Journal Watch

  1. Cost Effectiveness: Conventional vs. High Dose HD

    An analysis of seven studies of high dose HD found that it is cost effective when delivered at home.

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    Tags: Hemodialysis

  2. NxStage and 2008K@Home Head-to-Head

    Compared to NxStage users, those who dialyzed on a 2008K@Home did fewer treatments per week but had significantly higher standardized weekly Kt/V’s. NxStage users tended to use less ESA medication. No differences were found in other parameters, including levels of albumin, calcium, phosphorus, PTH, or in hospital stays.

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    Tags: Hemodialysis

  3. Why Do People Stop Doing Home HD?

    Among 2,840 people who started home HD between 2007 and 2009, nearly one in four stopped within a year, while 1-year mortality was 7.6%. The risks of stopping home HD were higher among those with diabetes, and substance use (alcohol, tobacco, drugs). Those who were listed for transplant or lived in rural areas were less likely to stop home HD.

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    Tags: Hemodialysis

  4. Nanomembranes for Miniature HD

    Dialyzors with membranes that are more permeable could be much smaller—in fact, small enough for wearable dialysis. Ultra-thin silicon may be a candidate, and a prototype miniature membrane is predicted to clear toxins at “near-ideal levels.”

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    Tags: Hemodialysis

  5. PD After Loss of Residual Kidney Failure

    Once residual kidney function is gone, it is vital to address fluid volume, finds a new study that followed 183 people. During the 10.5-36 months of follow up, 65% either switched to HD or died. Their inflammation rates (measured by C-reactive protein levels) were high, as were their extracellular water levels (measured by bioelectrical impedance analysis).

    Read the abstract » | (added 01/10/2016)

    Tags: Peritoneal Dialysis

  6. Anxiety, Depression, and PD Technique Survival

    Among 201 PD patients, those whose testing revealed higher levels of anxiety were more likely to die or to switch to another option than those with lower levels. Other predictors included needing help from a care partner, comorbidities, and low albumin levels.

    Read the abstract » | (added 01/10/2016)

    Tags: Peritoneal Dialysis

  7. Using Plant-Protectant Resveratrol to Preserve the Peritoneum

    Resveratrol is a phenol found in the skins of grapes and some berries that can help keep blood vessels from growing to support tumors. A new prospective, randomized, controlled, double blind study looked at its use to keep blood vessels from growing in the peritoneum, which can cause PD technique failure. Participants (n=72) were given 12 weeks of low- or high-dose resveratrol or placebo. Those who received a high dose of resveratrol had significantly better ultrafiltration.

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    Tags: Peritoneal Dialysis

  8. CT Scans Can Help Find Encapsulating Peritoneal Sclerosis

    Finding EPS early can make treatment of this devastating problem more successful. This study had experienced radiologists look at CT scan results from 18 people with confirmed EPS and 26 matched controls with it. The radiologists were blinded to who had the disorder. Peritoneal thickening, calcification, and other findings were more common in the EPS group. Some radiologists were better than others at detecting the differences that suggested EPS.

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    Tags: Peritoneal Dialysis

  9. Meta-Analysis: Longer Dialysis, Better Pregnancy Outcomes

    A new metaanlysis analyzed 190 papers and 25 abstracts covering 681 pregnancies in 647 women on dialysis. Meta-regression analysis found that more hours of HD per week was associated with a lower rate of preterm delivery, and that more dialysis sessions per week was associated with larger birthweight babies. Case reports suggested fewer small for gestational age babies with HD than with PD. No increased risk of birth defects was found.

    Read the abstract » | (added 12/10/2015)

    Tags: Peritoneal Dialysis

  10. Home HD Has Shorter Recovery Time After Treatment Than In-Center HD

    A UK study asked 288 people “how long does it take for you to recover from an HD session?” Compared to a mean of 193 minutes (3+ hours) for the 197 people dialyzing in-center, the 91 home dialyzors had a mean of 67.3 minutes (just over an hour). While conventional home HD vs. intensive home HD had similar results, those who made more urine recovered faster.

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