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Matt Sparks

Top nephrology-related stories of 2011

  2011 proved to be another exciting year in the world of nephrology.  2010 was dominated with big clinical trials (SHARP, FHN, IDEAL), APOL1 gene variants, Propublica article on HD in the US, and medicare bundling.  2011 proved…

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Nephrology fellow satisfaction survey

Interest in nephrology as a career continues to decline as highlighted by this recent editorial entitled “The Future Nephrology Workforce: Will There Be One” in CJASN.  This article, which was presented at ASN in Denver as the Summit…

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World Kidney Day 2011

Happy World Kidney Day 2011!   This years theme is-  protect your kidneys, save your heart.   World Kidney Day began in 2006 and has continued to grow each year.  While every other organ system/disease has had a day/month for…

Orthostatic hypertension and strokes

That’s right you read the title correctly- it reads orthostatic hypertension and not hypotension.  Ordering orthostatics on patients is quite common.   Most of the time the clinical query is in regards to the latter (hypotension).  My mentor,…

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