How Corporate Wellness Helps Your Business

With the economy on the upswing, employees have more options than they’ve had in years. Opportunities are growing. Competition for talent is getting stiff. And with this shift, workers expect more from their employers. The wellness culture that’s grown in wake of the recession means that good workers are seeking employers who are invested in their workforce. That’s why it’s …

Artificial Kidney UCSF and Vanderbilt

Artificial Kidney Under Development at UCSF & Vanderbilt

If you or a loved one has ever experienced kidney disease, you probably know that securing a donor for a kidney transplant is a long and difficult wait. The demand for kidney transplants is so high that the National Institute of Health granted 6 million dollars to pioneering researchers on the mission to build an artificial kidney. This groundbreaking technology …

Risk for Hypertension

Who’s at Risk for Hypertension?

Did you know that 1 of every 3 Americans have hypertension? Uncontrolled high blood pressure raises the risk for stroke and heart disease, which are leading causes of death in the United States. Fortunately, high blood pressure can be treated and prevented! To lower your risk for hypertension, check your blood pressure regularly and take action when your blood pressure …

Over the Counter OTC Meds

How OTC Medications Can Damage Your Kidneys

No matter what kind of medicine you take, whether OTC (over the counter) or prescription, it is destined to take a trip through your kidneys. They are, after all, your body’s natural filtration system! There are several types of OTC medication that people frequently use for gastritis, GERD, aches, pains and headaches that if routinely used could damage your kidneys. …

8 Common Causes of Kidney Failure

Most of us are familiar with kidney disease as a chronic condition caused by diabetes, hypertension, or advanced age. But did you know that some kidney problems can develop in as little as a few days? Acute kidney injury, or AKI, is an abrupt loss of kidney function that could happen before you know it. Sounds scary, right? But there’s good news: AKI is …

Diet During Dialysis

How to Manage Your Diet During Dialysis

One has to make a lot of lifestyle changes once they start dialysis. Your daily dietary intake will impact the efficiency and effectiveness of dialysis, whether it is peritoneal or hemodialysis. Seemingly harmless foods like frozen dinners or chocolate could lead to serious consequences that alter your clinical outcome. But don’t worry! These few principles will help you watch your …

How to Prevent Kidney Stones

How to Prevent Kidney Stones

Most of us have at least heard of kidney stones. Maybe you’re unlucky enough to have passed one or two before. Either way, it’s in your best interest to learn how to prevent kidney stones from ever forming in the first place. That way, you can avoid the uncomfortable experience of passing one!   How Do Kidney Stones Form? Before …

8 Symptoms of Kidney Failure

Kidney failure sounds really scary. Especially since most of us were never really taught how to take care of our kidneys. We end up fearing the unknown so much that we put blinders up and just hope for the best. But kidney failure is treatable if you catch it early! If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of kidney …

Common Habits that Damage Your Kidneys

5 Common Habits that Damage Your Kidneys

We all indulge in bad habits from time to time. We’re only human, after all! And we do our best to avoid bad habits. But what about the ones that we don’t realize are bad? When it comes to preserving our kidneys’ health, we often overlook common habits that seem benign. Could you be harming your kidneys without realizing it? …