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Let's Use Pigs as Organ "Donors"
Essay from First Things.
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What's the Best Strategy to Increase Living Kidney Donation?
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
A Better Way to Measure Mortality Trends?
Press release from the Cleveland Clinic.
Targeting Zero Infections: MDROs and Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Dialysis Facility
Registration is now open for the Sept. 27 (12:00-1:00 PM EDT) webinar by the American Society of Nephrology.
Predictors of Health Deterioration Among Older Adults After 12 Months of Dialysis Therapy: A Longitudinal Cohort Study From New Zealand
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Clinical Course after Parathyroidectomy in Adults with End-Stage Renal Disease on Maintenance Dialysis
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Reduced Kidney Function Linked to an Increased Risk of Community-Acquired Infections
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Hypertension Prevalence, Awareness, Treatment, and Control Among Adults Aged =18 Years — Los Angeles County, 1999–2006 and 2007–2014
Article from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Free Continuing Education — Management of Hepatitis C in Late Stage CKD Patients: WHO, How, and When to Treat?
Resource from the National Kidney Foundation.
Young People with Chronic Illness More Likely to Attempt Suicide
Press release from the University of Waterloo.
Do Occupational Factors Affect Reproductive Health and Chronic Disease Risk for Nurses?
AJPH Research on Trump Voters and Life Expectancy, Premature Death Among White Americans, Urban/Rural Firearm Suicide Disparities, Tobacco in Rural America
Press release from the American Journal of Public Health. Article from HealthDay.
Iowa's Only Obamacare Insurer Requests 57% Rate Increase
Article from The Hill.
Flimsy Evidence behind Many FDA Approvals
Article from Reuters.
IRS Revokes Hospital Nonprofit Status for the First Time
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.
We Must Make the Word "Diagnostician" the Most Prestigious Term in Medicine
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
The Next Big Thing in AI, Emotional Intelligence, Could Give Hospitals a Competitive Edge
Article from Healthcare IT News.
Cleveland Clinic Drops Mar-a-Lago Fundraiser
Medicare Unveils ‘Skeletal’ Site For Hospice Comparison Shopping
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Thursday, Aug. 17

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  Aug. 17, 2017
Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) Post-TEP Teleconference Call #2
Wednesday, August 30, 2017:  12:00pm-1:00pm ET
 
Call-in Information
Toll-Free Phone Number: 1-888-296-6500
Guest Code/Meeting Number: 965094#
WebEx Link
California's Former Director of Finance: SB 349 Would Increase Costs to Care for Medi-Cal Patients on Dialysis by Up to $270 Million Annually
Press release from NO on SB 349.

Editor's note: This analysis — or worst case scenario based on the closing of many clinics — was prepared by a Republican political consultant who was in Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration.
Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Transplantation and Oxidative Stress: a New Look to Successful Kidney Transplantation
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Association between Periodontal Disease and Mortality in People with CKD: a Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Clinical Impact of Regional Citrate Anticoagulation in Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy in Critically Ill Patients
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Kidneys From Octogenarian Donors Show Similar Survival
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Association of Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction with Mortality in Incident Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Vascular Surgery:
Urea-based Recirculation Validation of the Symmetrical Palindrome Catheter
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
De novo Weekly and Biweekly Darbepoetin Alfa Dosing in Pediatric Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
New 3D Printing Method to Create Complex, Multi-Cellular Tissues
Antifreeze to Improve Airplanes, Ice Cream and Organ Transplants
9 Tips to Managing Your Medical Bills
The Data Are In: Health Care Quality Continues to Improve, But Disparities Persist
Blog posting from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Moving beyond Nudges to Improve Health and Health Care Policies
Press release from Carnegie Mellon University.
Public Opinion about the Future of the Affordable Care Act
Free, full-text, First Online special report from The New England Journal of Medicine.
 


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Wednesday, Aug. 16

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"Real Threat to Dialysis Patients Comes from an Unexpected Place"
Op-ed from The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board.

