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(Roll Call)   By Jim Smith and Denise Eilers As people whose lives have been touched by kidney disease, we are committed to making sure kidney patients have the chance to live a normal life on dialysis, something we believe wholeheartedly is made possible through home hemodialysis. With the support of members of Congress from both […]

Great news! We got a grant! And we want to spend it on YOU!


We want you to come to our conference and meet-up in Indianapolis in a few weeks.   Home Dialyzors United expands its offer of scholarships for the upcoming conference and meet-up in Indianapolis to include hotel room and banquet costs for members of HDU. This offer is valid for all HDU members who are on […]

Come join us at the HDU conference and Meet-Up in Indianapolis Oct. 23-24th.


 HDU is proud to hold our 5th Annual Home Dialyzors United Meet-Up and Conference in conjunction with Indiana University Health, one of the largest home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis programs in the count  Come meet fellow patients and learn from them. Come hear other dialysis patients along with some of the most knowledgeable dialysis professionals […]

Home Dialyzors United, Indiana University Team Up to Present “The Road Home”


The 5th Annual Home Dialyzors United Meet-Up and Conference will be held October 23-24, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Marriott Downtown Hotel, 350 W. Maryland St. This year, HDU is teaming up with Indiana University Health, one of the largest home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis programs in the country.   As at past conferences, […]

HDU’s 2014 Indianapolis Conference Brochure and Registration


Event:    The Road Home –  Building a Successful Comprehensive Home Dialysis Program When:   October 23 and 24, 2014  (Special hotel rates available  for the 3 days before and 3 days after, so come early or stay later and have a vacation!) Where:   Indianapolis Marriott Downtown                350 West Maryland Street 2014_Symposium Brochure –Click Here   Important […]

Steel, Fiber, PVC ID’d in Dianeal Dialysis Solution — Voluntary Recall


(MPR)   Baxter announced a voluntary recall of 2 lots of Dianeal Low Calcium (2.5mEq/L) Peritoneal Dialysis Solution with 2.5% Dextrose 5000mL (Ambu-Flex II). The recall is due to the presence of oxidized stainless steel, garment fiber, and PVC particulate matter that were identified during the manufacturing process. Dianeal is a peritoneal dialysis (PD) solution for […]

Allan J. Collins, M.D., to join NxStage as Senior Medical Advisor


(Press Release)  NxStage Medical, Inc., a leading manufacturer of innovative dialysis products, announced today that Allan J. Collins, M.D., a recognized worldwide leader in the field of nephrology, will join the Company as Senior Medical Advisor and head the Company’s Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Collins is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. […]

Attention Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) patients using Baxter products.


(National Kidney Foundation)     As you may know Baxter is experiencing a shortage in PD solution which has caused some problems with availability and delivery of needed supplies.  Baxter is working hard to resolve this issue and has issued this statement to patients.  If you have any questions, please call Baxter HomeCare Services at 1-800-284-4060.  of […]

Eyenaemia Smartphone App Helps Diagnose Anemia from Selfies


(MedGadget)  While a lot of people frequently suspect themselves of being anemic, an exam from a doctor or a lab test is necessary to rule out the suspicion. A main part working toward a diagnosis involves examining the patient’s skin hue, including looking at places that should normally be red, such as the gums, around […]

The Wearable Artificial Kidney’s first human clinical trial


(Nephrology News & Issues) By Fox Rose   The Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK), Invented by nephrologist Victor Gura, MD, FASN, from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has been involved in laboratory and clinical testing since 2001 by medical clinicians, bio medical engineers, and other medical device researchers. The present prototype of the WAK […]

More patients take on in-home dialysis due to compensation, yearly savings


(Trib Live)   By Adam Smeltz  Brad Davern could commute for his dialysis treatments, like about 400,000 Americans who depend on clinics to filter their blood. But going to a clinic would mean less exercise time — and less independence — for Davern, who joined a growing segment of kidney patients receiving dialysis at home, often […]

This New Welch’s Juice is DANGEROUS for Renal Patients

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(Honolulu Star-Bulletin)  Kidney patients should avoid star fruit. Star fruit is a decorative and refreshing treat and, for most of us, a healthy delicacy. But for some people with impaired kidney function, the star fruit (also known as carambola) can be deadly. Researchers from Brazil and Taiwan are studying why star fruit causes serious life-threatening […]

