Archive for September, 2007
The U.S. News & World Report website has issued the “Best Hospitals 2007 Specialty Search: Kidney Disease” report. This site provides detailed information on 192 hospitals in 17 specialties. If you are suffering from kidney disease and searching for a hospital, this report may be useful. It provides information such as scores, reputation, and a direct link to the hospitals and contact information.
“AAKP Says I Can,” is a campaign to raise kidney disease awareness. The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) is looking for patients like you to represent and “offer hope to other kidney patients.” Your face may be chosen to appear on posters across the nation. Take the initiative and participate in the campaign.
Are you looking for ways to reduce your risk of diabetes? Through a new study, researchers have discovered that people who walk to work lower their risk of type 2 diabetes, which is also related to obesity. Type 2 diabetes is characterized as the body’s resistance to insulin. Insulin is a hormone used to help regulate blood sugar. Dr. Kyoko Kogawa Sato of the Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine believes that by walking, you increase your body’s sensitivity to insulin.
Are you currently undergoing dialysis treatment three to four times a week? After consulting with your doctor, you may want to consider home dialysis. Research shows that patients receiving treatment at home have improved their heart health, blood pressure and overall quality of life. Dr. Bruce Culleton, an associate professor at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada believes that this option should be offered to all patients suffering from kidney failure. The results of his research are published in the September 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medial Association.
Learning to live with kidney disease can be overwhelming. You are suddenly faced with hundreds of restrictions; one of which is your food intake. To help answer some of your “dialysis-diet dilemmas,” DaVita will be launching a Diet Helper tool. You will be able to customize your profile, plan meals, have access to recipes and keep track of what you eat.
Are you experiencing frequent headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, or nausea? These are common symptoms of hypertension, or better known as high blood pressure. Hypertension is a very serious illness that can lead to a life threatening disease if left untreated. Kidney failure is often due to high blood pressure. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please consult with your doctor.
See What Your Systolic and Diastolic Numbers Mean
To many kidney patients, hearing the word “match” is synonymous to hearing the word “life.” There are thousands of patients waiting to be matched with a kidney donor. However, the numbers may drop after hearing the success rate of “No-Match” kidney donors. Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University have prepared kidney transplant surgeries using non-matching donors. “Plasmaphereis” a blood filtration process, used prior to surgery, is the key factor in allowing most patients to receive transplant from non-matching donors.
Chronic Kidney Disease has affected millions worldwide. It has also brought on a great demand for organ and tissue donors. To help raise awareness, the Kidney & Urology Foundation sponsors an annual walk. This year’s “Walk the Walk for Organ & Tissue Donation” will be held in New York, on October 28th at Central Park. You, family, friends, and co-workers are all invited to participate and help raise money for research, patient services, and public and professional education.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has created a website for you. The CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) website offers information on Low-Cost Health Insurance, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicare, Medicaid, as well as a list of ambulatory services and service providers. This site is a useful tool to find answers to your questions.
Etan Thomas from the Washington Wizards and Nikki Teasley from the Washington Mystics will be guarding center at the 12th Annual “Kid”ney Kids Weekend celebration. Thomas and Teasley are part of the NBA Cares league that helps to provide social awareness. NBA Cares will donate $100 million and 100 million hours of community service. The efforts of the league and support from family youth groups, will help provide a “live, learn, and play” atmosphere.