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Telehealth device to detect thrombosis among winners of KidneyX competition

July 12, 2019
A wearable telehealth device designed to detect thrombosis and clots in vascular access for patients on hemodialysis was awarded $75,000 in funding…

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No improvements seen in CKD care over nearly a decade with treatment guidelines not followed

July 11, 2019
The quality of care for patients with CKD showed no improvements between 2006 and 2014, with recommended treatments frequently underused, according…

Community reacts to Trump’s plan to improve kidney care

July 11, 2019
Described by HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar II as possibly the most significant step for treating kidney disease since Congress approved legislation in…

California dialysis profits bill advances in Senate

July 10, 2019
The California Senate Health Committee approved a bill on July 3 that would limit how much dialysis providers could charge private health plans if…

In the Journals

Trial participants significantly differ from general population of patients with ESKD undergoing dialysis

July 9, 2019
Recently published findings suggest that participants in randomized clinical trials have significantly different characteristics, comorbidities and…

In the Journals

Patients on dialysis believe they will live longer than real-world data suggest

July 8, 2019
Surveyed patients undergoing dialysis were either uncertain or overly optimistic about their prognosis, frequently estimating life expectancy to be…

In the Journals

Sodium polystyrene sulfonate may reduce serum potassium in CKD, ESKD

July 3, 2019
A single dose of sodium polystyrene sulfonate decreased serum potassium levels in patients with both chronic kidney disease and ESKD, potentially…

AMA grants CPT code for KidneyIntelX

July 3, 2019
Renalytix AI plc has been granted a CPT Proprietary Laboratory Analyses Code for KidneyIntelX by the AMA. “This is an important step as we…

In the Journals

Young people with kidney disease prioritize different outcomes than their caregivers

July 2, 2019
Young people with kidney disease prioritized outcomes that were most relevant to their daily life and that had immediate impact, whereas their…

In the Journals

Risk model may predict likelihood of recovery of kidney function or death after AKI

July 1, 2019
A risk model accurately categorized patients with an inpatient episode of acute kidney injury into clinically distinct groups according to likelihood…

PKD Foundation pledges nearly $5 million toward research for a cure

July 1, 2019
Over the next 2 years, the PKD Foundation will invest almost $5 million into studies focused on treating and curing polycystic kidney disease…

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Patients, providers struggle with ways to improve dialysis in rural areas

Nephrology News & Issues, July 2019
Jeffrey Hymes, MD; Michael Kraus, MD
It is promising to see the U.S. government take interest in improving rural health care and increasing the use of home dialysis. In March, a MedPAC…

First Word

The search continues for optimal dialysis

Nephrology News & Issues, July 2019
Mark E. Neumann
Think of any product you would buy or service you would request from a vendor and being told it can be done with an “adequate” result…

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Dialyzers get second life to bring clean water to developing countries

Nephrology News & Issues, July 2019
Mark E. Neumann
Dialysis is a resource-intensive process with a big environmental footprint. It relies heavily on disposable products, including needles, blood…

Tamara Kear to head nephrology nursing group

June 28, 2019
The American Nephrology Nurses Association has named current organization president Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNS, CNN, to the role of executive…

In the Journals

Functional status commonly declines within 6 months of starting dialysis

June 27, 2019
Forty percent of older patients with ESKD experienced functional decline within 6 months after initiating dialysis, according to a recently published…

Fresenius partners with public safety communications platform to continue dialysis in emergencies

June 27, 2019
Fresenius Medical Care North America has announced a partnership with FirstNet, a communications system dedicated to public safety, according to a…

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Dialysis improves some quality of life measures for older, frail patients vs. conservative management

June 26, 2019
Although worsening frailty impacted older patients with ESKD similarly whether treated with dialysis or conservative management, certain quality of…

Fresenius Medical Care Foundation helps NKF expand ‘Big Ask: The Big Give’ efforts

June 26, 2019
The Fresenius Medical Care Foundation is partnering with the NKF on its ‘Big Ask: The Big Give’ kidney transplantation and living…

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Patients employed 6 months before dialysis have lower mortality, more transplants

June 25, 2019
Patients who maintained employment 6 months prior to initiating dialysis had a lower risk for death and a higher likelihood of receiving a kidney…