to Improve Health of Chronic Disease Patients
Press release from the University of Minnesota.
Press Releases from Diabetologia:
Diabetes, Dementia Can Be Deadly Combination
Article from HealthDay.
Southern Diet Is Top Factor Associated with Higher Risk of High Blood Pressure among Black Adults
Press release from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Specially Designed Batteries for Wearable Devices
Article from MedGadget.
UC Nurses Approve Five-Year Contract with 15% Wage Increases
Article from the Sacramento Bee.
The Nursing Shortage: Then and Now
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Caregivers or Marketers? Nurses Paid by Drug Companies Facing Scrutiny As Whistleblower Lawsuits Mount
Article from STAT.
Nurturing Medicine
A Piece of My Mind article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
More Research on 'Dying Healthy' Will Also Help Us Live Healthier
Article from STAT.
 


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Tuesday, Oct. 2

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Denver-based DaVita Reaches $270M Settlement with Feds over Medicare Reimbursements
Articles from The Denver Post, Kaiser Health News and Reuters. Press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Editor's note: What CEO holds the record for Medicare fraud settlements?
October 2018 Issue of Clinical Kidney Journal
20 free, full-text articles.
Hereditary Kidney Disease: All Family Members Are Affected
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Testosterone Deficiency, Frailty and Muscle Wasting in CKD: a Converging Paradigm?
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Articles from Healio:
Inflammation in Diabetic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Online First mini-review from Nephron.
Genetic Variants Reveal New Targets for Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment
Press release from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
First Online Abstracts from Pediatric Nephrology:
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Kidneys on Chips
Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN article.
Practice Setting a Key Factor for Early Career Nephrologists, GW Report Determines Practice Setting Found to Influence Income and Job Satisfaction
Press release from the American Society of Nephrology.
Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. on FDA's Efforts to Strengthen the Agency's Medical Device Cybersecurity Program As Part of Its Mission to Protect Patients
FDA statement.
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
Top Texas Health Systems Agree to Merge
Brief from Healthcare DIVE.
  Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Medicare Advantage Premiums Expected to Drop Again
Brief from Healthcare DIVE. CMS press release.
CMS Announces Initiative to Improve Medicare Customer Experience
News brief from the American Hospital Association. Blog posting on eMedicare from Medicare.gov.


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Monday, Oct. 1

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American Kidney Fund Statement on California Governor Jerry Brown's Veto of SB 1156
Press release. Article from MarketWatch. SB- 1156 legislative summary.
HHS Announces $2.6 Million in Prizes To Redesign Dialysis as Part of KidneyX
Press release.
Trump Signs FY 2019 Appropriations Package That Includes Several Wins for the Kidney Community
Tweet from @ASNAdvocacy.
#KidneyX, in an Effort To Spur #innovation, Covers the Entire Spectrum of Kidney Care: Prevention, Diagnostics, and Treatment
Tweet from @KidneyX.

Editor's note: Unfortunately, KidneyX does not recognize the necessity of renal rehabilitation. The current systems of care fail to acknowledge dialysis patients' goals. Much more is needed than improvements in technology.
Congressional Kidney Caucus Briefing Highlights Innovation in Kidney Care
Summaries of Sept. 28 meeting from Kidney News Online and Kidney Care Partners.
FDA Floats Changes to Special 510(k) Program
Articles from MedTech DIVE and Regulatory Focus. Draft guidance (32-page pdf) from the FDA.
End-Stage Kidney Disease following Surgical Management of Kidney Cancer
CJASN Express abstract.
Dialysis Catheter Management Practices in Australia and New Zealand
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Screening for Latent Tuberculosis Infection in Migrants With CKD: A Cost-effectiveness Analysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
The Effect of the Opioid Epidemic on Donation after Cardiac Death Transplantation Outcomes
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
Racial-Ethnic Differences in Chronic Kidney Disease Mineral Bone Disorder in Youth on Dialysis
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Vitamin B Supplements May Protect Kidney Function in Children with Diabetes
Press release from the European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology.
Direct-Acting Oral Anticoagulants and Warfarin Examined in Patients with AF and Multiple Comorbidities
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch.
Vulnerability to Pandemic Flu Could Be Greater Today Than a Century Ago
Free, full-text, New Online perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Medicaid Expansions Linked to Slower Rises in Overdose Deaths
Press release from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
2019 Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Program Landscape
CMS fact sheet.


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