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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. […]


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

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(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

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(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

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(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

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(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

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(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

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(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

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((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 […]