"Hi Kidney Buzz, The American Kidney Fund just opened up our disaster relief program to help/assist Dialysis patients in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas where the recent flooding has occurred. We wanted to send you our press release to help spread the news if possible." Learn more.
A newscaster was fired after shockingly stating, “Public funds must not be spent for the treatment of 'self-induced' Dialysis patients! If they cannot afford it and cry, just kill them!" Learn more.
Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients know that they should try to keep their phosphorus levels between 3.5 and 5.5 mg/dL. However, a litany (long list) of studies are now directly connecting high phosphorus (Hyperphosphatemia) to higher risks of death in Dialysis patients which is placing an emphasis on patients maintaining stable phosphorus levels. Learn more.
UPDATE - Artificial Implantable Kidney Team Makes Major Announcement: CKD Community Efforts Begin To Pay Off
"As all of you are, we are incredibly eager to get this device to Clinical Trials by the end of 2017, and we are truly grateful for your support along the way." Learn more.
Most Chronic Kidney Disease patients conducting Dialysis know that they should limit eating cheese because of the higher potassium and phosphorus content which can cause heart problems and lead to painful bone complications. Learn more.
For Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients, catching the Influenza Virus (also known as the Flu) can lead to hospitalizations as well as serious and possibly deadly illnesses, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Learn more.
For most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients, Labor Day simply marks the end of summer. Learn more.
Did you know that the first successful Kidney Transplant took place in 1954 at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston? Learn more.
If a Chronic Kidney Disease or Dialysis patient is casually turning through the local television stations, they may come across Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. any given day. Learn more.
For years, Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients have been told by their Healthcare Teams to avoid certain juices. Learn more.
As many Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients know all too well, cysts on the kidneys are a common and very scary occurrence. A cyst is basically a fluid-filled sac. Learn more.
Eight (8) Tips To Sleeping Like A Baby Plus Three (3) More For Chronic Kidney Disease & Dialysis Patients
Sleep issues are one of the most common complications of Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis. Learn more.
Many Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients are growing very desperate to get off of the Kidney Transplant Waiting List and lead a fuller, more complete life with a Kidney Transplant. Learn more.
A KidneyBuzz.com viewer wrote, "Yesterday my husband blacked out from Dialysis and the heat. BANG! He hit his head very hard right on the floor. Now he keeps having headaches. Do y'all think he should go to the hospital?" Learn more.
Scary Sleep Disorder Causes Many Dialysis Patients To Feel Temporarily Paralysed & Unable To Wake Up
Many Chronic Kidney Disease patients are aware that sleep disorders are common among those undergoing Dialysis, but not many know that as much as thirty-six percent (36%) suffer from Sleep Paralysis. Learn more.
Although many Chronic Kidney Disease patients, especially those conducting Dialysis, aim for their phosphorus to fall between the range of 2.6 and 5.5, recent findings suggest that even normal serum phosphorus levels on the high side of the range may be hazardous. Learn more.
A study published in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology found what most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients already anecdotally knew, "Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) has an adverse effect on digestive function." Learn more.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell (22nd Secretary of Health & Human Services) took to Twitter to announce, "Big news. This Administration is taking new actions to decrease the organ waiting list." Learn more.
One of the over 115,000 monthly KidneyBuzz.com viewers sent an email to ask, "How come Lidocaine is not covered under Medicare or Medicaid anymore? What else can I do or use?" Learn more.
"I've been on Dialysis for almost 7 years now and finding it's getting increasingly difficult to feel good about going or being there every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Learn more.
A Dialysis patient wrote the KidneyBuzz.com Team via a Facebook Message and said, "I had no idea that Dialysis would be this terrible. Learn more.
A regular viewer emailed the KidneyBuzz.com Team (email@example.com) and asked, "Has there been any progress on the regenerative kidney? I am on Dialysis, and I just do not know where to turn. I am grateful to be alive, but the sooner I can get off of Dialysis, the better." Learn more.
KidneyBuzz.com was one of the first organizations to report on the Off-The-Shelf Bioengineered Blood Vessels which Chronic Kidney Disease patients may find more convenient than traditional Hemodialysis Access options such as the Arteriovenous (AV) Fistula or the synthetic graft. Learn more.
For many Chronic Kidney Disease patients who have chosen to conduct Dialysis, it feels like every aspect of their life is disrupted including fun annual (yearly) family trips, anniversary getaways, summer vacations, important family gatherings and other necessary departures. Learn more.
No one has to tell Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients of the great health benefits of walking. Most know that regular walking can help improve health outcomes including weight management, heart health, and maintain patient overall health to remain eligible for a kidney transplant. Learn more.
