Together we raised our collective voices in the CKD Community to tell our Congressmen and Congresswomen that the repeal proposal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would hurt hundreds-of-thousands of Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients. Learn more.
"I know that Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients are generally supposed to steer clear of nuts due to high potassium. However, are there any nuts that are safe for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients to enjoy?" 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. Learn more.
"I am constantly suffering from insomnia. However, especially during the summer months, I am unable to get any rest. I am regularly tired and have no energy. Is there anything that I can do?" Learn more.
Common Thyroid Function Issues Are Directly Impacting Health & Quality Of Life For CKD And Dialysis Patients
Hypothyroidism- a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone- is common in Hemodialysis patients, and for a long time, it was assumed that those conducting Dialysis must just bear the side effects. Learn more.
YES: U.S. Senate Healthcare Bill Could Have Harmfully Impact On Chronic Kidney Disease And Dialysis Patients
"I am hearing all of this talk about the U.S. Senate Healthcare Bill. They are not saying anything about people with kidney failure - such as myself. Is there expected to be any impact?" Learn more.
It's the Fourth (4th) of July! Fireworks, barbecues, as well as gatherings with family and friends are staples of this holiday which is all about community and valuable time with loved ones. Learn more.
Kidney Failure is a serious condition. It can cause severe hardships in your daily life. One way to deal with the problems you face is with humor. Below are a few jokes to help you get through your day. Learn more.
A KidneyBuzz.com viewer wrote, "I am constantly suffering infections at my access site. My Nephrologist is growing more and more concerned since the infections are getting worse. What can I do to protect myself?" Learn more.
Can Chronic Kidney Disease And Dialysis Patients Safely Detox To Improve Their Summer And Quality Of Life?
"Can Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients detox? I have tried a cleansing, detox diet in the past and it was very helpful in making me feel cleaner with improved vitality, and I even lost 8 pounds! With summer upon us, I wanted to detox again. However, since beginning Dialysis, I do not know if it is safe." Learn more.
The Founder of KidneyBuzz.com is a father who has been successfully fighting End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) for 18 years. Learn more.
Hence people with Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis who are on a Potassium restricted diet may enjoy the fruits in moderation. Learn more.
Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients are constantly looking for ways to improve their safety and health in order to remain as healthy as possible and stay out of the hospital. Learn more.
A KidneyBuzz.com viewer wrote, "I would like more information about programs available to people who are unable to afford their anti-rejection medications, please." Learn more.
Between Dialysis Treatments, errands, family and friend gatherings, and other life activities, it is hard for Chronic Kidney Disease patients to find the time to cook for themselves. Learn more.
There are well over 100,000 Chronic Kidney Disease patients on the Kidney Transplant Waiting list. Learn more.
Trump Administration's Policies Impacting Artificial Implantable Kidney For CKD And Dialysis Patients
Well, the Research Team at the University Of Calfornia San Francisco (UCSF) recently provided a response to this question, and it is cause for concern. Learn more.
"Everything seems to be hitting me all at once. With Dialysis and everything else on my plate, I am becoming extremely anxious and feel as though I may suffer an anxiety attack. What can I do?" Learn more.
"There are times that I feel like I need immediate care, but I do not know if I should go to the Emergency Room or just go to Urgent Care. What is the difference? Is it less expensive for Urgent Care? How do I determine if the ER is necessary?" Learn more.
Eating a high-fiber diet is thought to help prevent constipation and its related problems. It may lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels (heart complications are the leading cause of death in the Chronic Kidney Disease Community), help control blood sugar levels, promote regularity, prevent hemorrhoids, and it may help with reaching and/or staying at a healthy weight. Learn more.
Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients are all too familiar with Gout. It is a type of arthritis that can affect different body parts like the ears, small joints on the hands, wrists, ankles or knees. Learn more.
"I have been on Dialysis now for three years. Once in a while, I have a craving for a nice crispy doughnut and a warm cup of coffee. Can Dialysis patients have doughnuts and coffee or should we avoid them at all costs?" Learn more.
"I am always watching my fluid, but on top of that I do not know what I can drink and should avoid. Due to excessive sugar, I have cut soda altogether. However, what about juice? What juice options can I safely drink as a Dialysis patient? What are the benefits?" Learn more.
"Given my lifestyle, I am either going to Dialysis, Doctor's Appointments, running errands, spending time with my family, or recovering from Dialysis Treatments. Sticking to the Renal Diet is just out of the question most days. It can be very depressing. Any tips?" Learn more.
Did you know that although Dialysis Treatments are difficult on patients' bodies, it is not the direct reason that most patients die? Learn more.
