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Vascular Access Clots Tied To Low BP During Dialysis

More frequent episodes of hypotension during dialysis and lower predialysis systolic blood pressure (BP) are associated with increased rates of thrombosis at the vascular access point, according to the findings of a recent analysis published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Insufficient Evidence for Routine Bladder Cancer Screening

In an update to its 2004 guidance on screening for bladder cancer, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has changed its recommendation from a D (lack of evidence) to an I (insufficient evidence) statement, finding inadequate data to support disease screening for asymptomatic adults or for adults with mild lower urinary tract symptoms such as urinary frequency, hesitancy, urgency, dysuria, or nocturia.

Policy Change Boosts Minority Kidney Transplants

The overall number of deceased-donor kidney transplants rose 40% for minorities and 8% for non-Hispanic whites from the six years before to the six years after the U.S. kidney allocation system eliminated the allocation priority for matching of HLA-B antigens between candidates and potential deceased donors.

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