August 2020 Briefing - Nephrology
Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nephrology for August 2020. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
Many Opt for Genetic Testing of Embryos for Kidney Disease
FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- About half of couples referred for counseling due to a family history of kidney disease opt for preimplantation genetic testing for monogenic kidney disease, and 65 percent of those experience one or more live births of an unaffected child, according to a study published online Aug. 27 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Guideline Updated for Nutrition in Chronic Kidney Disease
THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The National Kidney Foundation and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have updated the clinical practice guideline for nutrition in chronic kidney disease (CKD); the 2020 update was published as a supplement to the September issue of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Patient-Reported Outcome Measure May Be Useful in Hemodialysis
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) can standardize symptom screening processes and improve symptom awareness for hemodialysis patients in routine clinical care, according to a study published online Aug. 25 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
CPR Preferences Explored for Patients Receiving Dialysis
TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Among patients receiving dialysis, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) preferences are associated with some aspects of end-of-life care, according to a study published online Aug. 24 in JAMA Network Open.
Heart Events Observed for ~12 Percent of Adults Hospitalized With Flu
TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Among adults hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza, 11.7 percent have an acute cardiovascular event, according to a study published online Aug. 25 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Pop Concert Held to Learn More About COVID-19 Spread
MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- About 1,500 people attended a pop concert in Germany to help researchers learn how the new coronavirus spreads in such situations.
Advisory Panel Rejects Nearly All Proposals for Fetal Tissue Research
THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A Trump administration advisory board to evaluate scientific research involving fetal tissue says 13 of 14 proposals should be rejected.
Drug-Coated Balloon Angioplasty Better for Hemodialysis Fistulas
THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For the treatment of stenotic lesions in dysfunctional hemodialysis arteriovenous fistulas, drug-coated balloon angioplasty is superior to standard angioplasty during the six months after the procedure, according to a study published in the Aug. 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Poll: More Older Adults Using Telehealth During Pandemic
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- More older adults have used telehealth to consult with a health care provider during the COVID-19 pandemic compared with that seen in the previous year, according to a report published online Aug. 17 based on the results of the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging.
Return-to-School Recommendations Issued for Organ Transplant Recipients
FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients, the decision of whether to return to school should be a shared decision between families, transplant professionals, and educators, according to an expert opinion article published online Aug. 4 in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.
Racial, Ethnic Disparities in Flu Shot Seen at Dialysis Facilities
FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For U.S. patients undergoing dialysis, the proportion receiving influenza vaccination is lower at facilities with higher proportions of Black and Hispanic patients, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Burnout Less Likely for Doctors in Minority Race/Ethnic Groups
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with non-Hispanic White physicians, physicians in minority racial/ethnic groups are less likely to report burnout, according to a study published online Aug. 7 in JAMA Network Open.
Guidelines Detail How to Manage Aneurysms of Visceral Arteries
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, issued by the Society for Vascular Surgery and published in a supplement to the July issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, recommendations are presented for the care and treatment of aneurysms of the visceral arteries.
Guidance Helps Doctors Optimize Telemedicine for Seniors
TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In an Ideas and Opinions article published online Aug. 11 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, guidance is provided for physicians to optimize telemedicine, which can be challenging for older patients.
Expanding Medicaid in Holdout States Could Insure 3.9 Million
MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Expanding Medicaid to all states could reduce the number of uninsured by 28 percent based on pre-COVID-19 data, according to a report released by the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Life Expectancy 78.60 Years for U.S. Population for 2009-2011
FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Life expectancy for 2009 to 2011 was 78.60 years for the total U.S. population, with the highest life expectancy for Hispanic women, according to the Aug. 7 National Vital Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC: More American Indian, Alaska Natives in Fair, Poor Health
THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) adults are more likely to be in fair or poor health than all U.S. adults, according to an August data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.
Health Plans Not Implementing Prior Authorization Reforms
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians say prior authorization (PA) continues to interfere with patient care and can lead to adverse clinical consequences, according to the results of a survey released by the American Medical Association.
President Says Medicare Should Expand Telehealth Services
TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- President Donald Trump signed an order on Monday that will broaden the role of telehealth for Medicare patients, the Associated Press reported.
Most Studies Still Fail to Analyze Data by Sex
TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The effect of gender is still largely ignored in scientific studies, according to a study published online June 9 in eLife.
Cost-Related Rx Nonadherence Highest in Young U.S. Women
MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Cost-related prescription nonadherence is highest among younger U.S. women compared with individuals living in 10 other high-income countries, according to a report published in the August issue of Health Affairs.
38 Percent of Older Adults in U.S. Not Ready for Video Doctor Visits
MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- An estimated 38 percent of all older adults in the United States are not ready for video visits with physicians, according to a research letter published online Aug. 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine.