Dialysis

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.

Dialysis Patient Death Rate Continues to Drop

Dialysis Patient Death Rate Continues to Drop

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The adjusted rate fell 26.5% from 1996 to 2011, but remains much higher than in the general population.

Study Fails to Confirm L-Carnitine Benefits in Dialysis Patients

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New meta-analysis shows no significant increase in hemoglobin or decrease in required erythropoietin dose.

Most Women on Dialysis Satisfied with Their Sex Life

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Sexual inactivity is common but not bothersome to many women, study shows.

Stem-Turned-Kidney Cells Pave Path to Organ Regeneration

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Renal tissue could one day be created that would be functional as well as completely immunocompatible.

Chemical in Dialyzers May Be Toxic to Immune Cells

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Levels of bisphenol A in components of dialysis machines may be toxic to immune cells circulating in hemodialysis patients.

Dialysis Patients Are At Higher Stroke Risk

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Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients are more likely than non-dialysis patients to suffer an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke.

Pre-Dialysis Conception May Improve Birth Rate

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Starting dialysis after conception, not before, may improve birth rates in women with end-stage renal disease.

Nocturnal Dialysis May Decrease Heart Disease Risk

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Receiving nocturnal dialysis may decrease the risk of heart disease in patients with end-stage renal disease.

Healthcare Intensity at Dialysis Initiation Affects Survival

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Shorter survival found among patients who had intensive procedures and started dialysis in the hospital.

Vitamin D Assessment Affected by Race

Vitamin D Assessment Affected by Race

Common genetic polymorphisms may explain patterns in vitamin D status in blacks.

Chair-Side Behavioral Therapy During Dialysis May Fight Depression

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Behavioral therapy provided chair-side to kidney failure patients while they are undergoing dialysis may help fight depression.

New CDC Tools Aim to Reduce Dialysis Infections

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Agency releases a video, a poster, and a pocket guide to help providers and patients prevent development of infectious complications in patients undergoing hemodialysis.

Phosphate Binder Found to Cut IV Iron, ESA Use

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Elemental iron requirement was reduced by half in patients receiving ferric citrate versus an active control.

Fluid Overload Ups CKD Progression Risk More than Diabetes

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New findings are based on a study of 472 patients with stage 4-5 chronic kidney disease.

Intradialytic Exercise May Improve Renal Anemia in the Elderly

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Weekly dose of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents decreased and hemoglobin levels increased.

Carotid Plaques in CKD Patients Predicts Progression to Dialysis

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Their presence is associated with a greater than threefold increased risk.

Low TSAT Predicts Worse Outcomes in Anemic Dialysis Patients

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A transferrin saturation of 20% or less was associated with a 2.2 times increased risk of death from any cause.

ESA Use Declining at Hospital-Based Dialysis Centers

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Study also documents use of higher IV iron doses and declining hemoglobin levels.

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