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Nutrition Advice Challenged — Again

Nutrition Advice Challenged — Again

Human beings are unique in the animal kingdom when it comes to nutrition.

Personalized Medicine in 2014

Personalized Medicine in 2014

The term "personalized medicine" remains an overused promise to apply specific treatment plans.

Nephrologists Woefully Underpaid in U.S vs. Canada

Nephrologists Woefully Underpaid in U.S vs. Canada

This higher level of dialysis care in Canada is partly owed to substantially higher reimbursement fees for nephrologists.

Expert Q&A

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.

Renal Stenting and the CORAL Study: Interview with Lance Dworkin, MD

Renal Stenting and the CORAL Study: Interview with Lance Dworkin, MD

CORAL study chair Lance Dworkin, MD, discusses the controversial finding with Renal & Urology News.

Sidestepping Sepsis via TP Biopsy: Interview with Jeremy Grummet, MBBS, MS, FRACS

Sidestepping Sepsis via TP Biopsy: Interview with Jeremy Grummet, MBBS, MS, FRACS

Rising readmission rates of subsequent sepsis have given urologic surgeon Jeremy Grummet, MBBS, MS, FRACS, pause.

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 Buy Technology for Your Medical Practice

How to Buy Technology for Your Medical Practice

Out-of-pocket is one option, but it may make better business sense to lease equipment or borrow money to pay for it.

The Pluses and Minuses of Concierge Medicine

The Pluses and Minuses of Concierge Medicine

Nephrologists and urologists can spend more time providing quality care for patients, but establishing referral sources may be a challenge.

How to Establish an In-House Clinic

How to Establish an In-House Clinic

In-house clinics can be a cost-efficient way to provide high-quality healthcare, without having to make a large investment.

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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