Editor's note: The San Diego Union-Tribune owners are "pro-conservative, pro-business, pro-military."
Number Of Dialysis Patients In California Surges
Article from California Healthline.
Keeping a Promise to Patients with Failing Kidneys
Article from Duke University School of Medicine.
PCORI Board Approves $115 Million to Support 20 New Patient Centered Comparative Clinical Effectiveness Research Studies
Press release from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. This kidney transplant project was approved.
Cloud-based Image Platform Aids Kidney Transplant Process
Article from Health Data Management.
Increasing Haemodialytic Clearances as Residual Renal Function Declines: An Incremental Approach
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress, in-depth review from Blood Purification.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Effect of Tolvaptan on Renal Handling of Water and Sodium, GFR and Central Hemodynamics in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease during Inhibition of the Nitric Oxide System: a Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double Blind, Crossover Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Patterns of NSAIDs Use and Their Association with Other Analgesic Use in CKD
CJASN Express abstract.
New Research Shows Promise for Improving Vascular Access for Hemodialysis Patients
Press release from the American Journal of Pathology.
Lack of Sleep May Raise Child's Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Article from HealthDay.
Blue Cross in Pennsylvania Temporarily Allows 3rd Party Payments
Empowering Patients Effectively Improves Physician Hand Hygiene
Could Big Lifestyle Changes Be Key to Managing Type 2 Diabetes?
CDC: Antidepressant Use Up 65% over 15 Years
Eliminating Obamacare Subsidies Would Up Premiums by 20 Percent: CBO
Articles from HealthDay and Kaiser Health News.
Democrats in Congress to Explore Creating an Expert Panel on Trump's Mental Health
Article From STAT.
Articles from JAMA Forum:
CROWNWeb Town Hall: Ultrafiltration: Date, Rate, and Weight
(Thu, August 24th 2017, 2:00 pm ET)
CMS Proposes Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, Cancellation of the Mandatory Episode Payment Models and Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model
Press release. News brief from AHANews.


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Tuesday, Aug. 15

Number Of Dialysis Patients In California Surges
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  Aug. 15, 2017
Sharing Experiences of Illness and Care
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
"... the concept of patient experience should be separated from the concept of patient satisfaction. Patient experience refers to the totality of the person's care, including appropriateness of care and the degree to which it meets the multiple goals of each individual, not merely the immediate satisfaction it provides. For example, it is easy to improve satisfaction through excessive tests, prescriptions, and procedures."
When Enough Becomes Enough for Home Dialysis
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Hepatitis C and Kidney Transplantation: Past, Present, and Future
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Levocarnitine Decreases Intradialytic Hypotension Episodes: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Relationship of Kidney Injury Biomarkers with Long-Term Cardiovascular Outcomes after Cardiac Surgery
JASN Express abstract.
Free, Open Access Articles from Renal Failure:
Clinical Outcomes and Survival in Pediatric Patients Initiating Chronic Dialysis: a Report of the NAPRTCS Registry
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Early View/Accepted Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
A Patient-Centered Approach to Measuring Quality in Kidney Care: Patient Reported Outcome Measures and Patient-Reported Experience Measures
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
Researchers Create $550 Smartphone Powered Point-of-Care Spectral Analyzer
Article from MassDevice.
Considerations on the Off-Label Use of Ketamine as a Treatment for Mood Disorders
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The Problem with the Free Market in Health Care
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
CBO to Release Report Tuesday on Ending Obamacare Insurer Payments
Article from The Hill.
Most People Expect Physicians and Nurses to Protect Them from Harm in the Hospital
Press release from American College of Surgeons.
Report: Aetna in Secret Talks with Apple about Giving Members Apple Watches
Articles from Kaiser Health News:


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Monday, Aug. 14

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  Aug. 14, 2017
Peritoneal Dialysis: The Unseen Burden Placed on Patients
Posting from Nephrology Journal Club.

"In the end, the system needs to be dynamic, flexible, and aware. Enough to be proactive, not reactive, about keeping people healthy and happy. Granted, things are light years ahead of what they were thirty years ago. The almost constant medical and technological innovation I have seen in my lifetime with regards to dialysis and patient care is incredible. And yet, in areas such as patient education, preparation, day-to-day assistance, and communication with healthcare teams can still be quite lacking."

