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Clinicians and members of the renal care team get up-to-date news on the latest drug trials, research, treatment, and health care trends


Researchers reduce contrast-induced acute kidney injury using quality improvement methods

July 30, 2014

Researchers have found a way to reduce kidney injury in patients undergoing a procedure with contrast dye, using quality improvement measures

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Humacyte receives fast track designation for HumaGraft vascular access in hemodialysis program

July 29, 2014

HumaGraft is being developed to provide a vascular access alternative for hemodialysis patients to reduce or avoid certain serious complications associated with current forms of vascular access

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Genetic test helps predict which children with kidney disease will respond to standard therapy

July 28, 2014

A genetic screening test may help predict which patients with sporadic nephrotic syndrome diseases will respond to standard therapies

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Keryx's Zerenex reduces phosphorus, raises iron stores in dialysis patients

July 28, 2014

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals' Zerenex (ferric citrate) may reduce dialysis patients' need to take multiple drugs to reduce serum phosphorus, raise iron stores and reduce intravenous iron and erythropoietin-stimulating agents usage

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Saltier diet might boost cardiovascular risk in Type 2 diabetes patients

July 23, 2014

A saltier diet might boost the cardiovascular risk from type 2 diabetes, according to Japanese researchers

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Amgen parathyroid drug for dialysis patients reaches endpoints in phase 3 study

July 18, 2014

Amgen announced that more than 75% of hemodialysis patients who received the experimental drug AMG 416 (as part of a phase 3 study experienced a drop in their parathyroid hormone levels of more than 30%

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Baxter initiates voluntary worldwide recall of four lots of IV solutions

July 17, 2014

Baxter International Inc. is voluntarily recalling four lots of intravenous solutions to the hospital and user level

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Hospira voluntarily recalls one lot of Lactated Ringers and 5% Dextrose Injection

July 16, 2014

Hospira Inc. is initiating a voluntary nationwide user-level recall of one lot of Lactated Ringers and 5% Dextrose Injection due to one confirmed customer report where particulate was identified within the solution of the primary container

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Cost of anticlotting medication in dialysis catheters may be offset by reduced complications

July 11, 2014

Using an expensive agent to prevent blood clots in dialysis catheters may turn out to be less costly overall due to its ability to reduce medical complications

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Acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease each a risk of the other

July 7, 2014

The diseases also have similar factors that cause them to get worse, and similar outcomes, a new study suggests

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