Home dialysis for one in two kidney patients by 2020: NKF

kidHomeThe National Kidney Foundation (NKF) wants to have one in two kidney patients on home-based dialysis by 2020.

Currently, only 10 per cent of its 3,400 patients are on Peritoneal Dialysis (PD).

NKF announced this on Saturday (Mar 7) at the launch of a programme that will provide more subsidies and support for home-based dialysis patients.  READ MORE>>

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Bipartisan, bicameral legislation provides roadmap for improving kidney care in America

FundCutCaring for patients with complex medical conditions is more complicated today than ever before. While we have a variety of state-of-the art treatments, we also have a health care system that is fragmented, inefficient and costly – one that keeps us spinning our wheels when it comes to true progress in managing many diseases and improving the lives of patients.

As a nephrologist working closely with the broader kidney care community for 35 years, I have witnessed tremendous progress.  Mortality rates among our most vulnerable patients, those on dialysis, fell by more than 19 percent between 2003 and 2011.  Moreover, hospital admission rates among Medicare-enrolled dialysis patients fell by more than 8 percent from 2005 to 2011.  This measurable progress came about by working together with the specific objective of improving quality.  READ MORE>>

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Man in need of transplant builds 7-foot kidney out of snow to raise awareness

SnowKidneyA Minnesota man in need of a kidney transplant has constructed a 7-foot-tall replica of the organ made out of snow in his front yard.

Jim Gorbunow, 43, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child, which led to a kidney and pancreas transplant 15 years ago. The goal of his snow model is to raise awareness not just for himself, but for others as well, he said. READ MORE>>

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Chronic Kidney Failure 5 Times Higher in Glyphosate-Ridden (Monsanto’s Roundup) Areas, Study Confirms

manThe evidence for the abominable toxicity of Round Up chemicals like glyphosate is already overwhelming, yet there seems to be a never-ending stream of research and evidence pointing toward their dangers. A new study has just been published showing that farmers in Sri Lanka exposed to glyphosate through drinking water are 5 times more likely to develop chronic kidney failure than those who don’t drink herbicide-polluted water.  READ MORE>>

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12 Patients Preparing For Rare 6-Way Kidney Transplant Operations At San Francisco Hospital

Multiply the above illustration by three to get an idea of how complex this kidney exchange is.

Multiply the above illustration by three to get an idea of how complex this kidney exchange is.

Twelve patients are preparing to participate in a rare, two day, six-way paired kidney donation transplant at San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center.

The six couples involved will travel to the Bay Area from as far as Arizona.  READ MORE>>

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Kidney patient lobbying Congress today

TownshipMAnTo outsiders, Pete DiGennaro looks healthy.

He starts most days before 6 a.m., volunteers at a Knights of Columbus charitable group, cares for his 16-year-old son, Chase, as a single parent and brings him to jujitsu practice multiple times a week.

But what most people don’t see are the catheters in DiGennaro’s arm, the bottles of pills that line his kitchen counter and the fatigue he feels after sitting in a chair for four hours while he gets his blood cleaned three times a week at a dialysis center. READ MORE>>

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Families brought together by sons’ rare kidney disease

Grant Valveri, 11, sells a hot dog to Mark Winegardner during a fundraiser for childhood kidney disease research at a Florida State lacrosse match on Sunday.

Grant Valveri, 11, sells a hot dog to Mark Winegardner during a fundraiser for childhood kidney disease research at a Florida State lacrosse match on Sunday.

It was more than a serendipitous kinship that was formed when 11-year-old Grant Valveri met 5-year-old Liam Calhoun last fall; it was the beginning of a nationwide movement to end a rare kidney disease that afflicts both boys.

The Holy Comforter Episcopal students both have Minimal Change Disease, which causes their bodies to reject their kidneys and to lose valuable protein. They swell up, and to stay alive, they rely on medications, including steroids and other drugs that may have harmful side effects.  READ MORE>>

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New kidney goal with this event

expenseAs a teenager Jennifer Loveland of Sulphur was diagnosed with lupus nephritis after falling extremely ill and rushed to the hospital, where she was hospitalized for 10 days. Doctors now say a kidney transplant is necessary.

Thankfully, her sister will soon be tested to see if she’s a donor match; if so, she will donate one of her own kidneys to save Loveland’s life.

The average kidney transplant costs approximately $250,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health coverage, which will cover the cost of the transplant itself, she faces significant expenses related to the surgery. READ MORE>>

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Kidney transplant match becomes perfect love match

Ashley and Danny soulmate storyAshley McIntyre had no idea who Danny Robinson was when she heard he was searching for a kidney.

He was the same age as her and had already been through so much. Diagnosed at age 16 with IgA nephropathy, an inflammatory kidney disease, Danny had been in kidney failure since 2012, the same year he lost his father to brain cancer.  READ MORE>>

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Teacher Lindsey Painter Will Donate a Kidney to One of Her First-Grade Students

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Last December, Lisa Parker emailed her triplets’ first-grade teacher to let her know the boys would be missing school.

The family was holding a press conference that day in San Antonio, Texas, to help 6-year-old Matthew Parker, who was a match only with one percent of the U.S. population, to find a kidney donor.  Read More>>

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