Intensified home haemodialysis for managing severe cardiac failure


(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


(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


(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


(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. […]

Delivering Home Hemodialysis: Is There Still a Role for Real-Time Treatment Monitoring?

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(Seminars in Dialysis) Abstract:   Remote real-time treatment monitoring for home hemodialysis (HHD) was driven by concerns over patient safety in the early era of HHD. However, decades of clinical experience supported by objective data suggest that HHD is very safe and that remote monitoring is unlikely to avert serious adverse events. As a result, such […]

Slow FDA response is hurting nocturnal home HD


(Nephrology News & Issues) By Dori Schatell.  If you’ve been following the KidneyViews blog for the past year and a half or so, you know why we fervently believe that longer and slower hemodialysis are better. (Missed it? Check out this and this, to start…) And, since I went to ASN last week, this means […]

Dialysis campervan for Bay patients


(The SunLive, NZ) By Zoe Hunter.  Scott Smith can’t be away from home for more than one or two nights at a time, and he hasn’t been able to visit family living out of Tauranga for more than three years. He’s a haemodialysis patient. Hooking up to a dialysis machine for around nine hours every […]

Home dialysis may be better than in-center hemodialysis


(MD India)  by Bidita Debnath Home dialysis therapies may help prolong the lives of patients with kidney failure compared with hemodialysis treatments administered in medical centers. This is according to a study that will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2014 November 11-16 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. Home dialysis therapies are […]

Many Dialysis Patients Ill-Prepared for Emergencies, Study Says


(Health Day News)  By Mary Elizabeth Dallas — Although their health depends on working technology, many kidney-failure patients on dialysis are not prepared for natural disasters or other emergencies, new research finds. But the study from Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York City found that giving dialysis patients detailed information about their medical […]

A critical shortage of solution threatens to hold back unprecedented growth in peritoneal dialysis


(Nephrology News & Issues)    By Peter G Blake, MB • Thomas A Golper, MD, FACP, FASN • Anjali B Saxena, MD  The last 12 months have been quite dramatic for peritoneal dialysis (PD) and its advocates in the United States. In late 2013, the first reliable data on the effect of the new ‘bundled’ […]

Peritoneal Dialysis Offers Early Survival Advantage Over Hemodialysis


(Renal Urology News)     A new study confirms previous research showing an initial survival advantage with peritoneal dialysis (PD) versus hemodialysis (HD), even among patients who have received pre-dialysis care and those starting HD with an arteriovenous fistula or graft. The study included 1,003 propensity-matched pairs of incidental PD and HD patients receiving care in the […]

Many home blood pressure monitors may be inaccurate


((Nephrology News & Issues)  Up to 15% of patients with home blood pressure monitors might be getting inaccurate readings, according to a study that will be presented at ASN Kidney Week., according to a study that will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2014 Nov. 11–16. Major guidelines recommend home blood pressure monitoring to guide […]

NxStage Director of Public Policy Honored for Dedication to Patient Advocacy


(PRNewswire) NxStage® Medical, Inc. a leading manufacturer of innovative dialysis products, is proud to announce that Linda Upchurch, Director of Public Policy at NxStage, has been named the recipient of Home Dialyzors United‘s inaugural Richard J. Berkowitz Memorial Award in memory of the organization’s founder. Home Dialyzors United (HDU) is a non-profit organization grounded in […]

Medicare Needs to Step Up, Ensure Patient Access to Home Dialysis Treatment | Commentary

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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 […]

Alternate Night Home Hemodialysis Improves Anemia


   (Renal & Urology News)  Nocturnal home hemodialysis (NHHD) performed on alternate nights improves anemia and decreases the need for an erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA) c(Renal & Urology News)  ompared with conventional hemodialysis, according to a new study. Clara K. Y. Poon, MD, of Princess Margaret Hospital in Hong Kong, and colleagues compared 23 patients receiving […]

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, […]

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 […]