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Infographic: November is National Family Caregivers Month AKF Staff  |  Posted
November is National Family Caregivers Month

Each November we salute family caregivers, who dedicate countless hours providing care to their loved ones. We recently asked our Facebook audience to share one secret about being a caregiver. This infographic highlights some of their responses.

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Bioartificial Kidney: The Next Frontier in ESRD Treatment? Shuvo Roy, Ph.D. and William H. Fissell, M.D.  |  Posted
Dr. Shuvo Roy - Bioartificial Kidney

A team of scientists, engineers and clinicians from across the United States is collaborating on a fast-track development to create an implantable kidney the size of a coffee cup to treat end-stage renal disease (ESRD), which affects more than 600,000 people in the United States.

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Blood pressure and ESRD—learning the connection the hard way Dereck Lee  |  Posted
Dereck Lee

I found out I had high blood pressure when I was in college. I knew it was serious, and I knew I needed to take medication to control it. But the prescription medication was expensive, and I couldn’t really afford it, so I stopped taking it. I guess I was in denial . . . for more than 10 years. But my life was pretty normal and most of the time I felt OK. Until 2008.

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Disaster Preparedness for Dialysis Patients Heather Jordan, MPH  |  Posted
September is National Preparedness Month

If you are a dialysis patient, it’s especially important to take steps to make sure you’re ready if disaster strikes. We can’t always predict when something will happen to derail our treatment plans. There are some simple steps you can take to make sure you are prepared and have access to the things you need to stay healthy in the event of a disaster.

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Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits with Kidney Disease Deanna Power  |  Posted
Deanna Power

Kidney disease causes expensive, painful and debilitating complications that prevent many patients from working and earning an income. To support people in this difficult situation, the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers disability benefits as a financial resource.

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