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Intensive kidney dialysis indicates better survival rates than conventional dialysis
A new study from Lawson Health Research Institute shows patients suffering with end-stage renal disease could increase their survival chances by undergoing intensive dialysis at home rather than the conventional dialysis in clinics. The study found that patients who underwent intensive dialysis at home have better survival rates than patients who had conventional dialysis in clinics. Intensive dialysis patients also had better blood pressure results and biochemical test values than conventional dialysis patients. (2012-04-25)

US nephrology fellows' perceptions on home dialysis training
This study assessed nephrology fellows' confidence and clinical experience with these therapies near the completion of their training. Researchers surveyed trainee attendees of 3 separate home dialysis-focused conferences. Overall, perceived preparedness was moderate for peritoneal dialysis and low for home hemodialysis. The majority reported participation in a continuity clinic and other home dialysis education, but nearly all desired more focused teaching on PD and HHD. This study suggests that redesign of nephrology fellowship training in home dialysis is warranted. (2020-11-16)

Starting dialysis too early can increase risk of death
Patients who are starting dialysis too early are at an increased risk of death, found an article in CMAJ. (2010-12-06)

Higher risk of infection and death in First Nations people on peritoneal dialysis
First Nations people in Canada on peritoneal dialysis are at increased risk of peritonitis and death, irrespective of whether they live in a rural or urban location, found a study published in CMAJ. (2010-07-26)

Improvements in survival after dialysis in the elderly
In this retrospective cohort study of data from the Canadian Organ Replacement Register, the researchers found that survival among 14,512 elderly patients who began dialysis between 1990 and 1999 improved over time, despite their increasing burden of comorbidity. (2007-10-22)

For-profit dialysis provider charges private insurers 4 times more than government payers
Private insurers covering people receiving treatment for dialysis paid four times more than government insurance programs such as Medicare paid for the same service. Government programs paid, on average, $248 per dialysis session, compared with $1,041 per session for people with private insurance. (2019-05-14)

Surprising results for use of dialysis for kidney failure in developing world
Researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute have discovered that developing countries have faster growing rates of use of home-based dialysis for kidney failure than the developed world. Despite home-based dialysis' reduced cost and better outcomes, developed countries are using this form of therapy less. (2012-04-26)

Time Spent On Dialysis May Predict Transplant Patients' Longevity
The longer kidney disease patients remain on dialysis before receiving a transplant, the more likely they are to die prematurely. In a study of 523 people, researchers found that only 7 percent of those who had never been on dialysis died within seven years after receiving a kidney transplant (1998-04-22)

Peritoneal dialysis as an intervention for stroke patients
In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Jose Sanchez-Prieto and colleagues at the Universidad Complutense demonstrate that peritoneal dialysis is an effective treatment for reducing glutamate levels in the blood following a stroke event. (2013-09-03)

Exercise during dialysis enhances results and overall physical performance, Queen's study
A new Queen's study suggests that patients who exercise while hooked up to dialysis show better results in clearing toxins and increasing overall physical stamina. (2006-05-11)

Home dialysis effective for kidney patients after transplant fails
Patients who must return to dialysis after a kidney transplant failure survive just as well on home dialysis as hospital dialysis, but few choose that option, according to new research by Dr. Jeffrey Perl, a nephrologist at St. Michael's Hospital. (2011-01-13)

Study to test whether more frequent dialysis will improve outcomes
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will participate in a multi-center clinical trial to determine if patients benefit from receiving dialysis in a dialysis center more than three times per week. (2004-03-24)

3-fold increase in acute dialysis after cardiac, vascular surgeries
There has been a three-fold increase in the number of patients receiving acute dialysis because of injury after cardiac and vascular surgeries since 1995, states a new study in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2012-06-25)