Editor's note: If there had been a significant financial incentive for dialysis providers to keep working-age patients employed, providers would have focused on reducing the burdens for dialysis patients long ago.
Clinical Trial Terminated: A Cluster-randomized, Pragmatic Trial of Hemodialysis Session Duration (TiME)
University of Pennsylvania study summary from ClinicalTrials.gov.
Drug Treatments Didn't Work. Can a Simple Diet Help Change These Children's Lives?
Article From STAT. The children at this Florida camp are living with a rare kidney disorder called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis.
Tweet from Daniel Coyne on KDIGO and Sensipar
@DrDanMO
Articles from ASN's Kidney News Online:
Updates from The Lancet  Kidney Campaign:
Article in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Advance Online Abstracts from the International Journal of Artificial Organs:
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
Factors Associated with Cardiovascular Target Organ Damage in Children after Renal Transplantation
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Aug. 21 CDC Infection Control Webinar
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
Yale New Haven Hospital Announces 18-Patient, Paired Kidney Transplant Exchange
Researchers Explore a Better Way to Measure Blood Pressure
Survey: Most Doctors Back Single Payer
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
Opioid Cases Flooding U.S. Hospitals — Cost Of Treating An Opioid Overdose: $92,400
News summary from Kaiser Health News. Article from HealthDay.
MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the ESRD Prospective Payment System and Quality Incentive Program
(8-page pdf) Letter to the CMS Administrator from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
Quarterly Update to the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS)
CMS Transmittal 3833 is a 12-page pdf.


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Fri/Sat, Aug 11 - 12

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First Pig-to-Human Organ Transplants Could Occur in Two Years, Says Scientist
Article from Inverse.
"Dr. George Church, a geneticist at Harvard who led the experiments, said the first pig-to-human transplants could occur within two years." - The New York Times
Organ Transplants Delayed in Large US Cities
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Kidney Disease May Boost Risk of Abnormal Heartbeat (AFib)
Article from HealthDay. Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Trace Element and Vitamin Concentrations in Pediatric Dialysis Patients
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Vascular Access Type and Clinical Outcomes among Elderly Patients on Hemodialysis
CJASN Express abstract.
Risk-Based Triage for Nephrology Referrals Using the Kidney Failure Risk Equation
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Risk of New-Onset Diabetes in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients Undergoing Dialysis: Analysis from Registry Data of Taiwan
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Toward a Better Definition for Acute Kidney Injury in Newborns
Press release from Children's National Health System.
Diagnosing Endocrine Hypertension: a Practical Approach
Free, full-text review article from Nephrology.
Obesity And Depression Are Entwined, Yet Scientists Don't Know Why
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Articles from Nephrology News & Issues:
Trump Declares National Emergency on Opioid Abuse
Articles from HealthDay and Reuters.
Poll: 78 Percent Say Trump Should Try to Make Obamacare Work
Articles from The Hill and Kaiser Health News.
CVS Expanding MinuteClinic Chronic Disease Programs
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.
Newly Revised Medicare Publications:
Study: Only Half of Medicare Advantage Members Understand Their Plan
Article from HealthLeaders Media. Press release from J.D. Power.


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Thursday, Aug. 10

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Statewide Ballot Initiative Filed in California to Improve Dialysis Patient Care, Reports SEIU-UHW
Press release. Articles from Los Angeles Times and The Sacramento Bee.
'NO on SB 349' Responds to Ballot Measures Filed by United Healthcare Workers West Union Today
Press release from the DialysisPatients1st.com web site.
Humanizing Adequacy Based on the KDOQI Guidelines
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.

"... adequacy of dialysis is sometimes confused with adequacy of other aspects of patient management, with the erroneous assumption that having achieved dialysis adequacy, the goal of dialysis has been accomplished. Humanizing dialysis implies that we do what matters most to our patients, which is to live as normal a life as possible with kidney disease."

Editor's note: "As normal a life as possible." This sounds familiar. I hope we will not have to wait another five years before renal rehabilitation and patient employment are considered part of leading "as normal lives as possible."

If the financial incentives in dialysis care were changed to include substantial incentives for renal rehabilitation and patient employment, U.S. dialysis care would be immediately transformed on many different levels. How much longer will we continue to pursue the self-defeating practices of junk-bond nephrology instead?

SONG-HD Initiative Shows Disparity between Patients and Medical Professionals on Desired Outcomes
Article From Nephrology News & Issues. The SONG Handbook (Version 1, 1st June 2017) is about establishing and implementing core outcomes in chronic kidney disease.
The Uncertainty Over Treatment Options for Uremic Pruritus
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Update on Postdialysis Rebound by a New Technology in Hemodialysis
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Effects of Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections on Graft and Patient Outcomes after Kidney Transplantation
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Outcomes of Intervention for Cephalic Arch Stenosis in Brachiocephalic Arteriovenous Fistulas
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
The FGF23–Klotho Axis and Cardiac Tissue Doppler Imaging in Pediatric Chronic Kidney Disease — A Prospective Cohort Study
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Pediatric Nephrology.
Early Diagnostic Imaging to Prevent Kidney Disease
American Renal Associates Holdings, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2017 Results
Rockwell Medical Reports Second Quarter Results
Steep Price Hikes Led to Drop in Use of 2 Heart Drugs at US Hospitals
Article from HealthDay.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Free, Full-Text, Online First Perspective Pieces from The New England Journal Of Medicine:
 


