Urothiliasis afflicts 7%-13% of the population and has a recurrence rate of up to 50% at five years. In the United States, the economic burden of treatment and lost productivity was estimated at $2.1 billion in 2001.
While comparing summer “must read” lists, a friend suggested I pick up a copy of “Good to Great” (Jim Collins, Harper Collins 2001). My friend argued the premise of this book (that companies and indivi-duals who leap from “good to great” follow a consistent formula) has important implications in medicine.
Nephrologists and dietitians spend a significant amount of their time managing hyperphosphatemia. Phosphorus retention, which occurs in moderate to advanced CKD, is thought to contribute to secondary hyperparathyroidism and excessive vascular calcification.
The characteristics of hypertension in hemodialysis patients differ from those in the general population. In dialysis patients, accelerated age-related changes in vascular stiffness, combined with factors peculiar to uremia, contribute to a loss of large and small vessel distensibility.
Renal & Urology News provides news coverage of about two dozen national and international meetings annually. Some of these meetings are a lot smaller than the annual meetings of the American Society of Nephrology and American Urological Society, but that does not mean we take them less seriously from a news standpoint.