Archive for October, 2007
Katie Lee Joel, Billy Joel’s wife has published a cookbook for Shire Pharmaceuticals. The cookbook has tons of kidney disease friendly recipes for patients. Katie’s late grandfather suffered from CKD Stage 5. Through her personal experience, she learned of the many dietary restrictions, such as low phosphorus and sodium in foods. Her love for cooking and desire to help educate others inspired her to write the cookbook. Joel says, “Prevention starts with education.”
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced their revised Medicare Drug Plan Finder website. The website offers information for beneficiaries to compare cost and benefits on prescriptions, monthly premiums and coverage levels. CMS uses a five-star rating system as the basis of their comparison for quality of care and customer satisfaction. Enrollment for Medicare prescription drug plans starts November 15th through December 31st.
Kmart has been a long time supporter of the diabetes community. Just recently, the company has taken another giant step in their commitment by becoming a National Strategic Partner (NSP). Kmart announced their support and collaborated with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) on October 1, 2007. As a National Strategic Partner, Kmart has agreed to join the ADA’s mission to help prevent and cure diabetes by raising $1 million.
HealthDay News has reported a new deadly disease called Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF). Research has found that, gadolinium, a common agent used in MRI scans, is the cause of kidney patients developing NSF. Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis characterized as the “thickening and hardening of the skin.” A study led by Jonathan Kay of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, reported that 48 percent of kidney patients diagnosed with NSF had a greater death rate. These reports are published in the October issue of the Arthritis & Rheumatism.
The American Diabetes Association has created a Women and Diabetes Workgroup and its mission is to “represent, involve, and affect.” According to the ADA, 9.7 million women have diabetes. The alarming fact is that one third of those affected are not aware. Diabetes is a deadly disease that is common amongst African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and Asian/Pacific Islander women. The efforts of this group and many alike, the goal is to help prevent, cure and bring awareness to those affected by diabetes.
In recent years, there has been an increase in the life expectancy of HIV-positive patients. A highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) drug is helping to decrease the death rate of patients diagnosed with Aids. With many patients living longer, they become at risk of developing kidney and liver disease. In the September issue of the Transplantation journal, it was reported that HIV-positive patients can now take advantage of organ transplantation. While research is still being conducted, it has been accepted by insurers and policymakers in the U.S.