160,971 Dangerous Dialysis-Related Events Occurring Annually Causing Concern In Chronic Kidney Disease Community

Many Chronic Kidney Disease patients are experiencing harmful Dialysis-related events. Learn more.

Police Investigating Chronic Kidney Disease Patient's Suspicious Death During Dialysis Treatment

A 55 year old Dialysis patient, Mary Elizabeth Goetz, died at a U.S. Renal Care Dialysis Center. Learn more.

Many Chronic Kidney Disease And Dialysis Patients May Be Unknowingly Taking Too Much Vitamin D

Experiencing bouts of Vitamin D deficiency (low levels of Vitamin D) can cause patients to have difficulty thinking clearly, bone pain, frequent bone fractures, muscle weakness, soft bones that may result in deformities, and unexplained fatigue. Learn more.

New Bill Will Change A Key Dialysis Treatment Policy With Some Surprising CKD Patient Opposition

S.B. (Senate Bill) 349 is a California proposed legislation that has been developed to create minimum staffing requirements for Dialysis Clinics as well as establish a minimum transition time between patients so that Patient Care Technicians do not have to rush from one patient finishing treatment, to another preparing to begin - avoiding mistakes and lapses in infection control strategies such as wiping down chairs and equipment. Learn more.

UPDATE - Bill Expected To Drastically Change Care For Dialysis Patients Passes Major Hurdle

Dialysis Patient Safety Act S.B. (Senate Bill) 349 has cleared a major hurdle after being approved by the California State Senate on a 24-15 vote. Learn more.

Safe Summer Fun For CKD And Dialysis Patients: Parties, Alcohol, Sunscreen, And More.

"Hello, KidneyBuzz. I have a few questions regarding parties that I need some help with:" Learn more.

Five Critical Summer Tips Tailored For Chronic Kidney Disease And Dialysis Patients

Summer often brings sunny skies, warm weather, and good times for many Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients. Learn more. has been bombarded with comments, shares, emails, and retweets from Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients to respond to John Oliver's comments about Dialysis on his HBO Show: Last Week TonightLearn more.

Progress On Kidney Rejuvenation For Chronic Kidney Disease And Dialysis Patients

A patient wrote: "It's almost been a year since last published an article on Kidney Rejuvenation. Have not heard anything since. What's going on?"Learn more.

Regular Fluid Overload Raises Mortality Risk In CKD Patients On Dialysis

Most Chronic Kidney Disease patients conducting Dialysis Treatments know that having too much water in their body is called fluid overload (Hypervolemia). Learn more.

A Pineapple Craze Among Dialysis Patients Is Sweeping Across The Chronic Kidney Disease Community

"I had no idea, but my friend at Dialysis was telling me that pineapple is good for Dialysis patients. Is this true? I thought patients had to stay away from all tropical fruit?" Learn more.

Uptick In CKD & Dialysis Patient Kidney Function - No Longer Requiring Treatments

Surprising new details outline how an uptick of kidney function has allowed some Chronic Kidney Disease patients who started Dialysis to no longer require treatments. Learn more.

New Bill To Create Better Dialysis Center Staffing And Limit Mistakes On Patients

"My Dialysis Center is terrible. There are always alarms blaring and there are never enough Patient Care Technicians. They are very rude and it feels like I am just a number at the center. Is there any sort of patient to technician ratio?" Learn more.

Drug-Resistant Deadly Bacteria Found In Hospital Sinks Putting CKD & Dialysis Risk

Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients know that the hospital is crawling with dangerous super-bugs that they have to avoid. Learn more.

Hearing Loss In Chronic Kidney Disease And Dialysis Patients

Many patients do not realize that hearing loss has been noted to be higher in those with Chronic Kidney Disease, especially individuals conducting Dialysis Treatments, according to the European Acoustics Association. Learn more.

Record Number Of Kidney Transplants For CKD And Dialysis Patients

Great news for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients eagerly awaiting a Kidney Transplant, Surgeons in the United States transplanted a record number of organs, including kidneys, according to data from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Learn more.

