August 7, 2017

Fresenius Medical Care to acquire NxStage Medical, Inc. to strengthen its vertically integrated dialysis business


April 20, 2017

Fresenius Medical Care North America Announces Kidney Walk National Team in support of the National Kidney Foundation


April 13, 2017

New President of FreseniusRx to Build on Company’s Success in Contributing to Positive Patient Outcomes


March 16, 2017

FMCNA’s Acumen Physician Solutions Division Unveils Acumen 2.0, Powered by Epic


March 9, 2017

Fresenius Medical Care and Humana Partner to Improve Health of Kidney Failure Patients Across the Nation


February 7, 2017

Weaving integrated care into the ESRD model


February 7, 2017

Cigna and Fresenius Medical Care North America Collaborate to Drive Quality and Lower the Cost of Caring for Kidney Dialysis Patients


January 19, 2017

Fresenius Medical Care Uniquely Positioned to Transform Care for Kidney Failure Patients as Primary Participant in National Medicare Demonstration Program


December 22, 2016

Fresenius Kidney Care Joins Forces with The Johns Hopkins Hospital To Expand and Enhance Critical Kidney Care Services for Baltimore Area Residents


November 30, 2016

Dialysis Patients Who Skip Flu Vaccine More Likely to be Hospitalized


November 18, 2016

Influenza Vaccination Keeps Dialysis Patients Out of the Hospital


November 17, 2016

Fresenius Medical Care Showcases Breadth and Depth of Clinical Research with Nearly 70 Abstracts Slated for Presentation at the American Society of Nephrology 2016 Kidney Week Meeting


November 3, 2016

A Personal Story of Hurricane Matthew in North America


October 26, 2016

Universal American ACOs and Fresenius Medical Care Partner to Improve Health of End Stage Renal Disease Patients


October 25, 2016

Fresenius Kidney Care Tops Government’s National Five-Star Quality Ratings


October 10, 2016

Fresenius Medical Care celebrates 20th anniversary


October 6, 2016

Hurricane Matthew marches closer to U.S.; forces mass evacuations


October 4, 2016

Feds Say More People Should Try Dialysis At Home


September 20, 2016

Chronic Kidney Disease in Primary Care: Outcomes after Five Years in a Prospective Cohort Study


September 7, 2016

Taking care of dialysis patients during an emergency means taking care of clinic staff


August 29, 2016

Fresenius Kidney Care Donations


July 28, 2016

CMO looks at ways to put meaning behind ‘quality care’


June 28, 2016

Transitioning dialysis patients from catheter to permanent access


June 24, 2016

Fresenius touts 10-year dialysis mortality reduction


June 21, 2016

Fresenius Medical Care North America Significantly Reduces Mortality and Hospitalization for Dialysis Patients


June 13, 2016

Gamma Medical Research announces the use of Telemedicine in Clinical Research

Gamma Medical Research, Inc., headed by Dr. Roberto Mangoo-Karim, is excited to announce the licensing of My Doctors Chat to provide Telemedicine in its clinical research programs. Gamma Medical Research, a company dedicated to compassionate medical care and scientific progress, is advancing science and innovation through clinical investigation by conducting pharmaceutical research trials. Read more…


June 1, 2016

Indianapolis Dreams


June 1, 2016

Fresenius Medical Care creates regenerative medicine subsidiary


May 2, 2016

Fresenius Renal Therapies Announces the Introduction of Next Generation Sentinel Technology to Support Fluid Management Challenges in the End Stage Renal Disease Community


April 25, 2016

Fresenius Medical Care North America to Present Range of Clinical Findings Focused on Improving Renal Patient Care and Health Outcomes at the National Kidney Foundation 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings


April 13, 2016

Fresenius Medical Care North America’s Dialysis Division Is Now Fresenius Kidney Care


March 22, 2016

American Association of Kidney Patients Awards Fresenius Medical Care Caregivers with its Highest Honor for Health Care Professionals


