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Ultrasonography for nephrologists course Jan 10-11, 2015
This is a CME-accredited, comprehensive two-day training course that includes both didactic and practical training. It covers all aspects of ultrasonography for nephrologists, including: Diagnostic imaging of native kidneys and allografts; Percutaneous biopsy of native kidneys and allografts; End-stage kidneys, bladder, ultrasound guidance for venous access; Coding, billing, reporting, and equipment. No prior training or experience required. For questions, please read the frequently asked questions section below before contacting us.

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JAMA: New hyperkalemia sorbent effective in reducing hyperkalemia
JAMA: Conclusions and Relevance Among outpatients with hyperkalemia, open-label sodium zirconium cyclosilicate reduced serum potassium to normal levels within 48 hours; compared with placebo, all 3 doses of zirconium cyclosilicate resulted in lower potassium levels and a higher proportion of patients with normal potassium levels for up to 28 days. Further studies are needed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of zirconium cyclosilicate beyond 4 weeks and to assess long-term clinical outcomes.

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Fiber supplementation lower p-cresol levels
JREN in press: Results: Plasma p-cresol decreased from 7.25 ± 1.74 mg/L during week 1 to 5.82 ± 1.72 mg/L during week 12 (P < .05), and in participants with high compliance (>70% inulin intake), from 6.71 ± 1.98 mg/L to 4.22 ± 1.16 mg/L (P < .05). Total fiber intake increased from 16.6 ± 1.7 g/day during control to 26.5 ± 2.4 g/day (P < .0001) with the added pea hull and to 34.5 ± 2.2 g/day with pea hull and inulin (P < .0001). Stool frequency increased from 1.4 ± 0.2 stools/day during control to 1.9 ± 0.3 stools/day during both fiber periods (P < .05). No change in overall QoL was observed. Conclusions: Supplementing the diet of CKD patients with fiber may be a dietary therapy to reduce p-cresol and improve stool frequency.

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Google genomics: storing thousands of genomes in the cloud
Technology Review: Glazer wouldn’t say how large Google Genomics is or how many customers it has now, but at least 3,500 genomes from public projects are already stored on Google’s servers. He also says there’s no link, as of yet, between Google’s cloud and its more speculative efforts in health care, like the company Google started this year, called Calico, to investigate how to extend human lifespans. “What connects them is just a growing realization that technology can advance the state of the art in life sciences,” says Glazer.

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New portable ultrasound device is disruptive technology.
Technology Review: A scanner the size of an iPhone that you could hold up to a person’s chest and see a vivid, moving, 3-D image of what’s inside is being developed by entrepreneur Jonathan Rothberg.

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