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As a child, Kenar Jhaveri, MD, FASN, often found creative ways to demonstrate his school learning, from performing skits to creating crossword puzzles. That continued in his nephrology career teaching medical trainees. Now, Jhaveri is excited to bring his passion for innovation and education to ASN Kidney News, where he becomes the new editor-in-chief in January 2021.

ASN’s monthly newsmagazine “does a great job of reaching the whole nephrology community, covering a good mix of fun and serious topics,” said Jhaveri, professor of medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and associate chief

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After promoting the prevention of kidney diseases for several years, steering committee members for World Kidney Day now are taking a different approach. This year’s celebration, on Thursday, March 11, will instead focus on living well for patients already diagnosed with kidney diseases and for these patients’ families and care partners.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and its associated symptoms and treatments can disrupt and constrain daily living and impair overall quality of life for patients and their family members, steering committee members wrote in an editorial in the journal Kidney International (1). Yet despite their level

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on issues of racial inequality, said Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the US Department of Health and Human Services. “The excess mortality in Black, Latinx, and Native American populations has been absolutely staggering compared to white populations,” she said. “This has coincided with a very challenging and emotional national dialogue about race and racial injustice, structural inequality, and racism.”

Lurie gave the Christopher R. Blagg, MD, Endowed Lectureship in Kidney Diseases and Public Policy as part of the “Policy in a Post-COVID World” session.

Race-based patient disparities

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Loss of muscle mass is a common early complication of chronic kidney disease (CKD), but exercise and lifestyle interventions can help stave off that process.

“Encouraging people with CKD to be less sedentary is absolutely crucial,” said James Burton, MBChB, MD, a professor in renal medicine and honorary consultant nephrologist with the University of Leicester, in England.

Expert supervision of structured exercise programs results in greater compliance and potentially better outcomes for patients with kidney disease, he said. “But it’s really important that we appreciate that a one size [program] does not fit all,” he added. “Really, we should be

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Increasing clinical demands, regulatory issues, and documentation requirements have contributed to physicians’ burnout over the past decade, and the COVID-19 pandemic has created additional strain, speakers said during Kidney Week 2020 Reimagined. Now more than ever, they said, clinicians need to practice self-compassion, forge connections, and find ways to alleviate stress.

About 44% of physicians had already experienced at least one manifestation of burnout (1), said Tait Shanafelt, MD, chief wellness officer for Stanford Medicine and associate dean for the Stanford School of Medicine. Then the pandemic changed all aspects of physicians’ personal and professional lives. Traditional sources

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Plans to develop an implantable artificial kidney have been waylaid by fundraising challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic, but researchers hope to soon have a business case to move the work forward in clinical trials, the project’s co-director said during Kidney Week 2020 Reimagined.

“This is envisioned to be a device that provides the key functions of a kidney transplant,” said Shuvo Roy, PhD, technical director of The Kidney Project, an effort housed at the University of California, San Francisco, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, to develop an implantable device to provide kidney replacement therapy.

Designed to be inserted in the

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A recent report in Health Affairs provides a sobering reminder of the importance of specialty medical care in improving health outcomes (1). The study of 11,581 rural and urban Medicare beneficiaries with one or more complex chronic conditions found that living in rural areas with fewer opportunities for seeing a specialist was associated with a 40% higher rate of preventable hospitalizations and a 23% higher rate of death compared to living in urban areas.

Preventable hospitalization rates per 100 beneficiaries ranged from 14.9 in rural areas to 10.6 in metropolitan areas in the study, while annual

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About 15 years ago, nephrologist Sanjay Pandya, MD, noticed that his patients were facing difficulties understanding their kidney diseases, including what to eat or not eat, and what other care they needed. He thought that if there were a book that spelled everything out in a single source, it would be useful to his patients, and he could then reduce the amount of time he spent counseling about these topics.

So, in 2006, Pandya, who has a private practice in Gujarat, India, wrote a book, “Save Your Kidneys,” in his native Gujarati language. The 200-page text, given free to patients,

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Good communication, creative use of resources, and protecting dialysis and other hospital staff are all keys to success in caring for COVID-19-positive patients with end-stage kidney disease and acute kidney injury in the hospital, according to Michele H. Mokrzycki, MD, MS, professor of medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx,.

The pandemic developed in New York very quickly, Mokrzycki said, from a few international travelers to hotspots to many communities. As of late spring, her hospital had admitted 829 patients with COVID-19. The nephrology service cared for 47 hemodialysis patients with COVID, 8.5%

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take hold, kidney transplantation programs across the United States and elsewhere have been canceling or postponing many procedures, moving to telephone or video visits with patients, and emphasizing the importance of handwashing and social distancing in their quest to keep their patients safe.

“There’s a lot of unknowns about how SARS-CoV-2 will intersect with organ transplantation,” said Ajit Limaye, MD, professor of medicine and director of the transplant infectious disease program at the University of Washington in Seattle, during an international COVID-19 Town Hall webinar sponsored by the United Network for Organ Sharing, the