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Many Dialysis Patients Have Concerns about Pursuing Transplantation

In a study of 348 adults who recently initiated dialysis, the most frequently cited concerns about pursuing transplantation were that patients felt they were doing fine on dialysis (68.4%) and felt uncomfortable asking someone to donate a kidney (29.9%). Older age was independently associated with having high health-related or psychosocial concerns, as was female gender, less education, and presence of …

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Heart Failure Hospitalizations Increase CKD Patients’ Risk of ESRD, Premature Death

Among 2887 CKD patients referred between 2001 and 2008 to a Canadian nephrology clinic, the risks of ESRD and premature death increased after each successive heart failure hospitalization. Compared to no heart failure hospitalizations, 1, 2, or ≥3 heart failure hospitalizations increased ESRD risk by 5-, 10-, and 14-fold, respectively, and increased the risk of dying before developing ESRD by …

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Coronary Artery Calcium Score Identified as Best Predictor of Heart Disease Risk in CKD Patients

Calcium build-up in the coronary artery walls may be more useful for correctly determining CKD patients’ risk of developing cardiovascular disease than other measures of atherosclerosis, such as thickness of the carotid artery walls and narrowing of the arteries in the legs (carotid intima-media thickness and ankle-brachial index). The new findings, published in the Journal of the American Society of …

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Researchers Uncover Gender Disparities in Desire to Receive Living Donor Kidney Transplants

Among 116 patients in 2 urban, predominantly black hemodialysis units who completed a transplant questionnaire, women were less likely to want to undergo living donor kidney transplantation compared to men (58.5% vs. 87.5%) despite being nearly twice as likely as men to receive unsolicited offers for kidney transplants from family and friends (73.2% vs. 43.2%). Women were also less likely …

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New Tool Predicts Patient’s Risk of a Second Kidney Stone

The new Recurrence of Kidney Stone (ROKS) nomogram uses 11 questions to accurately calculate a patient’s probability of having another symptomatic kidney stone at 2, 5, or 10 years after the first stone. Characteristics that predict a higher risk include younger age, male gender, white race, family history of kidney stones, blood seen in urine, stone made of uric acid …

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Access to Simultaneous Dialysis and Hospice Care Upheld in CMS Ruling

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (CMS-1609-F) updating the Medicare hospice wage index and hospice payment rates for fiscal year 2015. Thus, hospices serving Medicare beneficiaries will see an estimated increase of $230 million in their payments. CMS also confirmed that patients can continue to receive both dialysis services and hospice services for terminal …

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Late-Stage CKD Patients Not Seen by a Nephrologist Have Worse Outcomes

Among 30,326 Italian patients with nondialysis CKD who had never received consultation in tertiary nephrology care, risks of ESRD and premature mortality over a median of 7.2 years were higher in those with CKD stages 3b through 5. Compared with stages 1 and 2, mortality risk was 1.67-fold higher in stage 3b, 2.4-fold higher in stage 4, and 2.0-fold higher …

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The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) leads the fight against kidney disease by educating health professionals, sharing new knowledge, advancing research, and advocating the highest quality care for patients.