Over the past 10 years, much has changed in the specialty of nephrology and for nephrologists in all career tracks and professional settings. We have a deeper understanding of underlying mechanisms of disease and how to target therapy. Kidney Week 2017 was full of excitement and examples of discovery and translation to improve clinical care.

It is said that the only constant in life is change. Throughout my career, health care policy changes have often been seen as harbingers of more difficult times for physicians in American medicine.

Late 2017 found a push in the Senate to pass a companion bill to H.R. 3166, which would allow “deemed status” of /kidneynews/10_1/16/graphic/16f1.jpgESRD facilities.

One of the more challenging decisions in nephrology is if and when to initiate dialysis and the timing of that initiation for patients with acute kidney injury (AKI).

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Shedding further light on disparities in, and the impact of discrimination on, kidney disease rates and care was the focus of a Kidney Week 2017 session titled “Context Is King: Neighborhood and Social Networks as a Risk Factor for Chronic Disease.”

Even with modern antiretroviral therapy (ART), survival on dialysis is significantly lower for non-white patients with HIV infection, according to a study in Kidney International.