In a recent news story of great success and altruism, the oldest living kidney donor donated a kidney to a neighbor in great need. Frank Dewhurst donated his kidney to Linda Nall, a neighbor who had been struggling with lupus since 1986. At age 84, Dewhurst is now the oldest living kidney donor in the United States. KNO spoke with ASN member, Dr. Hassan Ibrahim, Chief of Nephrology at Houston Methodist Hospital, about the experience.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and two health departments are investigating a large cluster of peritonitis cases among patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis. Many of the peritonitis events under investigation were caused by Serratia marcescens or other gram-negative pathogens.
CDC is requesting U.S. clinicians to report peritonitis cases in peritoneal dialysis patients treated by the same center that meet the following criteria:
In this complimentary webinar, review the critical role that nephrologists and dialysis professionals have in preventing infections. Examine the CDC's recommendations for dialysis station disinfection and compare your medical facility's policies with environmental disinfection best practices. Discover the patient perspective on environmental cleanliness and learn how nephrologists can take a leadership role in facility sanitization.
ASN and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) would like to announce open forums for anyone interested in providing input into the final report of the NKF-ASN Task Force on Reassessing the Inclusion of Race in Diagnosing Kidney Diseases.
In January 2021, the task force will host three live forums in which individuals can testify (or provide written comments) on relevant topics, including but not limited to, health care disparities for Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian American, or Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander people; kidney function measurement; patient safety/standardization and new or innovative approaches to kidney function measurement; and measurement or reporting that does not include race.
On July 2, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) released a joint statement announcing the establishment of a joint task force that aims to reassess the includsion of race in diagnosing kidney diseases.
"Of the more than 37 million people affected by kidney diseases in the United States, a disproportionate number are of African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent. African Americans are three times more likely than Non-Hispanic Whites to experience kidney failure. Such disparities go beyond the high prevalence of kidney diseases and extend into differences in treatment modality, including access to transplantation. While African Americans represent 35% of people receiving dialysis in the United States, they are less likely to be identified as kidney transplant candidates when compared to Non-Hispanic White," begins the statment.
The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a strain on states and hospital systems across the nation as they face the challenge of limited medical resources, including ventilators.
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) learned of reports of blanket crisis-management policies that were previously developed or under consideration. These arbitrary policies deprived certain patients, including kidney patients, of life-saving interventions, such as ventilation. Last week, ASN and NKF wrote to the National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures requesting that they urge their members to ensure that their states, and the healthcare systems within their states, do not tolerate this type of discrimination.
On July 27, 2020, the governing bodies of Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program (ANCC) granted the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) with Joint Accreditation for 6 years.
What does this mean for ASN and the community it serves? ASN is now simultaneously accredited to provide medical, nursing and pharmacy continuing education activities through a single process, without needing to obtain separate accreditations.
Announced this year, there will be a brand-new session occurring at Kidney Week 2018 in San Diego on October 25. The session focuses on significant publications in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) and the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) from this past year.
Editor-in-Chief of JASN, Josephine P. Briggs, MD, and Editor-in-Chief of CJASN, Rajnish Mehrotra, MD, MBBS, FASN, will moderate the session, highlighting innovative clinical, translational, and basic research in nephrology. Topics will also cover diverse, novel, and clinically applicable science across a variety of nephrology disciplines.
WASHINGTON – Caloric restriction, whether through diet, bariatric surgery, or new sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitor (SGLT2) medications, could help improve measures of kidney disease in obese patients, according to a Kidney Week 2019 presentation.
As people gain weight, their metabolic rate increases, said Holly J. Kramer, MD, MPH, a professor of public health sciences and medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Loyola University in Chicago, during a talk on the direct and indirect effects of adiposity on the kidney. The kidneys then have to do more, and meet the increased demands by increasing the glomerular diameter so it hypertrophies, yielding an increase in glomerular filtration rate and an increase in renal plasma flow.