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High Serum Oxalate Levels Raised Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death in Dialysis Patients

Researchers found that patients in the highest oxalate quartile had a 40% increase in risk for cardiovascular events and a 62% increase in the risk of sudden cardiac death. kidneys-care-news

High baseline oxalate levels were also associated with a higher risk of death due to congestive heart failure. 

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Dialysis Patients Developed Antibodies to COVID After Infection

Researchers found that these antibodies led to a reduced likelihood of reinfection compared to patients who were not previously infected. “Researchers observed fewer PCR-confirmed infections during the second wave (defined as October 2020 to January 2021) in patients with preexisting antibodies than in those without antibodies (4.2% vs. 11.4%, conferring a risk ratio of 0.37),” according to reports.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Kidney Failure Patients Prefer Shared Decision-Making, But it Rarely Happens

Though most kidney failure patients prefer shared decision-making around their treatments, it rarely happens. Researchers also found that for those patients who did engage in shared decision making, certain topics like the long-term financial impact of treatment were not discussed.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

High Prevalence of CKD Seen in Women After Experiencing Preeclampsia

Researchers have found that a nephrology work-up may be necessary for undiagnosed chronic kidney disease in women who experience preeclampsia. A retrospective study at two centers found that newly diagnosed CKD risk was at 19% in people who experienced preeclampsia versus 3% in people without the condition.

Source: Renal & Urology News

Urine Test for Detecting Kidney Disease Not Used Enough, Research Says

People with hypertension or diabetes are usually not given a simple urine test to detect kidney disease, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data on almost 4 million hypertension and diabetes patients and found that only 4% of hypertension patients receive the test and 35% of diabetes patients receive it. 

Source: RenalWeb

Fresenius Medical Care Uses Virtual Reality to Help Train Patients for Home Hemodialysis

The virtual reality training — stay•safe MyTraining VR — was first offered in Germany and is now being extended to other European countries, middle eastern countries and some parts of Africa later in the year.

Source: RenalWeb

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