March 17, 2016

Commentary: When Patients Come First and Technology Advances, Improved Dialysis Outcomes Will Follow


March 2016

Twelve Attributes of a Successful Community Research Site


March 11, 2016

Dr. Edward Jones, Medical Director of Fresenius Medical Care in Philadelphia, Receives a 2016 Medal of Excellence Award from American Association of Kidney Patients


March 1, 2016

Congress: Act now to improve access, care for individuals with kidney failure

In just a few short decades, our ability to treat patients with once-terminal conditions has advanced dramatically. Thirty years in practice as a nephrologist have given me a front-row seat to remarkable changes and positive advances for individuals with multiple complex health conditions… Read more…

January 27, 2016

USRDS report shows fewer deaths, increased use of home dialysis

In case you haven’t already, check out the annual data report just released from USRDS, which revealed both positive and negative trends in kidney disease in the U.S. Read more…

January 12, 2016

Multinational Assessment of Accuracy of Equations for Predicting Risk of Kidney Failure

To help identify patients at risk of kidney failure, a multinational meta-analysis of 31 cohorts validated kidney failure risk equations developed in a Canadian population, although additional calibration factors may be required. Read more…

January 4, 2016

Renal function trajectory over time and adverse clinical outcomes

A new method for identifying individuals with CKD who are at higher risk of adverse outcomes is being explored through assessment of the rate of change in kidney function over time. Read more…

December 5, 2015

Loss of Residual Renal Function is Associated with Vascular Calcification in Hemodialysis Patients

A recent study found loss of residual renal function was associated with higher abdominal aortic calcification scores as well as vascular calcification in hemodialysis patients. Read more…

December 1, 2015

The burden of comorbidity in people with chronic kidney disease stage 3: a cohort study

A recent study aimed to assess the extent and prognostic significance of multiple comorbidities in people with CKD stage 3. Learn more about the study and its conclusions. Read more…

November 21, 2015

Patterns of Dialysis Initiation Affect Outcomes of Incident Hemodialysis Patients

Elective initiation of hemodialysis by incident ESRD patients reduces hospitalization and mortality compared to planned or unplanned urgent HD initiation, a recent study findsRead more…

November 11, 2015

Could Wearable 'Artificial Kidney' Free Patients of Big Dialysis Machines?

A small, experimental wearable device has moved a step closer to helping patients who rely on kidney dialysis, according to a report. For patients with kidney failure, the common treatment is to be hooked up to a dialysis machine at a hospital or clinic several times a more.

November 6, 2015

Blood Test Can Predict Kidney Disease 5 Years Before Damage Starts

Testing blood for soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor, or suPAR, can predict a patient's risk of developing chronic kidney disease, or CKD, as early as five years before damage from the condition is seen, according to a new more. 

November 5, 2015

Patient Activation with Knowledge, Self-Management and Confidence in Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease is a growing health problem on a global scale. The increasing prevalence of chronic kidney disease presents an urgent need to better understand the knowledge, confidence and engagement in self-managing the more.

November 2015

Educating Patients about CKD: The Path to Self-Management and Patient-Centered Care

Patient education is associated with better patient outcomes and supported by international guidelines and organizations, but a range of barriers prevent widespread implementation of comprehensive education for people with progressive kidney disease, especially in the United more. 

October 21, 2015

Stretching Your Dollar: Methods and Tools for Increasing the Productivity of Clinical Trials

Recent Tufts data show clinical trials typically take nearly twice as long to complete enrollment as predicted at launch and 48% of trial sites miss enrollment more.

October 13, 2015

Comorbidity As a Driver of Adverse Outcomes in People with Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with poor outcomes, perhaps due to a high burden of comorbidity. Most studies of CKD populations focus on concordant comorbidities, which cause CKD or often accompany CKD. Less is known about the burden of mental health conditions and discordant conditions (those not concordant but still clinically relevant, like dementia or cancer) more.

