Journal Watch

  1. Hope predicts a better adjustment to dialysis

    How important is hope? A new study finds that hopeful people on dialysis were less anxious and depressed and had fewer symptoms. (We'd bet that home dialyzors are more hopeful.)

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  2. Icodextrin improved nutrition and inflammation in PD

    Replacing glucose-based PD fluid with icodextrin led to 66% better fluid removal, significantly higher protein levels, and significantly lower levels of the inflammation marker CRP.

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  3. New resource for intraperitoneal drug delivery

    On PD, it's not hard to inject a drug into the PD bag so it goes into the peritoneum. Which drugs are safest and most effective this way? A new article tells you the scoop.

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  4. Pain meds may one day protect the peritoneum

    COX-2 inhibitors fight pain and inflammation. A new study in mice has found that COX-2 drugs were able to reduce fibrosis and damage to the peritoneum caused by PD fluid. This finding may one day help people to do PD longer.

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  5. Hope for peritoneal fibrosis?

    Over time, the peritoneum can become fibrous and thickened, and less able to filter the blood during PD. A new study in rats suggests that erythropoietin (EPO) may help. Rats treated with EPO had less fibrosis. Down the road, perhaps this finding will help people.

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  6. Female sexual function better on PD than standard in-center HD

    If you're a woman, a new study finds that a transplant is the best way to restore your sexual function to normal levels. But PD did a much better job than standard HD—and the study didn't look at daily or nocturnal HD.

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  7. Need a bone density test on PD? Be sure you're empty

    A new study has found that having fluid in your belly when you have a bone density test (called DXA) can change the results.

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  8. PKD is not a barrier to successful PD

    In a study that compared 56 people with polycystic kidney disease on PD to 56 non-diabetic people with small kidneys on PD, there were no differences between the two groups after 37 months.

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  9. Nocturnal HD protects blood vessels

    Damage to smooth muscle cells may be one reason why people on standard in-center HD tend to have more clogged and calcified arteries. In 15 patients studied before and after switching from standard HD to nocturnal HD, there was better smooth muscle growth and less cell death on nocturnal. (Blood pressure, PTH levels, and phosphorus levels improved, too.)

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  10. Longer survival on PD with ACE-inhibitors or ARBs

    Even if blood pressure is normal, taking blood pressure pills in the ACE-inhibitor or ARB class was linked with much better survival in a new study. Researchers studied 306 new PD users from 2001 to 2005. Even adjusting for age, blood pressure, and other illnesses, those who took the BP pills had a 62% lower risk of death.

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