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Importance of maintaining protein intake in hemodialysis patients (Part I)

Introduction Dietary restrictions to control serum phosphorous are routinely recommended to hemodialysis patients, and are usually associated with a reduction in protein intake.[1] However, increased longevity has consistently been observed in patients with CKD who have more muscle and/or fat, who report better appetite and who eat more.[2] In this…

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Professor Rudolf Wüthrich
Expert article by:
Professor Rudolf Wüthrich

Date of publication:
March 4, 2013

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COMPACT SUMMARY 2012

During the past year, COMPACT has addressed some of the most important topics regarding the treatment of hyperphosphatemia. These include drug adherence, fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23) levels, and mortality risks. We have also kept you up-to-date with findings from this year’s conferences. In this article we summarize some of…

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Date of publication:
December 20, 2012

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ASN 2012 – poster highlights in CKD-MBD

This year’s ASN Kidney Week featured over 150 posters on mineral bone disorders, covering topics such as FGF-23, the value of bone mineral density measurement, new therapeutic options and the potential impact of the US Prospective Payment System, or “bundle” reimbursement policy. Beneath, we review a selection of these posters…

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Date of publication:
December 3, 2012

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ASN 2012 – towards “restoring patient health in a meaningful way”

The overarching theme of ASN Kidney Week 2012 was the push towards a “cure for kidney disease” or, as this was alternatively described, a drive towards “restoring patient health in a meaningful way”.  The plenaries in particular highlighted the importance of these goals, but the difficulties inherent in delivering transformational…

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Date of publication:
November 28, 2012

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Calcium balance in the CKD population

To make an accurate assessment of the need for calcium supplementation in a CKD patient, a nephrologist needs a good understanding of the patient’s pre-supplementation calcium balance. In this article we review recent evidence by Spiegel and Brady [1] on this topic along with associated commentary. The Spiegel and Brady…

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Date of publication:
November 8, 2012

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ASN Kidney Week 2012 Preview – five abstracts that caught our eye…

Kidney Week 2012 starts this week in San Diego. The annual meeting, organized by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), is traditionally the largest global event for nephrologists and this year promises to continue this trend with over 3,400 posters and 400+ oral abstracts scheduled for presentation. We’ve been looking…

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Date of publication:
October 29, 2012

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Is there value in measuring Bone Mineral Density in elderly CKD patients?

In our last post we reviewed how patients with CKD 3-5D have an increased risk of fracture compared with the general population, but that analysis into the relationship between CKD and Bone Mineral Density (BMD) has shown mixed results. In this follow-up article we continue our focus on the value…

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Professor Stuart M. Sprague
Expert article by:
Professor Stuart M. Sprague

Date of publication:
October 15, 2012

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