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Do We All Need Dialysis? by Greg Katz Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Fri 13 Mar 2009 3:43pm Welcome to Caregiver Friday!! It’s common knowledge that dialysis is the process of mechanically cleaning the blood for those with kidney failure.  The real question is how do we all get rid of the toxins in our body?  I’m not talking about the impurities in our blood, in the physical body, I’m talking about the ridding the body of emotion ... Read on »
Q & A: Asylum seekers who need dialysis by Dr. Donal O'Donoghue Patient Expert Posted Tue 18 May 2010 12:00am Two simple tests of kidney function and damage predict total and cardiovascular mortality risk in a wide range of populations according to a systematic analysis of 21 studies including more than 1.2 million participants in Europe, USA, Australia and Asia. One measure estimates the kidneys’ filtration function (the eGFR) using a blood test and th ... Read on »
I Need Dialysis by John M. Patient Expert Posted Mon 25 Aug 2008 2:44pm Note to my readers - the following post and all others prior to 02/15/2008 are creations from my memory of events and represent what actually happened at that time: Susan and I have lived on Vancouver Island for 29 years. As a boy growing up in an industrial city such as Windsor, just 1 mile across the river from the big and dir ... Read on »
Dialysis in India - the need for a registry by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Wed 07 Jan 2009 2:59pm I am not aware of any dialysis registry that exists in India. If I am wrong, please correct me. Why is this important? In a country like India, you cannot escape the size of the population. By implication, you are always dealing with huge problems. Problems that affect a large number of people, problems that require a large quantum of res ... Read on »
Mom Needs Kidney Dialysis by Ron Sparks Posted Thu 25 Nov 2010 6:35pm Mom Needs Kidney Dialysis As you know, mom has been battling a septic fungal infection for a few weeks now.  That infection has prevented her from recovering completely and has stopped the surgeons from finishing her skin grafts so she can go home. The infection is extremely difficult to control.   Fungal infections are notoriously ha ... Read on »
I really don't need any studies to tell me whether more frequent dialysis is good for me or not by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Sun 19 Aug 2012 10:24pm I keep seeing references to the Frequent Hemodialysis Network  study on and off on the internet. This was a study to study the effects of increasing the frequency of hemodialysis. By looking at the link above, it seems that they did manage to prove that increasing the frequency of hemodialysis does improve heart function that is often impair ... Read on »
Which blood tests do people on dialysis need to do regularly? by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Tue 01 Mar 2011 10:34am I have seen such conflicting opinions about the blood tests people on dialysis need to do regularly - monthly, quarterly and so on. Every doctor, every hospital and every dialysis technician has his or her own opinion. Yes, every individual has a specific requirement and the list of tests will vary depending on his or her condition. But there s ... Read on »
With Heparin on Dialysis, you need to strike a balance by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Thu 26 Apr 2012 1:56pm First off, why do we use heparin during dialysis? During dialysis, as you might be aware, the blood goes out of the body to be filtered through the artificial kidney. Now let us move away from dialysis for a bit and think about what happens to your blood when you get cut and blood oozes out? It clots soon enough, right? This is an inheren ... Read on »
Dialysis Capacity - What's needed in your patch in the next 3 years? by Dr. Donal O'Donoghue Patient Expert Posted Mon 24 Oct 2011 12:00am The census date for the Dialysis Capacity Survey is fast approaching. The survey now, in it's 3rd year, will be conducted on the 31st of October 2011. Nationally we seem to be moving from the inexorable year on year l growth phase towards steady state. For the past 4 years, the acceptance rate onto our renal replacement therapy programmes has ... Read on »
Future Dialysis and Transplant needs by Dr. Donal O'Donoghue Patient Expert Posted Thu 17 Mar 2011 12:00am Demand for renal replacement therapy represents a significant healthcare burden consuming between 1.5-2% of the National Health Service budget in England. Programme budgeting data available from the Department of Health continues to show large year-on-year increases in spending on kidney disease (category 17b). Our strategies to address the gr ... Read on »