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Study: Overnight dialysis saves lives

November 7, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Dialysis is usually a four hour treatment three times a week. Now researchers suggest patients think about spending the night.Preliminary research presented to the American Society of Nephrology finds overnight dialysis helps patients live longer than traditional daytime treatment.

In a year-long study, patients who received 8-hour night-time dialysis had a 78 percent reduced risk for death compared to those who didn't make the switch.

The patients also reported improved blood pressure.

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