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Wednesday, Aug. 9

Statewide Ballot Initiative Filed in California to Improve Dialysis Patient Care, Reports SEIU-UHW
Press release. Article from Los Angeles Times.
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Free, Open Access Articles from PLOS ONE:
The Kidney Allocation System Claims Equity; It Is Time to Review Utility and Fairness
Accepted Article abstract and full-text article (5-page pdf) from the American Journal of Transplantation.
Elimination Rates of Electrolytes, Vitamins, and Trace Elements during Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy with Citrate Continuous Veno-Venous Hemodialysis: Influence of Filter Lifetime
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
Biomarker Research to Improve Clinical Outcomes of Peritoneal Dialysis: Consensusof the European Training and Research in Peritoneal Dialysis (EuTRiPD) Network
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Persistent Gaps in Use of Advance Directives Among Nursing Home Residents Receiving Maintenance Dialysis
First Page Preview of research letter from JAMA Internal Medicine.
On My Own…and Loving It
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Online Team-based Game Helps Patients with Diabetes Lower Blood Glucose
Press release from Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Marijuana Use Holds Threefold Blood Pressure Death Risk: Study
Trump Vows To 'Win' against Opioid Epidemic, Offers No New Steps
Articles from Reuters, The Hill, and HealthDay.
Health Gap Widens Between Appalachia And Rest Of The U.S.
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Articles from ProPublica:
 


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Tuesday, Aug. 8

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Best Hospitals for Nephrology
Annual U.S. News & World Report rankings. The top five are: The top hospital overall in the U.S. is the Mayo Clinic.
Do Kidney Transplantations Save Money? A Study Using a Before-After Design and Multiple Register-Based Data from Sweden
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
"Altogether 66–79% of the expected health care costs over 10 years were avoided through kidney transplantation..."
Researchers Develop Regenerative Medicine Breakthrough
Press release from Ohio State University. 2-minute video from YouTube.
Nanoparticles Trick Body into Accepting Organ Transplants
Press release from Yale University.
Time for Transparent Standards in Quality Reporting by Health Care Organizations
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Patients deserve truthful, timely, and transparent measures of quality. Without standards in place to ensure that the data presented by health care organizations meet these goals, the recommendation to patients remains: "Let the buyer beware."
Shared Understanding With Patients
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Should All Dialysis Patients with Hepatitis C Be Treated? If so, before or after Kidney Transplantation?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
A Comparison of Early Versus Late Initiation of Renal Replacement Therapy for Acute Kidney Injury in Critically Ill Patients: an Updated Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
A Patient with a Novel Gene Mutation Leading to Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, CJASN Express article.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
JASN Express Abstracts:
Nighttime Blood Pressure and Pulse Wave Velocity in Dialysis Patients
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
$820 Million Wasted in Failing to Attempt Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Efforts
Press release from the University of South Florida.
Blood Pressure Fluctuations Tied to Dementia Risk in Study
Why One Insurer's Collapse Could Whack Insurers, Policyholders Across the Country
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Anthem to Pare Back Obamacare Offerings in Nevada and Georgia
Article from Reuters.
 


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Monday, Aug. 7

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Germany's FMC To Buy U.S. Home Dialysis Firm NxStage for $2 Billion
Article from Reuters. Press release from Fresenius Medical Care. Press release and 2nd Qtr financial results from NxStage.

Editor's note: Historically, Fresenius Medical Care is where innovative technology has gone to disappear and/or die. FMC's organization and expertise in the U.S. is built on utilizing one machine and a big data approach (herd medicine), with virtually no emphasis on patient employment and/or rehabilitation.

Let's hope the tail can wag the dog, but has NxStage ever made a profit? Major acquisitions have all too often forced for-profit dialysis providers to embrace many of the worst practices of junk-bond nephrology even further.
The Creator of the Pig-Human Chimera Keeps Proving Other Scientists Wrong
Article from STAT.
Dialysis Delays: Kansas Clinics Sit Unused for Years Awaiting State Inspections
Article from The Kansas City Star.
Nephrology Associates Acquires Signature Nephrology
News release from Nashville, TN.
America's Kidney Disease Epidemic Merits Congressional Attention
Article from The Hill via Kidney Care Partners.

