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NKF 2014 General News Pamidronate May Work As Calciphylaxis Therapy

Pamidronate May Work As Calciphylaxis Therapy

Three patients treated with the bisphosphonate experienced resolution of necrotic ulcers.

Diabetes Low Glucose Linked with Aggressive Behavior

Low Glucose Linked with Aggressive Behavior

Low glucose levels might contribute to intimate partner violence through low self-control.

Hypertension Hypertension Increases Risk of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes

Hypertension Increases Risk of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes

Increased risks of superimposed preeclampsia, preterm delivery, low birth weight.

News Physicians Contribute Nearly 2 Trillion in Economic Output

Physicians Contribute Nearly 2 Trillion in Economic Output

Each contributes $2.2 million in economic output, supports 13.84 jobs on average.

Diabetes Antidepressant Adherence in Diabetics Better with Provider Trust

Antidepressant Adherence in Diabetics Better with Provider Trust

Patients with diabetes who perceive lack of shared decision-making found less adherent in Rx strategy.

Nephrology Cleveland Clinic Appoints New Chair of Nephrology and Hypertension

Cleveland Clinic Appoints New Chair of Nephrology and Hypertension

Robert Heyka, MD, previously served as medical director for Fresenius Medical Care Cleveland Clinic Eastside Dialysis Center.

Transplantation Kidney Transplants Less Likely in Overweight, Obese Women

Kidney Transplants Less Likely in Overweight, Obese Women

The odds of receiving a kidney decreased with increasing body mass index.

News Clinician-to-Patient Relationship Affects Healthcare Outcomes

Clinician-to-Patient Relationship Affects Healthcare Outcomes

Meta-analysis of 13 randomized controlled trials shows small but significant effect.

Diabetes Diabetes Prevalence Has Skyrocketed in the Last Two Decades

Diabetes Prevalence Has Skyrocketed in the Last Two Decades

Prevalence higher and glycemic control poorer in non-Hispanic blacks and Mexican-Americans.

Hypogonadism Hypogonadism May Raise Death Risk in Men with CKD

Hypogonadism May Raise Death Risk in Men with CKD

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

Diabetes New Diabetes Drug Approved

New Diabetes Drug Approved

FDA clears albiglutide as an adjunct to diet and exercise for glycemic control in adult type 2 diabetes patients.

Diabetic Nephropathy Fewer Opthalmologists Linked to Poorer Retinopathy Treatment

Fewer Opthalmologists Linked to Poorer Retinopathy Treatment

Public health efforts needed to ensure adequate access to ophthalmologists.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) CMV in Kidney Disease Linked with Anemia

CMV in Kidney Disease Linked with Anemia

Patients with higher levels of anti-CMV antibodies have lower number of red blood cells.

Diabetes Glucose Levels Established for Hemoglobin Targets

Glucose Levels Established for Hemoglobin Targets

Average blood glucose levels at premeal, postmeal, bedtime established for achieving HbA1c targets.

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Insomnia Linked with Higher Stroke Risk

Insomnia Linked with Higher Stroke Risk

Elevated stroke risk for individuals with insomnia; highest for those aged 18 to 34 years.

News NSAIDs Linked to Increased Atrial Fibrillation Risk

NSAIDs Linked to Increased Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Among elderly individuals, increased risk for current, recent use compared with never-use.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Diabetic CKD Linked to Fatty Liver Disease

Diabetic CKD Linked to Fatty Liver Disease

NAFLD strongly tied to risk of incident chronic kidney disease, independent of traditional risk factors.

Nephrology ASN President Urges Kidney Disease Innovation

ASN President Urges Kidney Disease Innovation

In congressional testimony, Sharon M. Moe, MD, proposes a federal prize competition.

Hemodialysis Death Risk Lower for Dialysis Patients at High Altitude

Death Risk Lower for Dialysis Patients at High Altitude

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

News Patients Less Likely to Select 'Lower Tier' Doctors

Patients Less Likely to Select 'Lower Tier' Doctors

Tiered networks combined with payment-based reforms can improve performance.