Alice Andors of the American Kidney Fund wrote KidneyBuzz.com and said, "Hey Kidney Buzz -- A new rule from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is bad news for ESRD patients." Learn more.
At some point in time, most Chronic Kidney Disease patients have felt powerless, especially those conducting Dialysis. Learn more.
A regular KidneyBuzz.com viewer sent an email to our research team at firstname.lastname@example.org and asked, "My mother is going in to get her AV Fistula declotted often. Should I be worried?" The simple answer is, "Yes." Learn more.
How Chronic Kidney Disease And Dialysis Patients Can Beat The Holiday Blues And Feelings Of Loneliness
The holiday season is in full swing and many are lively and cheerful. Movies and television programs will be showing holiday specials. Learn more.
Every Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patient dreams of the day that a breakthrough is announced which will serve as the key to ending Kidney Failure and provide them with a higher quality and fuller life. Learn more.
There are over 600,000 Chronic Kidney Disease patients in the United States who are conducting Dialysis according to Dr. Emilio Poggio (Nephrologist at the Cleveland Clinic). Learn more.
KidneyBuzz.com has received over 80,000 questions of interest about the Artificial Implantable Kidney. Learn more.
Harvard University Moving Closer To Kidney Repair & Regeneration To Eliminate Dialysis For CKD Patients
A KidneyBuzz.com viewer wrote, "Are Kidney Repair and Rejuvenation more than just buzzwords for Chronic Kidney Disease patients? What’s the status? I do not want to wait forever on this." Learn more.
The Kidney Project Team at the University of California San Francisco is spearheading (leading) the development of the Artificial Implantable Kidney which is a very exciting possibility for those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis. Learn more.
"I am helping my dear friend who is 77-years-old on Dialysis for the last year. He is preparing for a Kidney Transplant. What should we do after the surgery? How does he prepare himself with his diet and mental state? How can I help? Thank you!" Learn more.
The KidneyBuzz.com Team was first impressed by the Fist Assist Device after learning that the cutting edge technology had been shown to both help Chronic Kidney Disease patients mature their Dialysis AV Fistulas faster as well as improve Dialysis Treatment outcomes with better cleanings. Learn more.
A Renal Support Network essay contestant made a shocking suggestion, "Silver linings: The experience of Chronic Kidney Disease has been a blessing in disguise." Learn more.
"Potentially Catastrophic Hurricane Strike With 'Sandy-Like' Storm Surge For Parts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina." Learn more.
Artificial Wearable Kidney - An Alternative To Traditional Dialysis - Is Put On Hold Due To Lack Of Funding
Over 600,000 Chronic Kidney Disease patients are conducting Dialysis in the United States. Many find Dialysis to be difficult and extremely restrictive. Learn more.
Should KidneyBuzz.com Spotlight A Former Target Cashier Who Is Now A Dialysis Patient Care Technician?
“I go to my clinic every treatment. While my Patient Care Technician gets me on and off of the machine, he does not do much else. I feel like I am a constant burden, getting a question answered seems like a hassle, it hurts when they stick me and during Dialysis as well. I do not feel like a priority at all, and it is getting harder and harder to go to treatments. It is just depressing, you know? Is this how Dialysis care is or is there an example of good care I should be looking for?" Learn more.
Thanks To Your Support The U.S. House Passes CKD Bill That Helps Alleviate Financial Burdens Of Dialysis Patients!
Thanks to your continued support and petitioning, the United States House of Representatives has passed the ESRD Choice Act. Learn more.
"I am looking for help with what can be done when, as a patient, I have tried all of the available types of tape that my Dialysis facility offers yet I have been noticing that the area around my Dialysis AV Fistula has been itching and I have been applying lotion, hoping that would help, but it hasn't helped enough as of yet." Learn more.
A leading cause of death in Chronic Kidney Disease patients is plaque build up in their arteries and veins which causes their hearts to stop functioning as well - creating Cardiovascular (Heart-related) complications, especially in those who conduct Dialysis. Learn more.
A KidneyBuzz.com viewer sent an email and said, "I HATE Dialysis." Learn more.
Many Chronic Kidney Disease patients realize that they are at a higher risk of having to visit the Emergency Room. Learn more.
How Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Can Help To Stop Feeling Excessively Hungry During And After Dialysis
"I am ravenous whilst on Dialysis - suffering from terrible hunger that I can not get rid of. It is torture sitting through Dialysis treatments and when I am done I have to eat a huge plate." Learn more.
"I'm terrified of needles. How do you get use to the sticking of a Dialysis needle? It hurts and I already have a bit of a needle phobia. It is getting harder and harder to go to my Dialysis Treatments. Any ideas of what I can do? Otherwise, I may just have to give up." Learn more.
Being diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease not only brings with it a variety of emotions, but also financial burdens - many of which are difficult for patients to meet. Countless Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients continue to be forced to go without necessities because they just do not have enough money. Learn more.
Each year in the United States, more than 100,000 people are diagnosed with Kidney Failure, according to The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Health Information Center. Learn more.
The Arteriovenous (AV) Fistula is a surgical connection between an artery and a vein and is considered the Gold Standard (the best, most reliable) for Chronic Kidney Disease patients who conduct Hemodialysis because infections are rare, fewer complications occur, and they can last many more years than other options. Learn more.
"I have to go to Dialysis 3 times a week and I am in that chair four hours every time. That does not include the time I have to prepare to go to treatments, drive to my facility, bandage up after treatment, drive home, and recover. It kills my day. I wish I had just one more day off of Dialysis!" Learn more.
When was the last time you traveled? Most Chronic Kidney Disease - especially those who conduct Dialysis - rarely travel because according to patients, "It is a huge hassle." Learn more.
While some outsiders may recommend that patients suppress their feelings of frustration and say, "You should be happy to be alive," or "You look great! What are you complaining about?" Learn more.
Sign Petition: Support Bill That Will Help Improve Quality Of Life & Longevity For Dialysis Patients
The number of Dialysis patients in the United States is rapidly growing. According to House.gov, "An estimated 650,000 Americans receive Dialysis in order to stay alive." Learn more.
"Dialysis patients are particularly sensitive to periods of high heat." Learn more.
Traveling can be fun and therapeutic for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients. Learn more.
Kidney Transplant Centers across the country are trying to find new and creative ways to cut the exceedingly long and growing wait times for Chronic Kidney Disease patients in need of a Kidney Transplant. Learn more.
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the country’s Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network -- under contract with the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Learn more.
"High-risk' kidneys, specifically previous HIV and Hepatitis infected donors: Do you have any professional info/experience with these type of cases? Success/ failure rates, longevity, complications, etc. I would greatly appreciate the input. Thanks." Learn more.
A patient wrote to KidneyBuzz.com and asked, "Hello, KidneyBuzz. I have a few questions regarding parties that I need some help with: 1. If a Dialysis patient is going to have an alcoholic beverage what would be the best choice? Learn more.
8 Things All CKD & Dialysis Patients Should Know About Their Blood Pressure Levels To Improve Survival
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) is a risk factor for Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Disease, and Stroke which are leading causes of death in those with Chronic Kidney Disease, especially Dialysis patients (accounts for almost fifty percent of deaths). Learn more.
Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients are well aware of the fact that the Artificial Wearable Kidney offers much more freedom by allowing those with Kidney Failure to move around - untethered from the large traditional Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis machines. Learn more.
Memorial Day is a dear holiday for many because it honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the liberties which are cherished in the United States. Learn more.
Most Dialysis patients do not realize that Chronic Kidney Disease and cancer are closely connected because they share common risk factors such as toxin buildup in the body. Learn more.
For most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients, the weekend is an exciting time to spend relaxing with family members and friends, enjoying a hobby or simply recovering from a busy and stressful week. Learn more.
A regular KidneyBuzz.com viewer wrote, "I don't know what to say except...this disease has got me so down I've been off work etc...I've been and am sometimes suicidal." Learn more.
"Reports of Hepatitis C infections among Dialysis patients in the United States are rising, largely because of poor infection control practices, health officials say," according to WebMD.com. Learn more.
Being a Chronic Kidney Disease patient, including those on Dialysis, does not mean that having fun is no longer possible. Learn more.
A KidneyBuzz.com viewer wrote, "Hello, I have a question about fistulas. I have been on dialysis now for over 11 years and I along with all my dialysis patients who have fistulas are constantly being told that our accesses are our lifeline and that we have to take care of it. Learn more.
