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Inside the UCLA voucher program that is overcoming chronological incompatibility and saving lives

The UCLA Kidney Transplant Program started a voucher program in 2014 which has already proven its utility and saved 25 lives. “The program works like this: The voucher donor gives a kidney to a stranger on dialysis. Often that recipient had a friend or family member who had wanted to be a donor but couldn’t due to incompatibility.

ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Grants opened October 11

The ASN Foundation for Kidney Research (ASN Foundation) has now opened applications for its Career Development Grants, Clinician Educator Grant, and Research Fellowship program. The ASN Foundation funds clinical and basic research and provides grant support to ASN members at various points in their careers.

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".

Conducting Trials in Nephrology: Challenges and Conclusions

"The Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) group convened a meeting of stakeholders in September 2016 to identify challenges and make recommendations to improve trial data in nephrology[1] Their conclusions were made public nearly 8 months later and are briefly reported in the full article on Medscape".

American Heart Association (AHA) to announce 130/80 mm Hg as new BP guideline

It’s been revealed ahead of the November announcement at the American Heart Association (AHA) in Anaheim, that the new guideline for blood pressure target will be 130/80 mm Hg.

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”.

KHI project fosters patient input into recently approved home hemo-dialysis device

During an August 2015 public workshop hosted by the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI), a public-private partnership between the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), patients were asked for their thoughts on how best to contribute to future medical device development.  “Patient representatives argued that the care partner requirement effectively ruled out home treatment for those patients who lived alone or who could not afford to hire a care partner".1

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