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NxStage Kidney Care Brings Flexible Therapy Options To Greater Boston Area

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(CNN Money)  NxStage’s Wakefield and Norwood Kidney Care Centers offer patients flexible dialysis therapy options, including Home Nocturnal Hemodialysis with the NxStage System -  NxStage® Kidney Care, Inc., a subsidiary of NxStage Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTM), today announced the opening of two dialysis centers in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. Conveniently located in Wakefield and Norwood, […]


Advance Directives

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(JAMA Patient Page)   By Amy E. Thompson, MD.  Advance directives help your family and your doctors respect your health care wishes.   WHAT ARE ADVANCE DIRECTIVES?   Advance directives are written instructions that you prepare to help guide your medical care. They apply in certain situations, such as if you are terminally ill or severely injured. […]


Kidney disease and dialysis are just part of life, and the therapy continue to improve

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(St. Louis Post Dispatch) By Henry Jackson.  Bradley Payne, 40, of Manchester, knew from a young age that his kidneys were going to fail. So he took it in stride. At 3 years old, he was diagnosed with posterior urethral valve disorder, which causes urine to back up into the kidneys, damaging, then destroying them. […]


Sporting event to be held for dialysis patients in Hyderabad, India

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(The Siasat Daily)  Aiming to boost the morale of patients, dialysis chain NephroPlus will organise a sporting event ‘Dialysis Olympiad’ for dialysis patients here. The unique sporting event will be held at Kotla Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy Stadium on February 15, Founder and CEO of NephroPlus, Vikram Vuppala, said today. “We believe that dialysis should be […]


Time to deliver patient centred care

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(British Medical Journal) Editorial by Tessa Richards,.  We must harness the energy, insight and expertise of patients, carers, and the communities that support them to help drive change Patient centred care is central to the mission of healthcare, yet traditionally neither patients nor the public have had the power to shape the services they use […]


FDA Recall of Baxter HomeChoice/HomeChoice Pro Automated Personal Cycler, for Automated Peritoneal Dialysis.

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The produc codes involved are  5C8310, 5C8310R, R5C8320, and 5C4474. The reason for the recall is the keypad buttons on HomeChoice devices may be activated without the operator pressing them. Click here to see the FDA report.


What we are learning about home hemodialysis in 2015

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(Nephrology News & Issues)  By Mark E. Neumann   Home is a comfort zone for many of us. You can put your feet up, relax, enjoy family, and forget about what you do 9-5 each day. What about self-care for a chronic illness in that environment? Do you want that to be part of your home […]


Home dialysis gets a boost at Annual Dialysis Conference

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(Nephrology News & Issues)By Mark E. Neumann   NEW ORLEANS – When big events occur in home dialysis, you need to celebrate—particularly in the United States, where home dialysis represents less than 12% of the total dialysis patient population. The Annual Dialysis Conference, held here this past week, had some significant announcements for those interested […]


Cooking Methods May Help Dialysis Patients Control Phosphorus

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(Renal &Urology News) Certain thermal processing methods for foods can reduce their phosphorus levels significantly without affecting protein content, which could help dialysis patients control their phosphorus levels while maintaining proper nutrition, according to a recent study. These methods include boiling in water and stewing in oil containing some water, researchers in Croatia reported online […]


1,700 Hospitals Win Quality Bonuses From Medicare, But Most Will Never Collect

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(Kaiser Health News)  By Jordan Rau   Medicare is giving bonuses to a majority of hospitals that it graded on quality, but many of those rewards will be wiped out by penalties the government has issued for other shortcomings, federal data show. As required by the 2010 health law, the government is taking performance into […]


Medicare adds star ratings for dialysis center comparison

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Medicare is adding a visual tool to help kidney patients compare the quality of dialysis centers: Star ratings. Medicare’s online Dialysis Facility Compare already included quality information such as whether patient death and hospitalization rates were higher than expected. But it says that information wasn’t always easy for patients to understand. On Thursday, Medicare added […]


World Kidney Day 2015: work together to raise awareness

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(SN) By  Sally Horspool  Join forces and plan your activity. World Kidney Day (WKD) 2015 is less than two months away, so start pinning your activities on the world map. Collaboration is key World Kidney Day is not a truly global campaign without your help. The more we shout about the importance of kidney health, […]


