Dialysis

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.

Home Dialysis On the Rise Despite High Cost

Home Dialysis On the Rise Despite High Cost

Experts say that issues of cost to providers have prevented broader application of home dialysis.

Alternate Night Home Hemodialysis Improves Anemia

Alternate Night Home Hemodialysis Improves Anemia

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Researchers believe nocturnal home hemodialysis (NHHD) performed every other night may be superior to NHHD performed 6 or 7 times a week.

Exercise Improves Quality of Life in Dialysis

Exercise Improves Quality of Life in Dialysis

Regular activity in patients undergoing dialysis was linked to reduced risk of earlier death, improved mood.

Mortality in Lupus Patients Does Not Differ By Dialysis Type

Mortality in Lupus Patients Does Not Differ By Dialysis Type

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Large study looked at matched pairs of lupus patients with renal disease starting dialysis with hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.

Lower Cardiovascular (CV) Death Risk in Dialysis Patients with High Sclerostin

Lower Cardiovascular (CV) Death Risk in Dialysis Patients with High Sclerostin

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The highest tertile of sclerostin level is associated with a 71% decreased risk of cardiovascular death vs. the lowest tertile.

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 Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)

Stroke Risk Higher in Patients Who Recover from Acute Kidney Injury (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.

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