June 2017 Briefing - Nephrology
Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nephrology for June 2017. 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.
Poll Finds Seniors Struggling With Drug Costs Don't Seek Help
FRIDAY, June 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many older Americans who have difficulty paying for their medications don't seek help in finding more economical options, according to the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging.
Health of the Nation Presented in 40th Annual CDC Report
THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The health of the United States is summarized in the 40th annual report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Doctors Urged to Take Care With Electronic Communications
THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Care should be taken when conveying electronic messages to patients, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).
Tryptophan May Be Marker for Diabetic Nephropathy
THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD), a lower level of tryptophan (Trp) is associated with rapid decline in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), according to a study published online June 26 in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation.
FDA Seeks to Increase Number of Generic Drugs on Market
WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New measures to increase the number of generic prescription drugs available to Americans have been taken by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
suPAR Protein Levels Impact CKD Risk With APOL1 Variants
TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Plasma suPAR levels independently predict renal function decline in individuals with apolipoprotein L1 (APOL1) risk variants, according to a study published online June 26 in Nature Medicine.
Rate of Hip Fracture Declining in End-Stage Renal Disease
MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), the rate of hip fracture decreased from 2003 to 2011, according to a study published online June 22 in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
1991-2014 Saw Minimal Change in Health Spending Per State
THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- From 1991 to 2014 there was minimal change in health spending by state, according to a study published online June 14 in Health Affairs.
sRAGE Linked to Risk of Incident Diabetic Nephropathy
THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Serum levels of soluble receptor for advanced glycation end products (sRAGE) are associated with the risk of developing incident diabetic nephropathy (DN) in individuals with type 1 diabetes, according to a study published online June 19 in Diabetes Care.
AUA Reports on Nonneurogenic Chronic Urinary Retention
TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A white paper has been developed by the American Urological Association Quality Improvement and Patient Safety committee with respect to the diagnosis and management of nonneurogenic chronic urinary retention; the paper was published in the July issue of The Journal of Urology.
Health Insurers Recruiting Former Pharma Reps to Cut Costs
FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Health insurers are recruiting former pharmaceutical company representatives to educate doctors and help save money on prescription medications, according to a report published June 8 in Kaiser Health News.
20 Percent of Hospital Patients Have Side Effects From Abx Rx
FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About 20 percent of U.S. hospital patients who receive antibiotics experience side effects from the drugs, according to research published online June 12 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
AMA Endeavors to Increase Transparency of Rx Pricing
THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for more transparency in drug pricing amid rising costs that are putting some lifesaving medications out of reach for patients and communities.
Sedentary Lifestyle May Up Risk of Renal, Bladder Cancers
THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research adds to growing evidence that inactivity may be a significant risk factor for cancer, according to a report published online May 19 in Cancer Epidemiology.
Medical Students Lacking Proficiency in BP Measurements
MONDAY, June 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Medical students frequently do not achieve mastery of the skills necessary for accurate measurement of blood pressure (BP), according to a study published online April 28 in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension.
CDC: Kidney Disease Affects One in Seven Americans
MONDAY, June 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Thirty million American adults (one in seven) have chronic kidney disease -- but many don't know it, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Review: Depression Screening As Inpatient Important, Feasible
MONDAY, June 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Depression affects about one-third of hospital patients and could slow their recovery, according to research published recently in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.
New Bill With Tort Reforms Will Protect Iowa Physicians
FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new bill with tort reforms to protect Iowa physicians will take effect July 1, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).
Sitagliptin Stimulates Distal Tubular Natriuresis in T2DM
FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with type 2 diabetes, the dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor sitagliptin stimulates distal tubular natriuresis, according to a study published online May 26 in Diabetes Care.
Kidney Allocation System Cuts Racial Disparities in Transplant
FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new kidney allocation system implemented in 2014 by the United Network for Organ Sharing reduced racial disparities in receipt of kidney transplant, according to a study published in the June issue of Health Affairs.
U.S. Leads in Income-Based Health Care Inequalities
THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The United States has larger income-related differences in perceptions of health and health care than other middle- and high-income countries, according to a report published in the June issue of Health Affairs.
Health System Sees Success With E-Visits Via Patient Portal
WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patient portals can successfully offer access to physicians without office visits, according to a report published online May 30 by the American Medical Association.
CDC: High-Deductible Health Plan Use Rising Among Employers
WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High-deductible health plans are becoming more common among U.S. adults with employer-sponsored health insurance coverage, according to a report issued June 6 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
Combo of Several Meds at Smaller Doses May Boost HTN Care
TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Combining low doses of several different antihypertensive medications may be better than using a standard dose of just one drug, according to a review published online June 5 in Hypertension.
Many Taking NOACs for A-Fib May Not Be Getting Right Dose
TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in six Americans taking non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation may not be receiving the proper dose, according to a study published in the June 13 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Reducing SBP Targets Below Current Guidelines Cuts Risk
FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For adults with hypertension treated with antihypertensive medication, reducing systolic blood pressure (SBP) levels to 120 to 124 mm Hg is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality, according to a review published online May 31 in JAMA Cardiology.
Cool Water Works As Well As Hot for Ridding Hands of Germs
FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For effective hand hygiene, water temperature matters less than time, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Food Protection.
Excess Weight Increases Costs Across Health Care Settings
THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Excess weight is associated with increased costs across health care settings, with the highest percentage increases seen in costs for medications, according to research published online May 22 in Obesity Reviews.
Low Albumin Predicts Mortality in Renal Replacement Therapy
THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Low albumin levels at the start of renal replacement therapy are independently associated with mortality during one-year follow-up, according to a study published online May 23 in the Journal of Renal Care.