Eighty percent of kidney dialysis patients unprepared for natural disaster or emergency
Eighty percent of kidney dialysis patients surveyed were not adequately prepared in the event of an emergency or natural disaster that shut down their dialysis center. But after receiving individualized education from a multidisciplinary team, 78 percent of these patients had become adequately prepared, a study has found. (2014-11-19)

Canadian researchers discover new way to prevent infections in dialysis patients
Researchers have discovered that a drug used to treat dialysis catheter malfunction in kidney dialysis patients may now also help prevent both malfunction as well as infections. (2011-01-26)

Survival following switch from urgent in-center hemodialysis to home dialysis
Few patients who start urgent and unplanned dialysis in clinical centers switch to home dialysis. The potential survival benefits of switching are unclear. Results from the study will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2019 Nov. 5-10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. (2019-11-07)

Undocumented immigrants have higher risk of death with emergency-only dialysis
Undocumented immigrants with end-stage kidney disease were much more likely to die and to spend more time in the hospital when they could access dialysis only as an emergency once they became critically ill. (2017-12-18)

Commentary: Modifications to Medicare rules could support care innovation for dialysis
Public health researchers suggest adjustments to recently proposed rule changes on how Medicare pays for dialysis services. (2019-04-19)

Prevalence of patients receiving dialysis in China may exceed 800,000 by 2025
Study projects that prevalence of patients receiving dialysis in China will increase from 384.4 patients per million (PPM) in 2017 to 629.7 PMP in 2025 with a predicted 874,373 patients receiving dialysis in 2025. (2021-01-12)

Sleeping through dialysis: No nightmare for kidney patients
Dialysis takes hours of kidney disease patients' time several days a week, so why not do it at night while sleeping? Overnight dialysis is more convenient for some patients and offers significant benefits over shorter daytime treatments, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The findings indicate that overnight dialysis is a viable alternative for patients with irreversible kidney disease, particularly in dialysis clinics where there are constraints on time and resources. (2009-05-21)

Automated wearable artificial kidney may improve peritoneal dialysis
Peritoneal dialysis performed with an automated wearable artificial kidney was safe and effective for removing toxins from the blood of patients with kidney failure. Results from the study will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2019 Nov. 5-10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. (2019-11-08)

Study compares scheduled vs. emergency-only dialysis among undocumented immigrants
A unique opportunity made it feasible for uninsured patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who received emergency-only dialysis in Dallas, Texas, to enroll in private, commercial health insurance plans in 2015 and that made it possible for researchers to compare scheduled vs. emergency-only dialysis among undocumented immigrants with ESRD. (2018-12-21)

Before starting dialysis, patients need nephrologist care
For patients with end-stage renal disease, receiving care from a nephrologist in the months before starting dialysis reduces the risk of death during the first year on dialysis, reports a study in the May 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. (2009-03-25)

More dialysis does not deliver benefits, study finds
Doubling the amount of dialysis did not improve overall quality of life for patients with kidney failure, a study conducted by The George Institute for Global Health has found. The results, published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, challenge the widely-accepted view of clinicians that longer dialysis inevitably leads to better clinical outcomes and improved quality of life. (2017-02-01)

Patients starting dialysis have increased risk of death
Compared to the general population, patients starting dialysis have an increased risk of death that is not attributable to a higher rate of death from cardiovascular causes, as previously thought, according to a study in the Oct. 28 issue of JAMA. (2009-10-27)

Dialysis patients can avoid serious complications by using medication that normally treats low blood pressure, Yale researcher reports
Studies presented April 20 by a Yale researcher at the annual National Kidney Foundation Meeting in Orlando, Florida, show that midodrine hydrochloride, a medication normally used to treat low blood pressure, may also help kidney disease patients avoid some of the serious side effects of dialysis. Mark Perazella, M.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Acute Dialysis Services at Yale School of Medicine, delivered the talk. (2001-04-23)

Dialysis patients have 4-fold greater risk of dying from COVID-19
People undergoing long-term dialysis are almost 4 times more likely to die from COVID-19 and should be prioritized for vaccination, found a new Ontario study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2021-02-04)

