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Living Kidney Donor Recognition Proclamation

January 14, 2016. January is Living Kidney Donor Recognition month in Phoenix, Arizona. Risa Simon, author of Shift Your Fate and founder of the TransplantFirst Academy (TFA) receives signed proclamation from Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. Sharing in the celebration is Jeffery Neff,  CEO of National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, Leslie Brown, VP of National kidney Foundation of Arizona […]

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Increasing Living Kidney Donation Through Post-Donation Considerations

Each year in America, 35,000 people are added to the kidney transplant wait list — 20,000 more than those who actually receive one. Our nation’s supply cannot meet its demand. Efforts to increase living kidney donation are often squelched in a tired debate about incentives being morally unacceptable. What about the moral and medical imperative to save lives? Thousands of lives […]

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The Connection: Blood Pressure & Kidney Disease

Over 26 million Americans (that’s one and 9 adults) have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Over 636,000 American have irreversible kidney failure and require dialysis or a transplant to survive. Let’s break down the numbers. There are over 450,000 Americans with End State Renal Disease (ESRD) who are require dialysis. And, while there are over 186,000 […]

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Removing Barriers For Living Kidney Donors

The 1984 National Organ Transplant Act (http://history.nih.gov/research/downloads/PL98-507.pdf) bans transplant recipients and government, health insurance companies and charities to reward living organ donors for their selfless act. Do you think the financial disincentives for living kidney donors is unfair? Could improvements in this law allow more people to save lives by becoming a living kidney donor? […]

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Patient Engagement Improves Outcomes

The  Outcome Connection – Patient Activation & Engagement.   According to an article published in the Wall Street Journal on March 31, 2014, patient outcomes can be impacted by how engaged patients are in their care. In this article, How Doctors Rate Patients, studies show that patient outcomes are better—and costs are lower for patients […]

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Dialysis or Transplant?

Dialysis is a No-Brainer. Getting a Transplant Requires Far More Diligent Doing. Dialysis or Transplant? Most anyone can get on dialysis. Only those willing to step up and fight for a better life—will earn their best shot at getting a transplant. Most kidney patients can sleepwalk their way to dialysis without any effort at all. […]

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Why Living Kidney Donor Transplants Are Better

Ten Reasons Why Recipients Should Want a Living Kidney Donor. Why should recipients want a living kidney donor? It’s better: You will experience better health and live longer. If you receive a living donor kidney transplant, you will enjoy proper kidney function for an average of 12-20 years, much longer than if you receive a […]

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Wearable Tool-Belt-Like Dialysis Machine

Clinical Trial Underway For “WAK”  – Wearable Artificial Kidney, A Wearable Tool-belt like Dialysis Machine. The University of Washington has the go-ahead for the first human safety trial of a portable, wearable kidney dialysis machine. The Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) is a 10 pound, battery-operated device that’s worn like a tool belt. Patients on dialysis […]

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Urgent Need For More Kidney Disease Patient Education

Why Chronic Kidney Disease  (CKD) Patients Need Advanced Education Many kidney disease patients are floating in a sea of uncertainty caused  by inadequate patient education and various knowledge barriers. Consequently, the patient’s understanding of various treatment options, outcomes, and how the timing of their own engagement can affect their outcome, is often lost . Sadly, […]

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Dialysis or Transplant

Is Your Goal To Survive or Thrive? No one would dispute the fact that dialysis is an essential life-saving treatment for chronic kidney disease patient (CKD) who have end stage renal disease (ESRD). The medical marvel of a mechanical device mimicking waste management functions of a human kidney is, indeed, remarkable. And while this brilliant technology […]

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