E-Kidney Newsletter May 2008

Rosa McJunkinA Mother's Story: How Kidney Disease Made A Family Stronger

Rosa McJunkin knows just how hopeless one can feel as a mother when her child is facing a disease that causes one symptom after another without an explanation. Rosa's daughter, Iyanna, has been fighting kidney disease since she was 11 years old. At 13, Iyanna's vision was affected and her doctors couldn't stabilize her hypertension. In addition, she started to develop arthritis, back pains and migraines and her mother felt helpless and hopeless.

But Iyanna, now 23, turned out to be more resilient than Rosa ever dreamed. She's meeting the challenge of kidney failure head on and became a mother herself, against all odds.

As a late Mother's Day celebration, Rosa will hit the pavement at the Healthy Kidney 10K race benefiting the National Kidney Foundation on May 17 in New York's Central Park to show support for her daughter.

For more on Rosa and Iyanna's story, click here


Kidney Cars Celebrates 25 Years of Driving Down Kidney Disease

Put the pedal to the metal to jump start programs for kidney patients and join NKF in the silver anniversary celebration of Kidney Cars. You will get great mileage by donating your used car to Kidney Cars, NKF's vehicle donation program that has provided high octane support for patient services, research, advocacy and education programs over the last quarter of a century. Kidney Cars has generated over $150 million, collected 650,000 vehicles and earned the distinction of being NKF's most successful fund raising program.

"It's easier than ever to donate your car, truck or boat," explains Kidney Cars Program Director Chad Iseman, "since everything can be done online right from home."

To donate your car or learn more about the Kidney Cars program click here


Kidney Disease is Below the Radar Screen Even for Those at Risk

Nearly half of African Americans have at least one risk factor for kidney disease, but less than 3% say they believe kidney disease is a "top health concern," according to new findings released in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, a healthcare publication of the National Kidney Foundation.

"These findings show that only a small handful of African Americans are aware of their deadly risk of kidney disease," says lead author Amy D. Waterman, PhD, Division of General Medical Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine.

For more on the study click here.

For more on African Americans and kidney disease click here.
For a local schedule of free screenings for those at risk click here.


Global Health Crisis Addressed at NKF's Annual Clinical Meetings

More than 2,200 health care professionals learned about the latest medical research, met experts, networked with peers and earned continuing medical education credits at the National Kidney Foundation's 2008 Spring Clinical Meetings held in Dallas, Texas in early April. The widening scope of chronic kidney disease (CKD) was the focus of a number of key sessions and prevention, early detection and education were emphasized as ways to address this global public health crisis. More than 300 study abstracts were presented on posters, highlighting critical issues such as acute kidney injury, ICU medicine, hemodialysis, transplantation, diabetes and hypertension.

Click here to view the wide range of research abstracts.


Rose D'Acquisto: Tireless Organ Donor Advocate

Rose D'Acquisto suffered a loss so sudden, so painful and so permanent that she believed she could not bear it. A writer, Rose was 34 and wildly in love with Tony, her artist husband, when on Sept. 23, 1996, an undiagnosed brain tumor hemorrhaged and plunged him into an irreversible coma. He was just 35. "Then, I met an angel in the form of Tony's intensive care nurse," Rose says. "She asked if he was an organ donor." From the depths of her grief, Rose knew immediately what her gentle husband would have wanted.

To read more about Rose's organ donor story click here.
To learn more about NKF's support services for families of organ donors click here.


Springtime Recipes from the Kidney Kitchen

This Spring you can whip up a kidney-friendly pound cake that won't have guests packing on the pounds. Low in sodium, sugar and phosphorous, this blueberry lemon delight is a guilt-free way to enjoy those long days with friends and family.

Click here for the blueberry lemon delight pound cake and a surprisingly simple topping.

Click here for more information on diet and kidney disease.


Kidney Stones Linked to Metabolic Syndrome

The terrible pain of kidney stone disease may be more common in people with metabolic syndrome -- a cluster of five traits that also sets the stage for heart disease and stroke, according to new research.

In fact, the prevalence of kidney stone disease was tripled among individuals who had all five traits of metabolic syndrome in a study published this month in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, the official publication of the National Kidney Foundation.

To learn more about this study click here.
To learn more about kidney stones, click here