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Cooling of dialysis fluids protects against brain damage

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Simple step may help protect against cognitive, psychological, and functional abnormalities in dialysis patients


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FDA clears NxStage's single needle technology for dialysis patients

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OneSite uses a dual lumen needle design offered in a sharp version with MasterGuard and a buttonhole version with SteriPick


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Renal Physicians Association asks FDA to allow import of peritoneal dialysis solutions

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The RPA has recommended that the FDA expedite review of the importation of additional peritoneal solution from manufacturing facilities outside of the U.S. to address a shortage of the sterile solutions in the United States


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Hospira recalls one lot of Heparin Sodium, 1,000 USP Heparin Units/500 mL

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The recall is in response to one confirmed customer report of particulate in a single unit


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Researchers develop method to keep blood vessels open in lab-built kidneys

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Regenerative medicine researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have addressed a major challenge in the quest to build replacement kidneys in the lab


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PCORI funded research to study use of mentoring program for chronic kidney disease patients

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The 3-year study will measure the quality of life of patients and the feeling of burden for caregivers after providing education in one of three ways: face-to-face with peers, online from peers or through printed information


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Hospitalizations for heart failure increase kidney disease patients’ risk of kidney failure, premature death

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Among patients with chronic kidney disease, the risks of developing kidney failure or dying prematurely increased markedly in a step-wise fashion after each successive hospitalization for heart failure


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FDA allows marketing of the first test to assess risk of developing acute kidney injury

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The FDA has approved marketing of the NephroCheck test, a laboratory test to help determine if certain critically ill hospitalized patients are at risk of developing moderate to severe acute kidney injury in the 12 hours following the administration of the test


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Keryx wins FDA approval for new binder

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Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc. said today that it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for ferric citrate (formerly known as Zerenex) for the control of serum phosphorus levels in patients with end-stage renal disease


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DOPPS sampling shows continued high ferritin levels in dialysis patients

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In its quarterly review of data collected from its Practice Monitor sampling of over 120 clinics, researchers raised concerns about the connection between mortality risk and increasing ferritin levels


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