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How Does Dialysis Care Differ for Minority Patients? How Does Dialysis Care Differ for Minority Patients?
A large study found that patients from racial minority groups were less likely to receive certain types of dialysis or to receive kidney transplants. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - February 2, 2016 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

Kidney Stones on the Rise in the United StatesKidney Stones on the Rise in the United States
Adolescents, females, and blacks saw the greatest increases in the incidence of nephrolithiasis during a 16-year period. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - January 28, 2016 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Treatment of HCV in Patients With Advanced Renal DiseaseTreatment of HCV in Patients With Advanced Renal Disease
A new drug combination may provide safe treatment of hepatitis C for patients with end-stage renal disease. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - January 22, 2016 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Viewpoint Source Type: news

Outcomes Worse in Dialysis Started Without Nephrologist CareOutcomes Worse in Dialysis Started Without Nephrologist Care
'Whatever it takes,' says Dr Jeffrey Berns, we need to get patients with advanced kidney disease into the care of a nephrologist before dialysis is initiated to reduce mortality during the first year. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - January 11, 2016 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

Cocoa Flavanols Linked to Vascular Protection in ESRDCocoa Flavanols Linked to Vascular Protection in ESRD
In patients with end-stage renal disease, ingestion of cocoa flavanols was associated with improved vascular functions and improved cardiac health, new research suggests. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - January 7, 2016 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Call to Reduce Sugar in Drinks, Cutting Obesity, Diabetes RatesCall to Reduce Sugar in Drinks, Cutting Obesity, Diabetes Rates
A UK modeling study demonstrates significant reductions in overweight, obesity, and type 2 diabetes that could result if beverage manufacturers gradually reduced added sugar over 5 years. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - January 7, 2016 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

The Medical Wisdom of Yogi BerraThe Medical Wisdom of Yogi Berra
Yogi Berra's tangled aphorisms may offer a wealth of wisdom to today's physicians, says Dr Seifter. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - January 5, 2016 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Expert Column Source Type: news

Which Kidney Cancer Drug on Progression? Surprising AnswersWhich Kidney Cancer Drug on Progression? Surprising Answers
Although cabozantinib has shown the best progression-free survival ever seen, nivolumab improves overall survival and has fewer adverse events. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - January 5, 2016 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

More Kidney Disease With Long-Term Statins Seen in Cohort StudyMore Kidney Disease With Long-Term Statins Seen in Cohort Study
"Clinicians should tell their patients that there may be statin side effects we are not aware of, but there are also benefits that we are aware of," say researchers; cause-and-effect were not shown in their study. Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - December 22, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Proton Pump Inhibitors and Hypomagnesemia in General PopulationProton Pump Inhibitors and Hypomagnesemia in General Population
What's the impact of prolonged PPI use on magnesium levels? American Journal of Kidney Diseases (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - December 14, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

Infertility in Men Tied to Heart Disease, Chronic Conditions Infertility in Men Tied to Heart Disease, Chronic Conditions
Compared with men with vasectomies or receiving fertility tests, those with infertility had increased risks for heart disease, diabetes, substance abuse, liver disease, and renal disease. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - December 7, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Acute Kidney Injury Linked to BRAF Inhibitors in MelanomaAcute Kidney Injury Linked to BRAF Inhibitors in Melanoma
Treatment with vemurafenib and dabrafenib was associated with acute renal toxicity in patients with melanoma, according to data from the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - November 17, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Big Trials Disappoint at Kidney WeekBig Trials Disappoint at Kidney Week
The mystifying relation between vascular complications and kidney disorders has investigators stumped after negative results from three highly anticipated trials of statins, steroids, and fish oils. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - November 11, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Managing AKI Just Got More StressfulManaging AKI Just Got More Stressful
Do the risks of the furosemide stress test outweigh the value for patients with acute kidney injury? Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - October 29, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Viewpoint Source Type: news

John H. Laragh: The Legacy of an Iconic Clinician-ScientistJohn H. Laragh: The Legacy of an Iconic Clinician-Scientist
John Laragh pioneered research in aldosterone and MR antagonism in CV disease and CKD, revolutionizing treatment of these disorders as well as that for hypertension and diabetes. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - October 29, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Expert Column Source Type: news

Kidney Week 2015: American Society of Nephrology Annual MeetingKidney Week 2015: American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting
Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from Kidney Week 2015. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - October 29, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Conference Coverage Source Type: news

