ASN Communities - 2017 in Review

2017 is drawing to a close, marking the end of a year that saw ASN Communities hit its stride within the nephrology social media landscape. Providing an interactive learning experience for nephrologists around the world has become the sites primary strength. Interacting on Communities reminds many practicing nephrologists of the iterative case conferences they had in residency. Both complicated and mundane discussions provide a springboard for nephrologists to finding their own answers and improving their own knowledge base.

Scientists modify CRISPR to epigenetically treat diabetes and kidney disease in mice

"Salk scientists have created a new version of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology that allows them to activate genes without creating breaks in the DNA, potentially circumventing a major hurdle to using gene editing technologies to treat human diseases.

Endocrinologist/nephrologist clinic found to reduce diabetic kidney disease progression

“Patients with type 2 diabetes and stage 3 or 4 chronic kidney disease who attended a joint endocrinologist-nephrologist diabetic kidney disease clinic were less likely to progress to end-stage renal disease after 3 years vs. similar patients seen at a diabetes center, according to findings from a nested, case-control study”.

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.

Let me explain.

Late-breaking clinical trials at Kidney Week 2017

See the full list of all Late-breaking clinical trials updated as they are released.

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".

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”.

Breakdown: Healthcare data breaches in August 2017

Reducing the number of breaches is paramount for protecting patients and physicians, yet remains an extremely challenging task.

After 3 years, NYC Nurses attain increased pay and pension protection from Fresenius

The New York State Nurses Association “voted overwhelmingly in favor of the latest contract offer from Fresenius Medical Care” which provides NYSNA workers with “increased pay and protects their employer-paid union pension and health funds”.

New cloud-based imaging platform saves time in the kidney transplant process

“The new platform, operated by Ambra Health, uses the cloud to make all imaging such as X-rays, CT, MRI, etc. available to all 80 transplant centers across the country in real-time".