Kidney Today Blog Archive
Topic: Kidney failure

Mom, daughter hike for kidney disease awareness

Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

Julie Lippke and her daughter Alexandra, an eighth-grader, are taking on the challenge of hiking Hadrian’s Wall in northern England during Alexandra’s spring break this month. They are doing it to test their own limits—and to honor Alexandra’s grandfather Jerry Lippke, who has been living with kidney failure for over five years. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Stories, KIDNEYNATION, Kidney failure

I am not my disease: life as a dialysis mom

Author: Cortney Smith  |  Posted:

Anytime we hear about someone who suffers from a chronic disease, it’s easy to use the disease as a label to describe the person: “There's so and so, she has cancer,” or “He’s a diabetic.” Everyone is guilty of doing this at one time or another, and I have noticed that many doctors unknowingly make this mistake, too. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney failure

Research: Health literacy and health disparities in southeastern North Carolina

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?

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

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

4 Things You Should Understand About Living with Kidney Disease

Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

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. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney failure

November is National Family Caregivers Month: Interview with the AKF Caregiver of the Year

Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

In recognition of November as National Family Caregivers Month, Kidney Today sat down with Keith McDonald, AKF’s 2014 Caregiver of the Year, to learn about his experience as the primary caregiver for his wife, Rameika, who is living with kidney disease and undergoes dialysis three times a week. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Kidney failure
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