NHS Boost for Diabetic Nephropathy TrialNHS Boost for Diabetic Nephropathy Trial
The NHS is to start producing stem cells for trials of an experimental treatment for diabetic nephropathy. WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - October 22, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

'Incredible, Depressing' Shortage of Peritoneal Dialysate'Incredible, Depressing' Shortage of Peritoneal Dialysate
Dr Jeffrey Berns calls on industry and even the federal government to address a crisis that is limiting dialysis patients' treatment choices. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - October 16, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

Supplements Tied to 23K Emergency Department Visits AnnuallySupplements Tied to 23K Emergency Department Visits Annually
Lightly regulated dietary supplements send 23,005 Americans to emergency departments each year, with young patients likely to suffer cardiac woes and older patients likely to have problems swallowing. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - October 16, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Lupus Flares Common During Renal Replacement TherapyLupus Flares Common During Renal Replacement Therapy
Patients with lupus remain at risk for extrarenal flares during renal replacement therapy, and various clinical predictors may identify those at risk, a new study has suggested. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - October 8, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Racial/Ethnic Influences on CV and Renal Events in DiabetesRacial/Ethnic Influences on CV and Renal Events in Diabetes
Which racial and ethnic groups have a higher risk of end stage renal disease? American Heart Journal (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - October 1, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Lupus Nephritis Affects One Third of Patients With LupusLupus Nephritis Affects One Third of Patients With Lupus
Patients with lupus who have nephritis had high rates of end-stage renal disease and death and a lower quality of life, a longitudinal study showed. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - September 22, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Giving Too Much Fluid Impairs Recovery From Acute Kidney InjuryGiving Too Much Fluid Impairs Recovery From Acute Kidney Injury
Excess fluid administration in early acute kidney injury (AKI) is associated with an increased likelihood of progression to stage III AKI, UK researchers report. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - September 14, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Triferic: Any Better Than IV Iron for Dialysis Patients?Triferic: Any Better Than IV Iron for Dialysis Patients?
A new iron preparation added to dialysate may have some advantages over IV iron, but it may have some drawbacks as well. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - September 3, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

Immune Function Helps Predict Cancer Risk for Kidney Transplant RecipientsImmune Function Helps Predict Cancer Risk for Kidney Transplant Recipients
Individuals with poor anti-tumor natural killer (NK) cell and allo-responsive T-cell function have an increased cancer risk after kidney transplant, according to results of a recent observational study. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - August 26, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Vascular Access: What Do Patients Want?Vascular Access: What Do Patients Want?
Clinicians may not be paying enough attention to patients' concerns and questions about vascular access decisions. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - August 20, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

New Hope for Avoiding Tunneled Catheters in ESRDNew Hope for Avoiding Tunneled Catheters in ESRD
Could a combination drug regimen reduce the rate of primary arteriovenous fistula failure in high-risk patients? Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - August 15, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Viewpoint Source Type: news

Should Nephrologists Be PCPs to Late-Stage CKD Patients?Should Nephrologists Be PCPs to Late-Stage CKD Patients?
Proposals to improve the care of patients with CKD include new payment and patient management models. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - August 7, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

Pregnancy in Advanced CKD and End-stage Renal DiseasePregnancy in Advanced CKD and End-stage Renal Disease
How should clinicians manage pregnancy in women with advanced chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease, and what are the outcomes? Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - July 12, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

Acute Kidney Injury May Follow BRAF Inhibitor TreatmentAcute Kidney Injury May Follow BRAF Inhibitor Treatment
Several cases of acute kidney injury (AKI) have occurred in patients whose metastatic melanoma was treated with the BRAF inhibitors vemurafenib and dabrafenib, according to findings from the Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS). Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - July 6, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Skipping CKD 'Stage' With Your PatientsSkipping CKD 'Stage' With Your Patients
CKD stages introduce needless worry in some patients. It's time to shift the dialogue to the levels of kidney function and what they mean, says Dr Jeffrey Berns. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - July 3, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

Renal Denervation: Where Are We?Renal Denervation: Where Are We?
Renal denervation for treatment-resistant hypertension may have hit some bumps in the road, but there's still reason for optimism, says Dr Murray Epstein. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - July 1, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

Mentorship in the Digital Age: NephMadness and BeyondMentorship in the Digital Age: NephMadness and Beyond
Joel Topf and Matthew Sparks describe an ambitious and dynamic social media initiative for nephrologists who want to hone their skills and knowledge via the Web. The National Kidney Foundation (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - June 29, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Expert Column Source Type: news

