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Commentary

Why Not Business Class Dialysis?

Why Not Business Class Dialysis?

Would any heterogeneity in the choice of additional services be unethical or implausible?

Big Data, Transparency and Accountability

Big Data, Transparency and Accountability

We crave clinical and scientific data, yet we grieve the performance-based data increasingly directed toward us.

"Doc, Did You Check My Cholesterol?"

"Doc, Did You Check My Cholesterol?"

Many patients still insist that I need to check and manage their cholesterol.

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

How to Measure Practice Productivity Using RVUs

How to Measure Practice Productivity Using RVUs

RVUs are a useful gauge of doctors' productivity, but practices also should look at such aspects as each practitioner's caseload and reimbursements.

How Practice Managers Can Build Market Share

How Practice Managers Can Build Market Share

Growing a practice is a matter of knowing your market and reaching out to referral sources and patients.

How to Rehabilitate Your Practice

How to Rehabilitate Your Practice

As we move to a more comprehensive model, it makes sense to diminish the separation between the clinical and administrative sides of practice.

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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