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Opioids May Carry Unique Risks for Patients on Hemodialysis

• Sixty-four percent of US patients undergoing hemodialysis in 2011 received opioids for pain, which is one of the most common reported symptoms in this patient population. • Opioid use was associated with higher risks of altered mental status,...
13-Apr-2018 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Dialysis Providers’ Awareness of Racial Disparities in Transplantation Is Low

• Among 655 healthcare providers at dialysis clinics in the United States, 19% were aware of racial disparities in waitlisting. • Although a quarter of dialysis facilities had >5% racial difference in waitlisting within their own facilities,...
6-Apr-2018 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Finnish Study Reveals Large Drop in Infection-Related Deaths Following Kidney Transplantation

• The risk of death due to infectious causes after kidney transplantation in Finland has dropped by half since the 1990s. • Common bacterial infections remain the most frequent cause of infection-related deaths among transplant recipients.
30-Mar-2018 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

ASN and AAKP Advocates are on Capitol Hill Urging Congress to Support KidneyX

Advocates from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) are meeting with representatives, senators, and their respective staffs today to urge Congress to support KidneyX, a new public-private...
28-Mar-2018 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Trained Navigators May Improve Access to Transplantation for Disadvantaged Patients

• Disadvantaged patients with kidney failure who received guidance from a trained navigator with a degree in social work were more likely to be eventually put on the transplant waiting list than control patients. • The difference in...
20-Mar-2018 10:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Experts Address the Urgent Need to Prevent Infections in Hemodialysis Facilities

• Kidney failure patients undergoing hemodialysis are vulnerable to infectious threats, many of which may be life-threatening and spread to others in dialysis facilities • New articles provide important information on infections and their...
16-Mar-2018 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Study Addresses Barriers to Kidney Disease Screening Among Black Americans

Highlight • In a study of Black Americans who participated in focus group sessions, certain participant factors—such as knowledge of kidney disease and spiritual and cultural influences—and logistical factors—such as convenience and...
9-Mar-2018 2:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

Most Living Kidney Donors Are Women, and Men Are Donating Less Than Before

Highlights • Between 2005 and 2015, the unadjusted rate of living kidney donation in the United States was 30.1 and 19.3 per million population in women and men, respectively. • After adjusting for differences in age, race, the incidence of...
2-Mar-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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