February 2017 Briefing - Nephrology

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nephrology for February 2017. 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.

Strategies Suggested to Protect Practices From Hackers

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Steps should be taken to protect medical practices, including small practices, from hackers, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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Physician Burnout Eroding Sense of Calling

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For physicians across specialties, burnout is associated with reduced odds of a sense of calling, according to a study published online Feb. 8 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Higher Dietary Potassium to Sodium Ratio Can Lower CVD Risk

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Higher dietary potassium seems to be associated with reduced blood pressure, regardless of sodium intake, with the postulated mechanism involving the distal tubule sodium chloride cotransporter (NCC), according to research published online Feb. 7 in the American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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Supreme Court Rules Patient Safety Data Subject to Litigation

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Supreme Court of Florida has reversed a District Court of Appeal decision deeming information related to patient safety unprotected from litigation discovery, according to a report published from the American Medical Association.

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$20 Million Awarded for Quality Payment Program Training

FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About $20 million has been awarded to 11 organizations for the first of a five-year program to provide training and education about the Quality Payment Program for clinicians in individual or small group practices, with up to $80 million to be invested over the remaining four years, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Cyberattacks Remain Serious Threat to Health Providers

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cyberattacks remain a serious threat to small providers as well as big institutions, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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Health Information Theft a Pressing Concern for U.S. Patients

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Forty-four percent of U.S. adults are worried about having their personal health care information stolen, according to findings from the Xerox eHealth Survey published Feb. 9 in HIT Consultant.

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Ultrasound OK As Initial Imaging for ID of Nephrolithiasis in ER

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Use of ultrasonography as initial imaging for suspected nephrolithiasis in the emergency department may encourage less computerized tomography, according to a study published in the March issue of The Journal of Urology.

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CMS Rule Set to Stabilize Small Health Insurance Markets

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a rule in relation to new reforms intended to stabilize individual and small group health insurance markets for 2018.

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Furosemide + Matched Hydration Cuts Contrast-Induced AKI

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For high-risk patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention or transcatheter aortic valve replacement, furosemide with matched hydration via the RenalGuard system may reduce the incidence of contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI), according to a meta-analysis published in the Feb. 27 issue of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

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Readmission Common After Hospitalization for Heart Failure

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with hospitalization for heart failure, readmission within 30 days is common, according to a study published in the March 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Dietetic Counseling Proves Worthwhile in Kidney Disease

FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It is clinically worthwhile for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) to be counseled on reducing salt intake, according to research published online Feb. 16 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Health Care Spending Expected to Grow 5.6% Annually to 2025

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Health care spending is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 5.6 percent from 2016 to 2025, according to a report published online Feb. 15 in Health Affairs.

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Multi-Layered Microfluidic Device Developed as Model Kidney

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A multi-layered microfluidic device has been developed, which closely approximates the in vivo kidney environment, according to research published online Feb. 11 in RSC Advances.

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AHA: CVD Expected to Cost U.S. $1.1 Trillion Per Year by 2035

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is increasing in the United States, with costs expected to double from $555 billion in 2016 to $1.1 trillion in 2035, a new American Heart Association report estimates.

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Interventions Up Discussion of Advanced Care Planning

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Quality improvement interventions can increase discussions relating to advanced care planning and the mention of advance directives (ADs) in the electronic medical record (EMR), according to a study published online Feb. 9 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Review Links Albuminuria to Cognitive Impairment, Dementia

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Albuminuria is associated with cognitive impairment, dementia, and cognitive decline, according to a review published online Feb. 2 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Renal Transplant Recipients Often Admitted With Acute MI

THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Renal transplant recipients (RTRs) are often admitted with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), according to a study published in the Feb. 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Valsartan Cuts Microalbuminuria in Impaired Glucose Tolerance

THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), valsartan is associated with reduced incidence of microalbuminuria, according to a study published online Jan. 17 in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.

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Patient Satisfaction High With Nurse-Led Chronic Kidney Dz Care

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), patient satisfaction is high with care at nurse-led clinics, according to a study published online Feb. 3 in the Journal of Renal Care.

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Significant Differences for Methods of Measuring Albumin

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Significant differences are seen for immunochemical, bromcresol green (BCG), and bromcresol purple (BCP) methods of albumin measurement, according to a study published online Jan. 20 in Clinical Chemistry.

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Health Care Access Not Easy for Undocumented Immigrants

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research, published online Feb. 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine, offers insights into the medical plights facing undocumented immigrants in the United States.

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Mortality Down for U.S. Patients Treated by International Doctors

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mortality rates are lower for older Americans treated by doctors trained in other countries than by those who went to a U.S. medical school, according to research published online Feb. 3 in The BMJ.

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Skin Sodium Content Linked to Left Ventricular Mass in CKD

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), skin sodium content is associated with left ventricular mass, according to a study published online Feb. 2 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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