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JAMA study finds better health outcomes and lower mortality rate for undocumented immigrants with scheduled dialysis

JAMA Internal Medicine published findings this month that found when “compared with emergency-only dialysis, scheduled dialysis significantly reduced 1-year mortality, hospitalizations, and costs among undocumented immigrants with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). However, in “40 of 50 US states, scheduled dialysis is withheld from undocumented immigrants with ESRD; instead, they receive intermittent emergency-only dialysis to treat life-threatening manifestations of ESRD’”.

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:

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.

Call to Action to Alleviate Symptoms for Dialysis Patients

While dialysis is a life-saving therapy for patients with end stage kidney disease (ESKD), a variety of symptoms occur following treatment that significantly diminishes the quality of life of people living with kidney disease. A 2009 study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) reported that patients on maintenance dialysis experience 11 unique symptoms. Patients have identified the need to alleviate these symptoms as a key research area, prioritizing it above other health outcomes.

“5 Tips for Understanding Data in Meta-Analyses”

Meta-analysis “is a group of statistical techniques that enable data from more than one study to be combined and analyzed as a new dataset”. As we are inundated with scientific studies of all kinds, meta-analysis can be a useful technique to better understand comparisons of findings from data. However, it can be a confusing technique at first glance, so the author has delved into five tips to better understand the conclusions from meta-analysis.

ASN Appoints New Co-Chair for the Kidney Health Initiative

ttp _thumb_0.pngThe American Society Nephrology (ASN) is pleased to announce that Raymond C. Harris, MD, FASN, has been selected as the incoming ASN Co-Chair for the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI). Dr. Harris will serve a three-year term, starting in January 2019.  Dr.

ASN Releases 2018 Nephrology Fellow Survey Report

A new analysis finds leading indicators point to an improving job market and rising salaries for nephrologists entering practice. ASN released the analysis of the society’s annual survey of nephrology fellows in training—Report on the Survey of 2018 Nephrology Fellows—authored by George Washington University researchers.

New NephSAP Issue - "Secondary Glomerular Diseases"

NephSAP Volume 17, Number 4, September 2018

Please read the full issue.

Redesign of Online ASN Journals Ready to Improve User Experience

The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) and the Clinical Journal of American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) online platforms have been relaunched with increased functionality and a new interface providing readers with an on-the-go experience designed for all devices.

The relaunched sites with their modern design, contain numerous new features and functions making the reader experience easier and more efficient – thereby helping ensure that readers and authors can find what they’re looking for when they need it.

Google’s new Dataset Search aims to assist researchers find online data

Google’s launch of Dataset Search on September 5 is a great step forward for researchers in search of data online that is “freely available to use”. Aimed at “scientists, data journalists, data geeks, or anyone else” the new service will provide a service that assists the open-data movement by providing a simpler way to find and re-use data from “government agencies, scientific publishers, research institutions and even individual researchers”.

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