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Kidney Failure, Psychological Health, Quality Of Life

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Acute Kidney Injury, Healthcare Costs

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Acute Kidney Injury, follow-up care

Few Patients Hospitalized with Acute Kidney Injury Receive Recommended Follow-Up Care

• Most surveyed Canadian kidney specialists recommended follow-up kidney evaluations for the majority of patients hospitalized with acute kidney injury. • Real-world practice showed that only a minority of such patients in Alberta currently receive follow-up with a kidney specialist.

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Study Offers Insights on How to Decrease the Discard Rate of Donated Organs

• From 2008-2015, the number of kidneys donated after circulatory death that were obtained by the country’s 58 donor service areas varied substantially. • The outcomes associated with these organs were generally excellent. • The use of these organs could be increased if “cold ischemia times” are limited.

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Dialysis, Hospital Readmissions

Why Are Many Dialysis Patients Readmitted to the Hospital Soon after Discharge?

• Among hemodialysis patients admitted to the hospital, nearly a quarter of admissions were followed by an unplanned readmission within 30 days. • Most readmissions were for a diagnosis different than the one for the initial hospitalization. • A small proportion of patients accounted for a disproportionate number of readmissions.

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Statement by Eleanor D. Lederer, MD, FASN, President, the American Society of Nephrology, Opposing the Graham-Cassidy Proposal

American Society of Nephrology (ASN) President Eleanor D. Lederer, MD, FASN, released the following statement today regarding the US Senate’s consideration of the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal:

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Air Pollution, Kidney Disease

Air Pollution May Have Damaging Effects on the Kidneys

• In a study of US veterans, researchers found a linear relationship between air pollution levels and risk of experiencing kidney function decline and of developing kidney disease or kidney failure.

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Opioids, Dialysis

Study Reveals High Rates of Opioid Prescriptions and Excessive Dosing in Dialysis Patients

• From 2006 to 2010, almost two thirds of US dialysis patients received at least one opioid prescription every year and >20% received chronic prescriptions. • More than 25% of dialysis patients using opioids received doses exceeding recommendations • Use of opioid medications was linked with higher risks of early death, discontinuation of dialysis, and the need for hospitalization in dialysis patients.

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Nephrology

American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Week 2017: The Intersection of Basic Science and Clinical Care: The Future of Personalized Nephrology

Washington, DC (September 20, 2017)—The world’s largest gathering of kidney health professionals will join forces in New Orleans from October 31–November 5, 2017, and serve as a major forum for the dissemination of advances in basic, clinical, and translational research as well as advances in clinical practice to the basic science and clinical community during the American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Week 2017.

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ASN and Advocates from 21 Other Health Care Organizations are on Capitol Hill Urging Congress to Support Kidney Disease Research and the Living Donor Protection Act

Advocates from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the 21 other health care organizations listed below are meeting with their representatives and senators today. They will urge Congress to continue its historic support of research funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and to cosponsor and pass the Living Donor Protection Act (H.R. 1270), no-cost legislation to eliminate barriers to living donation and increase access to transplants.







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