"My father always was a positive guy, but he's been pretty down-in-the-dumps lately. He's been on Dialysis (and the kidney transplant list) for a couple of years now. His blood pressure is too high, then low after treatments. He has trouble sleeping, and he doesn't move around much. He used to be a basketball player. What can I do to help him out?" Learn more.
As the highly anticipated Artificial Implant Kidney Human Trials date creeps closer (expected to begin in late 2017/early 2018) the KidneyBuzz.com Team has been bombarded with questions and requests related to the device. Learn more.
It’s a fresh start to the year since the Flu Season is finally over, right? Wrong. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while seasonal Flu outbreaks can start as early as October, they can last as late as May. Learn more.
Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients realize that they must be watchful for dangerous drug mixes because they can have terrible side effects including death. Learn more.
Happy New Year greetings! The end of 2016 is almost here, and The KidneyBuzz.com Team wishes to thank you for helping us make 2016 its most successful year yet in reaching and serving you. Learn more.
Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients realize that they must monitor their phosphorus, but many do not recognize that phosphorus levels above 5.5 serve as a tipping point. Learn more.
What Chronic Kidney Disease And Dialysis Patients Should Know About The Kidney Transplant Waiting List And Rule Changes
"I am on the Kidney Transplant Waiting List and have been waiting for two years. I was under the impression that I would have received a call two months ago, but nothing. I am becoming frustrated and depressed. Is there anything that I can do?" Learn more.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics, there were 50,476 Kidney Failure-related deaths, making mortality due to Kidney Failure number eight (#8) on the cause of death list in the United States. Learn more.
Over ninety percent (90%) of the U.S. population uses antiperspirants and deodorants. However, not everyone is affected the same way. Learn more.
Those with Chronic Kidney Disease, especially Dialysis patients, should know that many Dietitians working for Large Dialysis Organizations (LDOs) are "cautiously" expanding the list of foods considered safe for the Renal diet. Learn more.
Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients like to enjoy the large and diverse offerings at local buffets from time-to-time. Learn more.
Calcification Of Arteries Related To Dialysis Is Preventing CKD Patients From Receiving Kidney Transplants
Vascular Calcification (hardening of the arteries) is the buildup of calcium salts in soft body tissue such as the veins and arteries and can cause stiffening or even closure. Learn more.
Hiccups May Be Much More Serious For Chronic Kidney Disease And Dialysis Patients Than They Recognize
"Hi my father is a Chronic Kidney Disease patient currently on Dialysis," a KidneyBuzz.com viewer wrote. Learn more.
From the familiar jingle of Salvation Army bell ringers to the colorful donation barrels for massive toy and coat drives, Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients likely have noted that the holidays are rich with giving traditions. Learn more.
"I love my husband, but he has such a bad attitude since starting Dialysis. He is always angry or frustrated about what seems like small things. What can I do?" Learn more.
I'm a Dialysis patient and I have been on Hemodialysis for three years. I have avoided alcohol, but I am considering enjoying an alcoholic drink during an upcoming gathering. Learn more.
As most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients are aware, when President-elect Donald J. Trump takes office on January 20th, 2017 the House, Senate, and White House will be controlled by the same party for the first time in six years. Learn more.
Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients have a hard time keeping up or even partaking in the holiday season. Learn more.
Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis can at times feel lonely, and patients may feel as though no one understands what they are going through. Learn more.
As most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients already know, the Kidney Transplant Waiting List is overcrowded with over 100,000 patients listed and an average wait time of five (5) to seven (7) years. Learn more.
Many Chronic Kidney Disease patients suffer from Gout, a form of arthritis that causes sudden and very severe pain in the joints (particularly in the feet and big toes). Learn more.
"I have a love-hate relationship with the Holidays. I love the gatherings with family and friends, but I hate not being able to enjoy my favorite foods because of my diet restrictions. It is just frustrating and depressing." Learn more.
UPDATE: Top 5 Best & Most Affordable U.S. Cities For Chronic Kidney Disease & Dialysis Patients To Live
KidneyBuzz.com released a list of the best cities for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients to live and it was met with a huge amount of interest - millions of impressions and hundreds of thousands of views. Learn more.
Any time KidneyBuzz.com can draw attention to a new resource that helps to improve the lives of Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients, we are eager to do so. Learn more.
Lawyer and Grandfather, Howard Broadman, identified a brilliant concept of donating a kidney so that his grandson Quinn would be eligible to receive one in the future. Learn more.
A regular KidneyBuzz.com viewer asked, "I'm just inquiring about Kidney Failure. I am struggling with seizures and convulsions. How can Kidney Failure cause this if the majority of seizures have to do with the brain?" Learn more.
"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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.