UC researchers examine racial and gender disparities in dialysis patients
UC researchers are examining racial and gender disparities in dialysis patients as well as the impact of poor functional status and pre-dialysis hospitalizations on elderly dialysis patients. The research team presented four separate studies, all based on data from the United States Renal Data System. Three of the four studies accounted for elderly patient pre-dialysis health status, while the fourth examined racial and gender disparities and the type of vascular access in hemodialysis patients. (2017-11-03)

Snapshot of dialysis: Who's getting treated at home?
Home-based dialysis treatments are on the rise in both the developing and developed worlds, but developed countries appear to be turning to them less often, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology. (2012-02-02)

Study finds optimal type of dialysis treatment differs among kidney disease patients
For kidney disease patients who need to undergo dialysis, one type of treatment is not best for all, according to a study appearing in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology. The findings indicate that certain patient characteristics should be factored into decisions on whether to choose hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. (2008-12-17)

Hopkins Research Finds Dialysis Choice Depends On Pediatric Experience
Researchers from Johns Hopkins Children's Center report that treatment centers seeing a higher precentage of pediatric patients are more likely to use a less invasive method of dialysis for children with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), while centers seeing fewer children tend to prescribe a more time-invasive and restrictive dialysis method. (1997-06-23)

New evidence of the benefits of home dialysis for kidney patients
Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital have found more evidence of the benefits of home dialysis for patients with kidney failure. (2011-06-21)

Nursing home study suggests dialysis patients at greater risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection
It's widely known that the causative agent for COVID-19, the SARS-CoV-2 virus, can spread rapidly among residents in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, leading to high numbers of cases and deaths in a very vulnerable population. According to a new study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, residents receiving hemodialysis for chronic kidney disease may be at even greater risk for infection from the virus. (2020-08-25)

Clinical trials present better alternatives for dialysis patients
Having a healthy kidney is worth a billion dollars. But an unhealthy kidney costs more -- about $16 billion more, according to Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, Ph.D, associate professor in the division of nephrology and hypertension at the University of Cincinnati. (2007-09-12)

Initiation of dialysis for acute kidney injury potentially dangerous for frail patients
The decision to initiate dialysis for acute kidney injury varies depending on different patient factors and there is a lack of robust evidence as to which patients are likely to benefit most and why. A new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has shown that for patients with lower creatinine concentration levels -- a sign of reduced muscle mass and weakness -- initiation of dialysis could actually be detrimental. (2014-03-20)

A Reverse Approach to Vessel Surgery May Boost Clinical Outcomes in Dialysis
A new approach to a surgical procedure required for dialysis offers better long-term viability and a lower chance of complications compared with conventional techniques, according to work involving rats and 274 patients. (2020-08-19)

Study compares overnight dialysis to treatment in centers
A Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center nephrologist will lead a national research study in patients with chronic kidney disease to test whether six-times-a-week home dialysis at night works as well or better than three-times-a-week dialysis in a dialysis center. (2004-03-09)

Dialysis for the elderly: New evidence from Mayo Clinic to guide shared decision-making
New research from Mayo Clinic finds that half of elderly patients who start dialysis after age 75 will die within one year. The findings are being presented this week at the American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week 2013 in Atlanta. (2013-11-08)

In-hospital nocturnal dialysis may be good for the heart
In-hospital nocturnal dialysis may be good for patients' hearts as well as their kidneys, a new study suggests. (2015-09-18)

Chronic dialysis for kidney disease patients now started substantially earlier
It has become increasingly clear that patients in the United States are starting dialysis at higher and higher levels of kidney function. A team of researchers, led by Dr. Ann O'Hare, University of Washington associate professor of medicine and affiliate investigator at Group Health Research Institute found that over a decade, patients have been starting dialysis approximately five months earlier on average. The study is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. (2011-10-10)

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