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When your kidneys are healthy, they clean your blood. They also make hormones that keep your bones strong and your blood healthy. When your kidneys fail, you need treatment to replace the work your kidneys used to do. Unless you have a kidney transplant, you will need a treatment called dialysis.

There are two main types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Both types filter your blood to rid your body of harmful wastes, extra salt and water. Hemodialysis does that with a machine. Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of your abdomen, called the peritoneal membrane, to filter your blood. Each type has both risks and benefits. They also require that you follow a special diet. Your doctor can help you decide the best type of dialysis for you.
UChicago Medicine contributes to Illinois Transplant Fund

UChicago Medicine contributes to Illinois Transplant Fund

The University of Chicago Medicine has become the first transplant center to contribute to the Illinois Transplant Fund (ITF), a new not-for-profit that provides financial support for organ transplants to qualified uninsured residents of northern and central Illinois and Northwest Indiana. [More]
Finding by UCSF researchers could increase availability of kidneys for transplant

Finding by UCSF researchers could increase availability of kidneys for transplant

Mild hypothermia in deceased organ donors significantly reduces delayed graft function in kidney transplant recipients when compared to normal body temperature, according to UC San Francisco researchers and collaborators, a finding that could lead to an increase in the availability of kidneys for transplant. [More]
NEJM suggests use of HCV-positive kidneys as one solution to kidney shortage

NEJM suggests use of HCV-positive kidneys as one solution to kidney shortage

The average wait time for a kidney transplant is five years and there are more than 100,000 people on the waiting list. However, there are thousands of viable hepatitis C-positive kidneys that are discarded each year solely because they're infected. [More]
3SBio purchases entire equity interest in Zhejiang Wansheng

3SBio purchases entire equity interest in Zhejiang Wansheng

3SBio Inc., a leading China-based biotechnology company focused on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing biopharmaceutical products, today announced that it has acquired the entire equity interest in Zhejiang Wansheng Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd a limited liability company incorporated in the PRC for an aggregate consideration of RMB 528 million. [More]
UC San Diego researchers identify pivotal player in diabetic kidney disease

UC San Diego researchers identify pivotal player in diabetic kidney disease

Tapping the potential of metabolomics, an emerging field focused on the chemical processes of metabolism, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a new and pivotal player in diabetic kidney disease. [More]
Tyrone Regional Health Network signs letter of intent to become member of Penn State Health

Tyrone Regional Health Network signs letter of intent to become member of Penn State Health

Tyrone Regional Health Network and Penn State Health have signed a letter of intent to enter into formal affiliation. With approval by organizational boards and state authorities, Tyrone Regional will become a member of Penn State Health. [More]
New drug patiromer could improve potassium levels of patients with diabetic kidney disease

New drug patiromer could improve potassium levels of patients with diabetic kidney disease

Among patients with diabetic kidney disease and hyperkalemia (elevated potassium levels in the blood), a potentially life-threatening condition, those who received the new drug patiromer, twice daily for four weeks, had significant decreases in potassium levels which lasted through one year, according to a study in the July 14 issue of JAMA. [More]

HealthCare Partners California division honored with Elite Status by CAPG

DaVita HealthCare Partners, one of the largest and most innovative health care communities, is proud to announce for the ninth consecutive year its HealthCare Partners California division was recently honored with Elite Status by CAPG – the highest possible honor awarded by the nation's leading organization for physician organizations practicing coordinated care. [More]
Wayne State researchers explore effects of Tocotrienol-rich fraction from palm oil in ESRD patients

Wayne State researchers explore effects of Tocotrienol-rich fraction from palm oil in ESRD patients

End-stage renal disease (ERSD) is the last stage of chronic kidney disease where the kidneys function at under 10 to 15 percent of their normal capacity. At this stage, kidneys cannot effectively remove waste or excess fluid from the blood system, and dialysis or a kidney transplant is necessary to live. [More]
Blood-borne molecule promotes age-related cognitive decline

Blood-borne molecule promotes age-related cognitive decline

A blood-borne molecule that increases in abundance as we age blocks regeneration of brain cells and promotes cognitive decline, suggests a new study by researchers at UC San Francisco and Stanford School of Medicine. [More]
FMNCA's disaster response program makes difference in patients' lives during Super Storm Sandy

FMNCA's disaster response program makes difference in patients' lives during Super Storm Sandy

Fresenius Medical Care North America, a division of Fresenius Medical Care and North America's largest provider of kidney care, hospitalist services and renal products, today hailed a new study by the Department of Health and Human Services this week showing that dialysis patients who received treatments immediately before Super Storm Sandy experienced a much better survival rate and less frequent visits to the hospital. [More]
DaVita Kidney Care offers recipes to help CKD patients maintain healthy diet during Fourth of July weekend

DaVita Kidney Care offers recipes to help CKD patients maintain healthy diet during Fourth of July weekend

DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. and a leading provider of kidney care services, offers recipes that can help people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) maintain a healthy diet during the Fourth of July weekend. [More]

DaVita HealthCare Partners expands office space in Lower Downtown Denver

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., one of the largest and most innovative health care communities, today announced the company has expanded its office space to include two more floors of the Gates Building, located at 1551 Wewatta Street in Lower Downtown Denver. [More]

DaVita HealthCare Partners honored as 2015 Top Green Company in the U.S.

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., one of the nation's largest and most innovative health care communities, today announced that the company was recognized by Newsweek Green Rankings as a 2015 Top Green Company in the U.S. The company has appeared on the list every year the award program has run since 2009. [More]
Falcon Physician wins Gold Stevie Award in Information Technology Department of the Year category

Falcon Physician wins Gold Stevie Award in Information Technology Department of the Year category

Falcon Physician was presented with a Gold Stevie Award in the Information Technology Department of the Year category at the 13th Annual American Business Awards in Chicago. [More]
DaVita Kidney Care recognizes June as National Men's Health Month

DaVita Kidney Care recognizes June as National Men's Health Month

DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. and a leading provider of kidney care services, recognizes the month of June as National Men's Health Month and the importance of bringing awareness to the health care issues that affect men. [More]
DaVita's HealthCare Partners division celebrates National Men's Health Month

DaVita's HealthCare Partners division celebrates National Men's Health Month

HealthCare Partners, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., celebrates the month of June – National Men's Health Month – by recognizing the importance of bringing awareness to the health care issues that affect men. [More]
Study reveals how geography affects the survival of people with end-stage kidney disease

Study reveals how geography affects the survival of people with end-stage kidney disease

The notion that geography often shapes economic and political destiny has long informed the work of economists and political scholars. Now a study led by medical scientists at Johns Hopkins reveals how geography also appears to affect the very survival of people with end-stage kidney disease in need of dialysis. [More]
First ESC recommendations for patients with cardiac arrhythmias, CKD published in EP Europace

First ESC recommendations for patients with cardiac arrhythmias, CKD published in EP Europace

The first ESC recommendations for patients with cardiac arrhythmias and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are presented today at EHRA EUROPACE - CARDIOSTIM 2015 and published in EP Europace. [More]
EMS Find inks LOI to acquire Page Out

EMS Find inks LOI to acquire Page Out

EMS Find, Inc. today announced that the company has signed a Letter Of Intent ("LOI") to acquire Page Out – interactive platform designed to streamline the emergency response process and provides management with real time status on where and when team members are responding to emergency and dispatch. [More]
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