"I am currently conducting Dialysis. While the treatments are hard enough alone, sometimes after treatments, I am finding my skin seems to break out in an itchy hive-like rash. I was wondering if this happens to anyone else, and if so what can I do about it? Thanks." Learn more.
Walking May Be The Best Exercise For CKD And Dialysis Patients To Improve Health And Decrease Mortality
Weight lifting, running, intense aerobics and even swimming may be exercises that are too taxing or impossible for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Dialysis patients to do safely. Learn more.
"Why do Dialysis patients suffer from bulging bags under their eyes? It draws attention to your sickness and causes people to always ask if you are feeling okay or if you are resting well. This makes me feel so self-conscious. Is there anything patients can do about the bags?" Learn more.
A KidneyBuzz.com viewer, Carole Devine wrote, "Do all non-dairy creamers have phosphate additives? Is there a brand you recommend? Thank you." Learn more.
A Chronic Kidney Disease patient, Sheila Wilson wrote to KidneyBuzz.com and said, "It's almost been a year since I started Dialysis, and I have developed seasonal allergies. Learn more.
CKD & Dialysis Patients May Be Washing Their Hands All Wrong - Increasing Risk Of Harmful Infections
As most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients know, keeping their hands clean is one of the most important steps that can be taken to avoid getting sick and spreading germs. Learn more.
For Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients, the spring brings with it longer days and warmer weather as well as a new crop of fresh produce that may be used to enhance the Renal and Diabetic Diets while improving overall patient health outcomes. Learn more.
"I recently read this New York Times article about a grain called, Quinoa. It is awesome and loaded with health benefits. I am eating it all of the time. I cannot get enough of the grain. Can you offer more recipes where I can enjoy more Quinoa?" Learn more.
The American Kidney Fund is a non-profit organization founded in 1971 well-known for providing financial assistance to Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients who cannot afford necessities related to healthcare such as outstanding... Learn more.
A regular KidneyBuzz.com viewer, Carolyn Trombacco wrote, "Why are Dialysis Clinics so cold? I am layered in clothes and blankets. I know when you don't move for periods of time you will get chilly but it is so cold you are not able to be comfortable for four hours." Learn more.
The Myth Of Avoiding High Potassium Fruits And Vegetables In A CKD And Dialysis Patient's Diet May Be Harmful
Not only is it difficult for many patients to limit their favorite fruits and vegetables; it also causes patients to feel frustrated and depressed because they are unable to enjoy their favorite foods. Learn more.
Have you suffered from a toothache, visible holes or pits in the teeth, sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet foods and drinks or swelling around the jaw? If so, you're not alone. Learn more.
Many in the Chronic Kidney Disease Community know that the most common cause of death in Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients is Cardiovascular Disease. Learn more.
Saint Patrick's Day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Learn more.
For Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients, one of the most difficult limitations they contend with is the Renal Diet. Learn more.
Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients do not know that a high-sugar diet boosts their odds of tooth decay, Heart Disease, causing or worsening of Diabetes, and weight gain which can jeopardize the chances at a Kidney Transplant and reduce energy levels. Learn more.
KidneyBuzz.com was one of the first news outlets to announce that the Single Needle Treatment Dialysis Option had passed the Food And Drug Administration (FDA) approval process and was available for use. Learn more.
As the saying goes, "Leap year comes one year in four, and February has one day more." In case you didn't know, the science behind the leap day is to help keep us in sync with the seasons. Learn more.
What's more shocking is that the number of people on the national waiting list has continued to grow while rates of Kidney Transplantation have stagnated. Learn more.
However, a study led by Ohio State University researchers found that poor circulation can be devastating for patients in the Chronic Kidney Disease Community. Learn more.
Heart-related complications are the leading cause of death in those with Chronic Kidney Disease, especially Dialysis patients. Learn more.
"Scientists have discovered how to bring 'dead' kidneys back to life, restoring their vigour so effectively that they can be used in transplants when they would normally have been incinerated [discarded]," Learn more.
If you are like most Chronic Kidney Disease patients including those on Dialysis, then you enjoy a fast food burger or taco from time-to-time. Learn more.
"Lapses in infection control procedures -- such as injection safety, cleaning and disinfection, and hand hygiene -- [which] were common at these clinics...could contribute to transmission of the virus." Learn more.
For the general population, food poisoning is usually a short-term infection without any long-term consequences. Learn more.
Although there are over 600,000 patients with End Stage Renal Disease in the United States, and 20 million with Chronic Kidney Disease, many patients feel left out and unheard. Learn more.
