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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…

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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…

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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…

Post-transplant treatment options suggested during antirejection drug shortage

August 26, 2019
In response to data published by the FDA and the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists regarding shortages of a drug used to prevent rejection…

In the Journals

Psychiatric illnesses prevalent in hospitalized patients with ESKD, associated with increased mortality

August 23, 2019
A recently published study found psychiatric illnesses, common among patients with ESKD hospitalized within their first year of dialysis treatment…

Meeting News

First patient begins CVS trial with Dean Kamen-designed home dialysis machine

August 20, 2019
SEATTLE — After training and 4 days of treatments in a dialysis clinic, the first patient involved in clinical trials for a new CVS-funded…

Revaclear dialyzer recall in second quarter will cost Baxter $20 million

August 15, 2019
A recall of its Revaclear hemodialyzers in June will cost Baxter Renal Care around $20 million in lost revenues this year, company officials said…

In the Journals

Racial disparities exist in use of palliative care for patients with ESKD

August 12, 2019
While the use of palliative care increased for all hospitalized patients with ESKD, black and Hispanic patients were significantly less likely to…

DaVita slips in patient growth during second quarter, but sees improvement in productivity

August 9, 2019
DaVita Inc. reported second-quarter earnings this month with positive news in productivity mixed with an ongoing concern about a drop in overall…

In the Journals

Extreme heat events may increase ESRD hospital admission, mortality risks

August 9, 2019
Extreme heat events were associated with an increased risk for hospital admissions and mortality among patients with end-stage renal disease…


Nitric oxide-eluting catheter insert may prevent infection, thrombosis

August 8, 2019
A nitric oxide-eluting, disposable hemodialysis catheter insert may lower mortality rates for patients with kidney disease by preventing infection…

In the Journals

Fluoride exposure may reduce kidney, liver function in adolescents

August 8, 2019
Chronic low-level fluoride exposure contributed to small reductions in kidney and liver function among adolescents, according to a recently published…

National Kidney Registry will reimburse donors for lost wages

August 7, 2019
On August 5, the National Kidney Registry announced it will reimburse those who donated a kidney through its paired kidney exchange program for wages…

FDA News

FDA accepts new drug application for IV version of Triferic

August 6, 2019
Rockwell Medical Inc. announced the FDA has recently accepted the company’s new drug application for its IV formulation of Triferic with a…

In the Journals

Several models accurately predict mortality at dialysis initiation

August 6, 2019
Several prognostic models performed well in predicting survival for patients starting dialysis and could be used to inform decisions of whether to…