E-Kidney Newsletter December 2007

KEEPRate of Kidney Disease Jumps by 30%

An astonishing 26 million American adults are estimated to be living with kidney disease, and most are completely unaware of their condition, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"This number increases the most recent estimates of the prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) by 30%, from 10% of the U.S. population to 13.1%. "Our study demonstrates chronic kidney disease in the United States is more common than previously appreciated. However, less than 1 in 10 individuals with kidney disease is aware they have a problem," said Josef Coresh, MD, PhD, lead author of the study and professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. MORE


Kidney IQ"Share Your Spare" – The Holiday Gift that Shows You Care

If you're making a list and checking it twice this holiday season, check this out: you have much more to give than you ever imagined.

The most substantial, personal gift you could ever give is one that could make as many as 50 people extraordinarily happy. And it won't cost you a penny.

Fifty. That's how many people the National Kidney Foundation says can be helped when just one person—you, for example—signs up to become a potential organ or tissue donor. There will come a time in your life when you'll have organs and tissues to spare, and now's the time to commit that you're willing to "Share Your Spare." MORE


Eileen Rooney and Jennifer DudleyNKF Researcher Studies Connection Between Steroids and High Blood Pressure

Julie Goodwin has a built-in bias. She prefers children over adults. At least, when it comes to illness. "Children have no control over their illnesses, and in some cases, adults do," says Goodwin, a fellow in pediatric nephrology at Yale New Haven University Hospital. "And yet, children handle illness in such a more graceful way, which makes me want to help ease their pain and find cures for them."

To read more about this NKF researcher. MORE


KatrinaSimple Switch Gives Heart Good Night's Rest

Changing the dose of one blood pressure medication from morning to nighttime restores healthy body rhythm, protecting kidneys and heart

Switching the dose of one blood pressure medicine from morning to night helps restore a healthy rhythm to blood pressure, which protects against kidney and cardiovascular problems, according to a new study appearing in the December issue of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, the official publication of the National Kidney Foundation. MORE


Brian DuganIt's the Thought (and the Car) that Counts!

In this traditional season of gift-giving, if it really is the thought that counts, then please think about this:

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, or even the Seinfeldian sitcom holiday of "Festus," your old-model car may truly be better for you to give than receive, especially if you donate it to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). If holiday plans have you toying with the idea of trading yours in to a car dealer and visions of dollars dancing in your head like sugar plums, or even dreidels, then the NKF's Kidney Car Program may be able to help you realize an even sweeter deal. MORE


Golf ClassicL.A. Woman Hits Milestone by Becoming 100,000th
KEEP Participant

Aura Lemus made history last month by becoming the 100,000th participant to be screened in the National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) and by doing something that she is remarkably good at -- taking care of others.

This twenty-eight-year old Inglewood resident works 60 hours a week at Costco, cares for her brother who has multiple sclerosis, helps pay the bills at home and lends a hand with chores around the house, running errands and picking up groceries for her mother. Aura even finds time for some fun, rooting on her beloved Dodgers and dancing away on Saturday nights with her friends. MORE


surveyDear Abby's advice... This Holiday season, support the National Kidney Foundation.

Dear Friends,

As everyone knows I'm usually the one replying to letters, not writing them. But since this cause is close to my heart, I decided to take pen in hand.

This year, your support helped the National Kidney Foundation touch the lives of millions of people through programs in research, organ donation, patient services, advocacy, and both public and professional education. I know how important these programs are to average Americans because I have seen their power through my daily newspaper column.MORE