Chronic Kidney Disease

Physician stress and burnout: The causes and potential solutions for nephrologists

At Kidney Week in New Orleans, I presented a session on the impact of growing stress and burnout in Nephrologists and how it might affect physician attitudes and behaviors toward patient care. The main point of my talk was to recognize how serious an issue physician dissatisfaction, stress, and burnout is, the causes and the barriers, and what can be done to help our physicians (and staff) better adjust to the pressures of today’s health care environment.


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Increased risk of CKD in patients with rosacea: A nationwide population-based matched cohort study

A peer-reviewed study from Taiwan released in the Public Library of Science (PLOS), concluded that “rosacea is an independent risk factor for CKD. High rosacea severity and old age further increased CKD risk in patients with rosacea".

The Undifferentiated Medical Student: 2 recent podcasts on Nephrology

The Undifferentiated Medical Student is a podcast started in November 2016 with the goal of “doing interviews with one physician from each of the 120+ specialties and subspecialties listed on the AAMC’s Careers in Medicine website” in order to empower medical school students to think about choosing their specialty and planning their careers.

 

Dr. Meera Harhay – Transplant Nephrology

Roughly 5,000 Puerto Ricans with kidney disease at risk with limited access to dialysis

Mike Spigler, vice president of patient services at the American Kidney Fund, said that it is an ‘extremely tenuous situation’ for the roughly 5,000 people on the island who rely on dialysis to stay alive. The dialysis centers need diesel fuel to power their generators and ‘a lot of them are down to a day or two of fuel’ he said”.

Dr. Al-Aly speaks about recent JASN article: "Particulate Matter Air Pollution and the Risk of Incident CKD and Progression to ESRD"

To get a behind-the-scenes look into the recent study, Kidney News Online asked Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, the senior author and director of the Clinical Epidemiology Center at the VA Saint Louis Health Care System, to answer several questions about the findings and what they mean for the future.

NKF releases results from patient-led survey on kidney disease research priorities

Yesterday, September 28, 2017, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) published findings from a “year-long outreach and engagement with patients and caregivers to identify patient-led kidney disease research priorities”. The findings “include the research topics that matter most to patients and family members affected by kidney disease; barriers that prevent patients from being active participants in kidney disease research or part of the research team; and what potential solutions may exist”.

ASN, ERA-EDTA, and ISN Launch Global Nephrology Workforce Survey Project

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the European Renal Association–European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA), and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) have launched a collaborative effort to assess the global nephrology workforce. One of three current ASN/ERA-EDTA/ISN joint projects, the Comparing Realities Across the Global Nephrology Workforce Survey will offer kidney health professionals a better understanding of the specialty by characterizing the kidney health workforce at the country- and region-specific level.

New NephSAP issue - "Chronic Kidney Disease and Progression"

NephSAP Volume 16, Number 3, September 2017

Find the full issue here.

Chronic Kidney Disease and Progression

Over 20 million people in the U.S. have CKD stages 1-5, and costs for advanced CKD exceed $47 billion annually. The 2017 Chronic Kidney Disease issue of NephSAP guides readers through the latest advances in clinical research for this common and costly disease. This issue of NephSAP provides a background of the clinical research published during the years 2015 and 2016, and covers 5 major areas of CKD research: epidemiology, biomarkers relevant to incidence and progression, genetic variants, cardiovascular disease, and modification of environmental CKD risk factors.

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