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Toxoplasma gondi infection linked to suicide attempts; T. gondi risk higher in dialysis patients
MSU: A parasite thought to be harmless and found in many people may actually be causing subtle changes in the brain, leading to suicide attempts. New research appearing in the August issue of The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry adds to the growing work linking an infection caused by the Toxoplasma gondii parasite to suicide attempts. Michigan State University’s Lena Brundin was one of the lead researchers on the team.

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Adjusting and setting the dialysate total base concentration differs by dialysis machine.
Fix Dialysis: A Misidentified Problem: Analysis of FMC Bicarb/Buffer Documents from 2000-2012.

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DOPPS Practice Monitor website
Reporting contemporary trends in dialysis practice.

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CMS releases 2011 claims-based monitoring results - finds no change.
CMS: Throughout 2011, CMS monitored usage rates of ESRD-related drugs, biologicals, and related procedures and tracked specific health outcomes of ESRD Medicare beneficiaries. The report findings demonstrate that, while the ESRD PPS impacted utilization of certain ESRD-related services and procedures, no sustained changes in beneficiary health status were observed in 2011.

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NxStage protests lack of improvement in reimbursement for home dialysis to CMS.
Mass Device: NxStage Medical expresses disappointment and disbelief that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid failed to update rules for home hemodialysis.

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