Commentary

Meeting Size Doesn’t Matter

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.

Anemia Studies Not the Final Word

The recent publication of the CHOIR and CREATE studies in the New England Journal of Medicine questioning hemoglobin targets in dialysis patients have resulted in intense scrutiny of the relationship between Amgen, dialysis organizations, and physicians in the management of anemia.

No Borders for Pathogens

For centuries, human beings have spread diseases long distances through their travels. Yellow fever and the mosquitoes that transmit it, for instance, are thought to have originated in Africa and been introduced to the New World by slave ships in the 1500s. The 1918 influenza pandemic illustrates how contagious diseases can spread throughout the world.

Going Beyond Machines

Most patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are consigned to life on dialysis. Most undergo in-center hemodialysis three times a week, greatly diminishing their quality of life.

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