Blog Posts: Kidney Failure

Research: Health literacy and health disparities in southeastern North Carolina John Stanifer, M.D., M.Sc.  |  Posted
John Stanifer, M.D., M.Sc.

In the United States, chronic kidney disease affects racial and ethnic minority populations including American Indians, African-Americans, and Hispanic Americans at higher rates than whites. In North Carolina, health disparities are even greater in the southeastern counties where the rates of kidney disease are among the highest in the country. Here, racial and ethnic minorities are twice as likely to die from chronic kidney disease or develop end-stage kidney disease, or kidney failure. With a grant from the American Kidney Fund Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Program, we are studying ways to prevent and improve outcomes for chronic kidney disease in southeastern North Carolina.

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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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4 Things You Should Understand About Living with Kidney Disease AKF Staff  |  Posted
4 Things You Should Understand About Living with Kidney Disease

A simple question—“What do you wish others understood about living with kidney disease?”—unleashed a torrent of comments on our Facebook page recently. Kidney disease itself is often invisible until the late stages; once it progresses to kidney failure, patients need dialysis or a transplant to live. People living with kidney disease and kidney failure tell us they often feel that others do not understand what they are going through, both physically and emotionally.

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