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Help redesign Peritoneal Dialysis

Greg Collette

(Big D and Me blog) Christine from the University of New South Wales emailed me a couple of weeks ago with the following request: Hi Greg, My name is Christine Chau, and I’m a 4th year Industrial Design student studying at the University of New South Wales. I stumbled across your BigDandMe blog and I’ve […]

NxStage Medical NxStage to expand into peritoneal dialysis, open more care centers in 2014


With Medicare offering financial incentives in the end-stage renal disease payment bundle to expand home programs, peritoneal dialysis has become a favored choice because it is simpler and cheaper than home hemodialysis. NxStage Medical, which has helped to rejuvenate interest in home hemodialysis, is now throwing its hat into the ring, saying it will develop […]

Henning’s Corner of the World: Shotgun Dialysis vs. Healthy Dialysis


Here in Denmark where I live (most of the time and officially) many, if not all, doctors dealing with dialysis say that the NxStage machine doesn’t ‘clean as well’ as other machines on the market. That is a truth with modification, to say the least. I am convinced that this statement is something that was […]

Home Dialyzors United Call for Leadership Applications


Home Dialyzors United (HDU)is pleased to announce plans to expand its Board of Directors and committee leadership. HDU is soliciting applications from patients and care partners who are passionate about promoting home therapies through education, networking, and advocacy. Besides seeking another board member following the untimely death of Kathe LeBeau, HDU is also searching for […]

NxStage Patient Enjoys Travel and Active Lifestyle


(Wall Street Journal)  Freedom and flexibility from home hemodialysis helps husband visit family NxStage Medical Inc ., a leading manufacturer of innovative home dialysis products, is proud to share current NxStage patient Henning’s story of resilience and strength. For Henning, who has spent his life pursuing active and athletic endeavors around the world, more frequent […]

Glucose Levels Established for Hemoglobin Targets


(Renal & Urology News) The average self-monitored blood glucose (SMBG) concentrations needed at premeal, postmeal, and bedtime have been established to achieve a range of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) targets, according to research published in Diabetes Care. Nancy Wei, M.D., from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues used data from the A1c-Derived Average Glucose (ADAG) study […]

Buddy System Reboot


Home Dialyzors United (HDU )is excited to announce its Buddy System Reboot.  The Buddy System was initially conceived as a way for dialyzors and care partners to connect with other people going through similar experiences and build meaningful, lasting friendships.    Participants in the Buddy System are paired up so that every person has someone they […]

Health Care Workers Wash Hands More When Patients Watching


(Health Day)  By Robert Preidt  Next time you’re in the hospital, keep an eye out for hygiene practices: Health care workers are more likely to wash their hands if patients are asked to monitor them, according to a new study. It details an 11-month pilot project at the Family Practice Health Center at Women’s College […]

Home dialysis is old hat for Ancaster granddad


(TheSpec.com) By Molly Hayes After almost 15 years of practice, Bob Milne is a pro at dialysis. In fact, at 90 years old, the Ancaster man just might be the oldest home-based hemodialysis patient in Ontario — or at least the oldest who self-administers their treatment. “I’m something, aren’t I?” Milne says with a chuckle. […]

Dialysis and Safe Preparation for a Colonoscopy


(Big D and Me blog) By Greg Collette Over the past month my hemoglobin (Hb) level dropped unexpectedly from a powerful and red-blooded 13 g/L to a feeble and anaemic 8.5 g/L over a three week period.  The big question was: why? The first thing that occurs to most medicos is that the drop has […]

Future Dialysis Cuts Reduced and Oral-only Drugs Remain under Part D until 2024

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(National Kidney Foundation) On Monday March 31, 2014, the Senate passed legislation that avoids substantial Medicare cuts to physician payments. This vote comes on the heels of House approval that occurred last week.   The one year patch to Medicare physician payments includes a provision tomitigate the effect of future cuts to dialysis payment for years […]

In Memory of Norma Knowles


A letter from Anne Campbell:    My sad news is to let you know that another patient active on the national scene has passed away.  Norma Knowles died last Thursday, March 27th, in Columbia, MO.  She was 44.  She had been ill for the past two years with multiple problems.  She was very active in […]

