Journal Watch

  1. Status Report: Home HD in Japan

    While just 0.1% of all Japanese people on dialysis use home HD, this number has been growing quickly. Work groups of the Japanese Society for Home Hemodialysis have been set up to start a patient registry and advise on supply and wastes and the cost burden for those who self-pay. Further challenges will include recruitment, education, a business model, and more.

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    Tags: Home Dialysis, Hemodialysis

  2. Metaanalysis of best practices in pregnancy on dialysis

    What works best to ensure a healthy baby if women on dialysis become pregnant? A systematic literature analysis found that long-hour HD has the most support, while correcting vitamin B12, folate, iron, anemia, vitamin D, and calcium levels is also important. Success rates of greater than 75% are possible.

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    Tags: Hemodialysis

  3. Progress toward reengineering catheters to reduce infection

    Can we eliminate exit site infections by redesigning catheters? Bioengineers are working on a way to create a biological seal that would keep germs out. A new device being tested uses a removable protective membrane that slowly grows out of the body, leaving a dry groove that reduces infections—at least in goats.

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    Tags: Peritoneal Dialysis

  4. New self-cannulation aid: Tattoo dots

    In a case report of a patient who had a hard-to-feel fistula, small dots were tattooed to guide cannulation. With the permanent dots in place, the individual was able to self-cannulate and do home hemodialysis successfully.

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    Tags: Hemodialysis

  5. PKD liver and kidney size may limit PD

    In Japan, oversized polycystic kidneys may be treated with transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) to cut off their blood supply and shrink them. Among two small groups of people with PKD, even those with reduced kidney volume still tended to develop hernias.

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    Tags: Peritoneal Dialysis

  6. Education can change negative nurse attitudes toward home dialysis

    In-center HD nurses tend to prefer…in-center HD. But, their negative attitudes toward home treatments can be modified, a new study shows. In Canada, a 3-hour educational session with CE credits on the benefits of home treatments, myths about patient eligibility, costs, and a testimonial video did the trick.

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    Tags: Hemodialysis

  7. Home hemodialysis needs you! Special Kidney International supplement.

    A special supplement of Kidney International focuses on how to implement home hemodialysis, from policies and procedures to equipment, recruitment, safety, prescription, staffing, and more—from global experts. Don't miss it!

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    Tags: Home Dialysis, Hemodialysis

  8. Gene therapy via nanoparticles reduces peritoneal fibrosis in mice

    Gene therapies may reduce peritoneal fibrosis—a leading cause of PD failure. Delivering transforming growth factor using nanoparticles worked in a mouse study.

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    Tags: Peritoneal Dialysis

  9. Dosage of Tamiflu® for people on PD

    A new study finds that a single, 75mg dose of oseltamivir may be enough for people on PD who don’t have residual kidney function. The more residual function people had, the more efficiently the drug was removed—so more was needed for an optimal response.

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    Tags: Peritoneal Dialysis

  10. Glucose challenge test (GCT) detects glucose metabolism disorders in PD

    When glucose-based PD fluid is used, it can be a challenge to see if there are blood sugar issues. In 20 people on PD who did not have a history of diabetes, an initial GCT detected impaired glucose tolerance in eleven and diabetes mellitus in four. About 2 years later, twelve patients had glucose metabolism disorders—but none had diabetes.

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    Tags: Peritoneal Dialysis