Troubling Regular Inconsistency in Dialysis Blood Testing Methods Causing Patient Complications

Most Chronic Kidney Disease patients conducting Dialysis know how critical their monthly labs are, and that is why they are so willing to do regular blood work. Learn more.

Chronic Kidney Disease & Dialysis Patients Dealing With Feeling Full And Uncomfortable Too Fast

"My mom always feels full every 3 days even though she hasn't been eating much. She feels uncomfortable and bloated or just not hungry at all. Is there any home remedies she can do to ease her pain a little?" Learn more.

7 Tips For CKD And Dialysis Patients To Keep Their New Year's Resolutions

Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients do not realize that 99% of New Year's resolutions are not followed through with and are ultimately abandoned before the next calendar year rolls around? Learn more.

Major Dialysis Organizations Have Been Subpoenaed Amid Investigation By Department Of Justice

The American Kidney Fund is a leading United States non-profit working on behalf of the 31 million Americans with Chronic Kidney Disease, especially Dialysis patients. Learn more.

Stopping Dialysis Panic And Severe Anxiety Among Chronic Kidney Disease Patients

A viewer that conducts Dialysis wrote, "Ever since I started Dialysis I have been suffering severe anxiety and panic attacks before I go on. Is this a common issue and what can I do to control it?" Learn more.

What CKD And Dialysis Patients Can Do To Avoid Serious Complications During And After The Holidays

Hyperkalemia (High Potassium) is a leading cause of death among Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients, especially during the holidays due to (1) missing or shortening Dialysis Treatments and (2) Overindulging during the holiday festivities. Learn more.

Dialysis Patient Lifesaving FDA Approved Device Ignored By Many Clinics

Yet, many patients do not realize that 2,100 Dialysis needles become dislodged every day around the world, leading to 21 patients being injured daily due to needles coming loose, and 21 patients dying weekly as a result of this unfortunate occurrence. Learn more.

CMS Rule Change Protects Insurers at CKD And Dialysis Patients’ Expense

Alice Andors of the American Kidney Fund wrote and said, "Hey Kidney Buzz -- A new rule from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is bad news for ESRD patients." Learn more.

Finally CKD & Dialysis Patients' Voices Are Becoming More Powerful & Causing Change

At some point in time, most Chronic Kidney Disease patients have felt powerless, especially those conducting Dialysis. Learn more.

Reducing AV Fistula Blockages Fails To Improve Dialysis Access Function For CKD Patients.

A regular viewer sent an email to our research team at 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.

Researchers Have Developed Animals Whose Kidneys May Solve CKD/Dialysis Patient Kidney Shortage

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.

The Backpack Artificial Kidney For Chronic Kidney Disease And Dialysis Patients

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.

FDA Has Approved A New Way to Treat Your Anemia

Most Dialysis patients are familiar with the kind of anemia that causes fatigue and weakness, and that saps you of your energy, making it difficult to get through the day. Learn more.

Will The Artificial Implantable Kidney Be Covered By CKD/Dialysis Patient Insurance? 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 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.

Artificial Implantable Kidney: Important Date Change For CKD And Dialysis Patients

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.

Tips For Chronic Kidney Disease And Dialysis Patient Success After Receiving A Kidney Transplant

"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.

Dialysis Patients Worry About Their Fistulas Maturing & Working Well - A Tool Coming To Assist.

The 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.

Dialysis Patient Says That "Chronic Kidney Disease Has Been A Blessing In Disguise." Do You Agree?

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.

What Happens To Dialysis Patients During Natural Disasters & Emergency Evacuations?

"Potentially Catastrophic Hurricane Strike With 'Sandy-Like' Storm Surge For Parts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina." Learn more.

Should 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.

That Itch That CKD Patients Can't Scratch: Solving The Dialysis Fistula Itching Problem

"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.

Scientists Have Found Culprit Responsible For Calcified Blood Vessels In CKD-Dialysis Patients

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.

