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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).

Offer Ebola Victims Dialysis If They Need It

Offer Ebola Victims Dialysis If They Need It

Dr. Kalantar-Zadeh: Patients with Ebola deserve to be offered renal replacement therapy, even if odds of survival are slim.

Physicians and the Medical-Industrial Complex

Physicians and the Medical-Industrial Complex

Eisenhower warned Americans to beware of the "military-industrial complex" as it can overwhelm us.

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

Using Patient Portals to Improve Outcomes, Save Time

Using Patient Portals to Improve Outcomes, Save Time

Providers should be embracing this patient engagement tool as much as possible, experts say.

Call Coverage: How to Establish a Fair Schedule For Your Medical Practice

Call Coverage: How to Establish a Fair Schedule For Your Medical Practice

If a group has a predictable schedule that works for doctors most of the time, then legitimate reasons for change should be defined.

How to Negotiate Better Payer Contracts

How to Negotiate Better Payer Contracts

Providers should look up Medicare reimbursement rates for their practice's locality.

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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