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

Kidney disease and African-Americans

Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

Kidney disease and kidney failure affect African-Americans more than any other race or ethnicity. Nearly 1 in 3 of Americans with kidney failure is African-American. Learn more about this silent killer from our infographic. The good news: most cases of kidney disease could be prevented by controlling diabetes and high blood pressure, the two leading causes of kidney disease. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Infographics, Research, Living with kidney disease, Kidney disease prevention, Healthy living

Hats off to these kids

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

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: Kidney Kitchen, Living with kidney disease, Healthy living

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

Disaster Preparedness 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: Kidney Kitchen, Living with kidney disease
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