Hemodialysis

Home Hemodialysis Patients Take Fewer Pills

Home Hemodialysis Patients Take Fewer Pills

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Pill burden found to be significantly less when compared with patients receiving in-center hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

AV Fistula, Graft Placement Linked to Early Dialysis Visits

AV Fistula, Graft Placement Linked to Early Dialysis Visits

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In the first few months of hemodialysis, one additional provider visit per month increased the probability of AV fistula or graft surgery by nearly 5%.

Study Reveals Advantages of Non-Calcareous Phosphate Binders

Study Reveals Advantages of Non-Calcareous Phosphate Binders

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Use of these agents is associated with a much lower incidence of hypercalcemia compared with the use of calcium carbonate or calcium acetate.

Insulin Resistance Linked to High Phosphorus in Maintenance Hemodialysis (MHD) Patients

Insulin Resistance Linked to High Phosphorus in Maintenance Hemodialysis (MHD) Patients

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In adjusted analyses, serum phosphorus levels independently predicted glucose disposal rate.

Giving Vitamin B6 Ups Resistance to ESAs

Giving Vitamin B6 Ups Resistance to ESAs

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New finding on vitamin B6 is the opposite of what investigators hypothesized on patients with anemia.

Data Challenge IV Iron Withholding Guideline

Data Challenge IV Iron Withholding Guideline

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IV iron in anemia hemodialysis patients hospitalized for bacterial infections found not to worsen outcomes.

Extended Hemodialysis May Improve Phosphate Control

Extended Hemodialysis May Improve Phosphate Control

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Researchers observe significant decline in serum phosphate levels with 6 hours vs. 4 hours of treatment.

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.

Hemodialysis Used Less Often for Women than Men with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)

Hemodialysis Used Less Often for Women than Men with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)

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Study shows that 59% of men with end-stage renal disease were on hemodialysis versus 41% of women.

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.

Uremic Toxin in Hemodialysis Patients Predicts Heart Failure Risk

Uremic Toxin in Hemodialysis Patients Predicts Heart Failure Risk

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High levels of indoxyl sulfate are associated with a more than 5-fold increased risk of a first heart failure event.

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.

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.

Hemodialysis Fistulas May Cause Adverse Cardiac Effects

Hemodialysis Fistulas May Cause Adverse Cardiac Effects

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Study of AV fistula using cardiovascular MRI reveals increased cardiac output, dilation of heart chambers, and deterioration in endothelial function.

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.

Wearable Artificial Kidney Greenlit For Safety Testing

Wearable Artificial Kidney Greenlit For Safety Testing

Researchers expect to start safety and performance testing of the Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) this autumn.

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.

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.

Have you ever had a dialysis patient with calciphylaxis?

Have you ever had a dialysis patient with calciphylaxis?

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Calciphylaxis has been increasing significantly in incidence in hemodialysis.

Calciphylaxis Incidence Rising, Study Finds

Calciphylaxis Incidence Rising, Study Finds

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Investigators used a novel algorithm to characterize this rare and often life-threatening disorder seen mostly in ESRD patients.

High CRP Predicts Poor RCC-Specific Survival in Hemodialysis Patients

High CRP Predicts Poor RCC-Specific Survival in Hemodialysis Patients

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Study shows a 3.5 times increased risk of death from renal cancer in hemodialysis patients undergoing nephrectomy.

Gender Disparity in Desire for Living Kidney Transplant

Gender Disparity in Desire for Living Kidney Transplant

Black female hemodialysis patients less likely to want living transplant; more likely to receive offer.

Body Fat May Improve Anemia Drug Response

Body Fat May Improve Anemia Drug Response

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Hemodialysis patients with a higher percentage of fat tissue respond better to erythropoiesis-stimulating agents.

Home Hemodialysis (HHD) Has Benefits, Disadvantages

Home Hemodialysis (HHD) Has Benefits, Disadvantages

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The risk of hospitalization for cardiovascular causes is lower, but the risk for infection-related hospitalization is higher.

Why Not Business Class Dialysis?

Why Not Business Class Dialysis?

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Would any heterogeneity in the choice of additional services be unethical or implausible?

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