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With readily available cross-sectional imaging, asymptomatic localized renal masses (LRMs) are often incidentally found. The standard management for LRM has been surgical resection, however, detection of masses that are benign or with low metastatic risk has led to interest in minimally invasive alternatives such as percutaneous thermal ablation (TA) or active surveillance

Safety of Using Rituximab Therapy During COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Role of Direct Oral Anticoagulants in Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease – Questions and Future directions

With the advent of the direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), patients requiring anticoagulation for common conditions such as atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism no longer need to worry about dietary restrictions or regular monitoring of the international normalized ratio which complicated warfarin treatment.

How Well Do Hemodialysis Patients Respond to the BNT162b2 mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine?

In January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified COVID-19 to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and declared it a pandemic on March 11, 2020 [1]. Over one hundred and eighty-five million people have been infected by SARS-CoV-2 and roughly four million have died worldwide so far

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The RiVUR Study Outcomes and Implications on the Management of Vesicoureteral Reflux

The Randomized intervention for Vesicoureteral Reflux (RiVUR) study was an effort by the National Institute of Health to identify the most significant question on the management of vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), i.e. Did antibiotic prophylaxis reduce the incidence of recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI) in children with VUR? During the initial phases of the RiVUR study, several similar studies were performed that seemed to indicate lack of benefit of antibiotic prophylaxis in VUR.

Peritoneal Imaging may be the Last Piece of the Puzzle for Precision Evaluation of Peritoneal Function

Due to changes in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) policies in many countries and the impact of COVID-19, the importance and demand for peritoneal dialysis (PD) as a home dialysis treatment modality is growing prominently [1]. However, peritoneal membrane dysfunction remains a bottleneck restricting the application of PD. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop new methods to accurately assess peritoneal function.

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The development of direct-acting antiviral agents for the treatment of Hepatitis C (HCV) has changed the practice of treating patients with HCV. In particular, organ transplant recipients who have not previously been exposed to HCV are now able to consider receiving an organ from a donor who is infected with HCV, and anticipate effective antiviral therapy after transplantation.

A Quality Improvement Initiative to Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections by Decreasing Unnecessary Foley Catheter Use in Hospitalized Patients

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) represent 80% of urinary infections in a hospital setting [1]. CAUTIs are not only the most common hospital associated infections, but also are the most avoidable, with up to 69% of the cases being preventable [2]. Approximately nine thousands of deaths each year may be attributable to CAUTIs [2].