Clinical Science

CEBM: What if the sensitivity or specificity is also not reported in for data extraction in meta-analysis

An article from the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM) was recently published entitled: “Tip for data extraction in meta-analysis – What if the sensitivity or specificity is also not reported”.

Author Kathy Taylor explains “how to deal with the less common case when a sensitivity or specificity is not reported” during data extraction for diagnostic accuracy studies.

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’s In The Loop Celebrates National Kidney Month in March

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In The Loop (ITL), the American Society of Nephrology’s daily e-news briefing for members that highlights exciting announcements and current research in the world of nephrology, will focus on nephrology careers throughout the month of March, which is also National Kidney Month.

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.

Due March 11: Nephrology Fellowship Opportunities for International Research Scholars Form

We need your assistance.

If you have an international research scholar opportunity and would like to have it posted on the ASN website, please complete the Nephrology Fellowship Opportunities for Research Scholars Form no later than Monday, March 11.

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”.

Failure is a stepping stone to success in scientific publishing

Jente Ottenburghs, a postdoc at Uppsala University in Sweden, recently wrote up a piece outlining the rejections from multiple journals it took until he was able to be published. Though he focuses on ornithology, his experience is similar to that shared by many authors submitting manuscripts to publications.

KNO Interview on Kidney360 with Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly

Kidney News Online recently spoke with Ziyad Al-Aly, MD, FASN (@zalaly), the chair of the ASN Publications Committee, a staff nephrologist and the Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Education at the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System. The ASN Publications committee began the initial talks for Kidney360 and will play a large part in its implementation going forward.

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.

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