Journal Watch

  • NSF from gadolinium contrast dye is very rare

    Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is a life-threatening problem that has been linked to gadolinium MRI contrast dye in people with kidney problems. The good news is that the rate of NSF is very low—just 1.6% even among those who did receive gadolinium.

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

  • Vitamin E-coated dialyzers may reduce inflammation

    One cause of heart disease is a build-up of "free radicals" in the blood. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant, which mops up free radicals. In Japan, Vitamin E-coated dialyzors have been linked with a need for less heparin and less anemia. Immune function seems better, too. Perhaps these will one day come to the U.S.?

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

  • High transporters live just as long on cycler PD

    In a study that followed 117 people who started PD in Korea, those who were older, or had diabetes or heart disease had poorer survival. But being a high transporter (wastes move quickly through the peritoneum but water removal is poor) did not reduce survival.

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