E-Kidney Newsletter November 2008

Top of the Diabetic DietFish Swims to the Top of the Diabetic Diet

Adding fish to the dinner menu twice a week may lower the risk of kidney disease in people with diabetes, according to a study published in the November issue of American Journal of Kidney Diseases, the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation.

Click here to read more about how the addition of fish in the diabetic diet can be helpful.

For information on diabetes and chronic kidney disease click here.


Five-Year-Old Receives Kidney
Evan, bottom middle, surrounded by his father, donor and his donor's family

Five-Year-Old Receives Kidney as Link in Chain of Kindness

Evan Hubbard was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease at the age of two. His early childhood was mostly spent in a hospital bed and hooked up to a dialysis machine. But four years later, on Valentine’s Day 2008, Evan was given the gift of life by a complete stranger – Mohammad Islam. The transplant was part of a new medical technique called a “kidney donor chain.”

To continue reading Evan’s story click here.

For more information on living donation click here.


Chronic Kidney Disease a Major Killer in the U.S.

Rates of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the United States have increased by more than 20% over the last decade, causing  loss of life and sky-rocketing health care costs, according to the 2008 annual report released by the U.S. Renal Data System (USRDS). Its increasing impact, now estimated to affect more than 26 million adult Americans, led the USDRS for the first time to dedicate a separate volume to CKD in its 20th annual report.

Click here for more on the study.

Click here to locate a free kidney screening near you.


Coffe House Conversation Dial Into NKF “Coffee House Conversation™” Today

A coffeehouse with a latte on the table and a friend at your side is the perfect setting for a serious talk about what’s on your mind. Now kidney patients can have that supportive ambience without getting in the car or spending a dime. By picking up the phone and dialing in to a free teleconference presented as one of the National Kidney Foundation’s new “Coffeehouse Conversation™” series, people with kidney disease can share information and learn about the latest news on key issues that affect their lives and health.

The first call in this series will be held today, November 3, 2008 from 3 PM to 4:30 PM ET and will focus on the recent changes to the End Stage Renal Disease Regulations.

Click here to sign up for the November 3 call.

Click here to read more about the Coffee House Conversations.


Thanksgiving MealThanksgiving Meal from the Kidney Kitchen

On the fourth Thursday of every November, Americans around the country get together with family and friends and give thanks for all that’s good in their lives -- including health. Thanksgiving Day is also a day full of food. From stuffing to turkey to potatoes, the holiday fare can be full of sodium and off limits to kidney patients. In honor of Turkey Day, the Kidney Kitchen is offering recipes for the entire holiday party so that those following the kidney-friendly diet can join the celebration.

Put on your apron and click here for the recipes.



Make Your Voice HeardMake Your Voice Heard About Allocation for Kidney Transplant

Should the oldest person be bumped to the top of the kidney transplant waiting list? The sickest? The youngest?  When there aren't enough organs to go around, it's a formidable challenge for doctors and policymakers to balance the need to be fair and efficient when deciding how to allocate donated kidneys.

Click here for more information on the Kidney Allocation Policy Development and to submit your feedback.

Click here for more information on organ donation.


win one of 25 prizesGive Thanks, Give Your Car and Give Yourself a Chance to Win Great Prizes

This Turkey Day, you can save your energy for holiday eating while you donate your gas-guzzler to the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Cars Program. The funds raised will help put meat on programs that support kidney patients and you may just get the drive of your life as the charity celebrates the 25th anniversary of Kidney Cars with a national sweepstakes.

Donating a vehicle to Kidney Cars any time through December 31, 2008, makes you eligible to win one of 25 prizes, including the Grand Prize -- a weekend for four at the Pebble Beach golf resort in California. You may also get a chance to win $25,000 in cash or a year’s worth of gas.

Click here for more on the sweepstakes.

Click here to donate a car and enter to win $25,000.