September 16, 2015

Hospitalized Patients With CKD Often Unaware of It

Hospitalized patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) frequently are unaware of their condition, according to research published in the September issue of the Journal of Hospital more.

September 8, 2015

For Kidney Patients, No One Size-Fits-All Treatment For Coronary Artery Disease

Patients with chronic kidney disease are at high risk of coronary artery disease. However, they are also at risk for worsening kidney function from revascularization procedures and have been routinely excluded from clinical trials of stenting vs bypass more.

September 4, 2015

New Service Helps Kidney Patients

Patients receiving hemodialysis in the central Island region may soon have a better option of receiving treatment, thanks to a pilot project underway by Island Health. The health authority is currently testing a new service at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria that allows patients with kidney failure the chance to have their blood cleansed through hemodialysis as they sleep at the hospital more.  

August 26, 2015

Scientists Develop Novel Technique for Kidney Research

One in four patients treated with the widely used anti-cancer drug cisplatin develop chronic kidney disease. To better understand how the treatment leads to kidney damage, and possibly prevent it, a team of researchers at Yale School of Medicine developed a new 3D-imaging technique to peer deep into these vital more.  

August 14, 2015

Should We Target Magnesium Levels in Patients With CKD?

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and in patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis or hemodialysis. Indeed, the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease is an order of magnitude higher in adults with CKD than in the general population, even after adjustment for age and diabetic more.

August 7, 2015

Diabetic Kidney Disease: Prevention and Novel Therapies

Identifying early complications and emphasizing education and prevention may significantly help prevent kidney disease in patients with diabetes. In addition, new therapies focusing on repairing damaged tissue and innovative forms of renal replacement may help lower morbidity and more.  

July 31, 2015

Renal Replacement Need After Cardiac Surgery Hikes Death Risk

Patients who require renal replacement therapy (RRT) after cardiac surgery are at increased risk of death, independent of other factors, according to a new more.  

July 22, 2015

Teaching Computers to Create an Early Warning System for Kidney Disease

About twice every hour, all of the blood in our bodies filters through our kidneys, removing waste and excess water to produce urine. But this important kidney function is irreversibly compromised in about 20 million Americans by chronic disease, most often related to poorly controlled diabetes and high blood pressure. In many cases, modern medicine does nothing to slow kidney disease for one very simple reason—most who are affected don't know it until it's already too more.  

July 13, 2015

Chronic Kidney Disease Risk Higher in Female Diabetics

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is more likely to develop in female diabetics than male diabetics, a recently published study suggests. Margaret K. Yu, MD, of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, and colleagues studied 1,464 adult patients with diabetes and normal renal more.  

June 26, 2015

Experts Identify New Strategies for Using EHRs to Treat Chronic Kidney Disease Patients

Experts have identified new strategies for using electronic health records (EHRs) to treat patients with chronic kidney disease. The proposed strategies appear in the current issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of more.  

June 9, 2015

Primary Health Care Should Play Bigger Role in Treating Chronic Kidney Disease

The article analysed which interventions are most effective for CKD in the early stages. It also explored what the optimum time is to provide clinical care for patients with early-stage CKD and what model of care is most suitable for these more.  

June 2015

Hepatitis C and End Stage Renal Disease

Hepatitis C is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with end stage renal disease and kidney transplant candidates. The prevalence of positive HCV antibody in patients on hemodialysis ranges from 5% to 60% in developed countries, depending on other risk more.  

May 22, 2015

Research Identifies Best Treatment for Blood Pressure in Diabetic Kidney Disease

Physicians treating hospitalized patients for conditions unrelated to the kidneys should pay close attention to common blood and urine tests for kidney function in order to prevent acute kidney injury. However, the study, which brings together 157 studies involving more than 43,000 adults with diabetes, shows that angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin-receptor blocker (ARB) treatments, alone or in combination, are the most effective drug regimen for preventing end-stage renal more.

