October 17, 2000 |
Alonzo Mourning walked into the AmericanAirlines Arena conference room, grinning widely, looking healthy and happy. His facial expression and demeanor belied the news that followed. The Miami Heat announced yesterday that Mourning, the team's All-Star center and one of the NBA's top players, who just helped the United States win gold at the Olympics, will miss this season to concentrate on his battle with a kidney disease that eventually requires a transplant or dialysis in about half the documented cases.
October 13, 2011
DEAR ABBY: I have two sons, 19 and 12. My younger boy has a rare form of kidney disease. His kidney function is now normal, but his doctor says that in the future he may need a new kidney. At that point, his brother would be high on the list for compatibility and availability. I, sadly, would not. How does one mention the possibility of being a donor to his older brother? Is it even fair to ask? If he doesn't offer, would I always resent it? Should we wait until there is a real need before asking?
March 5, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I always knew high blood pressure ran in my family, but I never realized that it could cause kidney disease. Because I felt healthy, I hadn't worried about my "borderline" hypertension. Turns out, my kidneys were silently being damaged. I have since made lifestyle changes to control my blood pressure and prevent further damage. These include daily exercise and cutting back on salt, sweets and fast food. March is National Kidney Month, and March 14 is World Kidney Day. The National Kidney Foundation is urging Americans to learn their risk factors for kidney disease and to get their kidneys checked with a simple urine and blood test.
August 2, 2010 |
African Americans are four times as likely to have kidney disease as Caucasians, and a recent study from Harvard University may explain why. Nephrologist Martin Pollak and his team found that a common genetic mutation of the APOL1 gene might be partly responsible for African Americans' susceptibility. The mutation likely arose due to natural selection because it protects against African sleeping sickness, Pollak wrote. Yet it also makes African Americans more vulnerable to kidney disease, according to the study released last month in the online issue of Science Magazine.
October 26, 1994 |
All this week, students at Jenkintown Elementary School will traipse two by two, often a little sheepishly, into nurse Suzanne Holland's office to give urine specimens. When the students are done, Holland will dip multi-colored paper strips into the cups to see what happens. The strips screen for urinary-tract infections, kidney disease and diabetes. If the colors change, it's a sign that something may be wrong. In the first two days of the screening program, Holland found only a few samples that deviated from the norm.
October 5, 2003 |
Alonzo Mourning has a new four-year contract, even though it wasn't that long ago that the newest New Jersey Net didn't know whether he would have a four-year lease on life. The $22.7 million deal is guaranteed, but little else in Mourning's life is. Mourning says he feels great, is talking confidently, and by all accounts has been his usual warrior-like self while participating for the last month in informal workouts with his new team before training camp began on Friday. Nobody, including Mourning, is sure how he will hold up after missing last season with focal glomerulosclerosis, a disease that impairs the kidneys' ability to filter blood.
July 15, 1996 |
Linda Welsh's book was born as scribbles on scraps of paper. Thoughts and words and a jumble of emotions: fear and anger and fatigue and depression dragging on for days and weeks, then months and years. Eventually, the ideas she recorded during 60 to 70 trips to the hospital - most of them emergencies - made their way into a journal. Welsh had the makings of a book that she hopes will help others through where she has already been. For 15 years, Welsh and her two children lived with the chronic illness of her late husband, Barney Welsh, a Philadelphia trial lawyer who died in February of complications related to kidney disease.
December 26, 2013 |
Another medical guideline. Another controversy. This time, a group of experts wants to redefine high blood pressure - it's now OK for some of us to be a little higher, they say - and other doctors are resisting the change. Raymond Townsend, a kidney specialist at the University of Pennsylvania who helped write the new guidelines, said the group's work is based on the best available evidence from high-quality clinical trials. Published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
September 24, 2012
Jonathan A. Segal is a lawyer with Duane Morris in Philadelphia In June, the Montgomery County SPCA was granted a search-and-seizure warrant to rescue 36 cats that were being hoarded in Hatboro. The stench of animal waste, fleas, and decay was everywhere. The animals cried out for help, for human mercy, from conditions that defy description. We took pictures of what we found, but they are so horrific that we cannot publish most of them. The home was so decrepit that our officers required breathing apparatus and hazmat suits to enter the condemned building.
October 2, 2011 |
After suffering from chronic kidney disease for a year and experiencing fatigue in recent months, Bishop Joseph Galante of the Catholic Diocese of Camden will begin dialysis treatments six times weekly beginning this month. In an online letter to members of the diocese, Galante said he had a series of medical procedures to prepare him for dialysis. The date of his first treatment has not been set, diocese spokesman Peter Feuerherd said. Although the sessions will last up to three hours each, Galante expects to continue his regular duties.