Journal Watch

  • Fear of needles, change barriers to nocturnal HD

    The Frequent HD Network study compared nocturnal to standard home HD. Schedule control and less commute time were big home HD pluses. Fear of self-cannulation, change from in-center, and lack of motivation were the main reasons some said no.

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  • Avoid some radiation—go home!

    People on standard HD have high rates of cancer vs. the general public. Perhaps this is due to their high number of X-rays and CT scans, suggests a new study. Each one counts—and in-center HD folks have more access procedures, hospital stays, etc.

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  • Daily HD: Less depression, shorter recovery after treatment

    More news from the NxStage FREEDOM study: after 12 months on daily HD, people were much less depressed. And, instead of taking about 8 hours to feel well after a treatment, most felt well after only ONE hour.

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  • Nocturnal HD: MUCH better survival

    On standard in-center HD, 5-year survival is about 20%. A new study of 247 dialyzors from Canada found a 5-year survival on nocturnal HD of about 80%. Those who were younger and did not have diabetes did even better.

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