Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nephrology for June 2012. 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.
Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law
THURSDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Supreme Court voted June 28 to uphold the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which has been the subject of debate and multiple lawsuits since its 2010 inception.
Duplicate Payments by Federal Government Increasing
WEDNESDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- The federal government spends a substantial and increasing amount on individuals who are dually enrolled in separate managed care programs (the Veterans Affairs health care system [VA] and Medicare Advantage plan [MA]), according to a study published online June 26 in the Journal of the American Medical Association to coincide with presentation at the Annual Research Meeting of AcademyHealth, held from June 24 to 26 in Orlando, Fla.
Use of Electronic Records Tied to Fewer Malpractice Claims
TUESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Use of electronic health records (EHRs) is associated with fewer medical malpractice claims among physicians from multiple surgical and medical specialties, according to a research letter published online June 25 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Steroid-Free Regimen Post-Pediatric Renal Transplant Safe
TUESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- A steroid-free approach to immunosuppression following pediatric renal transplants is safe and effective, according to a study published online June 13 in the American Journal of Transplantation.
Similar Outcomes for Robot-Aided, Conventional Nephrectomy
FRIDAY, June 22 (HealthDay News) -- Robot-assisted and conventional laparoscopic partial nephrectomies have similar outcomes and complication rates, according to a study published in the July issue of The Journal of Urology.
Half of Residents Report Working While Sick
THURSDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- About half of residents have worked while sick, with many reporting feeling obligated to colleagues and patients, according to a research letter published online June 18 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
More Untreated Kidney Failure Seen in Older Adults
TUESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of untreated kidney failure is considerably higher in older adults than in younger adults, according to a study published in the June 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
High Future Coronary Event Risk in Chronic Kidney Disease
TUESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have higher rates of myocardial infarction (MI) than those with diabetes, according to a study published online June 19 in The Lancet.
Sports-Related Kidney Injuries Rare in High School Athletes
MONDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- Sports-related kidney injuries occur significantly less frequently than other injuries in high school athletes, according to a study published online June 18 in Pediatrics.
Gender Gap Exists in Physician Researchers' Salaries
TUESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- A survey of mid-career academic physician researchers shows that gender differences in salary exist even after adjusting for differences in specialty, institutional characteristics, academic productivity, academic rank, and work hours, according to a study published in the June 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Higher Risk of VTE in CKD Surgical Patients on Enoxaparin
FRIDAY, June 8 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who undergo total hip replacement (THR), the rate of major venous thromboembolism (VTE) is significantly higher in those treated with enoxaparin compared to those treated with desirudin, according to a study published online June 4 in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.
Risk of Calcium Oxalate Stones Not Affected by Oxalate Intake
TUESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Eating large amounts of oxalate does not significantly affect the risk of developing calcium oxalate stones if the recommended amount of dietary calcium is also eaten, according to a study published in the June issue of Urology.
Metabolic Syndrome Linked to Arterial Stiffness in CKD
MONDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), those with metabolic syndrome (MetS) have increased arterial stiffness but no increase in endothelial dysfunction, compared to those without MetS, according to a study published online May 29 in Diabetes Care.
Low-Carb Diets Not Harmful to Kidneys of Healthy Obese Patients
FRIDAY, June 1 (HealthDay News) -- Low-carbohydrate diets are safe for otherwise healthy obese individuals and there is no evidence that these diets cause kidney damage, according to a study published online May 31 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
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