Statements From The American Association Of Kidney Patients – Response To HHS Secretary Alex Azar Remarks On Kidney Care

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:March 5, 2019 FOR MORE INFORMATION:Deborah PelaezMarketing and Communications Manager(800) 749-AAKP; dpelaez@aakp.org STATEMENTS FROM THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF KIDNEY PATIENTS RESPONSE TO HHS SECRETARY ALEX AZAR REMARKS ON KIDNEY CARE Washington, D.C. In response to March 4, 2019 remarks delivered by Secretary Alex Azar in Washington, D.C. at the Kidney Patient Summit, the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) provides the following statements.
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The Mediterranean Diet: A Must-Have for 2019

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By Jennifer Rose Parker, RDN, CSR, LDN Now you can eat like an Italian or Grecian local—even while state-side. Perhaps you have heard that the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest diets of all times, boasting weight loss, improved diabetes management and better health for all. But did you know that even with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), you too can enjoy this diet and reap the benefits? If living with CKD is new to you, take heart—the Mediterranean diet will give you flexibility and help protect your kidneys.
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AAKP 2019 National Patient Meeting – Meet the Planning Committee: Daronta Briggs

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Daronta Briggs (Hampton, VA) was diagnosed with kidney disease in early 2008 and began hemodialysis that summer. He continued treatment until 2012, when he received a kidney transplant on October 24th. His journey didn't end there. Being a veteran himself (Gulf War of 1990-91), Daronta finds it very important to spread awareness about kidney disease, especially to veterans. Because of this, he even started his own organization called the Veterans Transplantation Association in August of 2016, in which he implemented a mentorship program for veterans currently on dialysis.
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AAKP 2019 National Patient Meeting – Meet The Planning Committee: Daronta Briggs

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By Melinda Starling, AAKP Communications Intern Daronta Briggs (Hampton, VA) was diagnosed with kidney disease in early 2008 and began hemodialysis that summer. He continued treatment until 2012, when he received a kidney transplant on October 24th. His journey didn’t end there. Being a veteran himself (Gulf War of 1990-91), Daronta finds it very important to spread awareness about kidney disease, especially to veterans.
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AAKP Innovator Series: Dr. Robert Star

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Robert A. Star, M.D., is the director of the Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). aakpRENALIFE interviewed Dr. Star to learn more about his career and NIDDK’s current kidney-related research projects:  As the leader of a major Federal government program at the National Institutes of Health, you serve America and our fellow citizens as a U.S. civil servant. Can you describe why you chose to serve our country as a public servant?
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Patient Profile: National Kidney Month

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By Deborah Pelaez, AAKP Marketing and Communications Manager In honor of National Kidney Month, AAKP is sharing stories from patients, a caregiver and a healthcare professional on their unique outlook on life and kidney disease awareness. You can help spread the word about kidney disease this month by sharing your personal story and perspective with friends, family and the kidney community – kidney disease is a silent killer – let’s end the silence.
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