NxStage tour aims to teach kidney patients about home hemodialysis


(Nephrology News & Issues)  NxStage Medical Inc. has launched the Freedom Tour, a two-week road trip in a recreational vehicle to promote and educate dialysis patients on the benefits of home hemodialysis with the System One. Traveling in the NxStage Freedom Coach are NxStage field marketing specialists Charissa Rice and Harvey Wells. During the nine-city tour, the duo […]

DaVita names new VP of home dialysis programs


(Nephrology News & Issues) Dialysis provider DaVita Kidney Care has named Martin Schreiber, MD, as its new vice president of clinical affairs for home modalities. “I believe that every patient deserves to be educated on their modality options and to have a choice in their dialysis care,” said Schreiber. “While home dialysis may not be […]

Home Dialyzors United Board Conference Call Summary 7/02/2014


Attending: Denise Eilers, Pat Colongione, Ben Ruback, Melissa Sondergaard   Topics & Status   Public Policy We would like suggestions and comments for HR 4814 – a bill proposing improvements in the treatment, research and care of people with CKD. The HDU board supports the bill HR 4814, but we are seeking more specific language […]

Tell Medicare, Patients Deserve Access to Home Hemodialysis!


Medicare should ensure that every dialysis patient can access the dialysis treatment option that is best for his/her health and lifestyle, including home dialysis. In fact, the law requires Medicare to make a concerted effort to increase use of home dialysis. CMS Issues Annual Rule; HDU Calls on Agency to Fix Training Payment. Sign the […]

NxStage is offering free online care communities to ALL kidney patients through a partnership with Careflash!


(NxStage)  CareCommunities are social websites that help loved ones stay connected. When a loved one receives care over extended periods of time, we all behave differently – psychologically, spiritually, emotionally and socially. At times, it’s emotional barriers that challenge the ability of loved ones to remain comfortably engaged.Click here:   http://www.careflash.com/nxstage

Tell Medicare, Patients Deserve Access to Home Hemodialysis! 2


Medicare should ensure that every dialysis patient can access the dialysis treatment option that is best for his/her health and lifestyle, including home dialysis. In fact, the law requires Medicare to make a concerted effort to increase use of home dialysis. CMS Issues Annual Rule; HDU Calls on Agency to Fix Training Payment   The annual […]

Video: Keys to a Successful HHD Program


(Medscape)   Jeffrey S. Berns, MD and  Joel D. Glickman, MD  discuss how to have a successful home hemodialysis program and why,   Click here to access the video,

New Inspirational Video from NxStage


In honor of Independence Day, we thought you might like to hear a few NxStage patients describing what “Independence” means to them. Click here to see the video.

Eight NxStage Product Recall Notices in FDA Enforcement Report for July 2, 2014


SAK Dialysate Concentrate contain aluminum levels which exceed internal product specification. Click below to access the FDA reports for the specific lot numbers involved. #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 and #8.  

FDA Approves Inhaled Diabetes Medication

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(Health Day News)     People with type 1 or 2 diabetes now have a new means of getting their medication, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval on Friday of the first inhaled medicine for the blood sugar disease. The drug, Afrezza, “is a new treatment option for patients with diabetes requiring mealtime […]

Peer mentor project in Network 5 — Volunteer and Make A Difference!

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(MARC Press Release) Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition (MARC) Announces Special Innovation Project.  The project will be developing a peer mentoring program with the intent of improving patient’s quality of life and reducing rates of hozpitalization.   HDU members in this area are encouraged to volunteer and to contact the Network to talk about their Home Hemodialysis (HHD) experiences. […]

Home Dialyzors United Adds Board Member and Makes Committee Appointments


Home Dialyzors United (HDU) is delighted to announce the appointment of Melissa Sondergaard to its Board of Directors. In addition, Melissa’s husband Henning has been appointed the point person for the HDU social media sites. Rounding out the leadership team is Robin Franzi who will be joining the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee. Melissa Sondergaard […]