Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nephrology for February 2020. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Higher Exposure to Air Pollution Linked to Albuminuria, CKD

FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to a higher annual average concentration of particulate matter (PM) <2.5 µm in aerodynamic diameter (PM2.5) is associated with increased albuminuria and an increased risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a study published online Feb. 27 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Influence of Politics Has Not Waned in Opinions About ACA

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Public opinion about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains divided 10 years after its passage, according to a study published online Feb. 19 in Health Affairs.

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Mistreatment, Discrimination Still Common for Medical Students

TUESDAY, Feb. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Mistreatment of medical students remains common for women, racial/ethnic minorities, and sexual minorities, according to a study published online Feb. 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Racial/Ethnic Disparity Seen for Stroke in Dialysis Patients With A-Fib

MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Among hemodialysis patients with atrial fibrillation, racial/ethnic disparities in all-cause stroke are partially mediated by lower anticoagulant use, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Low Income May Increase Risk for Specific Glomerular Diseases

FRIDAY, Feb. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Socioeconomic position is inversely associated with standardized incidence of lupus nephritis and antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-related glomerulonephritis (ANCA-GN), according to a study published online Feb. 20 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Chronic Kidney Disease Poses Major Global Health Burden

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has a major effect on global health, both as a direct cause of morbidity and mortality and as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in The Lancet.

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Many Transgender Youth Intentionally Avoid Disclosure

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Most transgender youth voluntarily disclose their gender identity to health care providers (HCPs) outside of a gender clinic; however, almost half report having intentionally avoided disclosure, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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Survival After Pediatric Kidney Transplant Drastically Improved

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) — There has been an increase in survival after pediatric kidney transplantation since 1970, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Risk for Adverse Events Up With Low-Dose Methotrexate

TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Use of low-dose methotrexate (LD-MTX) is associated with increased risks for adverse events (AEs), including skin cancer, and gastrointestinal, pulmonary, infectious, and hematologic AEs, according to research published online Feb. 18 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Sodium-Glucose Cotransporter 2 Inhibitors Protect the Heart

TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors protect against cardiovascular disease in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a review published in the Feb. 4 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Telemarketer Access to Medicare Information to Be Investigated

FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) — An investigation into how telemarketers may be obtaining seniors’ personal Medicare information will be launched by the U.S. Health and Human Services inspector general office.

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U.S. Life Expectancy to Reach 85 by 2060

FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Nearly a quarter of all U.S. residents will be older than 65 by 2060, and life expectancy will reach an all-time high of 85 by that year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Less Than Half of Kidney Disease Quality Metrics Rated Highly Valid

THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Less than half of the existing 60 kidney disease quality metrics are rated with high validity, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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2011 to 2018 Saw Decline in Problems Paying Medical Bills

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) — From 2011 to 2018, there was a decrease in the percentage of families having problems paying medical bills in the past 12 months, according to a February data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

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Survival Similar for Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Peritoneal dialysis (PD) and in-center hemodialysis (HD) carry similar survival benefits, according to a review published online Jan. 28 in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation.

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Virtual Cross-Matching May Speed Kidney Transplant Process

TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Virtual cross-matching may reduce cold ischemia time (CIT) for donor organs in kidney transplants, according to a study published online Feb. 5 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

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Empathy Declines as Students Progress Through Medical School

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Students become less empathic toward patients throughout medical school, according to a study published online Jan. 21 in Academic Medicine.

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Seniors Have Concerns About Affording Health Insurance

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Many adults aged 50 to 64 years are concerned about their ability to afford health insurance, according to a study published online Feb. 7 in JAMA Network Open.

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Number of Nurse Practitioners More Than Doubled 2010 to 2017

FRIDAY, Feb. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) — From 2010 to 2017, there was a substantial increase in the number of nurse practitioners in the United States, with a corresponding reduction in the size of the registered nurse workforce, according to a report published in the February issue of Health Affairs.

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Reference Pricing Linked to Lower Prices Paid by Employers

THURSDAY, Feb. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Reference prices are associated with lower prices paid by employers and lower cost sharing by employees, according to a study published online Feb. 5 in JAMA Network Open.

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Economic Burden of Kidney Transplant Graft Failure Quantified

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Kidney transplant graft failure is associated with additional medical costs of $78,079 for the average patient and a loss of 1.66 quality-adjusted life years (QALYs), according to a study published online Feb. 5 in the American Journal of Transplantation.

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