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Prostate Cancer Genetics: Ready for Clinical Use?

Prostate Cancer Genetics: Ready for Clinical Use?

For decades, prostate cancer risk (PCa) stratification was based primarily on the architectural pattern of the tumor.

The Renal & Urology News Top 5 Lists for 2014

The Renal & Urology News Top 5 Lists for 2014

Among the most important challenges in producing a medical newspaper is deciding what studies or topics on which to report.

Emerging MRA-Based Treatments for End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Patients on Dialysis

Emerging MRA-Based Treatments for End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Patients on Dialysis

Recently, increasing attention focused on mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs) in treating chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Expert Q&A

The Need for a Kidney Research Prize: Interview with Sharon Moe, MD

The Need for a Kidney Research Prize: Interview with Sharon Moe, MD

Dr. Moe spoke about the importance of nephrology research and how a prize competition can facilitate the process.

Ultrasonic Propulsion of Kidney Stones: Interview with Jonathan Harper, MD

Ultrasonic Propulsion of Kidney Stones: Interview with Jonathan Harper, MD

Jonathan Harper, MD, of the UW School of Medicine in Seattle, explains his "Rolling Stones" concept as a feasible office procedure.

J. Francois Eid, MD: Penile Implant Therapy & Options

We sat down with Dr. Eid at his New York City office to ask him about the latest developments in penile implant therapy.

Legal Issues in Medicine

Slapdash Diagnosis Ends in Blindness

A harried family practitioner mistook a bacterial infection for a viral infection.

Doctor Fails to Look at Test Results, Misses Crucial Diagnosis

He had ordered two computed tomography scans for a man in his early 70's, but simply filed away the scan results without looking at them.

Patient's Death Blamed Partly on Bad Handwriting

Patient's Death Blamed Partly on Bad Handwriting

A nurse and pharmacist misread a nephrologist's handwritten prescription for a dialysis patient.

Malpractice News

Malpractice Case Ends in $5 Million Award

Family alleged that healthcare professionals failed to respond to an infant's symptoms of a potentially fatal condition.

Study: Better Handoff in Hospitals Decreases Medical Error Rate

Researchers developed a three-part handoff system that includes standardized communication and handoff training.

Malpractice Premiums Declining in Tennessee Following Reforms

The number of malpractice suits filed in the state has dropped by 36% each year since the reforms went into effect.

Renal Nutrition Update

B12 Supplements Ease Inflammation in CKD

B12 Supplements Ease Inflammation in CKD

Elevated levels of Hcy are associated with increased levels of cardiovascular inflammation.

Gluten-Free Diet Helps to Prevent Diabetic Nephropathy

Gluten-Free Diet Helps to Prevent Diabetic Nephropathy

A trial of a gluten-free diet presents no inherent risk for patients starting to exhibit microvascular damage.

Adequate Vitamin D Important for Immunologic Regulation

Adequate Vitamin D Important for Immunologic Regulation

Vitamin D is often recognized for its impact on bone metabolism, but it is also an important regulator of immune function.

On The Forefront

Transplant Program Biorepository Poised to Promote Research

The Cleveland Clinic has initiated the collection and storage of biospecimens from kidney and pancreas transplant recipients.

A Way to Reduce Discard Rates of Kidneys with Capsular Damage

More than 100,000 patients are on the kidney transplant waiting list and the increasing number of patients without living donor options underscore why it is important to decrease the discard rate of deceased donor kidneys available for transplantation.

Practice Management

Digital Appointment Scheduling Will Soar

Digital Appointment Scheduling Will Soar

By the end of 2019, 64% of patients are expected to book their appointments online.

CROWNWeb Improves Data Entry Efforts and Support Automation of CMS Forms

CROWNWeb Improves Data Entry Efforts and Support Automation of CMS Forms

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has worked with members of its CROWNWeb support teams to review federal rules and regulations.

New 5-Star Dialysis Facility Rating System To Debut

New 5-Star Dialysis Facility Rating System To Debut

'Dialysis Facility Compare' will tabulate publicly reported quality measures, such as transfusion rates and mortality.

Your Money

Bank Stocks Recovering, Undervalued

Profits are up as banks are avoiding shaky loans.

Natural Gas Stocks Poised to Rebound

Excess supplies are helping to hold down prices, so natural gas is becoming more attractive for many users.

Invest in Stocks to Take Advantage of Positive Economic Developments

Invest in Stocks to Take Advantage of Positive Economic Developments

The S&P 500 stock index has returned 10.2% annually during the past three years and the Barclays Capital Aggregate bond index only returned 5.7%.

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