May 12, 2015

Acute Kidney Injury Linked To Pre-Existing Kidney Health, Study Finds

Physicians treating hospitalized patients for conditions unrelated to the kidneys should pay close attention to common blood and urine tests for kidney function in order to prevent acute kidney injury, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggestsread more.

May 5, 2015

Congressional Visits Focus On Kidney Research and Treatments

The American Association of Kidney Patients joined the American Society of Nephrologyin Capitol Hill for the 3rd Annual Kidney Health Advocacy Day. The physicians and medical researchers of ASN were joined by AAKP patient volunteers from across the country and met with multiple elected leaders and more than 70 key staff members of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to show support for legislative and policy solutions of critical importance to kidney patients and medical researchersread more.

April 9, 2015

New High-Throughput Screening Method May Uncover Novel Treatments For Kidney Disease

A newly developed assay may help investigators identify novel drug candidates to protect kidney cells and prevent or treat chronic kidney disease (CKD)…read more.

April 9, 2015

New High-Throughput Screening Method May Uncover Novel Treatments For Kidney Disease

A newly developed assay may help investigators identify novel drug candidates to protect kidney cells and prevent or treat chronic kidney disease (CKD)read more.

April 7, 2015

Getting a Clearer Picture of How to Slow or Stop Kidney Disease in Children

Thanks largely to an ongoing national study with leadership at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, doctors now have a clearer picture of the best ways to stop or slow the progression of kidney disease in children like Marleyread more.

March 31, 2015

Survival Up Among Dialysis Patients

New statistics suggest that kidney patients on dialysis are surviving longer. The study was presented at a National Kidney Foundation meeting in Dallasread more.

March 26, 2015

More Expectant Mothers On Dialysis

With the rise in chronic kidney disease in the United States, pregnancy in women with kidney failure is becoming more common, according to new findings presented at the National Kidney Foundation's 2015 Spring Clinical Meetingsread more.

March 17, 2015

Kidney Failure Undertreatment an International Concern

More than 2 million kidney failure patients worldwide die prematurely every year because they can't get treatment, according to a new study published in The Lancet. Researchers analyzed data from 123 countries with 93% of the world's population, and found there were between 4.9 and 9.7 million kidney failure patients who required either dialysis or a kidney transplant in 2010read more.

March 16, 2015

Dialysis Patients At Higher Cancer Risk

Over a 5-year period, cancer developed in 9.5% of hemodialysis patients, a rate much higher than would be expected in the general population. Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) receiving hemodialysis have an added burden: high rates of cancer, according to a new studyread more.

March 6, 2015

Coronary Artery Calcium Assessment in CKD: Utility in Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment and Treatment?

Coronary artery calcification (CAC) is a strong predictor of cardiovascular event rates in the general population, and scoring with multislice computed tomography commonly is used to improve risk stratification beyond clinical variables. CAC is accelerated in chronic kidney disease, but this occurs as a result of 2 distinct pathologic processes that result in medial (arteriosclerosis) and intimal (atherosclerosis) depositionread more.

March 2, 2015

Prevalence of CKD in US adults over 30 to rise 27% by 2030, according to new research

The prevalence of chronic kidney disease will rise in the United States, according to a new report published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases during March’s National Kidney Month. The amount of adults aged 30 or older who have CKD is projected to increase from 13.2% currently, to 14.4% in 2020 and 16.7% in 2030, which represents a total increase of almost 27%read more.

February 12, 2015

Nitric Oxide and Chronic Kidney Disease

Researchers have been eager to identify markers of genetic predisposition to the development of heart failure (HF) in CKD patients. This search for genetic markers was the focus of a study published in PLOS One by a team of researchers from the United Kingdom. Their research points to nitric oxide (NO) as a culpritread more.

