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By Leslie Spry, MD, FACP, FASN, FNKF    Air, soil, and water pollution have been linked to risks for cancer, heart disease, lung disease, shortened life, and infections. There hasn’t been much information about how pollution increases the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD). But what we know shows...

Long Beach, CA - May 15, 2024 - A new study to shed light on the long-term nephroprotective potential of sparsentan compared to maximally titrated irbesartan (MT-IRB) in patients with IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is set to be presented as a late-breaking presentation at the National Kidney Foundation 2024 Spring Clinical Meetings.

"Matching-Adjusted Indirect Comparisons of eGFR Slopes in the PROTECT Study With UK RaDaR IgA Nephropathy...

By Jessianna Saville, Renal Dietitian   Coffee is staple for more than 5 out of 10 Americans who drink it daily1. When people find out they have kidney disease and must make dietary changes, one of the first questions they ask is, “Do I need to give up my coffee?”   The bottom-line answer is “No.” Coffee is not bad for coffee-lovers with kidney disease2, but here are a few things to think about:   The Amount of Coffee You...

This article is the second in a series that showcases celebrities who've faced kidney disease while pursuing their passions and careers. Their stories prove that kidney disease cannot stop you from making a lasting impact on the world.

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By Andrea Schmidt, transplant recipient and NKF supporter

My name is Andrea Schmidt and I am a kidney transplant recipient.

Let me introduce my story the way I do to other recipients. This is a kind of short hand that transplant recipients speak to each other. We have a way of distilling our medical history into a few lines and it follows this format: number of years post-...

Millions of people around the world have chronic kidney disease (CKD), which can affect anyone, no matter their age, gender, race, or ethnic background. Some research has shown that the risk for CKD is slightly greater in women than in men - 14% women versus 12% men.1

UTIs and kidney infections are more common in women

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) lead to...

What if someone with kidney disease wants to use the design to have a permanent tattoo instead? Is it safe? 

This is a frequent question and the concern centers around hygiene and the prevention of infections which could include HIV, Hepatitis B and C. People treated with dialysis or a kidney transplant would be more vulnerable to such infections; though there is no specific evidence stating that people with kidney disease...

Jordan Murphy is the first to admit that she’s probably visited the doctor more than anyone else she knows. The 20-year-old, full-time Virginia Tech junior never misses an appointment either. Three close members of Jordan’s family have suffered from chronic kidney disease: two aunts, who both had multiple...
Health diagnosis or not, dating isn’t easy. In many situations, talking about a health or personal issue can feel challenging or cause anxiety.   Kidney disease is a part of you, but it doesn’t define who you are. Therefore, your diagnosis isn’t something that you need to necessarily share right away. Many people have a part of their life they are nervous to talk...