On Saturday, June 22, 2013, Northwest Kidney Centers will hold its 11th annual Kidney Health Fest for African American Families, featuring free health screenings, education, entertainment and healthy food made by local celebrity chefs.
Americans are living longer lives, but we are living out these longer lives with chronic illnesses in large part due to our lifestyle choices, including eating unhealthy diets, failing to exercise, smoking, and using alcohol and drugs.
When 18-year-old Nancy Spaeth’s kidneys a failed in 1966, Seattle researchers had recently launched the world’s first outpatient artificial kidney clinic. The clinic, now known as the Northwest Kidney Centers, commemorates its 50th anniversary this year. At a recent event celebrating the centers’ anniversary, reporter Mali Main spoke with Spaeth about her life as a kidney failure patient and how far treatment has come over the past five decades.
The $8 million refurbishment of the 40,000-square-foot facility on Seattle’s First Hill marks the Northwest Kidney Centers 50th anniversary.
“When faced with a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD), people often and understandably feel overwhelmed because it can lead to end-stage renal failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant for the patient to survive,” says Valley Medical Center nephrologist Dr. Vilma Quijada. “But it’s very important to remember that there are ways to prevent the progression of CKD once an initial diagnosis has been made.”
Dr. Ruth McDonal, a pediatric nephrologist, has been appointed pediatrician-in-chief at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Mark Del Beccaro, former pediatrician-in-chief, has moved to the position vice president of medical affairs at Seattle Children’s.
Swedish Medical Center’s Organ Transplant’s living kidney donor team will talk about the living kidney donor process and a panel of living kidney donors will discuss their personal experience with being a living donor.
Nine in 10 U.S. adults eat too much sodium. Most of it comes from common restaurant or grocery store items. Top sources of sodium in our diet? — Cold cuts, pizza, of course, but bread?
The 21,000-square-foot center includes a clinic that administers dialysis treatments and an area to train patients who prefer to give themselves dialysis at home.
Despite improvements in diabetes care in the U.S., kidney disease due to the complications of diabetes continues to rise, a study by researchers at the University of Washington report.
All had recently travelled to Germany, where the outbreak began. “Any person with recent travel to Germany with signs or symptoms of STEC infection or HUS, should seek medical care and let the medical provider know about the outbreak of STEC infections in Germany and the importance of being tested,” the CDC warns.
After donating her kidney to her mother, Beth Stary-Bain, tried to buy an individual insurance plan, but once they learned she’d had a kidney removed, two carriers turned her down outright. A third offered her a plan — for $800 a month.
The Seattle-based nonprofit that provides 80 percent of the dialysis care in King and Clallam counties.
Hemodialysis – Illustration/NIH
The investigative news group ProPublica has created a webpage where you can compare the quality of local dialysis clinics.
The online tool allows you to compare individual clinics side-by-side.
The comparisons are based on information submitted by facilities and collected by contractors of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, the federal agency that oversees [...]