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The Brain on Fire: Inflammation and Cognitive Health

By |2021-10-11T17:26:28+00:00October 11th, 2021|

In chronic disease we talk a lot about inflammation.  A prolonged state of inflammation, which is observed in chronic illnesses, leads to increased cellular damage and oxidative stress. Sometimes we forget this damage can extend to all parts of the body, including our brains. Under healthy circumstances, inflammation is a good thing, responsible for clearing [...]

Ethical Dilemmas

By |2021-09-14T16:31:10+00:00September 14th, 2021|

Dietitians - seasoned practitioners, new grads, and those that fall somewhere in between – face ethical dilemmas on a regular basis. Navigating the area of ethics can be difficult as the situations they face are not always black and white. A clear-cut ethical dilemma, like whether to administer someone dialysis or provide important dietary recommendations [...]

Can Magnesium Solve Your Sleep Problems?

By |2021-08-10T18:42:27+00:00August 10th, 2021|

Magnesium is a mineral the human body uses in more than 300 enzymatic processes including those that support deep, restful sleep. It is abundant in many foods we consider healthy – nuts, seeds, beans, whole grains, spinach, etc. – and yet many Americans miss the mark on meeting their magnesium needs. The Recommended Dietary Allowance [...]

Article Spotlight | Malnutrition, inflammation, & fluid overload & their associations with hemodialysis patient survival

By |2021-07-16T19:35:15+00:00July 13th, 2021|

  Fluid overload (FO) is a prevalent issue among people with end-stage renal disease on dialysis. There are many consequences related to fluid overload, ultimately leading to increased hospitalization, mortality risk, and poor quality of life. Historically, fluid status has been evaluated in isolation, however, as the study below authors propose, it may be more [...]

Patient Care America Named One of South Florida’s Top Workplaces 2021

By |2021-07-01T12:28:44+00:00June 30th, 2021|

Patient Care America is proud to announce it has been awarded South Florida’s Top Workplaces for 2021 by the Sun Sentinel for the fourth consecutive year! Through an anonymous survey our employees were able to provide feedback regarding our work place culture including coaching, leadership and performance among other criteria. This year the Sun Sentinel [...]

Beyond Vitamin D: Supplements that Might Help Manage CKD-MBD

By |2021-06-30T16:13:25+00:00June 15th, 2021|

In the world of kidney disease, Vitamins B3 and K are often overlooked, but these two nutrients may be useful in the fight against Chronic Kidney Disease Mineral Bone Disorders (CKD-MBD). Niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3, has phosphorous binding abilities that benefit patients with CKD and ESRD. Researched in doses of 25mg-1500mg per [...]

Clinician Perspectives on IDPN

By |2021-06-23T14:26:47+00:00May 12th, 2021|

Intradialytic parenteral nutrition (IDPN) is a non-invasive infusion of amino acids, dextrose, and sometimes lipids given to hemodialysis patients. It is designed specifically to boost patient’s nutrition without increasing patient burden by using the dialysis access site during the patient’s regular dialysis session. The goal of IDPN is to [...]

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

By |2021-04-12T22:35:14+00:00April 12th, 2021|

In the past few decades, meditation has made its way into cultures all over the world. This ancient tradition, once only tied to different religious teachings, is now prescribed by physicians and practiced by many business professionals, scientists, athlete’s, politicians, military personnel and even students.  Stemming from the Latin [...]

The Power of Protein

By |2021-06-23T14:53:00+00:00March 2nd, 2021|

In the dietitian nutrition world, we recognize that all macro and micronutrients are important for health. Yet protein tends to steal the spotlight, demanding attention in the media, in research, and in clinical nutrition counseling. It’s easy to understand protein’s popularity given every cell in our body needs it for structure and function. Body [...]

Boosting Motivation by Targeting Capability and Opportunity for Dialysis Patients

By |2021-02-18T20:28:01+00:00February 5th, 2021|

Behavior is impacted by 3 things – Capability, Opportunity, and Motivation. For End-stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients on dialysis, we often focus on patient Motivation – the mental process that energizes and directs behavior - to help them take more responsibility for their own health outcomes. It’s important to acknowledge that there are [...]

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