Archive for November, 2007
The American Kidney Fund has announced the start of their 2009 Calendar Kids contest. Submit your art work by April 30, 2008 and you could win a trip to Washington, D.C.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just issued a “black box” warning for anemia drugs prescribed for cancer and kidney failure patients. The three common known drugs are Procrit, Epogen (Epoetin afla) and Aranesp (Darbepoetin). Patients are given Procrit and Epogen help increase the production of hemoglobin. However, analysts believe these drugs are prescribed to create revenue for kidney centers. As of today, there are over 1 million Americans taking these drugs.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia has discovered that patients over their recommended weight, may be at less risk of dying from heart disease and cancers. Research was conducted on 2.4 million adults and results show that 1.6 million people overweight were less likely to die from tuberculosis and Alzheimer’s disease. However, they have a higher risk of dying from diabetes and kidney disease.
Should you tip the scale?
Patients undergoing Kidney dialysis spend approximately 12 hours a week connected to a dialysis machine. Research is being conducted on a battery-powered device that will allow patients to cleanse their blood regularly, while still mobile. People suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD) are only able to cleanse about 17% of the toxic chemicals compared to a healthy kidney. Researchers are still waiting for approval from the FDA before releasing the 10 pound device to the public.
Early detection of kidney disease in patients can help save lives. The National Kidney Foundation published an article in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, stating that “two simple blood and urine tests” can detect the early stages of CKD. The tests measures the patient’s urinary protein and estimated glomerular filtration rate. There are millions who are affected.
The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) wants to remind you of your rights. AAKP has provided a letter template for people who want their voices heard. This is your opportunity to let the government know that you are concerned about kidney disease and Federal programs for CKD patients. You have the right to be heard.
The American Diabetes Association will be honoring Diabetes Awareness Month by dedicating each week within the month to focus on a “different face of diabetes.” Week 1 will be centered on “Caregivers.” Week 2 will focus on “Employees.” Week 3 is for supporting “Diabetes around the world.” Week 4 concentrates on the “At-risk population and Week 5 will wrap up with “Youth and Type 1 Diabetes.” Show your support by volunteering at one of these events.