Friday, October 3, 2008

A Happy Kidney Is a Living Kidney

By which I mean that going into dialysis depressed will get you killed.

Depressed patients on dialysis are almost two times more likely to be hospitalized or die within a year compared to their non-depressed counterparts. It looks like an an effective treatment for depression really has the potential to save lives.

But what could there be for patients to get depressed about? I mean, the healthcare system is in such great shape!

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