Nephrology News Roundup

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News storiesHere’s a roundup of nephrology news over the past few weeks. Click on the headlines to browse the articles. Or, if you’ve discovered other newsworthy items that may be of interest to our team or your nephrologist peers, we invite you to please share news links in the comments.

What Will Happen to MACRA Under a Trump Administration?

With the Trump Administration now in charge, many have been asking what the impact will be on healthcare—specifically on the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA). With all the buzz around abolishing the Affordable Care Act, some hope that MACRA will receive the same fate.

Sickle cell gene linked to elevated risk of developing kidney failure

New research indicates that being born with one copy of the sickle gene puts an individual at elevated risk for developing kidney failure.

Study: Multidrug resistant bacteria found in hospital sinks

Many recent reports have found multidrug resistant bacteria living in hospital sink drainpipes, putting them in close proximity to vulnerable patients.

Popular heartburn medications linked to gradual, yet silent, kidney damage

Study authors have shown that taking popular proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for heartburn for prolonged periods has been linked to serious kidney problems, including kidney failure, according to a study published in the February 22 issues of the journal Kidney International.

Rookie docs can work longer, 24-hour shifts under new rules

Rookie doctors can work up to 24 hours straight under new work limits taking effect this summer, a move supporters say will enhance training and foes maintain will do just the opposite.

Diabetic Ketoacidosis Linked to Higher Risk for AKI in Youth

High rates of acute kidney injury (AKI) were reported among youth in the hospital for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), researchers reported.

Kidney Cancer Survival Better Among Metformin Users

Metformin may improve survival in kidney cancer patients, especially those with localized renal cell carcinoma (RCC), a new meta-analysis suggests.

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