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Ultrasound can help prevent heart deaths in dialysis patients

A report in U.S. News and World Report says ultrasound can detect fluid in the lungs of dialysis patients, which may help prevent fatal heart problems.

Researchers have concluded that fluid in the lungs is a better predictor of the risk of dying or having a heart attack than other symptoms of heart failure.

Patients undergoing kidney dialysis are at risk of heart failure. In some cases, the dialysis itself may be a ...

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FDA investigates dialysis company Fresenius

Fox News reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to Fresenius Medical Care, a German company that manufactures kidney dialysis equipment and operates dialysis centers.

The agency’s warning letter alleges that Fresenius failed to adequately test artificial kidneys — called “dialyzers” – manufactured in Utah, to make sure they adequately meet design specifications.

The FDA stopped short of issuing a recall in this case. But the agency ...

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FDA investigating dialysis company

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating whether Fresenius Medical Care, a German-based company that operates and supplies dialysis centers, sat on information suggesting that one of its products carries a potentially lethal risk, according to the New York Times.

Fresenius treats more than a third of the estimated 400,000 Americans who receive dialysis, and is also the country’s leading supplier of dialysis machines and disposable products. It maintains its own clinics, and provides products for other clinics as well.

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FDA investigating dialysis company

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating whether Fresenius Medical Care, a German-based company that operates and supplies dialysis centers, sat on information suggesting that one of its products carries a potentially lethal risk, according to the New York Times.

Fresenius treats more than a third of the estimated 400,000 Americans who receive dialysis, and is also the country’s leading supplier of dialysis machines and disposable products. It maintains its own clinics, and provides products for other clinics as well.

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