Nephrology in China: Similarities, Differences AstoundNephrology in China: Similarities, Differences Astound
Dr Jeffrey Berns reflects on a recent trip to China where he learned first-hand about the challenges and opportunities faced by nephrologists and kidney patients there. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - June 24, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

Vitamin D3 Does Not Improve Outcomes After Kidney TransplantVitamin D3 Does Not Improve Outcomes After Kidney Transplant
Vitamin D supplementation does not benefit patients during the first year after kidney transplantation, and might be associated with some harm, new research suggests. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - June 20, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Exercise During Dialysis Delivers Major GainsExercise During Dialysis Delivers Major Gains
A personalized exercise program that patients can perform during hemodialysis significantly improved overall fitness at the end of 1 year, and adherence remains high out to 5 years. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - June 10, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

CPR for ESRD Patients? It's Time to Talk…CPR for ESRD Patients? It's Time to Talk…
Too many patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) receive CPR while in the hospital, says Dr Jeffrey Berns, which suggests an opportunity for discussions about end-of-life care. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - June 10, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

Predicting Mortality Before Initiating HemodialysisPredicting Mortality Before Initiating Hemodialysis
A new tool can provide clinicians and patients with a more data-driven calculation of mortality risk as they contemplate hemodialysis. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - May 22, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Viewpoint Source Type: news

Doctoring for Dollars -- When Did We Take That Oath?Doctoring for Dollars -- When Did We Take That Oath?
Has the physician's oath become an anachronism? When did we promise to forsake patients in pursuit of money? Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - May 21, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

'Morbid and Deadly' Drug Combinations to Avoid'Morbid and Deadly' Drug Combinations to Avoid
Dr Jeffrey Berns reminds clinicians to be vigilant about the medications their patients take, both prescription and over-the-counter. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - May 21, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

IV Iron Treatments Similarly Effective in Hemodialysis PatientsIV Iron Treatments Similarly Effective in Hemodialysis Patients
Iron isomaltoside 1000 appeared to be as effective as iron sucrose in maintaining hemoglobin concentrations in patients on chronic hemodialysis in a multinational trial. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - May 18, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Measuring GFR in the ICU: Best Practices?Measuring GFR in the ICU: Best Practices?
Better tools are desperately needed to measure kidney function in critical care patients, says Dr Jeffrey Berns. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - May 15, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

Two-Step Donation Could Make More Organs AvailableTwo-Step Donation Could Make More Organs Available
Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - May 14, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Reducing Pill Burden for Patients on DialysisReducing Pill Burden for Patients on Dialysis
A new phosphate-binding drug dramatically cuts pill burden and improves adherence, according to this study. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - May 5, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Viewpoint Source Type: news

AVERT: Very Early Mobilization Harmful in Stroke AVERT: Very Early Mobilization Harmful in Stroke
A very early and more intensive rehabilitation program was associated with a reduced likelihood of achieving a favorable outcome vs usual care. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - April 27, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Telaprevir Linked to Temporary Drop in Kidney FunctionTelaprevir Linked to Temporary Drop in Kidney Function
Using the protease inhibitor telaprevir may cause a temporary drop in kidney function in patients co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to a small study. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - March 31, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Controversy Brews Over 'Dehydration' in StrokeControversy Brews Over 'Dehydration' in Stroke
Dr Jeffrey Berns comments on research released at a recent stroke conference that he says may have made a basic blunder. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - March 27, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

Urine Proteins May Help Spot Renal CancerUrine Proteins May Help Spot Renal Cancer
Urine concentrations of two tumor-specific proteins may have "substantial potential" for detecting renal cell carcinoma (RCC) in some patients, a new study suggests. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - March 24, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Metformin in Patients With CKD: A New AnalysisMetformin in Patients With CKD: A New Analysis
A large systematic review revisits the notion that metformin should be avoided in all patients with chronic kidney disease. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - March 23, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Viewpoint Source Type: news

'Postmortem' of the SYMPLICITY HTN-3 Trial'Postmortem' of the SYMPLICITY HTN-3 Trial
Why were results of SYMPLICITY HTN-3 at odds with previous similar studies? Dr Berns interviews Dr Ray Townsend, a trial insider, to clarify the findings. Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nephrology Headlines - March 13, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news