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.

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

AKF in the First Half of 2015: Impact Report

Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

The American Kidney Fund provides vital programs and services to tens of thousands of people whose lives are affected by kidney disease. Everything we do is focused on helping people fight kidney disease and live healthier lives. We’re proud to share with you this snapshot of how we’ve worked to achieve our mission in the first half of 2015. With your continued support, we’ll be able to help even more people during the second half of the year, and beyond. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Infographics, AKF programs

Kidney Donation: Both Sides Now, Part 1

Richard Patterson III and his son Richard Patterson Jr - kidney recipient and donor
Author: Richard Patterson, Jr.  |  Posted:

There are two sides to every kidney donation story—the selfless decision made by the donor and the priceless gift received by the recipient. Richard Patterson, Jr. received a kidney from his son, Richard Patterson III, in June 2014. In Part 1, Richard Patterson, Jr. tells his story of cancer and kidney failure, and eventually receiving his transplant. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney transplant
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