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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.

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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.

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The newest episode of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) is hosted by Nazem Akoum, MD, MS, FACC, FHRS. He discusses the recent article he and his colleagues published in CJASN, entitled: “Rates of Cardiac Rhythm Abnormalities in Patients with CKD and Diabetes”.

The purpose of the experiment was to study the occurrence of arrhythmias in a population of diabetic patients with moderate to severe kidney disease. A similar study has been conducted in the past, but with completed with patients with ESRD and on hemodialysis, whereas this study’s participants have CKD and are not on hemodialysis.

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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.

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. The first 4 articles were kindly curated and organized by our Europe editor, Professor Gert Mayer, and review new technology and approaches for the utilization of precision medicine in common kidney disease scenarios. The final 2 articles were kindly provided by the authors to round out this month’s section and make it more comprehensive, focusing on the efforts of the Kidney Precision Medicine project. We hope you find them of interest.kn march 2.PNG

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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.

Mr. Ottenburghs sent his manuscript to 17 journals in 2013 and he claims that in hindsight they were “a wild goose chase. The idea was interesting but not feasible…However, [his] fruitless attempts introduced [him] to the peer-review system of publishing and helped [him] improve [his] scientific writing skills”.

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IMG_1664_0.jpg 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.

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final 2017_1.jpgFrom key medical advances to progress in the policy arena, 2019 will be a pivotal year in kidney care. Read about the top areas to watch in our special section, Kidney Watch 2019.

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The Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) is strongly committed to the next generation of nephrologists and strives to encourage junior colleagues as they begin their careers. In honor of this commitment, in 2019, CJASN will launch CJASN Trainee of the Year; an inaugural prize contest among trainees for the best article submitted to the journal by a trainee as first author. This competition will recognize outstanding work done by junior colleagues in early stages of their careers in nephrology.

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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.