February 12, 2015

High Dietary Acid Load Predicts ESRD among Adults with CKD

Small clinical trials have shown that a reduction in dietary acid load (DAL) improves kidney injury and slows kidney function decline; however, the relationship between DAL and risk of ESRD in a population-based cohort with CKD remains unexaminedread more.

February 04, 2015

Infection Linked to Non-Dialysis CKD Among Diabetics

British researchers have found a high burden of infections among older adults with diabetes who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) not treated by dialysis or a kidney transplant…read more.

February 2015

Dialysis Vasculopathy—Subtle Thoughts of a Deeply Damaged Brain

In this issue of AJKD, we extend our understanding of the relationship between cognitive impairment and chronic kidney failure by providing evidence of an association between the rate of cognitive decline and survival in patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis…read more.

January 9, 2015

The Emerging Role of Biosimilar Epoetins in Nephrology in the United States

Biologic drugs, including epoetin, continue to play an important role in the management of medical conditions. However, biologics are costly and soon many of the patents on these drugs will expire, making way for non–brand name products (ie, biosimilars). It is only by introducing competition to the marketplace that costs will de-escalate…read more.

January 2015

Behavioral Stage of Change and Dialysis Decision-Making

Behavioral stage of change (SoC) algorithms classify patients’ readiness for medical treatment decision-making. In the precontemplation stage, patients have no intention to take action within 6 months. In the contemplation stage, action is intended within 6 months. In the preparation stage, patients intend to take action within 30 days. In the action stage, the change has been made. This study examines the influence of SoC on dialysis modality decision-making…read more.

January 2015

Arterial Stiffness and Chronic Kidney Disease: Lessons From the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study

The purpose of this review is to highlight what the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) study has taught us regarding arterial stiffness in chronic kidney disease. The CRIC study began in mid-2003 and enrolled more than 3,900 people with chronic kidney disease…read more.

December 09, 2014

Season Affects Body Composition and Estimation of Fluid Overload In Haemodialysis Patients: Variations In Body Composition; A Survey From The European MONDO Database

Seasonal variations in blood pressure (BP) and inter-dialytic weight gain (IDWG) are well established in dialysis patients. However, no study has assessed changes in body composition (BC) in this population…read more.

December 04, 2014

New U.S. Kidney Transplant Rules Take Effect

New rules intended to create a more level playing field for those awaiting kidney transplants in the United States go into effect Thursday…read more.

October 2014

Usefulness of bioimpedance spectroscopy for detection of hypotensive episode during dialysis

Using statistical methods, this study investigates whether bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) and plasma electrolytes can be used to identify risk of intradialytic hypotension (IDH) based on information obtained during the first half of the dialysis treatment more.

September 18, 2014

Randomized Clinical Trial of Dialysate Cooling and Effects on Brain White Matter

Hemodialysis is associated with significant circulatory stress that could produce recurrent and cumulative ischemic insults to multiple organs, such as the more.

September 5, 2014

FDA allows marketing of the first test to assess risk of developing acute kidney injury

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed marketing of the NephroCheck test, a first-of-a-kind laboratory test to help more.

September 04, 2014

A Simple Protein–Energy Wasting Score Predicts Survival in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients

Nutritional status is a powerful predictor of survival in maintenance hemodialysis patients but remains challenging to more.

August 18, 2014

Amgen Announces Positive Top-Line Results From Second Phase 3 Study Of AMG 416 For The Treatment Of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism In Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease Receiving Hemodialysis

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 more.

August 14, 2014

Medicare Rules that You Won’t Have to Choose Between Dialysis and Hospice if You Have a Terminal Illness

We are pleased to report that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have affirmed that dialysis patients who enter hospice for a terminal illness unrelated to their kidney failure may continue to receive dialysis services paid for under Medicare Part more.

July 22, 2014

Earlier Diagnosis, Patient Education and Integrated Care Can Help Reduce the Prevalence of Dialysis Crash Starts

Far too many kidney disease patients are unprepared to start dialysis. As a result, tens of thousands of people "crash" into dialysis with kidney failure, requiring emergency hospitalization, placement of temporary vascular accesses and costly medications to treat life-threatening more.

