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Renal Transplant Patients May Need Vitamin D

BARCELONA—Most renal transplant patients in Denmark have inadequately low vitamin D levels, according to researchers who say routine supplementation may be required to mitigate the adverse clinical consequences.

High-Flux Hemodialysis Has Advantages

High-flux hemodialysis confers a definite survival advantage in high-risk patients compared with low-flux hemodialysis, according to results from a long-term, prospective trial presented here for the first time.

Novel Peptide-Based ESA Promising

BARCELONA—A novel peptide-based erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA) called Hematide safely raises hemoglobin levels in anemic CKD patients and maintains stable hemoglobin levels in hemodialysis patients who switch to the drug from epoetin alfa, data suggest.

Once Monthly C.E.R.A. Found Beneficial

BARCELONA—Once-monthly dosing of continuous erythropoietin receptor activator (C.E.R.A.) maintains stable hemoglobin levels in CKD patients regardless of age, gender, or comorbidities, according to study data presented here at the 44th Congress of the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association.

Nocturnal Dialysis Superior

BARCELONA—Nocturnal hemodialysis (NHD) improves both cardiac and metabolic parameters and reduces the need for medication compared with conventional hemodialysis (CHD), according to a head-to-head comparison of the two modalities presented here at the 44th Congress of the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association.

Elevated BMI Cuts Dialysis Death Risk

GLASGOW—A European study confirms that overweight and obese patients have a survival advantage on hemodialysis when compared with normal-weight patients, researchers reported. Furthermore, a weight loss of 3% over the first year of dialysis was associated with a higher mortality rate compared with patients whose weight remained stable or who gained weight.

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