There’s No Place Like Home (Dialysis)


(JK-Just Kidneying blog)  By Jim McFarlin I’m in Oak Brook, Ill., tonight, attending a public seminar sponsored by The Renal Network called “On the Road to Home: Home Dialysis Treatment Options.” The lime green ribbon attached to my name tag reads “Home Team,” which either means that my own home dialysis story is well known […]

Telehealth helps home dialysis rates


(Pulse+IT)  Melbourne’s Western Health is running a trial of remote monitoring and video conferencing technology to improve the rates of home dialysis for patients with chronic kidney disease. Better known as the HUG trial, it aims to increase the amount of people dialysing at home, which is cheaper for health services and often more convenient […]

Managing Kidney Dialysis Treatments: Why more frequent treatment can lead to better health


(St. Louis American)  by Pablo Dayer, MD Twenty-six million American adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD). Millions more are at risk.  Many people do not realize that they have weak or failing kidneys. Early detection and treatment can help slow or prevent the progression of CKD.  If kidney disease does progress to the point where […]

NxStage Establishes First Annual National Home Hemodialysis Day


(PRNewswire)  To build awareness for National Kidney Month, NxStage Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTM), a leading manufacturer of innovative dialysis products, today announced the first annual National Home Hemodialysis Day taking place today, March 20, 2014. In partnership with local and national kidney patient organizations, NxStage is encouraging the more than 26 million Americans(1) that may […]

Home Dialyzors United Celebrates the Life of Kathe LeBeau


It is with great sadness that Home Dialyzors United announces the death of Kathe Lebeau, a champion for dialysis patients and dear member of the HDU family. Kathe died unexpectedly on March 17, 2014. She is survived by her husband Loren, their beloved dog Auggie and multitudes of friends whom she considered family. A longtime […]

Renal service enhances dialysis experience for patients

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(Voxy)  New Zealand – Alport’s Syndrome sufferer Scott Smith says initiatives like nocturnal dialysis have given him a better quality of life. A Tauranga man born with a degenerative kidney condition has praised the Midland Regional Renal Service for improving his quality of life. Alport’s Syndrome sufferer Scott Smith always knew kidney failure was in […]

Michiana man receives kidney dialysis from the comfort of home


((WNDU.com)  BERRIEN COUNTY, Ind. – Did you know your kidneys filter 200 liters of blood a day? That’s the equivalent of 100 of those giant plastic pop bottles we buy at the store. The kidneys help regulate blood pressure and direct the production of red blood cells. But 1 in 3 Americans are at risk […]

Home dialysis, a hassle-free option


(The Times of India)  With the drop in the cost of performing dialysis at home, several working professionals and those living in remote areas are opting for the procedure. The use of Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD), which can be done at home, is slowly catching up in Aurangabad. Medical experts said though the system […]

World Kidney Day – March 13, 2014


World Kidney Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide. Get involved! – See more at: http://www.worldkidneyday.org/about/#sthash.H1GqDTen.dpuf Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Share on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via Reddit […]

Second Chances: A Patient’s Journey


(RegisterHerald.com) By Lisa Shrewsberry  — There’s a saying in Terry Russell’s trade: “We sell the Earth and everything upon it.” In fact, the auctioneer from Galax, Va., claims the only objects he hasn’t yet swapped are a ship and a locomotive. Still, the man known for procuring virtually anything was helpless to access the one […]

Hemodialysis Patients Benefit More from Oral than IV Vitamin D


(Renal & Urology News) Switching from intravenous (IV) to oral activated vitamin D may offer similar control of secondary hyperparathyroidism in patients on chronic hemodialysis (HD) with lower doses of the drug, according to a new Canadian study. The study, led by Michel Vallée, MD, of Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont in Montreal, included 88 chronic HD patients […]

NxStage Voluntarily Recalls Mislabeled PureFlow-B Solution

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NxStage PureFlow-B Solution; Model/Catalog Number: RFP-401. Product is packaged in a case containing two individual 5L bags. The NxStage PureFlow-B Solution is indicated for use with renal replacement therapy systems that utilize sterile premixed dialysate during hemodialysis.  The lot number is F113662. Read more. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Share on Facebook Share on […]