Free, Full-Text, Issue-In-Progress In-Depth Topic Reviews from American Journal Of Nephrology:

USRDS Quarterly Report
Data from the United States Renal Data System through 4th quarter 2016.
Improving Infection Control in a Dialysis Setting
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.

JASN Express Abstracts:

Pragmatic Randomized, Controlled Trial of Patient Navigators and Enhanced Personal Health Records in CKD
CJASN Express abstract.
Psychosocial Interventions to Improve Outcomes among Dialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Associations between Low Serum Testosterone and All Cause Mortality and Infection Related Hospitalization in Male Hemodialysis Patients: Prospective Cohort Study
Article in Press abstract and full-text article (61-page pdf) from Kidney International Reports.
Combination Therapy of Rituximab and Mycophenolate Mofetil in Childhood Lupus Nephritis
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
It May Sound Awful, but We Really Do Need to Pay for Human Organs
Article from The Fiscal Times.
FDA OKs Mavyret for Hepatitis C
What Diabetics Need to Know About Over-the-Counter Meds
Aetna Smashes Second-Quarter Expectations With 52 Percent Profit Jump
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Anatomy and Atrophy of Medical Paternalism
Article from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Boston Medical Center Is Standardizing Handoffs, and Patients Are Safer for It
Article from Healthcare IT News.
CROWNWeb Announces Extension of Deadline for QIP Pain Measure Submission


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Fri/Sat, Aug. 4-5

Nephrology Associates Acquires Signature Nephrology
FDA OKs 8-Week Mavyret for Hepatitis C
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Smell Loss May Contribute to Malnutrition in Individuals with Kidney Disease
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from HealthDay.
Dialysis for Dementia?
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Kidney Patients with C3G are Center of FDA Patient-Focused Meeting
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Kidney Care Partners Applaud Senate Introduction of Bipartisan Legislation to Improve and Expand Access to Kidney Care
Press release.
Solid Organ Transplant–Transmitted Tuberculosis Linked to a Community Outbreak — California, 2015
Article from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Association between Conversion to In-Center Nocturnal Hemodialysis and Right Ventricular Remodeling
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Article in Press Abstracts and/or Full-Text PDFs from Kidney International Reports:
Assessing Barriers to Adherence in Routine Clinical Care for Pediatric Kidney Transplant Patients
Early View abstract from Pediatric Transplantation.
C-Terminal Fibroblast Growth Factor 23, Iron Deficiency, and Mortality in Renal Transplant Recipients
JASN Express abstract.
Contrast-Induced Nephropathy Is Less Common in Patients with Good Coronary Collateral Circulation
Issue-in-Progress abstract from CardioRenal Medicine.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Design Thinking for Doctors and Nurses
Article from The New York Times.
The Courts May Have Just Checked Trump's Ability To Sabotage Obamacare
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
CMS Finalizes 90-day Reporting for Meaningful Use


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Thursday, Aug. 3

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Drug Therapy Using Enzyme from Lethal Bacteria Could Significantly Reduce Organ Rejection in Kidney Transplants
Press release from Cedars-Sinai. Abstract from The New England Journal of Medicine. Article from HealthDay.
A Scheme Based on ICD-10 Diagnoses and Drug Prescriptions to Stage Chronic Kidney Disease Severity in Healthcare Administrative Records
Free, Open Access, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
PDI in Press Abstracts:
Vitamin K Antagonist Use and Mortality in Dialysis Patients
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Effects of Vitamin D2 Supplementation on Vitamin D3 Metabolism in Health and CKD
CJASN Express abstract.
Interventional Nephrology: Current Status and Clinical Impact in Japan
Free, Open Access, First Online Article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Advance Online Abstracts from The Journal of Vascular Access:
Hemodialysis Membrane Coated with a Polymer Having a Hydrophilic Blood-Contacting Layer Can Enhance Diffusional Performance
Free, full-text, Advance Online article from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Laminate Medical Wins FDA IDE Nod for VasQ Fistula Device Trial
Article from MassDevice.
Governors Press Trump to Make Obamacare Payments
Article from The Hill.
Why the 'Gold Standard' of Medical Research Is No Longer Enough
Article From STAT. Free, full-text article from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Human Embryos Edited to Stop Disease
CMS Finalizes 2018 Payment and Policy Updates for Medicare Hospital Admissions
CMS press release. News brief from AHANews.
GOP States Move To Cut Medicaid
Article from The Hill.