A KidneyBuzz.com viewer wrote, "Xmas weekend I was very dehydrated my BP was very low, the bottom number was 47...I have been on a daily regimen to lose weight, I've never been a big eater and I rarely eat. I know that isn't good. Learn more.
In general, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Dialysis patients try to avoid hospitals and hospitalization as much as they possibly can. Learn more.
Did you know that Cardiovascular (relating to the heart and blood vessels) deaths account for about 40% of all deaths of patients with Chronic Kidney Disease particularly those on Dialysis, while Sudden Cardiac Death might be responsible for as many as 60% of those deaths in patients undergoing Dialysis? Learn more.
Most commonly known as "The Flu," Influenza is a highly contagious disease that can be serious, debilitating and affect the whole body. Learn more.
Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients do not know that they are at a seventy-two percent (72%) increased risk of developing the Shingles Virus (also known as Herpes Zoster). Learn more.
A viewer wrote, "I miss the jokes that were tailored for the Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients. They really made my day and helped lighten the load of Dialysis. I always share them with others in my unit. Can you tell some new jokes?" Learn more.
A sneeze is an innocent act that everyone must do at some point in time. Sneezing is even more common among Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients due to reduced immune system strength and allergies. Learn more.
Consumer Report: "Don't Take Benadryl Every Day." Long-term Use May Be Risky For CKD & Dialysis Patients.
For Dialysis patients, leading a healthy and normal life is nearly impossible. Itching, anxiety, allergies, common cold (due to low immune system), and insomnia are just a few of the side effects associated with Dialysis for which Chronic Kidney Disease patients must contend. Learn more.
Vitamin D Deficiency is a "silent syndrome," said Medical News Today, and while most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients may not notice that they are deficient, the side effects can be very harmful. Learn more.
CKD & Dialysis Patients Don't Have To Experience Halloween Problems Whether Or Not They Celebrate It
It's Halloween and you know what is about to happen, Halloween candy and other sugary treats you otherwise should avoid, young kids scavenging the streets for candy, costume themed parties, and other stresses associated with the holiday. Learn more.
Most Chronic Kidney Disease patients with permanent Kidney Failure including those conducting Dialysis opt to receive Medicare coverage. As you likely know, Medicare Part A usually covers 100% of approved hospital costs, while Medicare Part B usually covers 80% of medical expenses, including Dialysis Treatments for a monthly premium. Well, according to James Myers (Advocate, National Kidney Foundation) premiums could increase by as much as 52%. Learn more.
“Too much potassium in the blood (Hyperkalemia) can lead to dangerous, even fatal, changes in heart rhythm,” said Dr. Norman Stockbridge (Director of the Division of Cardiovascular and Renal Products for FDA). “It is important to have treatment options for Hyperkalemia available to patients.” Hyperkalemia occurs often in those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients, and that is why it is exciting to...Learn more.
The publication, Monthly Prescribing Reference wrote, "Sometimes a little bit of humor can brighten your whole day!" This is especially true for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients who often find themselves battling depression and sadness associated with their condition.Learn more.
Chronic Kidney Disease patients and especially those who conduct Dialysis find that showering is a very important exercise for its elements of cleanliness as well as its therapeutic nature which serves as a stress reliever and refresher. While many...Learn more.
The Hepatitis C Virus is a viral infection that has been attributed to the development or worsening of Liver Disease and Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease. Hepatitis C is spread by contact with the blood of an infected patient. Read more.
Megadose Of Vitamin C Has The Opposite Intended Effect In Chronic Kidney Disease & Dialysis Patients
People on Dialysis have different vitamin and diet needs than the general population. The largest Dialysis Organization in the United States, Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. stated, "Dialysis washes out some vitamins. Other vitamins may build up in your body to unsafe levels. Learn more.
For Chronic Kidney Disease And Dialysis Patients It Is Often A Matter Of Not Getting Enough Vaccines
Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients realize that the Flu Season is upon us and that they are at higher risk of contracting the virus. Learn more.
In those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis, High Blood Pressure is very common and is said to impact more than eighty percent (80%) of patients (60% of Hemodialysis and 30% of patients on Peritoneal Dialysis patients). Learn more.
Sudden death is typically caused by a Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction) and is "one of the leading causes of death in Dialysis patients," according to the United States...Learn more.
A KidneyBuzz.com viewer asked, "Is the sweat of Dialysis patients different from that of Non-Dialysis patients? It seems like my skin is constantly sticky, clammy...Learn more.
Fatigue, drowsiness and tiredness are side effects associated with Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients conducting both Hemo and Peritoneal Dialysis. Learn more.
