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Tapping Into the Potential of Electronic Health Records to Improve Care for Patients with Chronic Conditions

• The National Kidney Disease Education Program’s Health Information Technology Working Group has identified strategies for using electronic health records to improve care for patients with chronic kidney disease, outlining specific design...
19-Jun-2015 2:05 PM EDT

Kidney Health Initiative Seeking Patient, Family Input Into Development of New Therapies

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) is hosting a new workshop on August 12 and 13 to gather input from patients with kidney disease and their family members on future treatment options. The KHI workshop—Understanding Patients’ Preferences:...
24-Jun-2015 12:00 PM EDT

Vitamin D Supplements May Benefit Children with Kidney Disease

• Among children with chronic kidney disease, those with lower vitamin D levels had higher levels of blood markers related to kidney dysfunction as well as greater kidney function loss over time. • Five-year kidney survival was 75% in patients...
6-Jun-2015 10:05 AM EDT

Kidney Health Initiative Announces Inaugural Patient and Family Partnership Council

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) has announced the creation and appointment of the inaugural Patient and Family Partnership Council (PFPC). The PFPC will provide patient and caregiver input into current and future KHI projects to promote and...
12-May-2015 9:05 AM EDT

Study Characterizes the Incidence and Effects of Severe Kidney Injury During Pregnancy

• In Ontario, Canada, the incidence of acute kidney injury that requires dialysis is 1 in 10,000 pregnancies. • Otherwise healthy women who acquire a major pregnancy-related complication are at increased risk. • In pregnancies affected by...
8-May-2015 9:05 AM EDT

Dexamethasone May Help Prevent Severe Kidney Injury Following Heart Surgery

• Patients who received dexamethasone during heart surgery had about a 2.5-times lower risk of developing kidney failure requiring dialysis compared with those receiving a placebo. • The greatest benefits of dexamethasone were seen in patients...
1-May-2015 9:00 AM EDT

Even Casual Walking for an Extra 2 Minutes Each Hour May Help Prolong Life

In an observational study that followed participants for an average of just under 3 years, a “trade-off” of sedentary activity with low-intensity activity was not beneficial, but a trade-off of 2 minutes/hour of sedentary activity with an equal...
24-Apr-2015 5:00 PM EDT

What Does the Public Think About Paying People to Donate Their Organs?

• Members of the public in Australia considered reimbursement and justifiable recompensation of costs related to organ donation to be legitimate ways of supporting living donors. • Financial payment beyond reimbursement was regarded as morally...
17-Apr-2015 9:05 AM EDT

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