Journal Watch

  • Better sleep rhythms with nocturnal HD

    Who sleeps best on dialysis? A new study found the most normal levels of melatonin (a hormone that helps control sleep patterns) in people who did nocturnal HD. Those on PD also had better sleep than people who did standard in-center HD.

    Read the abstract » | (added 2011-02-24)

  • 42% higher risk of death found with less-than-4-hour HD

    Short standard in-center HD treatments done 3 times a week were linked with a much higher risk of death in a new study of 8,552 people. Of course, "further studies are needed...."

    Read the abstract » | (added 2011-02-24)

  • A Brazil nut a day keeps the doctor away

    Heart disease risk is higher among people on HD, due to oxidative stress (basically rust). Selenium reduces this stress—and Brazil nuts are the best known source. In a new study, 81 people on HD ate one Brazil nut each day. At the end of 3 months, their levels of the protective enzyme GSH-Px were normal.

    Read the abstract » | (added 2011-02-24)

  • Nocturnal HD improves bone mineral levels

    Yes, we knew this—but this time, it's a randomized controlled trial of nocturnal (6 nights/week) vs. standard in-center HD (3 times/week). Compared to standard HD, those doing nocturnal had lower phosphorus—even without binders—lower PTH levels, and lower calcium-times-phosphorus products.

    Read the abstract » | (added 2011-02-24)