Chronic Kidney Disease

ASN Releases 2018 Annual Report

The 2018 American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Annual Report was released on April 29th, 2019. The report summarizes how ASN has progressed in its goal of leading the fight to prevent, treat, and cure kidney diseases throughout the world by educating health professional and scientists, advancing research and innovation, communicating new knowledge, and advocating for the highest quality care for patients.

Karandeep Singh, MD, MS, speaks about recent CJASN study on evaluation of patient-facing smartphone apps for CKD care

A recent study was published in the April 2019 issue of CJASN, “Patients’ and Nephrologists’ Evaluation of Patient-Facing Smartphone Apps for CKD”.

Please access the abstract and full report on the CJASN website.

To get a behind-the-scenes look into the study, Kidney News Online interviewed Karandeep Singh, MD, MMSc, first author on the study and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Learning Health Sciences and Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School.

In Case You Missed It: Top 20 Ways ASN is Increasing Interest in Nephrology Careers

March is National Kidney Month and to celebrate, Kidney News Online and In The Loop are highlighting the top 20 ways the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research are increasing interest in nephrology careers.

Together, ASN and the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research:

Patrick Pun, MD, MHS, speaks about recent JASN study on CPR and sudden cardiac arrest for hemodialysis patients

A recent JASN study was published in the March 2019 issue of Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) entitled, “Outcomes for Hemodialysis Patients Given Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Cardiac Arrest at Outpatient Dialysis Clinics”.

Please access the abstract and full report on the JASN website.

Precision Medicine 2019: March Special Section

Kidney News is pleased to present this edition’s special section on precision medicine. The ability to derive diagnosis and care, specific to the individual patient and the exact timing and nature of their disease process, is anticipated to result in a huge leap forward in the efficacy and safety of treatment. A PubMed search revealed more than 50,000 articles about this topic, including more than 1600 articles when restricted to “kidney,” and the rate of new articles is rapidly climbing. It thus seemed appropriate to review this approach with our audience.

ASN and NIDDK initiatives to foster kidney research and investigators

Several initiatives have been implemented by NIDDK and ASN in order to foster kidney research and encourage research investigators as the NIH Division of Kidney, Urologic, & Hematologic Diseases (KUH) saw a 2% decrease in funding from the 2019 NIH budget.

This article includes a list of initiatives taken from an upcoming article in Kidney News March issue.

CNBC Report: New FDA-cleared, kidney disease early detection smartphone app

Outlined in a recent report from CNBC by Lori Ioannous (@Loriloannou1), chronic kidney disease is a “modern-day plague in the United States, driven in large part by the nation’s obesity epidemic”. 30 million Americans, or 1 in 9 adults, have chronic kidney disease, with diabetes and hypertension being major causes. “More than 510,000 kidney patients are now on dialysis, and over 100,000 are on the kidney transplant list”.

ASN President's Column: Strategic Goals for 2019

I am honored to be ASN President in 2019 and excited by the possibilities for this year. ASN developed and launched a 5-year strategic plan in 2016. Significant progress has been made on all strategic goals, and these remain as the main issues ASN will need to address over the course of the next year. In 2019, I’d like to see ASN focus on accomplishing three broad goals that will continue the society’s momentum and help accomplish the strategic plan by the end of 2020.

New Website Launched for the Kidney Health Initiative

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) recently released a new website to inform the community about its mission, objectives, and membership. The new site also showcases the publications from completed projects since the formation of KHI in 2012.

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