Kidney Month Wrap Up

2024-03-29T01:13:39+00:00April 10th, 2018|Categories: Article, What is Kidney Disease?|

This year World Kidney Day was also on International Women’s day. Global organizers took this as an opportunity to focus on women’s health and kidney disease. It’s only appropriate that we feature three courageous women who shared their story with media to spread awareness of kidney disease. Joyce Lane from Tennessee shared her story of living with Bright’s disease, also known as glomerulonephritis, a condition where the kidney’s glomeruli (filters) are damaged and unable to adequately clean waste from the blood. This condition is inherited and Joyce is one of seven members in her family to be afflicted. Joyce and [...]

Advocating for Patients on World Kidney Day

2024-03-29T01:13:40+00:00March 9th, 2017|Categories: About DPC, Article, Charitable Premium Assistance, Medicare Advantage, Medigap Coverage, What is Kidney Disease?|Tags: |

Today the global community of people fighting kidney disease commemorates World Kidney Day, an effort to raise awareness of the importance of healthy kidneys and reduce the devastating impact of kidney disease, which affects 1 out of every 10 people worldwide. Although the condition is incurable, effective treatments are available. An estimated 2.6 million people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), or kidney failure, received dialysis in 2010. That number is expected to more than double to 5.4 million by 2030. As the incidence of kidney disease rises, so too does the importance of ensuring that patients have access to lifesaving care. [...]

Celebrate World Kidney Day Today (March 12, 2015)

2024-03-29T01:50:33+00:00March 12th, 2015|Categories: Article, What is Kidney Disease?|Tags: , |

The 10th anniversary of World Kidney Day (WKD) is here!  WKD was started to raise awareness of the fact that 10% of the adult population worldwide has kidney disease.The goal of WKD is to educate people on the importance of their kidneys and on the most common causes of kidney disease (high blood pressure and diabetes).  The hope is to prevent kidney disease and related diseases in the first place.While our healthcare systems would benefit from reduced expenses, millions would benefit from an improved quality of life. This makes early screenings for kidney disease all the more important.Please use today as an [...]

DOPPS Releases Results on Dialysis Trends from 2010-2014

2024-03-29T01:50:34+00:00February 4th, 2015|Categories: Article, What is Kidney Disease?|Tags: |

The Arbor Research Collaborative for Health researches dialysis through their Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS), among other programs. The DOPPS Practice Monitor (DPM) recently released trends they observed in dialysis facilities from 2010-2014. Hemoglobin trends The recommended hemoglobin level for a dialysis patient is between 10 – 11 g/dl.  From 2010 to 2014, mean hemoglobin (Hgb) levels in dialysis patients declined from 11.5 g/dl to 10.9 g/dl. The percentage of dialysis patients with Hgb under 10 g/dl rose from 8.3% to 19.1%, which is bad news because low Hgb levels make anemia more likely. High Hgb levels increase the [...]

Giving Tuesday: What Can We as Dialysis Patients Give?

2024-03-29T02:08:07+00:00December 6th, 2013|Categories: Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage, Patient's Voice, What is Kidney Disease?|Tags: |

By James Myers, DPC Patient Ambassador On the website for the Polycystic Kidney Foundation, there is an announcement about Giving Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013. It says you can give one of three ways: your voice, your time or your dollars. As a dialysis patient, I don’t know about you, but I don’t have any money. But two things that I have a lot of are voice and time, and I am more than happy to lend those to the cause of defeating PKD. I can honestly say that having an invisible fatal illness has colored every decision that I have [...]

Dialysis Patient Citizens Announces Our New Sister Organization The DPC Education Center

2024-03-29T02:09:00+00:00January 16th, 2013|Categories: About DPC, Blog, What is Kidney Disease?|

By Tony B., Director of Research and Information Today we are excited to announce the creation of a new sister organization The DPC Education Center (The Center). The new organization, which is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, will work together with DPC to advance their shared mission of improving the quality of life of all kidney disease and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. The Center is dedicated to improving kidney patients’ quality of life and reducing the occurrence of ESRD through education and by developing awareness of dialysis and kidney disease issues, improving the partnership between patients and caregivers and [...]

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