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September 2008 Briefing - Nephrology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nephrology for September 2008. 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.

News Media Under-Report Drug Company Funding of Research

TUESDAY, Sept. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Reports on medication research published in general news media often fail to disclose that the research received pharmaceutical company funding and frequently refer to drugs by brand name rather than using the generic name, according to an article published in the Oct. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Gender Inequity Observed in Hematuria Referral

MONDAY, Sept. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Women with an initial episode or first recurrence of hematuria are less likely to receive urological referral in comparison to men of the same age, which may lead to delays in evaluation and diagnosis for serious urological conditions, researchers report in the September issue of Urology.

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Joint Commission Issues Anticoagulant Event Alert

MONDAY, Sept. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Specific risk reduction strategies can help prevent errors in the administration of anticoagulants that often result in harm or death, according to a Sentinel Event Alert published Sept. 24 by The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

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No Change to 2009 Part B Medicare Premium

MONDAY, Sept. 22 (HealthDay News) -- There will be no change to the Part B Standard Medicare premium in 2009 compared with 2008. This is the first time since 2000 that the premium has not risen over the prior year, according to an announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Uric Acid Levels Linked to Kidney Disease

MONDAY, Sept. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Elevated uric acid levels are associated with an increased risk of kidney disease, according to the results of a study published online Sept. 17 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Antibiotic Resistance Has Become a Global Pandemic

FRIDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- A concerted international and national response, behavior change by consumers and providers, and the development of antibacterial agents are all urgently needed to tackle the global problem of rapidly increasing antibiotic resistance, according to an article published online Sept. 18 in BMJ.

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Chronic Kidney Disease Increases Adverse Event Risk

THURSDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalized patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) experience an increase in both surgical and medical adverse events compared to patients without CKD, according to a report published online Sept. 5 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Sodium Bicarbonate Not a Superior Hydration Strategy

TUESDAY, Sept. 2 (HealthDay News) -- In patients with moderate to severe chronic kidney disease who are undergoing coronary angiography, hydration with sodium bicarbonate is not superior to hydration with sodium chloride in preventing contrast medium-induced nephropathy, according to an article published in the Sept. 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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