I HATE Dialysis: How CKD Patients Can Make Dialysis More Bearable & How Loved Ones Can Help

A viewer sent an email and said, "I HATE Dialysis." Learn more.

Startling Amount Of Dialysis Arm Complications Contributing To High Number Of Emergency Room Visits

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.

The Realities Of Dialysis: Needle Phobia And Pain. What Can Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Do?

"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.

Sign Petition To Support CKD Bill That Helps Alleviate Financial Burdens Of Dialysis Patients

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.

Did You Know That Waste Buildup May Be Causing Diabetes In Non-Diabetic Dialysis Patients?

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.

Dialysis Patients Worry About Their Fistulas Maturing & Working Well.

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.

Resurgence Of Support For Twice-Weekly Hemodialysis For Chronic Kidney Disease Patients

"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.

Dialysis Patients Should Know Their Rights To Make Traveling Easier And Less Expensive

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.

Most Do Not Understand The Anger Associated With Chronic Kidney Disease And Dialysis

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, "An estimated 650,000 Americans receive Dialysis in order to stay alive." Learn more.

Heat Is The Number One Weather-Related Killer Among CKD And Dialysis Patients

"Dialysis patients are particularly sensitive to periods of high heat." Learn more.

Full List Of The Top 10 Cities In The United States For Dialysis Patients To Travel

Traveling can be fun and therapeutic for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients. Learn more.

Kidney Transplant Coupons Are Spreading Across The Country - Guaranteeing Some Patients Transplants

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 Is Making Changes To Improve System & Wait Times

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 Kidney Transplants On The Rise As More CKD And Dialysis Patients Take Chance

"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.

Safe Summer Fun For CKD And Dialysis Patients: Parties, Alcohol, Sunscreen, And More.

A patient wrote to 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.

Update On The Artificial Wearable Kidney: Proven To Be Viable Alternative To CKD & Dialysis

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.

How CKD And Dialysis Patients Can Get The Most Out Of Their Memorial Day Weekend

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.

Confirmed: There Is Much Higher Risk Of Cancer In CKD Patients Conducting Dialysis

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.

The Weekend Effect: Viable Kidney Transplants Lost For CKD And Dialysis Patients Over The Weekend

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.

Reducing The 100-Fold To 400-Fold Greater Suicide Rate In End Stage CKD-Dialysis Patients

A regular 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.

Hepatitis C Among CKD-Dialysis Patients Are Rising - Killing More Than Any Other Infectious Disease

"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 Learn more.

Top Ten Fun Weekend Activities Tailored For CKD And Dialysis Patients

Being a Chronic Kidney Disease patient, including those on Dialysis, does not mean that having fun is no longer possible. Learn more.

Quality Care Improves Dialysis Patient Survival. Agencies That Help Protect CKD Patients.

A 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.

Arteriovenous (AV) Fistula Exercises Which May Help CKD Patients Improve Their Dialysis Access

Most Chronic Kidney Disease patients who conduct Dialysis are very aware of the Arteriovenous (AV) Fistula. Learn more.

CKD Patients On Dialysis Can Better Judge Their Dry Weight To Improve Treatments

"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.

Learning To Live On Dialysis: Improving Quality Of Life And Chances For A Kidney Transplant

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.

How Chronic Kidney Disease And Dialysis Patients Can Better Fight Phosphorus - The "Silent Killer" 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.

Dialysis Patients Steered Toward Previously Declining Treatment Option To Increase Reimbursements

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.

Surprising Inexpensive Solution To CKD And Dialysis Patient Common Gastrointestinal Distress

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.

Some Surprising Symptoms That May Mean Stroke Are Very Similar To Dialysis Wipe Out.

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.

Fresenius Settles For $250 Million After Products Linked To Hundreds Of Dialysis Patient Deaths

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.

Vanderbilt University Develops Artificial Implantable Kidney Powered By The Heart

Surprise! Yet another organization has put its sights on helping to develop a ready-to-use Artificial Implantable Kidney. Learn more.

To Those Who Think CKD And Dialysis Patients Can’t Be ‘That Sick:’ You Are Wrong!

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.