E-Kidney Newsletter April 2008

OutreachFor Kidney Disease, Early Outreach Works

Participating in a community screening program encourages people to get the life-saving help they need, report says

People who participate in a screening program for kidney disease tend to adopt life-saving behaviors as a result, according to a new report in the April issue of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, the official publication of the National Kidney Foundation. The report was released this month at the Foundation's 2008 Spring Clinical Meetings.

"These findings show that efforts to screen people at risk of disease, such as NKF's Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) can boost community-wide health," says Allan J. Collins, MD, the study's lead author and president of the National Kidney Foundation.

To learn more about how KEEP's participant follow up is making a crucial difference, click here.

For more information on kidney disease or a schedule of free KEEP screenings, click here.


World Kidney Day Impact Felt Coast to Coast

The National Kidney Foundation led the U.S. effort to promote kidney health on World Kidney Day, March 13. NKF's initiatives increased awareness of the role of the kidneys in maintaining overall health, educated the public about risk factors and spotlighted the importance of early detection.

As a result, 2,525 people received free kidney health screenings, 12,392 educational brochures were distributed, 225,000 people visited NKF's website and more than 150 million messages were delivered through print, broadcast and online outlets.

Some highlights follow: Click here


NKF Researcher Analyzes
Kidney-Heart Connection

With three kids under age two, Steven Brunelli has discovered that the best way to help his scientist wife and attend to his own work is to take their newest family member, two-month-old insomniac ,Tyler, to the lab at night.

In the wee hours, Brunelli bounces his boy on his knee while analyzing data and explaining his passion to uncover why dialysis patients have such a high incidence of cardiovascular disease—10 to 30-fold higher than the general population. "I’m disappointed in him," quips Brunelli, 33. "He’s not very good at statistics." That’s o.k., his dad has more than enough knowledge and dedication for the both of them. 

To read more about Brunelli’s research, click here.


Used Golf Clubs Help Take a Swing at Kidney Disease

Spring is a time to purge your overstuffed closets and dusty outdoor sheds. If used golf clubs are hiding in the corners, you can score a hole in one for charity. Pack them up and make a tax-deductible donation to the National Kidney Foundation's new Kidney Clubs Program. You'll convert your surplus equipment into life-saving gear for millions with chronic kidney disease.

To learn more about Kidney Clubs and how you can take a swing at kidney disease, click here


Kidney Disease Linked to Low Birth-Weight In Men

Men who were tiny babies are significantly more likely to develop potentially life-threatening kidney disease, according to data collected from thousands of people as part of the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) TM.

In a major surprise, however, the authors found that the link between low birth-weight and kidney disease existed only in men, not women. This result contradicts previous research, conducted among smaller groups of people, which found that both women and men who were tiny babies were more at risk of kidney problems later in life. The findings appeared in Kidney International.

For more, click here.


All-Around Athlete to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Kidney Transplant At Upcoming U.S. Transplant Games

"I'm 41 years old but I don't feel it," says Sandy Stone, who lives in Woodbury, CT, with her husband of 17 years, her 13-year-old daughter and a menagerie of animals, including one dog, two cats, two rabbits, two goats, seven chickens, two birds, and several pet hamsters and fish - and one transplanted kidney that she calls "Willy."

If you had asked Sandy this same question ten years ago, she would have said that she felt old. But today, she's full of energy as she gears up for the U.S. Transplant Games on July 11 – 16 in Pittsburgh, where she'll take to the volleyball court as she celebrates her second chance at life. Click here for more.