Dialysis

Study Shows Benefit of Twice-Weekly Hemodialysis

Study Shows Benefit of Twice-Weekly Hemodialysis

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Better preservation of residual kidney function with twice-weekly than thrice-weekly hemodialysis in the first year.

Dual Kidney Transplant (DKT) May Improve Kidney Use

Dual Kidney Transplant (DKT) May Improve Kidney Use

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Graft survival was similar to that seen in concurrent single SCD kidney recipients

No Savings With Drug Combo to Prevent Dialysis Catheter Clots

No Savings With Drug Combo to Prevent Dialysis Catheter Clots

Higher cost of meds for dialysis catheters partially offset by reduced complications.

Stroke Risk Higher in Patients Who Recover from AKI

Stroke Risk Higher in Patients Who Recover from AKI

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Taiwan study reveals a 25% increased risk of stroke among patients who recover from dialysis-requiring acute kidney injury.

Novel Binder Lowers Phosphate with Fewer Pills

Novel Binder Lowers Phosphate with Fewer Pills

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In a study, PA21 was as efficacious as sevelamer carbonate, but patients taking PA21 had a lower pill burden and better adherence.

Nephron Sparing Surgery Okay for Tumors in Transplanted Kidneys

Nephron Sparing Surgery Okay for Tumors in Transplanted Kidneys

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At last follow-up, 41 of 43 patients who underwent partial nephrectomy did not require dialysis.

High Uric Acid May Hasten Dialysis Initiation

High Uric Acid May Hasten Dialysis Initiation

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Renal function decline is not accelerated, however.

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

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

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

Starting on Peritoneal Dialysis May Offer Survival Edge

Starting on Peritoneal Dialysis May Offer Survival Edge

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Highest survival rates found among patients whose initial dialysis modality was PD but where then switched to hemodialysis.

Uric Acid May Predict Outcomes in Dialysis Patients

Uric Acid May Predict Outcomes in Dialysis Patients

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An Israeli study shows that serum uric acid levels can be a clinically useful nutritional marker.

The Challenge of Dialysis at the End of Life

The Challenge of Dialysis at the End of Life

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Dialysis is not necessarily in the patient's best interest, clinicians and ethicists say.

"Doc, Did You Check My Cholesterol?"

"Doc, Did You Check My Cholesterol?"

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

Thyroid Problems Up Cardiac Death Risk in Diabetic HD Patients

Thyroid Problems Up Cardiac Death Risk in Diabetic HD Patients

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Researchers find link among patients with subclinical hyperthyroidism and euthyroid sick syndrome.

Post-Discharge Visits Cut Hemodialysis Readmission Rates

Post-Discharge Visits Cut Hemodialysis Readmission Rates

More frequent physician visits following discharge expected to reduce re-hospitalizations.

Hemodialysis Patients Face Higher Hip Fracture Risk

Hemodialysis Patients Face Higher Hip Fracture Risk

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The risk is more than 13 times greater than with peritoneal dialysis.

ESA Use in Dialysis Patients May Increase Their Cancer Risk

ESA Use in Dialysis Patients May Increase Their Cancer Risk

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Doses higher than 70 μg per week were associated with a 77% greater risk of cancer compared with non-use of the agents.

No Clinically Relevant Changes in Vitamin D with PA21

No Clinically Relevant Changes in Vitamin D with PA21

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Researchers compared the novel iron-based phosphate binder with sevelamer.

Inappropriate ESA Use Reduced by Pharmacy Protocol

Inappropriate ESA Use Reduced by Pharmacy Protocol

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Ordering process cut the number of epoetin alfa doses by 71% and medication costs by 69%.

Phosphate Binder May Eliminate Need for IV Iron

Phosphate Binder May Eliminate Need for IV Iron

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Iron absorbed from oral ferric citrate boosted iron stores and sustained hemoglobin levels.

Hypogonadism May Raise Death Risk in Men with CKD

Hypogonadism May Raise Death Risk in Men with CKD

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Patients in the second lowest quintile of testosterone level had a 53% increased death risk compared with those in the highest quintile.

Death Risk Lower for Dialysis Patients at High Altitude

Death Risk Lower for Dialysis Patients at High Altitude

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Possible explanations include hypoxia-induced factors and ultraviolet B radiation exposure.

Walking Helps to Prevent Inflammation in CKD

Walking Helps to Prevent Inflammation in CKD

Regular walking exercise is safe with regard to immune and inflammatory responses.

Nutrition Advice Challenged — Again

Nutrition Advice Challenged — Again

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

Dialysis and Low Creatinine a Bad Combo in AKI

Dialysis and Low Creatinine a Bad Combo in AKI

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In-hospital death risk is increased, a new study found.

Will you follow the new guideline advising against starting statins in dialysis patients?

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A new guideline recommends that statins alone or in combination with ezetimibe not be initiated in adult dialysis patients.

Intensive Dialysis Helpful in Pregnancy

Intensive Dialysis Helpful in Pregnancy

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Better outcomes observed with more frequent and longer dialysis sessions.

Dialysis-Requiring AKI Imposes Long-Term Heart Risks

Dialysis-Requiring AKI Imposes Long-Term Heart Risks

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Patients found to have a 67% increased risk of coronary events or death compared with patients who did not suffer acute kidney injury.

Dialysis Delay Recommended in Canada

Dialysis Delay Recommended in Canada

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The Canadian Society of Nephrology recommends initiation when clinical indications emerge or when the eGFR 6 mL/min/1.73 m2 or below.

Nephrologists Woefully Underpaid in U.S vs. Canada

Nephrologists Woefully Underpaid in U.S vs. Canada

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

Sickle Cell Trait May Raise Need for Anemia Meds in Dialysis Patients

Sickle Cell Trait May Raise Need for Anemia Meds in Dialysis Patients

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This trait in African-American hemodialysis patients was associated with a 13.2% higher dose of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents.

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