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CKD Central

We've launched CKD Central!

A diagnosis of chronic kidney disease can be overwhelming as you try to learn as much as possible about this complicated disease. This new online resource gives you information on managing CKD including the importance of diet, the stages of the disease, how to find a doctor and how to participate in clinical trials.

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What are the stages of chronic kidney disease

What are the stages of chronic kidney disease?

Chronic kidney disease refers to all 5 stages of kidney damage, from very mild damage in Stage 1 to complete kidney failure in Stage 5. The stages of kidney disease are based on how well the kidneys can do their job to filter waste and extra fluid out of the blood.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE STAGES OF CKD >>

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Honor a loved one

Honor those impacted by kidney disease

Honor someone you love—or share your own story—on AKF’s Honor and Memorial Wall. It’s a new feature of our KidneyNation website and it’s full of moving tributes. You can read the tributes by clicking on the honor ribbons, and you can add your own tribute (or your own story) by filling out the form on the page.

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e. Coli and your kidneys

How E. coli bacteria can harm your kidneys

An E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in Arizona has generated a lot of news headlines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 172 cases have been reported across 32 states, with 75 hospitalizations and one death. Of the 75 people hospitalized with E. coli, 20 developed kidney failure.

Every few years we hear about E. coli outbreaks, and are advised to stop using certain food products. But what is E. coli, where does it come from, and how can it cause kidney failure?

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First-ever treatment approved by FDA

Hope for PKD patients: First-ever treatment approved by FDA

Imagine getting a diagnosis of a serious disease and then hearing your doctor say, “There is no treatment.” That’s what every adult with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) heard—until recently. In some of the best news for the kidney community in a long time, the FDA just approved a new drug that has been shown to slow down the progression of ADPKD to kidney failure.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEW TREATMENT >>

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Be Hep C Smart

Why you should get tested for hepatitis C

If you have chronic kidney disease or kidney failure, you should talk with your doctor about hepatitis C. Most people do not have symptoms of heptatitis C when they first get it and they do not know they have it. The best way to protect yourself is to get tested.

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