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89th Annual Meeting in Monterey a Success

The Western Section AUA has successfully completed its 89th Annual Meeting in Monterey. During the Annual Member's Business Meeting on November 6, 2013, President Patrick C. Cartwright, MD, (Left) passed the presidential gavel to Paul E. Andrews, MD, who will lead the association in 2014. A total of 485 urologists and urology health practitioners registered for the annual meeting.
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Think ObamaCare Is Bad Now? It Gets Worse Next Year
Investors.com
"Substandard" and "cut-rate" is what President Obama calls the health plans that millions of Americans have lost, even though they wanted to keep them. Backpedaling on his promise that "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan," Obama is now telling Americans another whopper: The insurance they can get on ObamaCare exchanges is a better deal.
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Orencia Slows Proteinuria in Renal Disease
Medpage Today
Proteinuria resolved partly or completely in a small group of patients with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis treated with abatacept (Orencia), according to a study reported here. Five patients with treatment-resistant primary or recurrent FSGS had significant reductions in protein loss after receiving one or more doses of abatacept.
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New Drug Effective in Treating Iron Deficiency Anemia in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease on Dialysis
Forbes
Based on early studies, an investigational drug, Triferic, is both effective and well tolerated in treating iron deficiency in patients with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis. Physicians from the North Shore-LIJ Health System presented late-breaking data about Triferic Nov. 9 at the American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week 2013 in Atlanta.
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New CDC Tools Aim to Reduce Dialysis Infections
Renal & Urology News
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made available three new resources in the form of a video, a poster, and a pocket guide to help providers and patients prevent the development of infectious complications in patients undergoing hemodialysis. The provider training video, 'Preventing Bloodstream Infections in Outpatient Hemodialysis Patients: Best Practices for Dialysis Staff,' is approximately 11 minutes long and contains five segments describing best practices on preventing infection in patients with catheters, fistulas, or grafts, and segments on hand hygiene, glove use, and dialysis-station disinfection.
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Lifestyle Guidance Issued to Reduce CVD Risk
Renal & Urology News
Dr. Robert H. Eckel and colleagues from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Expert Work Group reviewed and graded the evidence and developed lifestyle management guidelines. The guidelines relate to diet and physical activity for adults who would benefit from LDL-C lowering or blood pressure lowering. In general, they recommend a dietary pattern that emphasizes vegetable, fruit, and whole grain intake.
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Lifestyle Changes Boost QoL During Long-Term ADT
medwireNews
A study shows that a lifestyle intervention, involving an exercise program and dietary advice, improves disease-specific quality of life in sedentary men with advanced prostate cancer who are receiving long-term androgen-deprivation therapy. Derek Rosario and colleagues randomly assigned 100 men with advanced prostate cancer, including 20 with metastatic disease, to an intervention or usual care group in the 12-week trial.
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First Renal Denervation Trial in US Patients with Moderate Hypertension Underway
Healio
SYMPLICITY HTN-4, the first trial to assess renal denervation for the treatment of moderate uncontrolled hypertension in U.S. patients, is underway, according to an announcement from Medtronic. The company stated in a press release that it received an investigational device exemption from the FDA to begin the study of its Symplicity renal denervation system.
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APOL1 Variants Linked to Increased Risk of Renal Disease Among Black Patients
2 Minute Medicine
Black patients have an increased risk of end stage renal disease compared to white patients and progress more quickly once they develop chronic kidney disease. Prior studies suggest that variants of the gene, apolipoprotein L1 may play a role in the development of several types of kidney disease. Variants G1 and G2 of APOL1 are common in populations of African descent.
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