Kidney News

Kidney News

Special Sections

In this issue, Kidney News Editorial Board member Edgar Lerma, MD, interviewed Christian T. Sinclair, MD, this month’s special section editor, about palliative care in kidney disease. Dr. Sinclair is Assistant Professor in the Division of Palliative Medicine at the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, KS. We hope you enjoy this introduction to palliative care in nephrology, as well as the set of articles that follow. More articles will appear in the next issue.


Goal 1—Lead the kidney community by focusing on education, communications, policy, and collaboration

Practice Pointers

Focal segmental glomerular sclerosis (FSGS) is the most common primary glomerular disease, resulting in heavy proteinuria and leading to ESRD. The term FSGS refers to a morphologic pattern of injury rather than a distinct disease.

Policy Update

Advocates from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and 21 other kidney and transplant health care organizations met with nearly 100 members of Congress or their staff during the third perennial Kidney Community Advocacy Day on September 19, 2017 (Table 1


Anti-inflammatory therapy with canakinumab—targeting the interleukin-1β (IL-1β) innate immunity pathway—reduces cardiovascular events in patients with previous myocardial infarction (MI), reports a trial in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Industry Spotlight

Two companies with products that reduce the amount of contrast dye in a patient’s system are raising money to increase sales and to support critical research.

Fellows Corner

Millions of lives have been successfully prolonged through dialysis. However, the world of dialysis has changed since its inception. With time, our patient population has evolved from young and fit to old and sick.

April 2017 Issue

Can I stop dialysis?” asked my 88-year-old wheelchair-bound patient on a late fall afternoon. I squinted my eyes to block not only the streaming sunlight but my reaction: one of bewilderment.

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ASN Executive Director Tod Ibrahim discusses a variety of nephrology related topics.

ASN Executive Director Tod Ibrahim discusses a variety of nephrology related topics.

ASN Executive Director Tod Ibrahim discusses a variety of nephrology related topics. The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) leads the fight against kidney disease by educating health professionals, sharing new knowledge, advancing research, and advocating the highest quality care for patients.