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Questions about kidney disease? Risk factors? Signs and symptoms? Are you concerned about yourself, a friend or family member? Ask Dr. Spry.
The national organ shortage is not a laughing matter, but the season finale of "30 Rock," the Emmy Award-Winning NBC comedy starring Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, had viewers smiling and rocking with a musical plea for kidney donation. The show featured special guest star Alan Alda whose character needs a transplant. The specially written song—"He Needs a Kidney"—brought out top musical stars Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Mary J. Blige, Cyndi Lauper and the Beastie Boys, among others.
To generate additional awareness for the cause, producers have partnered with iTunes to distribute a music video of "He Needs a Kidney" online until November. All proceeds will benefit the National Kidney Foundation.
There's no need to turn in your passport or let your frequent flyer miles go to waste just because you're on dialysis. Whether you want to take a two hour flight or a cruise around the world, anything is possible with proper planning. After all, singer Natalie Cole went on a world concert tour while on dialysis. So there's no need to be a homebody this summer. Here are some tips from the National Kidney Foundation that will have you packing your bags in no time:
What do you buy your dad for Father's Day when you've already given him a kidney?
"Not much," says Marie Eraso of Los Angeles. "At this point, just visiting him and appreciating the healthy life he now lives is enough of a gift for him and for all of us."
Back in the fall of 2005, when Marie left her home in Dallas for Los Angeles to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, she was worried. Being so far away from home would be a big adjustment and knowing that her father, Ramoncito, was ill made her leave-taking all the more bittersweet.
Her dad's kidneys were failing and he had just been placed on the national transplant waiting list. By the time she returned home six months later for spring break, her father was already being prepped for dialysis treatment.
A potential kidney donor is far more motivated to donate a kidney based on a close relationship with the recipient than on a monetary incentive, according to new research published this summer in NKF's Journal of Nephrology Social Work.
In the first phase of this study, led by Dr. Harry Humphries and his associates at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, researchers surveyed 73 undergraduate students using standardized scales to "explore the social structures of kidney transplants and to empirically examine social distance and material incentives."
To learn more about their study, click here.
If you have chronic kidney disease, good nutrition and diet are critical components of the treatment plan. The recommended diet, including amounts of protein, calories and nutrients, changes depending on how much kidney function you have. For those beginning dialysis treatment, monitoring your diet is essential to staying healthy. Here are some tips to keep you on track:
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He wears it while cutting the grass to shield his eyes and at the beach to prevent sun burn on his bald spot. He wears it to the ballpark to show his pride for the hometown baseball team. This Father's Day, replace Dad's old hat with one that shows his support for the kidney cause and urges friends, neighbors, family and colleagues to learn more.
The khaki cap is adorned with the "Love Your Kidneys" slogan on the front and the National Kidney Foundation's logo on the back. At $10 each, this adjustable cap is affordable for all. Click here to purchase the hat and browse the entire selection of items at our online store.
This month's recipe from the Kidney Kitchen will satisfy your morning hunger and send a sweet smell permeating throughout the house- all in a kidney-friendly manner, of course! These breakfast sticky buns act as a good replacement to the often high-calorie, high-fat morning donut or strudel.