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Children on dialysis living longer than in years past

Children on dialysis for end-stage kidney disease have a much lower risk of dying than they did 20 years ago, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Children on dialysis have a much shorter life expectancy than adults receiving dialysis treatment. These children already face 30 percent greater risk of death compared to healthy children. Dialysis is the only life-saving therapy for them as they wait for a kidney transplant. Researchers with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center set out to determine if death rates had changed in these patients. Thus, they identified ... Read More

Dialysis patients have more hip fractures but the injury is less likely to be deadly than in the past

Older dialysis patients are at greater risk of hip fracture than they were two decades ago, but they are less likely to be deadly then they were years ago, according to a new study presented at the National Kidney Foundation meeting. Researchers used Medicare records from 1996 through 2009, reviewing outcomes involving hip fractures in more than 400,000 people. They found the hip fracture rate in dialysis patients has risen throughout the years. It currently is 25 percent higher than it was in 1996, with an incidence rate of 29.3 events per 1,000 person-years. However, the 30-day death rate after ... Read More

ICU patients taking SSRIs or SNRIs more likely to die

Critically ill patients are more likely to die if they were taking a common antidepressant when they were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), and their risk of death remained significantly higher a year later, according to a new study. The retrospective study involved electronic medical records of 10,568 patients and focused on in-hospital mortality and mortality a year after being admitted to the ICU. Researchers found patients who were using a type of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), or serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI) when they were admitted to the ICU were 73 percent more ... Read More

FDA issues notice to health care providers about sepsis drug

The FDA recently issued a notice to critical health care professionals warning of the risk of serious bleeding events and mortality in patients who received Xigris, a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of adult high-risk severe sepsis. Sepsis is a common, deadly and underdiagnosed disease that can develop as a complication after illnesses such as pneumonia and bacterial infections. High-risk sepsis is sepsis associated with acute organ dysfunction. Xigris is indicated when cardiovascular, renal or respiratory dysfunction occurs with severe sepsis. The notice is the result of a retrospective study in patients with severe sepsis and baseline ... Read More