December 2016 Briefing - Nephrology

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nephrology for December 2016. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Racial Disparity Seen in Mortality for Peds End-Stage Renal Disease

FRIDAY, Dec. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For children with end-stage renal disease starting renal replacement therapy (RRT) there is racial disparity in the risk of death, according to a study published online Dec. 29 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Increase in HPV Prevalence Seen After Renal Transplant in Women

THURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An increase in human papillomavirus (HPV) prevalence after renal transplantation (RT) may result from reactivation of latent HPV infections in women, according to a study published online Dec. 23 in the American Journal of Transplantation.

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Poor Sleep Common in Hemodialysis Patients

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Poor sleep quality is prevalent in patients on maintenance hemodialysis, according to a study published online Dec. 21 in the Journal of Renal Care.

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Personal Health Care Spending Continues to Soar in the U.S.

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- From 1996 to 2013 there were considerable increases in personal health care spending in the United States, with the highest amounts for diabetes, ischemic heart disease, and low back and neck pain, according to a study published in the Dec. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Prior AKI Episode Linked to Risk of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women with recovered acute kidney injury (r-AKI) who become pregnant have increased risk of preeclampsia and adverse fetal outcomes, according to a study published online Dec. 22 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Health Care Provider Burnout Negatively Affects Quality, Safety

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Health care provider burnout is negatively associated with quality and safety of health care, according to a meta-analysis published recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Review Deems En Bloc Ligation of Renal Hilum Safe

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- En bloc renal hilar vascular staple ligation is as safe as conventional renal pedicle dissection and isolated staple ligation of the renal artery and vein, according to a review published in the January issue of The Journal of Urology.

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DEA Announces Critical Changes in Registration Renewal Process

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced critical changes in its registration renewal process, according to a report published by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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Old Age Should Not Exclude Deceased Organ Donation

FRIDAY, Dec. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy kidneys from elderly donors are often rejected, but even kidneys from donors 80 and older can function for years after transplantation, according to a study published online Dec. 15 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Outcomes-Based Pricing Suggested for New, Costly Drugs

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Outcomes-based pricing for novel and expensive biopharmaceuticals is supported in an Ideas and Opinions piece published online Dec. 13 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Duration of Estrogen Rx May Be Important Factor in Renal Health

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For midlife ovariectomized Long Evans rats, long-term estradiol (E2) treatment exerts detrimental effects on kidney health, despite lowering blood pressure, while short-term E2 lowers blood pressure and reduces renal damage, according to an experimental study published online Nov. 9 in American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology.

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Healthy Diet May Help Lengthen the Lives of CKD Patients

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Available evidence supports clinical decision-making by patients and doctors on whole dietary approaches in chronic kidney disease, according to a review published online Dec. 8 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Personalized Vaccine Effective Against Acute Myeloid Leukemia

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A vaccine made from patient-derived acute myeloid leukemia cells and dendritic cells can dramatically increase the chance of long-term survival against acute myeloid leukemia, according to research published in the Dec. 7 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

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Urine Haptoglobin Can Predict Kidney Damage in T2DM

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Urine haptoglobin is a novel biomarker for predicting kidney damage in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D), according to a study published online Nov. 30 in Diabetes Care.

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Learning Interventions Can Improve Med Student Well-Being

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Specific learning interventions may improve emotional well-being among medical students, according to a review published in the Dec. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on medical education.

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Prevalence of Disability 2.7 Percent at U.S. Medical Schools

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of disability is 2.7 percent among medical students at U.S. allopathic medical schools, according to a research letter published in the Dec. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue of medical education.

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Depression, Suicide Ideation Prevalent in Medical Students

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalences of depression or depressive symptoms and suicide ideation are 27.2 and 11.1 percent, respectively, among medical students, according to a review published in the Dec. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on medical education.

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Walking Provides Physical, Mental Benefits to Dialysis Patients

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A simple program that includes a few minutes of walking a day appears to benefit patients on dialysis, according to research published online Dec. 1 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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CDC: Fewer U.S. Families Struggling to Pay Medical Bills

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people in families having problems paying medical bills fell by nearly 13 million from 2011 through the first six months of 2016, according to a report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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