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Crucial Time For Medicare Kidney Spending
2012-09-05 08:25:05

Medicare has covered treatment for anyone with end-stage renal disease since 1972. The coverage is very expensive and the program has struggled since for 40 years to contain costs without compromising quality. In a new paper that chronicles that history, the authors argue that Medicare´s latest attempt — bundled payments and pay-for-performance — could become a broader model for the program if it succeeds. Amid a presidential campaign and facing the “fiscal...

2012-05-11 14:23:09

Results from a randomized trial in head and neck cancer Patients with head and neck cancer and a low haemoglobin (Hb) level do not respond well to radiotherapy and therefore both control of their tumor and disease-free survival are compromised. Now researchers from The Netherlands have found that the problems caused by low Hb in these patients can be overcome by the use of a treatment known as ARCON therapy, in which accelerated radiotherapy is combined with carbogen (a mixture of carbon...

2012-01-20 10:45:38

Drugs that treat anemia are critical for many who have kidney disease Highlights     More than 20 million adults in the United States have chronic kidney disease.     Drugs that treat red blood cell deficiencies are critical for maintaining many chronic kidney disease patients' health.     Experts comment on newly released federal recommendations for these drugs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently recommended that...

2011-12-23 08:58:26

Anemia drugs prevent many transplanted kidneys from failing Correcting anemia, a red blood cell deficiency, can preserve kidney function in many kidney transplant recipients, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN). The results indicate that aggressively treating anemia may help save the kidneys–and possibly the lives–of many transplant recipients. Anemia commonly arises in patients with kidney disease...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.