NY Times: Diabetes in Pregnancy Raises Risk of Heart Disease

The women who had gestational diabetes were 20 times as likely as controls to develop Type 2 diabetes, consistent with previous studies, and the risk was highest in the first year after giving birth. In addition, these women were 2.8 times as likely to have heart disease, and nearly twice as likely to develop high blood pressure. The researchers controlled for age, body mass index, ethnicity, smoking and other variables.

PLOS Blogs: 6 tips for deciphering outcomes in health studies

As studies published become more convoluted with jargon and specific measurement techniques that can be confusing and/or misleading, it’s important to be able to get down to the measured outcomes quickly and with clarity.

Negotiating for Leadership Success

This past spring, ASN joined with Women in Nephrology (WIN) to develop a series of webinars designed to help you advance your career.  In one of these presentations, Dr. Yasmin Davidds, Psy. D, M.C.C., and CEO of the Women’s Institute of Negotiation, provides advice on negotiating for leadership success.

FDA approved new type II diabetes drug

The new drug, developed by Merck & Co and Pfizer Inc., is an oral drug known generically as ertugliflozin and in the class of SGLT2 inhibitors, which work to expel excess glucose through urine.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug early this week. The drug is expected to be available for sale in early 2018.

ASN Data Bytes: AY 2018 Nephrology Match - Déjà vu all over again

December 6th was Match Day for nephrology, with overall results closely mirroring those from last year. A total of 285 of the 474 positions offered for appointment year (AY) 2018 were filled in the nephrology Match, part of the National Resident Matching Program’s (NRMP’s) Medical Specialties Matching Program.

Reminder: PQRS Physician Compare 30-day preview period ends Friday, December 1 at 8pm ET

"The Physician Compare 30-day preview period ends this Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8 pm ET. Don’t miss your chance to preview your 2016 performance data before it is publicly reported on Physician Compare profile pages later this year and in the Physician Compare Downloadable Database.

Outside ASN: Designing ‘attention points’ in academic work

Professor Patrick Dunleavy at the London School of Economics writes about “four principles for improving how you display tables, graphs, charts and diagrams” in academic or scientific research.

The four principles include:

New NephSAP issue - "Transplantation"

NephSAP Volume 16, Number 4, November 2017

Find the full issue here.

Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) to be added to Medicare benefits in 2018

The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) expanded model is a structured behavior change intervention that aims to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes among Medicare beneficiaries with an indication of prediabetes.

New tool, HIPAA Alliance Marketplace, helps find HIPAA compliant business associates

"Healthcare organizations are only permitted to use business associates that agree to comply with HIPAA Rules and sign a business associate agreement, but finding HIPAA compliant business associates can be a challenge.

A solution has now been developed that resolves the issues for both parties and streamlines the process of finding HIPAA compliant business associates. Would-be business associates can also use the solution to prove that they have the necessary safeguards in place to ensure their products and services can be used without violating HIPAA Rules.