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 […]

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 […]

Peritoneal dialysis champion Karl D. Nolph dies at 77


(Nephrology News & Issues)      Karl D. Nolph, MD, a pioneer in the field of dialysis and a longtime leader of the University of Missouri School of Medicine’s Division of Nephrology, diedMonday at his home in Columbia, Mo. He was 77. Services for Dr. Nolph will be held Friday, June 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Missouri […]

Don’s Story: A Home Hemodialysis Video


(NxStage)  This is an uplifting story of one kidney patients’ determination and will to live the life he loved pre-dialysis.  We hope Don’s story inspires you to take control of your own life. Click here to watch Don’s story.      

HDU Board of Directors Responds to the 21st Century Cures Initiative

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The Energy and Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives has begun an initiative focusing on how government can better medical innovation and its utilization. The committee has held a number of meetings and has asked for input from potential stakeholders in this endeavor.  The HDU Board of Directors has written a response letter […]

My life, My Dialysis Choice — a program of the non-profit MEI

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(Medical Education Institute)   This excellent tool , from the non-profit MEI, will help you choose the right treatment for you, so you can feel your best and live the way you want to.  Click here to access it.

How do hospitalization patterns of home hemodialysis patients compare with a reasonably well dialysis patient cohort?

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(International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease)  ABSTRACT:  Background: The home hemodialysis (HHD) treatment option has been associated with improved patient outcomes compared to in-center hemodialysis (ICHD) programs. What is not quite clear is the influence of patient selection bias on the perceived benefits of HHD. The purpose of this study was to explore the […]

Cardiovascular remodeling during long-term nocturnal home hemodialysis

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(Springer) Abstract Background Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with kidney failure. Nocturnal home hemodialysis (NHD) is a form of kidney replacement therapy whereby hemodialysis is performed for at least 6-h overnight, at least 4 days per week. Little is known about the effects of NHD on cardiovascular remodeling as […]

Baxter Presents Efficacy and Safety Data on VIVIA Haemodialysis System at ERA-EDTA Congress


(Bloomberg)   Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX) today announced the presentation of clinical data supporting the safety and efficacy of the VIVIA haemodialysis (HD) system. Results from two studies conducted in a clinical setting showed acceptable clearance of uremic toxins and an overall safety profile similar to that associated with conventional HD devices. The VIVIA system, designed […]

FDA Clears Sensory Medical’s RelaxisTM, First Device for Restless Leg Syndrome

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-(BUSINESS WIRE)–The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted commercial clearance for RelaxisTM, the first non-pharmacological approach to help improve the quality of sleep in patients with primary Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), it was announced today by Sensory Medical Inc., the company that developed the pioneering device. “Our company was founded solely to find […]

Training home dialysis patients a rewarding job

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(Queensland Health) According to Grainne Mcdermott at Gold Coast Health, training dialysis patients to manage their own dialysis at home is a rewarding job that helps patients to improve their quality of life and spend more time with their families. Grainne works in the Renal Services Home Training Unit where patients are trained to carry […]

NxStage Kidney Care Announces Opening Of New Dialysis Center In Jacksonville


(True Blue Tribune)  NxStage Kidney Care, Inc., a subsidiary of NxStage Medical, Inc., today announced the opening of a new dialysis center serving the Jacksonville, Florida area and is now accepting new patients. NxStage Kidney Care was created from the ground up to support and encourage patient-centered care and provide enhanced access to the significant […]

Portable in-home hemodialysis device may be in clinical trials by 2017


(PlasticsToday) By Norbert Sparrow More than 3 million people worldwide suffer from end-stage renal disease (ESRD). A small percentage of them receive kidney transplants, but there are not nearly enough organ donors to meet demand and the procedure is rife with complications. The vast majority of patients suffering from ESRD rely on hemodialysis, an invasive […]