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When your kidneys are healthy, they clean your blood. They also make hormones that keep your bones strong and your blood healthy. When your kidneys fail, you need treatment to replace the work your kidneys used to do. Unless you have a kidney transplant, you will need a treatment called dialysis.

There are two main types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Both types filter your blood to rid your body of harmful wastes, extra salt and water. Hemodialysis does that with a machine. Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of your abdomen, called the peritoneal membrane, to filter your blood. Each type has both risks and benefits. They also require that you follow a special diet. Your doctor can help you decide the best type of dialysis for you.
Jardiance (empagliflozin) tablets now available in U.S. for people with diabetes

Jardiance (empagliflozin) tablets now available in U.S. for people with diabetes

Jardiance (empagliflozin) tablets are now available by prescription in pharmacies across the United States, including Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kroger and many other leading chain and independent retailers, according to Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company. [More]
Amgen’s AMG 416 Phase 3 placebo-controlled study meets primary and secondary endpoints

Amgen’s AMG 416 Phase 3 placebo-controlled study meets primary and secondary endpoints

Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced that a second placebo-controlled Phase 3 study evaluating AMG 416 for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), receiving hemodialysis, met its primary and all secondary endpoints. [More]
Decision Resources expands disease-level coverage of Treatment Algorithms Insight Series

Decision Resources expands disease-level coverage of Treatment Algorithms Insight Series

Decision Resources has expanded its disease-level coverage of the Treatment Algorithms Insight Series, which examines U.S. physicians' prescribing behavior, to provide a quantitative analysis of an agent's penetration into each line of therapy. [More]
DaVita HealthCare Partners recognized as Metro Denver's healthiest extra-large employer

DaVita HealthCare Partners recognized as Metro Denver's healthiest extra-large employer

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a leading provider of kidney care and health care services, today announced it has been recognized by the Denver Business Journal as Metro Denver's healthiest extra-large employer. This is the third consecutive year the publication has recognized the company's commitment to teammate health and wellness with a first place rank in the Healthiest Employer award program. [More]
Longer looks: Kentucky is health law poster child; how to negotiate a lower medical bill; the Ebola outbreak up close

Longer looks: Kentucky is health law poster child; how to negotiate a lower medical bill; the Ebola outbreak up close

About a year ago, on Aug. 22, a team of inspectors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services arrived in Frankfort, Ky., to see if the people working out of a nondescript warehouse there were going to be able to pull off the launch of Kentucky's Obamacare health-insurance exchange. [More]

NxStage Medical reports record revenues for Q2 2014

NxStage Medical, Inc., a leading manufacturer of innovative dialysis products, today reported second quarter revenue that exceeds the top end of its guidance range. [More]
Depressive symptoms and pain in patients on dialysis may have serious negative consequences

Depressive symptoms and pain in patients on dialysis may have serious negative consequences

Depressive symptoms and pain in patients on dialysis may have serious negative consequences for patients' health and increase the need for costly medical services, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). [More]
New supplement covers current knowledge and methods for management of AAICH

New supplement covers current knowledge and methods for management of AAICH

The Journal of Neurosurgery is pleased to announce today's publication of a supplement to the August issue entitled "Race Against the Clock: Overcoming Challenges in the Management of Anticoagulant-Associated Intracerebral Hemorrhage. [More]
Southern-style diet results in higher risk of death in patients with chronic kidney disease

Southern-style diet results in higher risk of death in patients with chronic kidney disease

New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases shows consuming a "Southern-style" diet — consisting of processed meats, fried foods and sugar-sweetened beverages — results in higher risk of death in those with chronic kidney disease. [More]
Dynamic nuclear polarization: an interview with Professor Robert Griffin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dynamic nuclear polarization: an interview with Professor Robert Griffin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

DNP, or dynamic nuclear polarization, is an NMR technique which transfers polarization from the electron spins onto the nuclear spins, using constant microwave irradiation to enable the transfer. [More]
Freedom portable driver receives FDA approval for use with SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

Freedom portable driver receives FDA approval for use with SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

The Freedom portable driver received FDA approval on June 26, 2014 for use with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart as a bridge to transplantation in cardiac transplant candidates who are clinically stable. [More]
NxStage Freedom Tour launched to educate dialysis patients

NxStage Freedom Tour launched to educate dialysis patients

NxStage Medical, Inc., a leading manufacturer of innovative dialysis products, announced today the launch of the NxStage Freedom Tour, a two week road trip in a recreational vehicle to promote and educate dialysis patients on the benefits of home hemodialysis with the NxStage System One. [More]
Pharmalink’s core patents for Nefecon issued in United States, Europe, China and Hong Kong

Pharmalink’s core patents for Nefecon issued in United States, Europe, China and Hong Kong

Pharmalink AB, a specialty pharma company focused on orphan and niche products, has had core patents for its late-stage clinical candidate Nefecon® issued in the key markets United States, Europe, China and Hong Kong. A patent is pending in Japan. [More]
Older kidney donors enjoy similar life expectancy as people who did not donate their kidneys

Older kidney donors enjoy similar life expectancy as people who did not donate their kidneys

Previous studies linking older age with kidney and heart disease have raised concerns about the safety of living kidney donation among older adults. [More]
Study: Older kidney donors enjoy similar longevity, cardiovascular health as other healthy individuals

Study: Older kidney donors enjoy similar longevity, cardiovascular health as other healthy individuals

Older kidney donors enjoy similar longevity and cardiovascular health as other healthy mature individuals, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation. [More]
Fabry disease awareness: an interview with Dr. Hartmann Wellhoefer, Head of Medical Affairs, Rare Disease, Shire

Fabry disease awareness: an interview with Dr. Hartmann Wellhoefer, Head of Medical Affairs, Rare Disease, Shire

Lysosomes are subcellular organelles that are present in most cells, with the major exception of red blood cells. [More]
Medicare proposes to slightly raise kidney care payments

Medicare proposes to slightly raise kidney care payments

The CMS is proposing changes to payment policies for the treatment of end-stage renal disease that the agency estimates would increase payments by about 0.3 percent, or $30 million, in 2015. [More]
Acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease are interconnected, say GW researchers

Acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease are interconnected, say GW researchers

For more than 40 years, physicians have treated diminished kidney function as two distinct syndromes: acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, recent epidemiologic and mechanistic studies suggest the two syndromes are not distinct entities, but interconnected. [More]
Cordis launches SABER Catheter for treatment of patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease

Cordis launches SABER Catheter for treatment of patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease

Cordis Corporation announced today the launch of its SABER PTA Dilatation Catheter ("SABER Catheter") for the treatment of patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). [More]

PuriCore International acquired by Cantel Medical

Cantel Medical Corp., today announced that the company has successfully completed the acquisition of PuriCore International Limited., a wholly-owned subsidiary of PuriCore plc. [More]