July 17, 2014

Amgen Announces Positive Phase III Results

Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) today announced that a Phase 3 study evaluating AMG 416 (formerly known as velcalcetide) for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), receiving hemodialysis, met its primary and all secondary more.

July 15, 2014

Update made to Informed Consent Information Sheet

There's been a new FDA draft guidance posted for review and comment, regarding informed more.

July 10, 2014

ASN president urges Congress to create federal prize competition to boost innovative kidney research

On April 9, the president of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) urged Congress to boost scientific innovation in kidney research through a federal prize competition. In her testimony before the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology, ASN President Sharon M. Moe, MD, FASN, voiced support for federal prize competitions as a mechanism to incentivize new approaches to renal replacement therapy that could reduce escalating Medicare costs and improve care for the 450,000 Americans with kidney more.

July 8, 2014

Building the Nation’s Longest Kidney Transplant Chain

The University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital is celebrating the nation's longest kidney transplant chain. It's something that's saving lives and so far has given 21 people a new lease on life. The next life-saving surgery is scheduled for next more.

June 18, 2014

Ethics and Regulatory Complexities for Pragmatic Clinical Trials

Some patients do not receive the best care possible, either because research to support clinical decision making with high-quality evidence is lacking or because evidence-based practices are not routinely implemented. Pragmatic clinical trials (PCTs), which include patients in routine clinical practice settings and typically incorporate comparative effectiveness research (CER)—that is, comparing the safety and effectiveness of diagnostic, therapeutic, or delivery system options—can help overcome these more.

June 13, 2014

Most Recent Trends in U.S. Hemodialysis Practice Following Policy Changes — May 2014

The DOPPS Practice Monitor (DPM) showed smaller changes in anemia practice in most DOPPS countries other than in the U.S. over the same time more.

June 04, 2014

Working Toward Itch Solutions for Dialysis Patients

Trevi Therapeutics, Inc. (“Trevi” or the “Company”), a clinical stage biotechnology company developing Nalbuphine ER for chronic pruritus conditions, today announced a Series B financing of $25 million led by TPG Biotech, the life science venture investment arm of TPG, with $15 million funded at first more.

May 28, 2014

Rockwell Medical Announces FDA Acceptance for Filing of Triferic(TM) New Drug Application

Rockwell Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq:RMTI), a fully-integrated biopharmaceutical company targeting end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) with innovative products and services for the treatment of iron replacement, secondary hyperparathyroidism and hemodialysis, today announced that its New Drug Application (NDA) for Triferic(TM) has been accepted for filing by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) more.

May 22, 2014

The relationship between IL-10 levels and cardiovascular events in patients with CKD

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in patients with CKD. IL-10 is considered an antiatherosclerotic cytokine. However, previous studies have failed to observe an association between IL-10 and cardiovascular disease in more.

April 1, 2014

Are cost pressures influencing the way nephrologists provide patient care?

Since the Medicare payment bundle for dialysis patient services came into effect in January 2011, providers have looked for ways to reduce treatment costs. Items like lab tests and certain drug therapies that were previously separately billable are now wrapped up into one Medicare more.

March 4, 2014

New markers for acute kidney injury reported

Two new markers for acute kidney injury have been determined, thanks to new research completed by the University of Louisville. The research group validated two new markers -- tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases (TIMP)-2 and insulin-like growth factor binding protein 7 (IGFBP7) -- in urine that, when assessed together, give clinicians the ability to detect and begin treating AKI much earlier than the current more.

March 4, 2014

Understanding the Cause of Kidney Disease

A recent Study of Heart and Renal Protection (SHARP) evaluated the prognosis of chronic kidney disease in 6,245 nondialysis participants. Read a complete outline of this observational study and its more.