E-Kidney Newsletter September 2008

CojoThe National Kidney Foundation Assists Dialysis Patients Affected by Midwest Floods

Thousands of Iowa residents face homelessness and devastation in the wake of this summer's floods, but the difficulty is compounded for those coping with a chronic illness. To help kidney patients rebuild their lives and homes, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has established a financial assistance program.

To read more about this program click here.

Click here to apply for assistance.


World Kidney DayKidney Disease Tied to Heart Attacks and Early Death, Even Among Young Adults

Chronic kidney disease doubles the risk of heart attack, stroke, and early mortality, even among young and middle-aged adults, according to results of a nationwide screening program.

Chronic kidney disease is a recognized risk factor for cardiovascular disease in elderly people. New data from the National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP), reported in the August issue of the American Heart Journal, provides the first proof that the danger is not restricted to people over the age of 65.

The research team at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, was led by Dr. Peter A. McCullough, vice chair of the Foundation's KEEP program.

To read more about this study click here.


Gives Heart Good Night's RestKidney Recipient Dad Dances at His Donor Son's Wedding

Dino Gianechini was suffering terribly. His legs were swollen, his energy low, and his spirits deflated ever since doctors had told him that dialysis or kidney transplantation were his only options.

"I wanted to help in any way that I could," said his son, Michael, 27, of Mars, Pennyslvania, who underwent testing to see if he could become a kidney donor for his dad. "The doctors said he would have a higher chance of success if he avoided dialysis and received a kidney transplant. I was engaged at the time and was praying that my father would be able to walk down the aisle at the wedding."

Click here to read more about Michael's wedding and his participation in the National Kidney Foundation's 2008 U.S. Transplant Games.

For complete photos and coverage of the Transplant Games click here.



Sandy WebsterInexpensive Drug Improves Kidney Function in Diabetics

Pentoxifylline, a drug used to treat patients with circulation problems, may also benefit those with kidney disease caused by diabetes and other conditions. Specifically, pentoxifylline decreases proteinuria, the abnormal leakage of protein into the urine, according to two articles in the September issue of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation.

"When kidneys are healthy, very little or no protein appears in the urine," says Dr. Kerry Willis, Senior Vice President for Scientific Activities at the National Kidney Foundation. "Protein in the urine is an early sign that the kidney's filters have been damaged by disease, allowing protein to leak into the urine."

To read more click here.


Delia Jervier Kidney Cars Celebrates 25 Years with National Sweepstakes

Get unhitched from your beloved used car by donating it to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and you may hit the jackpot as the charity celebrates the 25th anniversary of its Kidney Cars Program with a national sweepstakes.

Donating a vehicle to Kidney Cars any time from September 1 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 free gas or free oil changes. Sometimes, love is about knowing when to let go and in the case of Kidney Cars, your sputtering vehicle may revive the health of thousands suffering from kidney disease.

Click here to learn more about the national sweepstakes.

To donate your car click here


HBPSalt-Free Pizza from the Kidney Kitchen is Sure to be a Hit!

Back to school is here -- a great time to celebrate for all the frazzled parents out there who've assumed the role of "entertainment central" all summer. Pizza is a family-friendly meal that can be healthy, too! This salt-free pizza recipe is easy and fun to make. It's a great activity to do with the kids before they hit the books. Enjoy!

Click here for the recipe