HDU Mourns the Loss of Advisory Board Member Celeste Castillo Lee

Celeste Castillo Lee Celeste Lee’s husband, Daniel, announced  that  she was freed of illness and earthly burden today at 2:50pm.  “The passing was peaceful and beautiful, following everything that she planned.  She will forever be in our hearts. We owe tremendous gratitude to everyone one of you, for your love, thoughts, prayers, and support.  You […]

2016 TOP TEN

    The ABCs of HDU: ADVOCACY, BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE, and COMMUNICATING OUR MESSAGE   As 2016 comes to a close, it seems only appropriate to summarize the accomplishments of HDU, and develop a new plan for 2017: ADVOCACY Met with key people and commented on documents at CMS, GAO, PCORI, The Alliance for […]

STAT article First human-pig chimera created, sparking hopes for transplantable organs — and debate by Sharon Begley

 by Sharon Begley January 26, 2017 Pig embryos that had been injected with human stem cells when they were only a few days old began to grow organs containing human cells, scientists reported on Thursday, an advance that promises — or threatens — to bring closer the routine production of creatures that are part human and […]

Nephrology News & Issues (NN&I) Article Many ESRD patients lack advance directives near the end of life

Many ESRD patients lack advance directives near the end of life Among nursing home residents in the last year of life, patients with kidney failure were less likely to have advance directives that put limitations on treatments and designated surrogate decision makers compared with other nursing home residents with serious illnesses NN&I STAFF — JANUARY […]

Home Dialysis Central (HDC) Article by Beth Witten

Home Dialysis Central (HDC) blog post for HDC Proposed Legislation Expands Option For Home Clinic Visits By Telehealth This blog post was made by Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW on January 5th, 2017. What Is This Bill? On December 6, 2016, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced in the Senate S. 3504, the Creating High-Quality Results […]

Renal & Urology News Article Higher PTH Levels May Increase Risk of Dialyzor Clotting By Jody A Charnow

Jody A. Charnow, Editor January 03, 2017 Higher PTH Levels May Increase Risk of Dialyzer Clotting Each 100 pg/mL increase in parathyroid hormone was associated with 2-fold increased odds of clotting. CHICAGO—Parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels may affect the risk of dialyzer clotting, according to a study. Kyohei Ogawa, MD, of Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital in […]