Most Chronic Kidney Disease patients who conduct Dialysis are very aware of the Arteriovenous (AV) Fistula. Learn more.
"How the heck do they determine dry weight? I am constantly feeling wiped-out after treatments and unable to do anything for the entire day." Learn more.
If a Chronic Kidney Disease patient refuses Dialysis their blood gets toxic, they lose their appetites, they get lots of nausea and vomiting, they lose memory, they go into a coma, and basically they die, suggested Dr. Andrew Levine (Nephrologist). Learn more.
Wisconsindialysis.org referred to phosphorus as the "Silent Killer." Fresenius Medical Care Inc. (Largest Dialysis Organization in the U.S.) calls the mineral a "Silent Disease," that "can kill!" Hence, managing phosphorus is crucial to a Dialysis patient's health outcomes. Learn more.
It is very surprising that a study presented at the Annual Dialysis Conference found that a sudden and dramatic shift from Home Hemodialysis to Peritoneal Dialysis has occurred in the Chronic Kidney Disease Community. Learn more.
Symptoms of Gastrointestinal distress are common among patients undergoing regular Dialysis, with a whopping approximately eighty percent (80%) of Dialysis patients reporting such complaints. Learn more.
Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis is a "potent risk factor for stroke that is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide," according to a study released in the journal, Blood Purification. Learn more.
According to reports by the New York Times, Fresenius Medical Care has agreed to "pay $250 million to settle thousands of lawsuits from Dialysis patients and their relatives claiming that the company’s products had caused heart problems and deaths." Learn more.
Surprise! Yet another organization has put its sights on helping to develop a ready-to-use Artificial Implantable Kidney. Learn more.
It is not always easy in the society we live in to prioritize taking care of yourself, especially for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients. Learn more.
It is that time of the year again. The climax of the Football season with one of the most watched events on television, the Super Bowl. Learn more.
Reuters Health suggested that "Your survival rate could depend on your paramedic's experience." Learn more.
New Dialysis And Kidney Transplant Survival Rates Are Surprising And Offer Much Hope To CKD Patients
A KidneyBuzz.com viewer and Dialysis patient said, "My friends share horror stories with me of how they knew people or read about people who only lasted five years or less after being diagnosed with Kidney Failure and beginning Dialysis. Learn more.
According to the Times, more people died from drugs than vehicle accidents and this trend is, unfortunately, being fueled by prescription pain and anxiety medications such as Vicodin, Xanax and other prescriptions which are common in the Chronic Kidney Disease Community. Learn more.
A Dialysis patient emailed the KidneyBuzz.com Team at email@example.com, "I am scheduled for surgery and I am scared," he wrote. Learn more.
KidneyBuzz.com is proud to recognize Mark Brunie who connected with an Altruistic Donor after the KidneyBuzz.com Social Media Team had the pleasure of working with him to help raise awareness about his need for a Kidney Transplant. Learn more.
Chronic Kidney Disease patients conducting Dialysis would prefer to have their healthy kidneys and live without relying on regular Dialysis Treatments. Unfortunately, this is not an option for the 600,000+ Dialysis patients in the United States and over 3,000,000 global Dialysis patients. Learn more.
Increasing the number of vegetables in a person's diet is typically seen as a good idea which may render a number of health benefits. Learn more.
Most people would approach Dialysis patients with empathy and care. Ultimately, understanding that most are suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease and Kidney Failure due to no fault of their own, and all patients are doing their best. Learn more.
Experts May Be Wrong As New Assessments Adjust Best Weight Practices To Increase CKD Dialysis Patient Survival
A patient sent a Facebook Message to KidneyBuzz.com and said, "My doctor says that I need to lose weight, but I am comfortable where I am and I heard it is better to be a bit above ideal weight anyway. Learn more.
"My doctor said that I am supposed to start feeling better after starting Dialysis," a KidneyBuzz.com viewer said, "It has been over a year now and it feels like it is getting worse. Learn more.
There are over 600,000 patients conducting Dialysis according to Cleveland Clinic Nephrologist, Dr. Emilio Poggio. A growing number of Dialysis patients are choosing to transition from In Center Hemodialysis to a preferred Home Dialysis Treatment Option. Learn more.
DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc. is one of the largest Dialysis Organizations in the United States and is a top performer. Learn more.
Did you know that according to Medicare data, mortality rates were as high as 23% in 1999? Since then Dialysis patient mortality has had a sharp decline, "with a 28.2% decline in the death rate for prevalent patients from 1999-2013," reported Nephrology News. Learn more.
Dialysis Patients May Not Be Impressed With Treatment Advances. Dialysis Withdrawal Greatly Increasing
Given the sweeping advances in the Chronic Kidney Disease Community as it relates to improving Dialysis and making the treatment "more manageable" for patients, many may think that more Dialysis patients choose to conduct treatments until better options present themselves such as a Kidney Transplant or technological breakthrough. Learn more.
To most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients, the idea of calling an ambulance and it never responds is the making of a terrible nightmare or far-fetched fantasy scare. Learn more.
No one likes to throw away food, but according to Recycle Works, "At least 28 billion pounds of edible food are wasted each year - equating to over 100 pounds per person." Learn more.
UPDATE: "The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began publicly posting one- to five-star ratings for nearly 6,000 U.S. Dialysis Facilities" including large providers such as DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc...Read more.
You may be surprised to learn that, "Restless legs syndrome (RLS) affects patients on Dialysis with about four times the prevalence of that seen in the general population," according to Dr. Daniel M. Keller. Learn more
Often times before Dialysis or during Dialysis Treatments patients like to congregate and discuss interesting news about the Chronic Kidney Disease Community. Learn more.
UPDATE: The hard work of Chronic Kidney Disease patients like you has once again paid off. Your kind words and support have helped the Entertainer...Learn more.
A Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patient wrote KidneyBuzz.com and said, "I was suffering unusual symptoms yesterday including dizziness, blurred vision, intense headache, and difficulty walking around. I am worried that I had a small stroke or I am in danger of one. What can I do?"Learn more.
Did you know that calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body? Well it is, and while about ninety-nine percent (99%) of the calcium in the body is found in bones and teeth, the element also conducts very important...Learn more.
Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients often find themselves maintaining strict diets as a means to improve their quality of life and limit their health complications. While there are many books and resources that help Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients abide by their recommended diets...Learn more.
Many think that Dialysis duplicates or approaches "normal Kidney Function." However, as most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients are aware, that is sadly not the case. While Dialysis does a good job, it falls far short of optimum Kidney Function which means...Learn more.
Amgen Inc. is the world's largest Independent Biotechnology Firm which is likely most well know to Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients for one of its top selling medications, Epogen (a prescription medicine used to treat a lower than normal number of red blood cells which cause anemia). Learn more.
A Dialysis patient and KidneyBuzz.com viewer asked, "My nurse always gives me iron shots through my machine. I feel fine afterward, but never have thought to ask why. Learn more.
A viewer asked, "I am a 83-year-old man with Chronic Kidney Disease, Coronary Artery Disease, Mild Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and Type II Diabetes. I am in Stage 5 Kidney Failure. Should I conduct...Learn more.
While Cardiovascular (Heart and Blood Vessel) Events remain the primary form of mortality (death) in Chronic Kidney Disease patients who conduct Dialysis, few patients account for the impact of Overhydration (Hyponatremia). Overhydration, also called water excess or water intoxication, is a condition in which the body contains too much water which can...Learn more.
A viewer asked, "I am on Dialysis and my Healthcare Team is constantly telling me to limit my water intake. Since I am trying to remain active on the Kidney Transplant Waiting List I am trying to maintain my weight and even lose a few pounds. Do you have any suggestions?" Learn more.
Petition To Help Chronic Kidney Disease And Dialysis Patients Better Afford Dialysis Treatment Costs
A viewer wrote to KidneyBuzz.com and said, "I am currently appealing the Department Of Human Services, in regards to a Spend Down (medical funds which may...Learn more.
The merits of Peritoneal Dialysis are clear: When compared with the more commonly used Hemodialysis option, Chronic Kid... Learn more.
Unfortunately, criminals look to prey upon those who are most vulnerable. That is likely why older women and older/disabled people in general are among the most susceptible to crime. Beyond the fact that a significant portion of those conducting Dialysis are considered "older"...Learn more.
