You won't believe what PD allows this Dutch sculptor to do!
No power? No problem. Jan Ploeg lives in a custom VW van most of the year in an Irish meadow—and swims with a dolphin for a couple of hours each day. When his kidneys failed in 2010, rather than change his lifestyle, Jan fit PD into it. And, he's never had an infection. Read his amazing story.
Fresenius is expanding in-center nocturnal
Want to sleep through your HD and have your days free? Fresenius has 140 in-center nocturnal HD programs around the US—and will open more in 2013. "It gives me more energy overall to fish, hunt, and travel," says 72-year old Hilton Mitchell, who switched to in-center nocturnal about a year ago. Read the article.
PD = freedom
When he started dialysis in-center after his kidneys failed unexpectedly, Doug Thompson would be exhausted and spend the rest of the day in bed. Then he switched to PD and found a new and better way of life while he waits for a transplant. Read his story.
Would you build your own dialysis machine?
A man from China did—and it's kept him alive at home for 13 years. In college when his kidneys failed, Hu Songwen tapped out his savings to pay for 6 years of hospital dialysis. So, he built a machine out of old medical instruments and kitchen utensils. Read his story.
One step closer to a wearable artificial kidney
AWAK Technologies, which is working on a wearable artificial kidney (WAK), has signed an exclusive agreement with Baxter. With money worries out of the way, AWAK can move that much faster toward getting a product to human testing. Read the article.
What's new in dialysis research
Each month, we gather recent research abstracts for home dialysis. Visit our journal watch to learn more:
- What does glucose in PD fluid have to do with artery calcification?
- If at first you don't succeed with PD...it still costs less than in-center HD
- PD + C + E = reduced oxidative stress
- PD: Better survival than standard in-center HD
- Surgery to fix PD catheters in place is safe, effective
- For choosing a treatment option, lifestyle is what matters to patients
- Can more fluid removal mean needing less toxin removal?
- Review: survival on intensive HD vs. transplant
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