Dialysis

Higher Phosphorus Levels Linked to Mortality

Higher Phosphorus Levels Linked to Mortality

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The findings generally support KDOQI guidelines for dialysis patients, which recommend maintaining serum phosphorus levels between 3.5 and 5.5 mg/dL.

Higher Vitamin B12 Levels Linked to Increased Death Risk

Higher Vitamin B12 Levels Linked to Increased Death Risk

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Levels of at least 550 but less than 650 pg/mL are associated with a 26% increased mortality risk vs. levels below 400 pg/mL.

Survival Up Among Dialysis patients

Survival Up Among Dialysis patients

Better treatments, tighter management of kidney disease may explain promising trend.

Dialysis During Pregnancy Fairly Common

Dialysis During Pregnancy Fairly Common

Survey of nephrologists shows kidney failure becoming more common for expectant moms.

Low Magnesium Raises Hemodialysis Patients' Death Risk

Low Magnesium Raises Hemodialysis Patients' Death Risk

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The increased risk is especially pronounced among patients with low serum albumin.

Dementia Risk Lower in Peritoneal Dialysis Initiators

Dementia Risk Lower in Peritoneal Dialysis Initiators

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Starting on peritoneal dialysis was associated with a 25% lower dementia risk versus starting on hemodialysis, a study showed.

Daily Home Hemodialysis May Have Edge vs. Peritoneal Dialysis

Daily Home Hemodialysis May Have Edge vs. Peritoneal Dialysis

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Risk of hospitalization and modality failure is significantly lower, Canadian study finds.

Older Blood Okay for Blood Transfusions in ICU Patients

Older Blood Okay for Blood Transfusions in ICU Patients

Trial shows that changes to blood during storage do not affect quality.

Kidney Failure Undertreatment an International Concern

Kidney Failure Undertreatment an International Concern

Dire need for low-cost dialysis techniques that could be used worldwide, researcher says

Dialysis Patients At Higher Cancer Risk

Dialysis Patients At Higher Cancer Risk

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Over a 5-year period, cancer developed in 9.5% of hemodialysis patients, a rate much higher than would be expected in the general population.

Study: Iron-Based Phosphate Binders Good for Renal Anemia

Study: Iron-Based Phosphate Binders Good for Renal Anemia

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The medication may represent a new treatment option for dialysis patients, researchers concluded.

Fistula Use Increasing in U.S. Dialysis Population

Fistula Use Increasing in U.S. Dialysis Population

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Still, approximately 70% of patients initiate dialysis with a catheter.

FDA Authorizes Device for Dialysis-Related Amyloidosis

FDA Authorizes Device for Dialysis-Related Amyloidosis

Lixelle Beta 2-microglobulin Apheresis Column authorized for use in DRA

Warfarin Not Linked to Increased Mortality in Dialysis Patients

Warfarin Not Linked to Increased Mortality in Dialysis Patients

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Use of the medication, however, is associated with a 4-fold increased risk of bleeding.

Extranasal S. aureus Common In Maintenance HD Patients

Extranasal S. aureus Common In Maintenance HD Patients

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Extranasal Staphylococcus aureus is a common cause of healthcare-associated infections in hemodialysis patients.

More Provider Visits Do Not Improve Dialysis Vascular Access Outcomes

More Provider Visits Do Not Improve Dialysis Vascular Access Outcomes

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The frequency of visits to physicians and advanced practitioners by hemodialysis patients had no significant effect on their graft or arteriovenous fistula survival.

Osteoporosis in ESRD Patients Ups Cardiovascular Risks

Osteoporosis in ESRD Patients Ups Cardiovascular Risks

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Osteoporosis is significantly associated with an elevated likelihood of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and stroke.

Dietary Intake Tool Validated for Renal Patients With Low Literacy

Dietary Intake Tool Validated for Renal Patients With Low Literacy

The dietary intake tool has acceptable reliability and validity for African-American patients with low literacy undergoing dialysis.

New 5-Star Dialysis Facility Rating System To Debut

New 5-Star Dialysis Facility Rating System To Debut

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

Higher Serum Ferritin Ups Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients

Higher Serum Ferritin Ups Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients

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Hemodialysis (HD) patients in highest quartile of serum ferritin had an increased risk of all-cause, cardiovascular, and infection-related mortality.

Peritoneal Dialysis Offers Early Survival Advantage Over Hemodialysis

Peritoneal Dialysis Offers Early Survival Advantage Over Hemodialysis

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New study excluded hemodialysis patients who used central venous catheters for vascular access.

Heart Medication Filtered by Dialysis May Increase Premature Death Risk

Heart Medication Filtered by Dialysis May Increase Premature Death Risk

Dialysis patients who take heart medications such as beta blockers are at an increased risk of premature death.

Periodontal Disease Common in Hemodialysis (HD) Patients

Periodontal Disease Common in Hemodialysis (HD) Patients

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Severe periodontal disease (PDD) is present in almost one-quarter of hemodialysis (HD) patients.

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

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

Aerobic Exercise Benefits Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Patients

Aerobic Exercise Benefits Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Patients

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients on hemodialysis experience greater quality of life and lower mortality with regular exercise.

Strokes Raise Death Risk in Dialysis Patients

Strokes Raise Death Risk in Dialysis Patients

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The risk of dying after suffering a hemorrhagic or ischemic stroke is greatest in the first week.

Offer Ebola Victims Dialysis If They Need It

Offer Ebola Victims Dialysis If They Need It

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

Severe Adverse Technical Events Rare in Home Hemodialysis

Severe Adverse Technical Events Rare in Home Hemodialysis

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Study reveals a rate of 0.038 such events per 1,000 home dialysis treatments.

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