Journal Watch

  1. Pregnancy Outcomes with Short Daily HD

    A case report from France observed two pregnant women who chose to continue doing short daily HD. The resulting babies were moderately premature but had no other complications.

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    Tags: What Is The Best Dialysis Option For Me

  2. Hydrogels as Scaffolding for Kidney Regeneration

    This review article discusses the potential for hydrogels to be used as a structure and cell carrier for regenerating kidneys. Cutting-edge biofabrication approaches such as micromolding, microfluidics, and stem cells are also covered.

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    Tags: Education Issues: For Patients And Professionals

  3. How Best to Disinfect PD Bag Ports

    Which is better to clean PD bag ports: 70% alcohol or 2% chlorhexidine—and how long should each product be used? Among 300 PD bags inoculated with five microbes, a scrub with 2% chlorhexidine for at least 5 seconds had the best results, followed by an alcohol scrub for at least 10 seconds.

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    Tags: Education Issues: For Patients And Professionals

  4. Can PD Treat Alzheimer’s Disease?

    A build up of amyloid beta (Aβ) is believed to cause dementia in Alzheimer’s disease, and the organs and tissues can help clear Aβ from the blood. Plasma Aβ levels were measured before and after PD in 30 new PD patients. Daily PD was also done in mice for one month, with Aβ levels measured. In both groups, PD significantly reduced Aβ levels.

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    Tags: Education Issues: For Patients And Professionals

  5. Preventing Fibrosis in PD

    A new review paper covers how fibrosis occurs on PD and treatment options to stop it.

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    Tags: How Dialysis Works
, What Is The Best Dialysis Option For Me

  6. Video Telemedicine for Home HD in the UK

    The UK Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust began offering video based telemedicine to home HD patients in 2013. Interviews with ten members of the renal care team using the service revealed more efficient use of staff time, reduced travel, peace of mind, and higher job satisfaction. The team members believed the video communications boosted patients’ confidence.

    Read the abstract » | (added 07/14/2017)

    Tags: Education Issues: For Patients And Professionals, Making Dialysis Better

  7. PD for People with PKD—It’s Possible

    Many believe that large, polycystic kidneys make PD impossible. A review has concluded that PD is well-tolerated in those with autosomal dominant PKD, with outcomes that are equivalent—or better—than in other patient groups.

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    Tags: Education Issues: For Patients And Professionals

  8. New PD Strategies Using Icodextrin

    A new article reports that icodextrin can be used in new ways, such as twice-daily exchanges and a single nocturnal PD exchange for treatment of congestive heart failure.

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    Tags: Education Issues: For Patients And Professionals

  9. The Impact of ESRD Treatment Modality on Sleep Quality

    A metaanalysis looked at whether changing from one treatment type to another (HD, daily HD, nocturnal HD, CAPD, CCPD, or transplant) would affect sleep. Sixteen studies with 670 patients and 191 controls were examined. Restless leg syndrome resolved in 60+% of patients who switched to CCPD, intensive HD, or transplant. Sleep apnea improved with these options as well. Overall sleep quality improved as the intensity of treatment increased.

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    Tags: What Is The Best Dialysis Option For Me, Education Issues: For Patients And Professionals

  10. Both UF Rate AND UF Amount Matter

    Using data from 152,196 US dialysis patients, researchers looked at what would happen if UF rates were capped at 13mL/h/kg without reducing weight gain or offering longer treatments. On average, 18-36% of patients left treatment > 1 Kg above their prescribed target weights. Without adding time or reducing the gains between treatments, patients may have fluid-related weight gain.

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    Tags: Education Issues: For Patients And Professionals