Reducing inequities in kidney health for Indigenous people in Australia

Reducing inequities in kidney health for Indigenous people in Australia

April is a big month for kidney health in Australia. The World Congress of Nephrology is in Melbourne and Kidney Health Week, the national awareness week for kidney disease led by Kidney Health Australia (as the peak kidney consumer organisation in Australia) runs from 8 – 14 April. The Kidney Health Week campaign ‘Don’t Be […]

World Kidney Day is only 20 days away: all you need to know!

World Kidney Day is only 20 days away: all you need to know!

850 million people worldwide are now estimated to have kidney diseases from various causes. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) causes at least 2.4 million deaths per year and is now the 6th fastest growing cause of death. Hence, our 2019 theme is “Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere”, aiming to highlight the growing burden of kidney disease […]

High-Protein Diets and Kidney Disease

In the era of social media, especially of Instagram, people are increasingly exposed to diet and fitness advertisements. Personal trainers and top models provide tips on how to lose weight, sometimes selling magical packages of workout + diets that can – in their opinion – change your body shape within a few weeks. On the […]

Sodium, Hypertension and Kidney Disease

Sodium, Hypertension and Kidney Disease

Sodium is a mineral naturally present in foods, as well as the major component of the commonly used table salt (Sodium Chloride). Our bodies need a small amount of sodium to function regularly, but an excess of this mineral can lead to hypertension and other serious health issues. The correct amount of sodium in a […]

Early Detection of CKD: What You Need to Know

Early Detection of CKD: What You Need to Know

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a progressive loss in kidney function over a period of months or years. Your kidneys are made of millions of nephrons which, for a variety of reasons, stop working when you develop CKD. The more your nephrons shut down, the worse is your kidney function. Once your kidney function is […]

A Different Day in a Dialysis Centre

A Different Day in a Dialysis Centre

Dialysis is the treatment that is needed when your own kidneys can no longer take care of your body’s needs. Inbound kidney patients spend at least three days per week in a dialysis center or in a hospital for about four hours each session. They need to do so, for their survival, even though this […]

If you have a spare, why not share?

If you have a spare, why not share?

Organ transplantation is an effective treatment for end-stage organ failure and is designed to give people a second chance at life. An exchange of organs from a donor to recipient is performed by transplant surgeons, during an operation under general anesthetic that can last for several hours. But none of this could be possible without […]

A Voice That Matters

A Voice That Matters

  In March 2018, World Kidney Day hosted a #WKDchat on Twitter. That is when we found Holly Loughton, a New Zealander living in the north of England. Holly was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease when in 2010, when she was 23, and got a kidney transplant from a deceased donor in 2016. Holly documents her life […]

WHO HEARTS Package: a guide to CVD management

WHO HEARTS Package: a guide to CVD management

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the number one cause of death worldwide. More people die each year from cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) than from any other cause, with over three-quarters of heart disease and stroke-related deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Together with diabetes, hypertension and obesity, CKD is a well-known and very common CVDs co-morbidity. […]

Four days after the fall of the Twin Towers, I fell too…

Four days after the fall of the Twin Towers, I fell too…

My name is Rossella Picillo, and I am 50 years old. I was 33 when I found out I was suffering from end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). Throughout my life, I had never suffered from any particular disease. I was a healthy child; I only had measles, my tonsils and appendix are still where they are […]