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Wednesday, Aug. 2

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DaVita 2nd Quarter 2017 Results
Articles from AP and Denver Business Journal. DaVita press release.
Improving Late-Stage CKD Care
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Can-SOLVE CKD Network
This Canadian initiative is seeking solutions and innovations to overcome chronic kidney disease.
Steroid Treatment for Type of Kidney Disease Associated with Increased Risk for Serious Infections
Press release and abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article from HealthDay.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Choosing the Right Breakfast Cereal with CKD
Article from the National Kidney Foundation.
FDA Advisory Committee Approves Safety of New Hepatitis B Vaccine for Adults
President Urged to Declare Opioid Epidemic National Emergency
News brief from AHANews.
Patient Experience Excellence
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
Many Still Sidestep End-Of-Life Care Planning, Study Finds
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Rich, Well-Educated Get Bigger Bang for Buck From Mediterranean Diet
 


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Tuesday, Aug. 1

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Dialysis Provider Fresenius Medical Care's Q2 Profit Misses Consensus as Costs Weigh
Article from Reuters. Press release from Fresenius Medical Care.
Fresenius SE Profit Jumps 19% on Recent Acquisitions
Article from MarketWatch.
Transplant Safety Has Improved for Patients with Diabetes
ADA meeting news from Internal Medicine News.
Is an Organ From a Diseased Person Better Than Nothing?
(Registration required, but free.) Video commentary from Medscape Nephrology.
Advance Online Abstracts from Journal of Vascular Access:
Clinical Outcomes and Survival in Pediatric Patients Initiating Chronic Dialysis: a Report of the NAPRTCS Registry
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
48% of Hong Kong Patients Receiving a New Organ Fail To Follow Drug Guidelines
Article from South China Morning Post.
Multitarget Therapy for Maintenance Treatment of Lupus Nephritis
JASN Express abstract.
Aminoglycoside Impregnated Cement Spacer Precipitating Acute Kidney Injury Requiring Hemodialysis
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Materials Emitted by Water Pipe Repair Method May Pose Health Risks
With Tom Price in Charge, Doctors Are Winning Again in Washington
Article From STAT.
Trump Aims at Insurers in Battle over Healthcare Subsidies
Article from Reuters. News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Doctors Still Overprescribing Opioids in U.S.
Preview Periods for QIP Performance Score Reports (PSR), Dialysis Facility Reports (DFR), and Quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare (QDFC) Are Now Open
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
CROWNWeb: Submission Deadline for All June 2017 Clinical Data is August 31, 2017


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Monday, July 31

48% of Hong Kong Patients Receiving a New Organ Fail To Follow Drug Guidelines
Article from South China Morning Post.
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Let's Get Rid of the Dialysis Death Incentive
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Living Donor Follow-up: Unfunded Mandates and the Hippocratic Oath Where Perfect may be the Enemy of Good?
Accepted Article abstract and full-text editorial (3-page pdf) from American Journal of Transplantation.
Pediatric Renal Transplantation: Moving Forward in the Field
Free, full-text, First Online editorial from Pediatric Nephrology.
Article in Press Abstracts and/or Full-Text PDFs from Kidney International Reports:
Free, Open Access, Advance Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Social Media and Organ Donation: Ethically Navigating the Next Frontier
Accepted Article abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Article in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Improved Outcomes with Proximal Radia-Cephalic Arteriovenous Fistulas Compared with Brachial-Cephalic Arteriovenous Fistulas
Article in Press abstracts from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Articles from Renal & Urology News:
Dietary Magnesium Supplementation Prevents and Reverses Vascular and Soft Tissue Calcifications in Uremic Rats
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
ICU Medical Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of One Lot of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection Due to the Presence of Particulate Matter
FDA Safety Alert.
Most Employees Don't Know the Germiest Areas in their Workplaces
Trump Tells Republicans to Get Back on Healthcare Bill
Articles from Reuters, STAT, The Hill, and Roll Call.
Fact Check: Trump's Bold Claims of Reforming VA Health System Don't Hold Up
Article from AP via STAT.
5 Ways White House Can Use Its Muscle To Undercut Obamacare
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Free, Full-Text, New Online Articles from The Journal of the American Medical Association:
CDC Issues Report on Antibiotic Use, Stewardship
News brief from AHANews. Report is a 40-page pdf.
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act: Implications for Nephrology
JASN Express abstract.
Even Without Congress, Trump Can Still Cut Medicaid Enrollment
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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