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Kidney Disease

Proposed Kidney Disease XPRIZE Announced at White House Organ Summit

XPRIZE | Posted 07.18.2016 | Science
XPRIZE

By American Society of Nephrology President Raymond C. Harris, MD, FASN and XPRIZE CEO, Marcus ShinglesKidney transplantation is the optimal form of t...

Dialysis At Sea Reopens Travel Doors To Kidney Patients

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.28.2016 | Fifty

People in kidney failure sometimes feel as if their lives are literally tethered to a kidney dialysis machine -- because, they are. A typical dialysis...

Where's The Safety Net? Living Organ Donors Are People, Too

Sigrid Fry-Revere | Posted 06.26.2016 | Politics
Sigrid Fry-Revere

What ever happened to being honest and fair? Yes, people are dying who need organs, but living organ donors are people, too. Recent movements to encourage living organ donation are misdirected. What living organ donors need is a safety net.

Buying Kidneys? Let's Treat Donors with Respect

Joshua Morrison | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Joshua Morrison

Treating organ donation like a market exchange raises troubling questions. This is why pilots need to be carefully designed. But given the death toll, it would be almost criminal not to test every possible ethical solution.

Women With Chronic Kidney Disease Face Unique Challenges

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 05.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Women are more likely than men to get kidney disease. But while already living with this potentially debilitating illness, women face additional physiological challenges related to their sex.

Fish Oil for Dogs and Cats: Six Benefits

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 05.12.2016 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

Fish oil is one of the most popular dietary supplements purchased by pet owners for their pets. It has many health benefits but only if it's the righ...

Overweight Dogs Have Shortened Lives

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 05.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Information was collected from veterinarians on approximately 5,500 pet dogs across 10 popular breeds throughout the U.S., using body condition scores for neutered male and spayed female dogs between 6.5 and 8.5 years of age.

Why Cats Over the Age of 8 Should Get Regular Eye Exams

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

f a cat's high blood pressure goes unchecked, the most common eventual symptom will be sudden, acute blindness. Blood vessels in the eye will burst, causing the retina to detach, and the kitty will lose part or all of her eyesight.

Lead and Kidneys

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 03.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

The most important treatment goals for lead-associated kidney disease is to eliminate the source of excess lead exposure and effectively treat the diabetes, high blood pressure and gout that may complicate the underlying kidney disease. Using agents to bind up lead from the body (chelation) is not commonly performed due to lack of studies that show this practice to be universally effective.

Exercises for the Cat in Your Life

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 03.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Here are my favorite recommendations for getting the overweight feline in your life up and moving.

The Heart-Kidney Connection

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 02.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

The path to the heart may lead through the kidney. As Valentine's Day comes and goes, we commonly reflect on affairs of the heart. We have known for many years that people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) commonly have heart disease.

The Next Big Short

Judy Frankel | Posted 01.13.2016 | Business
Judy Frankel

Mike Burry, the hedge fund manager featured in the movie The Big Short, anticipated the housing crash by reading loan documents. Similarly, those in the food and agriculture arena predict a massive shift in farming practices by studying the inimical effects of the widely used weedkiller, RoundUp®.

10 Kidney Health Resolutions for 2016

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 01.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

What's great about this list is that you can get some quick gratification from working some of the easier tasks, while tracking your progress on the long-term goals that will help you change your habits over time. Here's my prescription for a healthy, kidney-friendly 2016!

Heartburn Pills Linked To Increased Risk Of Kidney Disease

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.11.2016 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - People who take popular heartburn pills known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be more likely to develop chronic kidney disease...

How My Ex-Husband And I Rescue Each Other

Gabrielle Selz | Posted 12.10.2015 | Divorce
Gabrielle Selz

Our relationship was now better in sickness than it had been in health. As we staggered across the finish line of our divorce, we'd learned how to confront adversity together. No longer protecting ourselves from loss, we were finally free to release one another to the future.

The Gift Everyone Needs This Holiday Season

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 12.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Consider giving the gift of your time to spark that loved one to take his or her health seriously. It can be as simple as giving a gift certificate promising at least 30 minutes of your time weekly to go for a walk or a gym class. This may be one way to save on the credit card statements but still give someone a heartfelt gift of health.

5 Upsides of a Chronic Disease

Bill Brazell | Posted 12.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Brazell

At my 25th college reunion, a classmate whom I hadn't met kindly asked me to talk about some of the positive things that had come out of inheriting a ...

Diabetic Kidney Disease: A Key to Earlier Diagnosis

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 11.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

As you stare down those sweets and calories at the Thanksgiving table, you may need to consider being screened for diabetes and diabetic kidney disease. It has been estimated that one-third of diabetics are undiagnosed.

A Mysterious Epidemic Plaguing Central America May Be Linked To Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.16.2015 | Science

A mysterious disease has been sweeping through the sugar cane fields of Central America, with more than 20,000 laborers dying from it over the past de...

Sleuthing Kidney Disease in Central America

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 10.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

It appears repeated episodes of dehydration, occurring over long periods of time, can result in damage to the kidney, even in young, otherwise healthy individuals.

5 Things Your Pet Insurance Policy Should Cover

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Currently, there are over a dozen companies in the U.S. and Canada offering pet insurance, and if you've tried sorting out the differences between the...

How Low Can You Go?

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

This is important news for the 1 in 3 Americans who are estimated to have high blood pressure, which is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and death in our nation.

Man Up: 5 Ways to Take Control of Your Health This Summer

Dr. David Samadi | Posted 07.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. David Samadi

Helping men live longer healthier lives is my passion. By educating men on the importance of getting tested, taking preventative measures such as with their diet and being open to discussing treatment options, in case of a positive diagnosis, I believe we can really make an impact on men's health.

Boy Battling Kidney Disease Celebrates Big Victory With John Cena

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.24.2015 | Good News

John Cena may be the reigning WWE Champion, but when 7-year-old K.J. Lamar entered the wrestling ring with him recently, Cena insisted that there was ...

Your Pee May Hold a Clue to Your Destiny

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 07.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Just like when you really have to go to the bathroom, don't hold it in! Pee is a lifesaver, so at your next physical, ask your physician to check your kidney health with a simple urine test. It holds the key to catching kidney disease, heart disease and so much more!