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Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP, is a National Kidney Foundation spokesperson. He practices consultative nephrology and is the medical director of the Dialysis Center of Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska where he participates in research and innovative projects for the benefit of dialysis patients. His areas of professional interests focus on nephrology, hypertension, dialysis, acute renal failure, kidney stone disease, and chronic kidney disease. Dr. Spry is an active member of the Public Policy Committee at the National Kidney Foundation, which is dedicated to developing policies on health care issues that affect kidney patients, transplant recipients and organ and tissue donors. Dr. Spry received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska and his nephrology training at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Entries by Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Sleuthing Kidney Disease in Central America

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 1:21 PM

Have you ever been thrilled with a good medical mystery? Solving a two-decade-old health crisis in Central America provides new insights into how we can protect our kidney health, especially when working in extremely high heat settings.

First, some background. Young Central American agricultural workers (predominantly men) have been...

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How Low Can You Go?

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 5:46 PM

Though Chubby Checker recorded these lyrics to Limbo Rock in 1962, the popular catchphrase still holds true today--especially when it comes to your blood pressure. Ever since 1967, we've been aiming to go low. That is the year the first Veterans Administration Cooperative Trial was published, which confirmed...

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Going the Distance? Hydration and Exercise

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 6:29 PM

I could write all day long touting the various benefits of exercise. It's important to establish an exercise regimen because physical activity offers many health benefits, including decreasing blood pressure, increasing muscle strength, lowering blood fat levels (cholesterol and triglycerides), improving sleep, decreasing stress, increasing insulin sensitivity and helping control...

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Your Pee May Hold a Clue to Your Destiny

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 8:09 PM

What's in your pee may mean the difference between life and death. A large study recently came out showing that kidney function tests can forecast who is likely to die of cardiovascular and heart diseases (including stroke). And the study concluded that these kidney tests are better predictors...

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A Little Number 1 Can Save Your 2 Kidneys

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 10:30 AM

Urine testing dates back to Medieval times when doctors made diagnoses based on the "Urine Wheel." Physicians of old used to examine urine with their eyes, sense of smell, and even taste! Fortunately for me, there are chemical tests which now make most of these tests obsolete, although...

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5 choses que vous pouvez apprendre sur votre santé en allant aux toilettes

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 8:23 AM

Discuter des fonctions du corps humain occupe une part très importante des conversations de tout physicien. En tant que néphrologue, ou spécialiste du rein, je me retrouve souvent à parler d'urine, parce que oui, l'une des principales fonctions des reins est de filtrer les déchets et les toxines qui passent...

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Be an Everyday Superhero: Saving a Life Is Easier Than It Sounds

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 10:36 AM

People tend to think that superheroes have magic powers, but ordinary mortals have the power to save lives too -- no cape required. Donating an organ is one of the most powerful things you can do to save a life. April is Donate Life Month and there are two different...

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Zehn Anzeichen dafür, dass Sie an einer Nierenkrankheit leiden

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 12:34 PM

Mehr als 26 Millionen Amerikaner leben mit einer Nierenkrankheit. Die meisten wissen es gar nicht. Über 90% der Menschen mit Anzeichen für eine Nierenkrankheit sind sich dessen nicht bewusst. Der März ist der nationale Monat der Niere, und der beste Beitrag, den man selbst dazu leisten kann ist...

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10 Signs You May Have Kidney Disease

(75) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 11:42 AM

More than 26 million American adults are living with kidney disease. Most don't know it -- Over 90 percent of people with signs of kidney disease are unaware of it. March is National Kidney Month, and one of the best ways to observe this health awareness month is...

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Celebrate Kidney Month! Show Your Kidneys Some Love

(7) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 4:23 PM

2015-03-02-KidneyPhoto_Smaller.jpgMarch is National Kidney Month and this year we celebrate World Kidney Day on March 12. In honor of this health awareness month, here are five facts about the kidneys that may surprise you:

  1. It doesn't take two...
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How to Be a Survivor: Flu Season 2014-15

(5) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Each year, many myths and misconceptions circulate about "flu shots." People tend to have a variety of opinions about whether they are worthwhile and whether they actually make a difference in terms of protection against the flu. One reason for this is that the effectiveness of the flu vaccine can...

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Kidney Stones: Are They Part of a Team?

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 11:22 AM

As I was watching football over the weekend, I thought about sports and the differences between team and individual sports. Much like a team, the human body is a complex collection of organ systems, with each member of the team playing a specific role. Each organ works together with other...

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The Power of a Prefix: Three Letters That Could Save Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 2:05 PM

Pre-diabetes, pre-cancerous, pre-hypertension. Notice a theme? "Pre" often precedes a dangerous or scary-sounding health condition. And while these three letters often are overshadowed by the more daunting word that follows them, the "pre" should be a red flag. In fact, if taken seriously and acted upon, it could save your...

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Headed to the Hospital? 5 Things to Know Before You Go

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 3:50 PM

Sometimes a trip to the hospital comes as an unexpected surprise and other times it is planned. Either way, there are several things you should know about your kidneys before your hospital visit. Being an informed and empowered patient can go a long way when it comes to your overall...

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Let's Drink to Kidney Health (Literally)!

(12) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 5:47 PM


If you're wondering how best to promote kidney health, it may be as simple as pouring yourself a glass of something to drink. "A drink of what?" you might ask. No magic potions, but drinks you may already have at home can actually...

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Silent Epidemic: Kidney Disease in the African-American Population

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 10:04 AM

Talking about race is never just black and white, but when it comes to health, one thing is crystal clear: racial disparities exist and a variety of factors, including genetics, seem to play a role.

Black Americans are three times more likely than White Americans to develop...

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5 cosas sobre tu salud que descubrirás al ir al baño

(3) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 2:42 AM

Las conversaciones sobre las funciones corporales son una parte imprescindible en el día a día de cualquier médico. Como nefrólogo o especialista del riñón, me toca hablar muchas veces sobre la orina porque, en fin, la principal tarea de los riñones es filtrar los desechos y las toxinas de la...

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5 choses que vous pouvez apprendre sur votre santé en allant aux toilettes

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 11:19 AM

Discuter des fonctions du corps humain occupe une part très importante des conversations de tout physicien. En tant que néphrologue, ou spécialiste du rein, je me retrouve souvent à parler d'urine, parce que oui, l'une des principales fonctions des reins est de filtrer les déchets et les toxines qui passent...

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5 Key Health Insights Your Urine Can Offer

(52) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 8:25 AM

2014-04-01-bathroom3_moresmlr.jpgDiscussing bodily functions is a well-ingrained part of any physician's vernacular. As a nephrologist, or kidney specialist, I often find myself talking about urine, because well, one of the main jobs of the kidneys is to filter wastes...

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Leave No (Kidney) Stone Unturned: Or Better Yet, Prevent Them From Forming

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 5:19 PM

Did you know that one in 10 Americans will get kidney stones over the course of a lifetime? Recent studies have shown that in the United States, kidney stone rates are on the rise across the country. March is National Kidney Month and the

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