FDA Recall Notices: Baxter HomeChoice and HomeChoice Pro APD systems – 96,458 units Baxter Amia Automated PD Systems – 55 units

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HomeChoice Automated PD system and HomeChoice Pro Automated PD system Baxter’s HomeChoice and HomeChoice Pro APD systems are designed to provide Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD) therapy for pediatric and adult renal patients.The reason for recall is There are additional and updated warning and cautions that are not in the Patient At-Home Guide for HomeChoice Automated […]


Strategies for preserving residual renal function in peritoneal dialysis patients

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(CKJ)  Abstract Although there have been many advancements in the treatment of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) over the last 50 years, in terms of reducing cardiovascular risk, mortality remains unacceptably high, particularly for those patients who progress to stage 5 CKD and initiate dialysis (CKD5d). As mortality risk increases exponentially with progressive CKD […]


Quanta SC+ Hemodialysis System for In-Clinic or At-Home Treatment Cleared in EU

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(MedGadget) Quanta Fluid Solutions (Alcester, England) won European regulatory approval for its SC+ hemodialysis system, a portable, cartridge- based system that can be used at the clinic or taken home. The company claims that this is the only hemodialysis system that can be used at home which matches the efficacy and flow rates (up to […]


A New Year for Dialysis—Home and In-Center

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(Nephrology News & Issues) By Dori Schatell  Like 2013, 2014 sped by in a flash and now we have a new, shiny 2015 to look forward to. The FDA’s approval of the NxStage System One for nocturnal home hemodialysis (HD)finally came through! Now, the path is cleared for more Americans to get the most dialysis […]


Keryx drug for dialysis patients poised to challenge Genzyme

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(Boston Business Journal) By Don Seiffert With the its newly-approved drug for kidney dialysis patients now being shipped and available to be prescribed, Keryx Biopharmaceuticals is poised to take on one of Genzyme’s drugs with sales of about $600 million. In September, the New York City-based drug company, which opened a Boston office earlier this […]


Flu Now Epidemic in U.S., With 15 Child Deaths Reported

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(Health Day)   By Steven Reinberg   The flu has reached epidemic levels in the United States, with 15 children dead so far this season, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday. Every state will likely have flu cases within the next few weeks, and more deaths are expected, said Dr. Michael Jhung, […]


NxStage Receives FDA Clearance for Home Nocturnal Hemodialysis

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(StockHouse)  First-ever clearance of its kind in the US creates an important new option for patients and providers to perform home hemodialysis overnight while sleeping NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTM), a leading manufacturer of innovative dialysis products, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared its System One™ to perform hemodialysis overnight […]


FDA Recall Notice: Veta Peritoneal Catheter Kit

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(FDA) Notice from the FDA Enforcement Report for December 17, 2014. PFM Medical is recalling catheters and other medical devices because they may exceed USP limits for bacterial endotoxin.


Intensified home haemodialysis for managing severe cardiac failure

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(Look Inside) Abstract Background Conventional thrice weekly haemodialysis (HD) provides adequate dialysis to prevent mortality, but morbidity is prevalent in both the paediatric and adult population. There has been growing interest in the potential of intensive dialysis regimes entering the realm of optimal dialysis, with superior health and quality of life outcomes. Case diagnosis/treatment We […]


Home Hemodialysis Patients Take Fewer Pills

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(Renal & Urology News)  ome hemodialysis is associated with a lower pill burden than in-center hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, according to a recently published study. In a study of 236 dialysis patients in Greater Manchester East sector renal network in the United Kingdom, researchers found that the mean pill burden for home hemodialysis (HHD) patients […]


Taking back control of my life

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(Nephrology News & Issues) By Jan Morrow  I will never forget the day. I had taken a run in the morning and by the afternoon; I was in the hospital with blood cancer and end-stage renal disease. That day, my life changed. The cancer affected my body’s ability to produce red blood cells, and the […]


Self-care Dialysis

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(MD News)  By: Dennis L. Ross, MD    Self-care dialysis is the future of in-center dialysis. Don’t many of us remember when we “had our gas pumped for us”? Yet today we think nothing of filling our own tanks. With self-care dialysis, the renal failure patient will take more responsibility for his or her own treatment. […]