Many Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients live on a fixed income which at times make necessary medications prohibitively expensive. Learn more.
Most Chronic Kidney Disease patients who conduct Dialysis in the United States receive their Treatments at a Medicare-certified Dialysis Facility three times a week. Learn more.
Now more so than ever, Nephrologists across the country are encouraging their patients to try Home Hemodialysis since it has substantially better health outcomes to the Peritoneal Dialysis home option as well as improved quality of life and health results when compared to In Center Hemodialysis. Learn more.
A 55 year old Dialysis patient, Mary Elizabeth Goetz, died at a U.S. Renal Care Dialysis Center. The Dialysis Center operates 200 Clinics across the country and are "saddened" by Ms. Goetz's death due to what appears to be an otherwise avoidable mistake. Learn more.
According to Forbes, "Americans visit their doctor four (4) times a year." Well Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients must visit their Nephrologists more frequently to ensure that they are getting the appropriate life preserving treatments. Learn more.
For most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients, Hyperkalemia (high potassium), is a common term since Chronic Kidney Disease patients are among the highest risk group for the disorder. Learn more.
Many Chronic Kidney Disease patients who conduct Dialysis must contend with Insurance Coverage charges. Learn more.
Most Chronic Kidney Disease patients know the importance of iron and how it helps to make Hemoglobin (transports oxygen through the body) which is found in red blood cells. Learn more.
Many Chronic Kidney Disease patients who conduct Dialysis must manage the day-to-day health challenges that come with their treatments and underlying Kidney Failure. Learn more.
Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients are among the most common patients who must take an Anticoagulant (blood thinner) drug such as Coumadin (also known as Warfarin), suggested News-Medical.net. Stanford University noted in a study that the common side effect of low blood pressure during Dialysis Treatments "increases risk of clots..." Learn more.
Fresenius Medical Issues Recall Of Dialysis CritLine Blood Chambers: What Is The CKD Patient Impact?
Fresenius Medical Care Renal Therapies Group, LLC. began a voluntary recall of all Crit-Line Blood Chambers used during Dialysis which accounts for over 22 million products globally, according to Nephrology News. The company suggested that it is attempting to correct the issue, but it is still critically important that patients remain aware of this malfunction to ensure their safety and quality of Dialysis Treatments. Learn more.
When you ask most Chronic Kidney Disease patients who conduct Dialysis what the "Gold Standard" or best method of Treatment is, they would kindly reply with the term Arteriovenous (AV) Fistula. Learn more.
Stunning findings suggest that Five (5) Year Survival rates are "significantly higher with Home Hemodialysis than Peritoneal Dialysis," according to News Medical. This is huge news for the many patients who conduct Peritoneal Dialysis in lieu of traditional In Center Hemodialysis or Home Hemodialysis. Learn more.
"Dialysis patients are at extraordinarily high risk for death," stated the Research Organization, Up To Date. The leading cause of death in those with Chronic Kidney Disease is Cardiac (Heart) Disease - accounting for approximately 40% of all-cause mortality in patients receiving either Hemodialysis or Peritoneal Dialysis. Learn more.
As the temperatures begin to rise in accordance with the summer season, warm days can be a challenge particularly if you are a Chronic Kidney Disease patient who conducts Dialysis since common fluid restrictions can cause you to feel extra thirsty and dehydrated. Learn more.
Most Dialysis patients have seen their Patient Care Technicians wiping down Dialysis Chairs between treatments. It is likely a familiar sight since many patients have seen nurses in hospitals use similar wipes to clean various surfaces in a Doctor's office after conducting a simple routine procedure. Learn more.
Should Chronic Kidney Disease Patients & Doctors Stop Considering Kt/V A Marker Of Dialysis Success?
Many Chronic Kidney Disease patients who are conducting Dialysis mention, "I feel so bad after Dialysis because I feel nauseous and tired." Learn more.
Many Chronic Kidney Disease patients, especially those on Dialysis are constantly warned about major health complications during the summer months such as sunburn, heat rashes, cancer from sunrays, and Cardiovascular (Heart) Complications such as strokes. Learn more.
A Dialysis patient and KidneyBuzz.com viewer wrote, "Fresenius Medical Care Dialysis keeps recalling my supplies. Learn more.