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The chances of losing one's mental faculties with age are increased in older adults with chronic kidney disease, according to two research reports in the August issue of American Journal of Kidney Diseases, the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation.

The good news is that there are medications that decrease albuminuria or protein in the urine, one of the earliest signs of kidney disease, and therefore may prevent or delay...

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...

What would you do if you had a fever with irritation or pain when you urinate? Would you wait a few days and then make an appointment to see a doctor? Don’t wait. Those symptoms might be from a bladder infection. Bladder infections need to be treated. If a bladder infection is not resolved, it may lead to a kidney infection.

Kidney infections are rare, but they can cause a number of problems. Urine is one of the body fluids that...

What is anemia? Anemia happens when your red blood cells are in short supply. Red blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs to all parts of your body, giving you the energy you need for your daily activities.

What are the symptoms of anemia? Anemia can cause you to:

  • Look pale
  • Feel tired
  • Have little energy for your daily activities
  • Have a poor appetite
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Have...

Good dental care is important for everyone, but especially for people with kidney disease. What might be a minor infection for a healthy person could be major problem for someone with kidney disease. Here’s a bit to explain more:   Germs attack (that’s infection). The body fights back (inflammation). “Inflammation”...

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...
What is lithium?

Lithium is a common medicine used to help calm mood for treating people with mental disorders. Since such disorders need lifelong treatment, long-term use of lithium may be harmful to organs, such as the kidneys.

How does lithium cause kidney damage?

Lithium may cause problems with kidney health. Kidney damage due to lithium may include acute (sudden) or...

How diabetes affects your whole body

When diabetes is not well controlled, the sugar level in your blood goes too high. This is called hyperglycemia. High blood sugar can cause damage to many parts of your body, especially:

  • kidneys
  • heart
  • blood vessels
  • eyes
  • feet
  • nerves

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. Kidney disease due to diabetes is called diabetic...

Can people with kidney disease or kidney failure still enjoy sex?

It's important to remember that people with kidney failure can have healthy marriages and meaningful relationships. They can fall in love, care for families, and be sexual. Staying intimate with those you love is important. It's something everyone needs.

Many people think that sexuality refers only to sexual intercourse. But sexuality includes many things, like touching...