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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.
Gilead to boost price of new hepatitis c drug

Gilead to boost price of new hepatitis c drug

Gilead Sciences says its next generation drug to combat hepatitis C, slated to launch next month, will be more expensive than $1,000-a-pill Sovaldi, in part because the new treatment will be shorter and simpler. Gilead also struck a deal with Indian generic drugmakers to sell lower-cost versions of Sovaldi in poor countries. [More]
New iodine-based contrast material enhances CT images to safely use in most patients

New iodine-based contrast material enhances CT images to safely use in most patients

According to new research performed at the Mayo Clinic, iodine-based contrast material injected intravenously to enhance computed tomography (CT) images can be safely used in most patients. The study appears online in the journal Radiology. [More]
FDA approves Epaned for treatment of symptomatic and asymptomatic heart failure

FDA approves Epaned for treatment of symptomatic and asymptomatic heart failure

Silvergate Pharmaceuticals, Inc., focused on the development and commercialization of innovative and safe medicines for children, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration approved Epaned for the treatment of symptomatic heart failure and the treatment of asymptomatic left ventricular dysfunction (to decrease the rate of development of overt heart failure and to reduce hospitalization for heart failure). [More]
FDA approves Ferric Citrate for control of serum phosphorus levels in CKD patients on dialysis

FDA approves Ferric Citrate for control of serum phosphorus levels in CKD patients on dialysis

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Ferric Citrate (formerly known as Zerenex) for the control of serum phosphorus levels in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on dialysis. [More]
DaVita Kidney Care hosts online Google+ Hangout on Air

DaVita Kidney Care hosts online Google+ Hangout on Air

DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. and a leading provider of kidney care services, will host an online Google+ Hangout on Air called "Kidney Diet Tips: Diabetes Edition" on Monday, Sept. 8 at 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. ET. [More]
Clinical studies to treat unmet medical need post-transplantation

Clinical studies to treat unmet medical need post-transplantation

A class of biotechnology drugs called monoclonal antibodies is now being tested in clinical studies to treat an unmet medical need post-transplantation, called delayed graft function [More]
Researchers create new drug to reduce inflammation of donor organ after transplantation

Researchers create new drug to reduce inflammation of donor organ after transplantation

To reduce the number of discards and thus make more kidneys available, researchers and medical scientists from the European consortium MABSOT have created a new drug called OPN-305 to reduce inflammation of the donor organ after transplantation. [More]
‘Concerning’ rise in pneumococcus risk factors

‘Concerning’ rise in pneumococcus risk factors

Researchers report that the incidence of Streptococcus pneumoniae infection has fallen significantly in the USA in the past decade but describe a “concerning trend” whereby the baseline health status of those with serious pneumococcal disease has worsened. [More]
'Good' cholesterol turns 'bad' by sugar-derived substance

'Good' cholesterol turns 'bad' by sugar-derived substance

Scientists at the University of Warwick have discovered that 'good' cholesterol is turned 'bad' by a sugar-derived substance. [More]
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 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]