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Recent JASN study: Hemodialysis linked with decline in cognitive function

In a recent study published by the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), set out to examine the “immediate and longer-term effects of hemodialysis on cerebral circulation, cerebral structure, and cognitive function as they are currently poorly understood.

97 hemodialysis patients, with a median age of 59 years, were included in the study and the tests occurred over a 12-month period. During which transcranial Doppler ultrasounds were used to “measure cerebral arterial mean flow velocity (MFV) throughout dialysis, as well as cognitive scores, and MRI imaging.

Marcello Tonelli, MD, SM, MSc speaks about the complexities of treating nephrology patients in recent study

tonelli.jpgA recent study was published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) entitled “Comparison of the Complexity of Patients Seen by Different Medical Subspecialists in a Universal Health Care System” on November 30, 2018.

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

Community-Minded: A Review of the ASN Communities for 2018

Three years ago, the ASN developed and released ASN Communities with the objective of creating an international venue to network, collaborate and discuss important issues in a members-only environment. Since the launch:

ASN Workforce and Career Advancement Opportunities Now Open

ASN is now accepting applications for the 2019 Kidney TREKS (Tutored Research and Education for Kidney Scholars) program and for travel support to the 2019 Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) Annual Workshop.

Electronic health records (EMRs) linked to stress and physician burnout

A study was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) entitled, Physician stress and burnout: the impact of health information technology. The study set out to quantify “how stress related to use of health information technology (HIT) predicts burnout among physicians” by measuring at least one “of the following: poor/marginal time for documentation, moderately high/excessive time spent on the electronic health record (EHR or EMR) at home, and agreement that using an HER adds to daily frustration.

Podcasts at ASN Kidney Week 2018

During Kidney Week 2018, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is releasing daily podcasts covering the interesting topics of each day in San Diego. Featured are talks lead by ASN President Mark D. Okusa, MD, FASN and ASN Program Committee Chair Benjamin D. Humphreys, MD, PhD, FASN.

Policy Discussions at Kidney Week 2018: A patient-centered focus

Following an aspirational policy-oriented kick-off at Kidney Week, I found that the second day of Kidney Week focused on the most important aspect of what we do: our patients.  From the public-private partnerships including KidneyX and Kidney Health Initiative (KHI), to the CMS proposed payment changes, to the global challenges facing nephrology, the common sentiment has been simple: we must not forget our efforts to keep the patient at the center...

Improving Quality of Care for CKD and ESRD Patients: Designing the Ideal Metrics and

Quality of care measurement and implementation both pose unique challenges. The Friday morning session at ASN Kidney Week, “Quality is Job One: Improving Care for CKD and ESRD Patients” tackled these two key issues.

Nephrology Challenges and Opportunities Front and Center in Policy Discussions in Day 1 of Kidney Week 2018

2018 ASN Kidney Week officially kicked off on October 25 with a Plenary Session focused on the changing dynamics in nephrology and the influence of policy and advocacy in achieving innovations in care. ASN President, Dr. Mark Okusa, MD, FASN, delivered his opening remarks with not just aspirational goals for the direction of nephrology, but also outlining the stark realities confronting nephrology.

New ASN TV at Kidney Week 2018

We are excited to announce the launch of ASN TV at Kidney Week 2018. ASN TV brings a thrilling new element to the conference, using video to enhance your experience throughout this world leading event. It will serve as a unique platform to highlight the most important issues and aspects in nephrology.

Partnering with award winning international film and broadcasting company, WebsEdge, ASN TV will produce daily episodes throughout the conference. Each episode will feature:

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