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Sneaky Sodium and Low-Sodium Swaps

Jessica Goldman Foung | Posted 06.17.2016 | Books
Jessica Goldman Foung

Just because it's important to avoid high sodium foods doesn't mean you have to miss out on the meals you love. That's because a successful low-sodium diet requires one not to remove foods, but replace them. And with this list, you'll learn about the sneakiest sodium contributors in your life. As well as these savvy swaps to help keep the recipes you love on your table.

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.

Celebrating Kidney Donors on World Kidney Day

Jen Reeder | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Jen Reeder

Donating my left kidney to my husband in 2012 is one of the best things I've ever done in my life. It is incredibly empowering and gratifying to save the life of the man you love and watch him regain his vitality. And being a donor hasn't hindered my life in any way -- it's only enhanced it.

The Heart-Kidney Connection

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 02.12.2017 | 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 Gift Everyone Needs This Holiday Season

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 12.10.2016 | 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.

How Low Can You Go?

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 09.22.2016 | 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.

How A Message Written On The Back Of Her Car Led This Woman To Find Her Kidney Donor

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 04.01.2015 | Good News

Christine Royles of South Portland, Maine, was diagnosed with lupus in December 2013, the Portland Press Herald reported, and shortly after learned he...

Mom Told To Remove Car Sign For Daughter In Need Of Kidney, Could Face Fine

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact

Controversy over a mom's attempt to save her daughter's life -- and the magnetic car sign she's using to do it -- is shining the spotlight on one New...

Let's Hear It for the Kidneys

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

This year, to recognize the organ I hold so dear, I'll be posting lots of health tips and hopefully some new-to-you information about the kidney -- what it does and how to make sure you're doing everything that you can to protect this vital organ.

A Kidney After One Day on the National Transplant Registry -- World Kidney Day Free Screenings

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 05.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

The story I'm about to finish here is, at the very least, a magical one. Perhaps a spiritual antidote -- if there is such a thing -- for so much lost to kidney disease.

U.S. Transplant Games Give Kidney Recipients The Chance To Compete

The Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Athletes from all over the United States will gather next week in Wisconsin to compete for medals in a dozen sports, including track and field, swimmi...

Scavenging for Organs: Why the Donor Famine Justifies A Radical Harvest

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

18 Americans die every day while waiting for an organ transplant, yet the American political establishment has been unwilling to champion non-traditional methods of expanding the organ supply.