E-Kidney Newsletter January 2009

January 2009

Team Up to Save Lives with NKF
and Charley's Grilled Subs®

Taking the lead from one of its franchise owners who gave the gift of life to an employee, Charley's Grilled Subs,® has decided to give a month-long gift this January by designating a portion of its sales to further NKF's life-saving work.

"We were all moved to witness such an act of faith and kindness by Charley's franchisee, Marcus Gilbert, who donated his kidney to save the life of a 16-year-old employee, Juan Delgado," shares James Pa, Senior Director of Marketing for Charley's.

Charley's will be donating 10 cents of the proceeds from each sandwich sold during the month of January - National Philly CheeseSteak Month- to support the NKF." Read about Juan's battle with kidney disease and don't forget to buy a sandwich at your local Charley's.


10 Steps to Kidney Health

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a serious and growing public health problem, and yet many Americans remain unaware of its causes and consequences. Kidney disease can be silent, causing no symptoms for many years. Those with high blood pressure and diabetes –the leading causes of kidney disease –often are not aware of this link. With 30 million people now suffering from CKD, the National Kidney Foundation urges everyone to learn more about the disease and offers 10 Ways to Keep Kidneys Healthy, including learning more about your family's health history.


Dialysis Treatment Clears the Blood, but Does it Cloud the Vision?

Magnifying glasses may soon join the dialysis machine as essential equipment in dialysis centers around the country. A new study, published in American Journal of Kidney Diseases, the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation, suggests that elderly dialysis patients suffer high rates of visual impairment.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, the elderly represent well over half of the 355,000 U.S. dialysis patients.


Kidney Kitchen Turns Up the Heat this Winter

Winter has just begun and already the snow is piling up from Bangor to Boise. Across the country, we're trading in bathing suits for sweatpants and garden rakes for snow shovels. So to help thaw off those frozen fingers and toes and bring the color back into your face, the Kidney Kitchen is stirring up a kidney-friendly cream of crab soup.



Patients with Kidney Failure Living Longer

Progress Still Lags among Children

Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are surviving longer, and fewer will succumb during their first year on dialysis than in the past, according to the 20th annual report of the U.S. Renal Data System.

First year mortality rates have fallen by almost 30% in peritoneal dialysis patients, 5% in the hemodialysis population, and 16% for transplant recipients since 1998. Evidence suggests that better treatment of cardiovascular disease and fewer serious infections account in large part for the superior outcomes. Learn more about escalating costs and survival of children with ESRD.


Networking Online? Broadcast your NKF Connection

Along with photos of your latest outings and personal messages to your online community of friends, now you can share your commitment to the NKF.

If you're a member of Facebook, become a fan of our new NKF Facebook Page where you will find plenty of information on free screenings, events and news about kidney health and the Foundation. You can also add a link to your personal Facebook Page, directing your friends to the new NKF Facebook site.