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FDA grants breakthrough therapy designation to obinutuzumab for lupus nephritis

September 18, 2019
Following positive results from phase 2 of the NOBILITY study, the FDA has granted breakthrough therapy designation to Genentech’s Gazyva for…

In the Journals

Community-based patient navigators may help improve outcomes for minorities with ESKD

September 17, 2019
In a published article, researchers detail the rationale for implementing patient navigator programs in underserved communities to address social…

In the Journals

Lower HRQoL scores linked to increased mortality in minority patients on dialysis

September 13, 2019
Lower health-related quality of life scores were associated with higher mortality in black and Hispanic patients who received hemodialysis, according…

Global kidney care manufacturers shift focus in wake of Advancing American Kidney Health

September 12, 2019
Advancing American Kidney Health, an executive order signed by President Donald J. Trump in July, has the goals of reducing the number of Americans…

Kidney Health Initiative offers patient, innovator resources on artificial kidney development

September 11, 2019
Continuing the focus on artificial kidney development put forth by the current administration’s plan to treat kidney disease, The American…

In the Journals

Dialysis at for-profit facilities may mean reduced access to kidney transplant

September 10, 2019
Compared with nonprofit facilities, patients who received dialysis at for-profit facilities had a lower likelihood of accessing kidney…

In the Journals

System-wide approach successfully expands home peritoneal dialysis

September 9, 2019
Implementation of an integrated health care delivery model increased the rate of home-based peritoneal dialysis for patients with advanced kidney…

New KDIGO guideline director brings thorough knowledge of evaluation

September 9, 2019
Amy Earley, who became KDIGO’s first guideline development director in January, has jumped…

American Kidney Fund launches educational campaign on hyperkalemia

September 6, 2019
The American Kidney Fund has launched a new health education campaign for patients with kidney disease, according to a press release. The campaign…

American Renal Associates finalizes restatement of company financials

September 6, 2019
American Renal Associates Holdings Inc. announced on Sept. 4 that it has completed its restatement of the company’s financials dating back to…

CMS releases hurricane support for dialysis providers in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina

September 5, 2019
CMS announced this week that efforts are underway to support dialysis and other health care providers in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina…

Dialysis providers prepare for impact of Hurricane Dorian

September 3, 2019
Florida, a state with a high number of patients on dialysis, is bracing for the impact of Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to do its heaviest…

Conference Preview

NRAA focuses on safety issues, regulatory changes at annual meeting

Nephrology News & Issues, September 2019
The National Renal Administrators Association Annual Conference is the largest gathering of renal administrators in the United States, bringing…

Cover Story

How artificial intelligence impacts the treatment of kidney disease

Nephrology News & Issues, September 2019
Sheetal Chaudhuri, MS; Hanjie Zhang, PhD; Andrew Long, PhD; John W. Larkin, PhD; Isabella Cattinelli, PhD; Luca Neri, MD, PhD; Carlo Barbieri, PhD; Len A. Usvyat, PhD; Jeroen P. Kooman, MD, PhD; Frank M. van der Sande, MD, PhD; Dinesh Chatoth, MD; Franklin W. Maddux, MD, FACP
Health care is entering a new era where the advent of “big data” brings tremendous opportunities to revolutionize the profession. In…

Cover Story

Back to basics on AI

Nephrology News & Issues, September 2019
AI is an umbrella term that brings together concepts from several fields such as statistics, algorithmics, machine learning, information retrieval…

In the Journals

Centers decline 15 to 17 donor kidney offers before transplant, removal from waitlist or death

August 30, 2019
A recently published study found transplant centers refuse many deceased donor kidney offers — over periods of several years in some cases…

Global kidney disease organization expands staff and scope

August 30, 2019
Having recently hired its first guideline development director, Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes aims to become more agile in developing and…

In the JournalsPerspective

Survey: Families of patients who died with kidney disease preferred comfort-focused end-of-life care

August 29, 2019
Families of patients who died with advanced chronic kidney disease viewed “aggressive” end-of-life care that focused on life extension…

In the Journals

Early, frequent nephrology care improves cardiovascular outcomes post-dialysis initiation

August 28, 2019
Patients who had frequent nephrologist appointments several months before beginning dialysis had reduced risk for adverse cardiovascular events 1…

Cricket Health adds chief development officer, board member

August 27, 2019
Cricket Health has appointed a chief development officer and a new member to its board of directors. Former health plan leader Colleen Reitan was…