Medications & Your Kidneys

Most medications are either excreted by the kidneys or their effects terminated when excreted in the urine. Therefore, normal kidney function is important in processing medications. Some medications are dangerous to the kidneys, as they may initiate or further aggravate any existing kidney damage. Even those drugs that do not...

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Polycystic Kidney Disease

Autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is 1 of the most common genetic diseases of the kidneys. This disorder occurs in roughly 1:500 to 1:1000 of the general population. There are over 650,000 patients in the United States, and about 5500 new cases are diagnosed each year. ADPKD is caused by a...

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Life With Dialysis

Dialysis is the artificial cleansing of blood. Waste matter, toxins and excessive fluid is removed, by slowly drawing out any "excess" material within the bloodstream through the process of osmosis. Using the force of water currents, a strong solution (of harmful waste products) is filtered into a weaker solution across...

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Quit Smoking Today

1) Is quitting that important? You bet. Smoking is the #1 preventable cause of death (obesity is #2). About 22 percent of adults smoke, but you won't find a lot of retirees who smoke; they have mostly died off. Think about it. Smokers generally die 14 years earlier than non-smokers. Smoking...

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Coming To Terms With Death

It is never easy to talk about dying, but death is a fact of life. In many cultures death is a taboo topic, relegated to hushed discussions amongst adults keeping lonely vigil outdoors. It is perhaps more important to consider the possibility of dying when facing a chronic disease such...

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