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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.
University of Vermont Medical Center recognized with 2014 Partnership in Prevention Award

University of Vermont Medical Center recognized with 2014 Partnership in Prevention Award

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America today recognized the University of Vermont Medical Center with the 2014 Partnership in Prevention Award for achieving sustainable improvements toward eliminating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). [More]
Kidney disease patients can benefit from simple and structured exercise

Kidney disease patients can benefit from simple and structured exercise

Simple yet structured exercise can significantly improve kidney disease patients' quality of life as well as decrease their pain, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). [More]
Majority of kidney dialysis patients not adequately prepared for emergency or natural disaster

Majority of kidney dialysis patients not adequately prepared for emergency or natural disaster

Eighty percent of kidney dialysis patients surveyed were not adequately prepared in the event of an emergency or natural disaster that shut down their dialysis center. [More]

OSU engineers identify method to prepare frozen red blood cells for transfusions

Engineers at Oregon State University have identified a method to rapidly prepare frozen red blood cells for transfusions, which may offer an important new way to manage the world's blood supply. [More]
NIH study finds limited kidney benefit from more rigorous blood pressure treatment

NIH study finds limited kidney benefit from more rigorous blood pressure treatment

Using two drugs was no more effective than a single drug in slowing disease progression in people with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), according to two studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. One of the studies also showed that rigorous blood pressure treatment slowed growth of kidney cysts, a marker of ADPKD, but had little effect on kidney function compared to standard blood pressure treatment. [More]
DaVita Kidney Care, Medtronic partner to better understand cardiovascular health in ESRD patients

DaVita Kidney Care, Medtronic partner to better understand cardiovascular health in ESRD patients

DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. and leading provider of kidney care services, announced today a collaboration with Medtronic, Inc., to better understand cardiovascular health in end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. [More]

DaVita HealthCare Partners to build 'Wall of Honor for Veterans'

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., one of the nation's largest and most innovative health care communities, today honors the men and women of the armed forces who have selflessly served the United States. [More]

DaVita HealthCare Partners, Centura Health to jointly help optimize health care in Colorado, Kansas

Centura Health and DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. today announced a new joint venture that will offer a differentiated health care delivery model to help optimize health care value and lower costs for consumers in Colorado and Kansas. The two partners will combine their expertise to provide enhanced resources that increase coordination of care, equip care providers with sophisticated analytical tools and focus on prevention. [More]
Hospira launches Paricalcitol Injection

Hospira launches Paricalcitol Injection

Hospira, Inc., the world's leading provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies, today announced the launch of Paricalcitol Injection, a generic version of AbbVie's Zemplar. Hospira obtained U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of paricalcitol on Oct. 21 and launched the product Nov. 1. [More]

New dialysis decision aid can benefit patients with kidney failure

A KIDNEY dialysis decision aid, enabling patients with decreasing kidney function to better assess which treatment is right for them, has been developed by Kidney Research UK as part of a study in which Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was involved. [More]
Davita Kidney Care joins fight against diabetes during National Diabetes Month

Davita Kidney Care joins fight against diabetes during National Diabetes Month

DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a leading provider of kidney care services, joins the fight against diabetes during National Diabetes Month this November by sharing suggestions and resources to help individuals manage the disease. [More]

New NxStage Kidney Care center opens in Oak Brook, Illinois

NxStage Kidney Care, Inc., a subsidiary of NxStage Medical, Inc., is proud to host the grand opening ceremony of its Oak Brook, Illinois center at 1600 W. 16th Street on November 20, 2014 from 3pm – 7pm. [More]

Fewer women than men receive dialysis treatment for chronic kidney disease

Women with chronic kidney disease receive dialysis treatment far less often than men. However, women suffer more commonly than men from kidney disease. A publication by the MedUni Vienna and the Arbor Research Collaborative for Health, USA, has highlighted this difference based on international patient data. [More]
Newly developed agent filters out toxins from body in the event of overdose

Newly developed agent filters out toxins from body in the event of overdose

Every minute counts in the event of an overdose. ETH professor Jean-Christophe Leroux and his team have developed an agent to filter out toxins from the body more quickly and efficiently. [More]
New surface coating for medical devices prevents blood from clotting

New surface coating for medical devices prevents blood from clotting

From joint replacements to cardiac implants and dialysis machines, medical devices enhance or save lives on a daily basis. However, any device implanted in the body or in contact with flowing blood faces two critical challenges that can threaten the life of the patient the device is meant to help: blood clotting and bacterial infection. [More]

DaVita HealthCare Partners honored with 2014 CBC Fall Health Braintrust Corporate Leadership Award

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., one of the nation's largest and most innovative health care communities, was recently recognized by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation with the 2014 CBC Fall Health Braintrust Corporate Leadership Award. [More]

Cantel Medical achieves record revenue growth in fourth quarter 2014

CANTEL MEDICAL CORP. reported net income of $10,705,000, or $0.26 per diluted share, on a 15% increase in sales to a record $131,377,000 for the fourth quarter ended July 31, 2014, inclusive of $0.02 for charges related to acquisition and CFO retirement costs. [More]
Cedars-Sinai scientists test ELAD bioartificial liver support system for patients with acute liver failure

Cedars-Sinai scientists test ELAD bioartificial liver support system for patients with acute liver failure

Cedars-Sinai physicians and scientists are testing a novel, human cell based, bioartificial liver support system for patients with acute liver failure, often a fatal diagnosis. [More]
Highlights: Hawaii public hospital cuts; La. struggles with state worker health program costs; aging in Ky.

Highlights: Hawaii public hospital cuts; La. struggles with state worker health program costs; aging in Ky.

Public hospitals across Hawaii are finding ways to reduce staff and cut services because they don't have enough money to make ends meet. Executives from the Hawaii Health Systems Corp. told lawmakers Friday that even after layoffs they are facing a $30 million deficit in 2015. One hospital on Maui chose to close its adolescent psychology unit because it couldn't sustain the appropriate staffing levels to provide the services. It's also considering cuts to oncology and dialysis services if the situation doesn't improve (9/20). [More]
Falcon Physician certified for Meaningful Use Stage 2

Falcon Physician certified for Meaningful Use Stage 2

Falcon Physician, a provider of electronic health record (EHR) software to nephrologists and a subsidiary of DaVita HealthCare Partners, a leading provider of kidney care and health care services, announced that it has successfully completed the rigorous requirements needed to become certified for Meaningful Use Stage 2. [More]