Kidney Today from the American Kidney Fund brings you voices from the fight against kidney disease—patients, their loved ones, renal professionals and many others.

Hats off to these kids

Elementary school students raise funds for kidney patients with hat day
Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

Special thanks to Woodward Elementary School in St. Louis. Students there kicked off a Service Learning Project by giving students and teachers the opportunity to wear a hat to school for $1. They raised $101 on hat day and will be collecting change for three weeks to donate to the American Kidney Fund to help patients in need. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Fundraising, KIDNEYNATION

Five steps to make sure you’re ready for winter weather

Dialysis patient pushing their car through thick snow on a winter day
Author: Heather Jordan, MPH  |  Posted:

With winter weather on the way, it’s especially important to be prepared to take care of yourself in case the weather prevents you from getting to your dialysis center. 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 winter storm. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Healthy living

Research: Health literacy and health disparities in southeastern North Carolina

Doctor John Stanifer, M.D., M.Sc
Author: John Stanifer, M.D., M.Sc.  |  Posted:

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. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Research, Kidney disease prevention, Kidney failure

Bioartificial Kidney: The Next Frontier in ESRD Treatment?

Scientific team working on a bioartificial kidney for esrd treatment
Author: Shuvo Roy, Ph.D. and William H. Fissell, M.D.  |  Posted:

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. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Research, Living with kidney disease, Kidney failure

Blood pressure and ESRD—learning the connection the hard way

Dereck Lee speaking about his experience with kidney disease
Author: Dereck Lee  |  Posted:

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. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Kidney disease prevention, Kidney failure

Disaster Preparedness for Dialysis Patients

September is national disaster preparedness month for dialysis patients
Author: Heather Jordan, MPH  |  Posted:

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. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease
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