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Paired kidney exchange offers hope to minority patients waiting for transplants Joseph Keith Melancon, M.D.  |  Posted
J. Keith Melancon, M.D. performing a surgery

As a transplant surgeon and director of the George Washington University Transplant Institute, I have a special interest is in trying to get as many patients as possible kidney transplants. Patients who receive kidney transplants live a much longer life and are generally much happier than patients who remain on dialysis.

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Confessions of a first-time dialysis patient—Week 1 Steve Winfree  |  Posted
Steve Winfree

Today was my first day of dialysis at the local dialysis clinic. I have been waiting on this day for a long time and I realized once I got here that you can never truly prepare yourself for what you are about to experience.

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Infographic: Your kidneys and diabetes AKF Staff  |  Posted
Diabetes and kidney disease infographic

Diabetes is a disease that causes your body to have trouble making or using insulin, a hormone that helps your body turn sugar from the foods you eat into energy. When your body doesn't use insulin the way it should, too much sugar stays in your blood.

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A friend’s kindness leads to living kidney transplant Dialysis Clinic Inc.  |  Posted
Dorothy Krummel and Melissa Sharpe

The medical team believes that the in-line transfusion between their fathers years ago may have played a role in the compatibility of the transplant. Circumstances beyond her control have shaped Dorothy Krummel’s life, for better and worse. Yet, the bigger picture has worked in her favor and unexpected individuals have carried her through her darkest moments.

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