Protein Rich Diet Reduces Heart Risk For Dialysis Patients As Much As Quitting Smoking or Exercising
Most Chronic Kidney Disease patients know that when they are experiencing Kidney Failure and before starting Dialysis they are recommended to limit the amount of protein in their diets. However, a higher protein diet is needed to "replace protein lost during Dialysis and to help keep you well nourished and healthy..." Learn more.
If you ask most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients what their number one goal is in terms of their health, they will likely answer, "To lead a high quality of...Learn more.
There are a number of reasons why Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Diabetes and High Blood Pressure patients may want to reduce their weight which include: Qualification for a Kidney Transplant, increased energy, better blood sugar control, improved blood pressure management and reduction of bad cholesterol levels. Learn more.
"Hospitalizations are frequent among Dialysis patients," said researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. This is likely due to Congestive Heart Failure (the heart doesn't pump blood as well as it should)...Learn more.
A viewer wrote, "It is almost the time of the year to take that darn Flu Shot again. I hate it! Every time my nurse gives it to me I feel drowsy, tired and like I already have the flu. Am I the only one, and is there anything that I can do about it?" Learn more.
A Chronic Kidney Disease patient who is currently conducting Dialysis emailed KidneyBuzz.com and asked, "Do you know of any tips to curb my appetite and reduce cravings for tasty food that is restricted for the Kidney diet like candy and fast food? It is so easy to grab these things while I am out and they completely mess up my Monthly Labs. If I resist, I feel terribly unsatisfied...Learn more.
During the summer months many Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients may notice that they are experiencing more frequent edema (swelling) than usual. If left untreated, edema can cause serious side effects which greatly limit a Chronic Kidney Disease patient's quality of life including...Learn more.
For those with Chronic Kidney Disease as well as Dialysis patients, loneliness often comes with their Chronic Illness.Learn more.
Generic Drugs Will Be More Expensive For CKD, Dialysis & Kidney Transplant Patients Without Your Action
Due to high costs of brand names, generic drugs are important options that allow greater access to Healthcare for all Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis and Kidney Transplant patients. Learn more.
A viewer wrote, "I have to have caffeine in the morning. I have always had coffee, but I switched to tea because it seemed healthier. Now when I drink tea my heart rate is elevated and I feel warm. Should I go back to coffee? Is it better?" Learn more.
Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients believe that if they cannot eat at home the next best thing is eating at a local restaurant. Learn more.
In Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients, High Phosphorus may lead to severe itching, Bone Disease and even Cardiovascular (Heart) Events which is the leading cause of death in the Chronic Kidney Disease Community. Learn more.
Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients have likely heard Brian Wilson's (co-founder and producer of The Beach Boys) famous words, “Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun.” Learn more.
A KidneyBuzz.com viewer wrote, "I am buried in loans and debts since I got sick and had to start Dialysis. Now I just read that my Student Loans may be discharged (forgiven) due to my disability. Is this true, and if so what is the process?" Learn more.
Quick question, do you know the name of the World's Oldest Man? Well until recently it was Sakari Momoi of Japan according to the Guinness World Records. Dying of Kidney Failure, Mr. Momoi lived until age 112. Learn more.
Skipping Meals Or Fasting Causes Serious Complications In Chronic Kidney Disease & Dialysis Patients
Doctors recommend against Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients fasting due to negative health outcomes. Learn more.
Chronic Kidney Disease patients, especially those conducting Dialysis, often contend with severe anxiety and stress associated with their health, Dialysis Treatment, financial difficulties, insurance issues, juggling the uncertainty of Dialysis with schedules and commitments, concern of physical pain and death, and relationships with family and friends. Learn more.
As many Chronic Kidney Disease patients who conduct Dialysis have experienced, muscle cramps are a common complication during Dialysis Treatments. In fact, "cramps occur in 1/3 to 2/3 of all Dialysis patients," according to Dr. Paul Kellerman (Wisconsin Dialysis). Learn more.
If you have been a Dialysis patient for any period of time, then you likely know that Phosphorus is a mineral which must be closely monitored and limited. Common drinks which Chronic Kidney Disease patients who conduct Dialysis enjoy such as certain types of specialty waters, juices, teas, lemonades, and of course all types of sodas (not only Colas) have been newly found to contain significant levels of phosphorus. Learn more.
A KidneyBuzz.com viewer and Chronic Kidney Disease patient who conducts Dialysis wrote, "I am a Dialysis patient and my 3 children are finding it difficult. What can I do about it? What kind of support can I best offer them?" Learn more.
Infections are the second highest cause of death among Dialysis patients in the United States, behind sudden death which is usually related to Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease. Learn more.
Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients know that potassium is a mineral common in most foods and necessary to help with muscle movement and keeping the nervous system healthy. Learn more.