Nephrology News & Issues A conservative approach to compassionate care for ESRD patients

CLINICAL A conservative approach to compassionate care for ESRD patients MARK E. NEUMANN — APRIL 21, 2017 Hongqi Zhang/Getty Images/iStockphoto/ThinkStock ORLANDO, Fla. – Most patients with end-stage renal disease will start on some form of dialysis. But another option—making the decision to choose conservative care and forgo dialysis—doesn’t mean “doing nothing,” noted LaVonne Burrows, APRN, […]

Nephrology News & Issues Creating a wearable artificial kidney

CLINICAL Creating a wearable artificial kidney: A difficult but necessary goal REBECCA ZUMOFF — APRIL 21, 2017 Photo: Stephen Brashear ORLANDO, Fla.­­­­­ ­– “Dialysis is a promise unfulfilled,” said Jonathan Himmelfarb, director of the Kidney Research Institute and Joseph W. Eschbach, MD, Endowed Chair in Kidney Research at the University of Washington School of Medicine. […]

Home Dialysis Central post (blog) by Dr. John Agar

HOME DIALYSIS CENTRAL Understanding Concepts In Dialysate Flow This blog post was made by Dr. John Agar on April 20th, 2017. By Dr. John Agar A recent thread of posts at the Home Dialysis Central FaceBook site contained a couple of erroneous comments that suggested some underlying misconceptions I couldn’t resist addressing. One appeared to […]

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 […]