Labor Secretary Acosta Earns Patient Praise For Organ Donor Job Protections

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For Immediate Release August 31, 2018–Washington, D.C.:  The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) today thanked U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta for his leadership and bold action to protect the job security of courageous Americans who wish to take time off from their jobs to donate their organs to patients in need of life-saving transplants.  The Department of Labor issued a formal opinion letter stating that Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
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Is This Where I Leave You?

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By AAKP Ambassador, Kelly Cline Pediatric Kidney Pals E-Newsletter, Dec. 2018 As I walked down the stairs of my daughter’s new home, i.e. her residence hall at Virginia Commonwealth University, the reality that it was the end of what I had known for 18 years began to hit me. With each step I took down I walked further and further away from the daughter that I had devoted every worry, every sleepless night, every teardrop, and every heartache to. But was it really the end of one thing or just the beginning of something greater?
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AAKP Innovator Series: Third Kidney, Inc. CEO Ray Keller, DO

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Third Kidney Inc. is focused on utilizing the human body’s skin sweat glands for purposeful, measurable, replicable renal function. The low-risk, sauna-based procedure Third Kidney has developed is built upon a large body of prior medical work, as well as numerous holistic cross-cultural health practices from around the world. Third Kidney has completed animal testing and is now certified to begin human testing. If successful, this sweat-based therapy will greatly improve renal replacement therapy and the lives of chronic kidney disease patients.

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Kidneys and Food. How Are the Two Related?

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Written By: Nancy K. Uhland, DNP, FNP-C Kidneys are an important organ and perform several functions in order to keep our bodies healthy. Food is an important substance we consume in order to provide our bodies with the fuel and energy it needs to maintain life. But, just how are our food choices related to the well-being of our kidneys? One of the functions of the kidneys is to remove waste materials from the food we eat. By doing this, the kidneys help regulate important nutrients such as sodium, potassium, protein, acid content, and various vitamins.

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Patient Profile: Priscila Kilgour

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Written by Priscila Kilgour In 2018, I reached two milestones in my life: I celebrated my 80th birthday and the 26th anniversary of my kidney transplant. I am a registered nurse who worked most of my professional life in the operating room. I retired in 1998 to spend my time doing what my husband Bill and I enjoyed best: traveling, going to the theater, attending concerts and especially attending live performances of my favorite musical experience, the opera. In 1966 I received a diagnosis of subacute glomerulonephritis from Dr.

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Get Connected: The Benefits of Chronic Care Management Services

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Beth Chalick-Kaplan, PhD is an Outreach Specialist for Region 3 at CMS Managing your health while living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) can be overwhelming. Taking multiple medications, following a special diet, and keeping appointments with different specialists while caring for your family and/or working can be difficult. Healthcare providers can also feel challenged in caring for patients with multiple chronic conditions.

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Patient Profile: Ray Harris 1-2-3 Strikes and Still Swinging at CKD

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My story starts in early spring 1998 in Baltimore, Maryland to be exact, my hometown. My career was soaring as a recent graduate and police officer for the state of Maryland. My personal life was also fruitful as I was dating my lovely wife, Lauren. I knew I was winning at life and I could only see good getting better. During my early career, as a rookie officer, I was required to work extended hours. I experienced swelling in my hands, legs and feet. I was not alarmed though, thinking back to my years of playing high school sports.

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Examining Your Past

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The Importance of Knowing Your Family Health History The information you gain when you look into your family’s past is vast and full of pertinent knowledge. You might learn the geographic location of your ancestors and what social or political positions they held. More importantly, you can also find out crucial information regarding the health history of your family members. There are over 23.5 million Americans who suffer from autoimmune diseases, which are caused by an abnormal immune system response.

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Speak To Be Heard – Becoming My Own Best Advocate

David Scott
Advocacy is defined as “giving aid to a cause.” How exactly does someone do that? Of course, there is the money aspect of giving aid. That’s important and necessary. But, as a writer, I know that everyone has a story. Your story with kidney disease can make a difference. Your story can affect how laws are written, healthcare is determined, and what your elected official learns from you about kidney disease.

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Transitioning From Pediatric To Adult Kidney Care

David Scott
Growing into adulthood is an exciting time in a young adult’s life! It’s a time full of new experiences, meeting new people, and personal growth. However, if the young adult has kidney disease or other chronic medical problems it can be a stressful time. It requires them to leave the doctors with whom they have had long-term relationships and doctor’s offices that are geared to the pediatric population. Indeed, even the waiting room of the new doctor’s office will seem very different – full of all adults, including many elderly adults.

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