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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

How to Be a Survivor: Flu Season 2014-15

(5) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 12:39 PM

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 | 12:22 PM

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 | 3:05 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 | 4:50 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)!

(13) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 6:47 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 | 11:04 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 | 3:42 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 | 12:19 PM

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 | 9:25 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 | 6:19 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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Aging Gracefully, Inside and Out

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 6:48 PM

Wrinkles, gray hairs and achy joints are just a few outward reminders of getting older. Anti-aging creams, exercise regimens and healthy diets can all contribute to "graceful aging" but even still, we inevitably grow older. And, despite our best attempts to slow the process, we don't usually need a magnifying...

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March Is National Kidney Month: Let's Get Back to Basics

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 12:50 PM

2014-03-04-riskreductioninfographic_Smaller.jpg Kidney Disease kills more people each year than breast and prostate cancer combined. Yes, you read that statistic correctly, but you may be surprised by it. While the majority of Americans can recite the common...

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What's Hiding in Your Holiday Helpings?

(10) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 6:05 PM


People tend to turn their eyes towards the serving spoon and away from the scale this time of year. A common rationale: Why focus on healthy habits when you can indulge in holiday feasts and just make up...

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Shining the Light on Kidney Disease

(8) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 6:22 PM

As a long-time practicing physician, I am well-versed on the perils of kidney disease -- both academically and anecdotally -- so anytime I come across new research urging people to pay attention to the kidneys and kidney disease, I feel compelled to spread the word. Most people know...

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Off the Cuff -- Which Alternative Blood Pressure Treatments Really Work?

(3) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 12:06 PM

Blood pressure levels are on the rise. By recent estimates, approximately 73 million American adults -- one in three -- are living with hypertension (high blood pressure), whether they realize it or not. With numbers that high, chances are you either know someone with hypertension (or its precursor,...

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5 Important Facts About Kidney Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 1:57 PM

Each year in the United States, about 51,000 adults will be diagnosed with kidney cancer. As with so many serious diseases, the earlier kidney cancer is found, the better the outcome. Kidney cancer can often be cured if found and treated before it has spread.

According to...

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Good News About Organ Transplantation and Kidney Disease

(5) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 6:46 PM

The city of Boston made front page news over the last few weeks due to the tragic marathon bombings and the events that followed. While this coverage has been extensive, there's some other news from Boston -- good news -- that hasn't been as widely broadcast. Massachusetts General Hospital, one...

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You Are What You Eat

(19) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 9:23 AM

As the old saying goes, "you are what you eat," and there are now even more reasons to choose your foods wisely. According to a new study, an unhealthy diet -- independent of calories consumed -- may increase your risk for developing kidney disease.

In this study of...

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How Long Will You Live? Pee in a Cup to Find Out

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 1:30 PM

Whether you're conscious of it or not, urine has a long history of communicating valuable information. For centuries, mammals have used urine to mark their territory and ward off predators. For humans, the urinary color wheel sends us daily messages about our hydration status: Dark yellow clues you in to...

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5 Surprising Ways You Could Be Damaging Your Kidneys

(117) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 9:20 AM

If you spend most evenings planted on the couch, chips in one hand and the remote in the other, you probably know you're not winning the healthy living award. While some habits are commonly accepted as unhealthy, there are other everyday behaviors that don't seem harmful but in actuality may...

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