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Baxter 2Q net income falls on Gambro deal costs

Baxter International Inc. said Thursday that its net income fell 11 percent in the second quarter on costs connected to its upcoming purchase of dialysis product maker Gambro AB. Full story

Dialysis stocks hit by proposed U.S. reimbursement cuts

(Reuters) - A proposal to slash reimbursements to kidney dialysis centers in the United States drove down shares of Fresenius Medical Care AG and Davita Healthcare Partners Inc, two of the world's leading providers of dialysis services. Full story

Patient communication has room to grow: studies

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - There's room - and need - for improvement in the discussions between doctor and patient that go into medical decision-making, according to research out on Monday. Full story

More thorough dialysis may reduce deaths

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A more thorough dialysis technique may help prevent deaths due to heart conditions and infections in people with advanced kidney disease, according to a new study. Full story

Dialysis 3 times weekly might not be enough

A major study challenges the way diabetics and others with failing kidneys have been treated for half a century, finding that three-times-a-week dialysis to cleanse the blood of toxins may not be enough. Full story

Dialysis not effective for blacks under 50

   A new study says blacks aged 18 to 30 face higher risks of dying while on dialysis than their white counterparts. NBC's Erika Edwards reports.

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