Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Daily home dialysis makes 'restless legs' better

For dialysis patients, performing daily dialysis at home can help alleviate sleep problems related to restless legs syndrome (RLS), according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Snapshot of dialysis: Who's getting treated at home?

Home-based dialysis treatments are on the rise in both the developing and developed worlds, but developed countries appear to be turning to them less often, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Clinical Trial Examines Gene Therapy for Dialysis Patients

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new gene therapy may help sustain dialysis access in patients, eliminating the need for multiple interventions and surgeries and improving their quality of life.

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Hemodialysis

In medicine, hemodialysis (also haemodialysis) is a method for removing waste products such as creatinine and urea, as well as free water from the blood when the kidneys are in renal failure. Hemodialysis is one of three renal replacement therapies (the other two being renal transplant; peritoneal dialysis).

Hemodialysis can be an outpatient or inpatient therapy. Routine hemodialysis is conducted in a dialysis outpatient facility, either a purpose built room in a hospital or a dedicated, stand alone clinic. Less frequently hemodialysis is done at home. Dialysis treatments in a clinic are initiated and managed by specialized staff made up of nurses and technicians; dialysis treatments at home can be self initiated and managed or done jointly with the assistance of a trained helper who is usually a family member.

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