HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
NIH encourages African Americans to discuss kidney disease at family reunions

As African Americans across the country prepare for family reunions this summer, NIH is encouraging them to bring "health to the table" by alerting family members about their risks for kidney disease.

The National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) is launching an initiative this week to encourage African Americans who are attending reunions to reach out to relatives who have leading risk factors for kidney disease--diabetes or high blood pressure.

"Many people know family members who have diabetes or high blood pressure. Our goal is to make them aware of their risk for kidney disease and to encourage them to get tested and take steps to protect their kidneys," says Dr. Thomas Hostetter, director of NKDEP.

African Americans are four times more likely than whites to develop kidney failure. Furthermore, diabetes and high blood pressure account for 70 percent of kidney failure in African Americans. Because diabetes and high blood pressure run in families, reunions offer good opportunities to discuss kidney disease.

"Kidney disease has no early warning signs," said Dr. Hostetter. "Not knowing the risks can have disastrous consequences. But there is good news. Once diagnosed, kidney disease can be treated and kidney failure can be prevented or delayed."

To help families talk about kidney disease, NKDEP has created a free, online Kidney Connection Toolkit containing everything needed to share important kidney health information at reunions, including simple guides for conducting a 15-minute Make the Kidney Connection health discussion, identifying and talking with family members at risk, and distributing kidney disease prevention information to attendees.


'"/>

Contact: Elisa H. Gladstone
gladstonee@mail.nih.gov
301-435-8116
NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
6-Jul-2005


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. ANA encourages nurses and health care workers to get vaccinated against flu
2. New recommendation encourages more activist approach to lung cancer screening
3. Case study: cross-cultural bioethics training program helps fight African brain drain
4. African-American men understimate risk of prostate cancer
5. New AIDS Tech Transfers reinforce Roche commitment to strengthen African manufacturing
6. Limiting eligibility for medical studies can omit women and African-Americans
7. Certain combination therapy found more effective for treating malaria in African children
8. Number of insecticide-treated nets available to African households needs to be increased
9. African-Americans perceive people with extreme health problems as less productive and valuable
10. Hair straightening chemicals not linked to breast cancer risk in African-Americans
11. Survey reveals misperceptions about Alzheimers among African-American and Hispanic caregivers

Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/25/2014)... October 25, 2014 Homeowners that are ... ‘gone bad’ need wonder no more. Clean Crawls ... should watch out for when it comes to insulation ... to the article released by Clean Crawls, can cause ... that any insulation that has deteriorated, become damp, or ...
(Date:10/25/2014)... Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, ... common cold sores -- herpes simplex -- might increase the ... In fact, being a carrier of certain antibodies to ... researchers found. "The identification of a treatable cause ... breakthrough," said lead researcher Dr. Hugo Lovheim, an associate professor ...
(Date:10/25/2014)... HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. ... developed that spot increased risks for certain cancers, one might ... screened. But a new study suggests that, at least ... found out their genes doubled their risk of colon cancer ... get screened. "It didn,t make any difference, not at ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... Medical Solutions , the ... to announce that our co-founder and CFO, Scott ... Staffing 100 for 2014. Anderson was also named ... people in the staffing industry,” in 2013.     , ... healthcare staffing company in the U.S., was named ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... Lexington, Kentucky (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 ... an agreement that will change the current location of ... Road to South Limestone across from the University of ... be a state-of-the-art ambulatory care center, owned and operated ... meet the orthopaedic needs of children and their families ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:5 Signs Indicating That Insulation Needs Replacing as Told By Clean Crawls in Recent Article 2Health News:Studies Link Cold Sore Virus to Alzheimer's Risk 2Health News:Studies Link Cold Sore Virus to Alzheimer's Risk 3Health News:Knowing Genetic Risk for Cancer May Not Change Behavior 2Health News:Medical Solutions Co-Founder/CFO Scott Anderson Named to Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2014 Staffing 100 2Health News:Medical Solutions Co-Founder/CFO Scott Anderson Named to Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2014 Staffing 100 3Health News:Shriners Hospitals for Children - Lexington Announces Plan to Build New $47 Million Facility 2Health News:Shriners Hospitals for Children - Lexington Announces Plan to Build New $47 Million Facility 3
(Date:10/25/2014)... Oct. 24, 2014  As the building blocks ... company access to diverse skill sets and expertise, ... clock business hours for efficiency. However, effectively managing ... According to recent research, more than ... seeing a project not move forward due to ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... , Oct. 22, 2014  Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: ... diagnostic information services, today announced that its Board of ... as a director, effective December 1, 2014. Including Dr. ... Leiden is the Chairman, President and CEO of Vertex ... of scientific and commercial experience in the pharmaceutical and ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... 22, 2014   Reproductive Medicine Associates of ... the field of infertility, presents new clinical research ... The research abstract, released during the 70 th ... meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii , ... defect (SGD) pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Work Around the Clock: Successfully Building & Managing Global Virtual Teams 2Quest Diagnostics Adds Jeffrey M. Leiden, M.D., Ph.D., to Board of Directors 2Quest Diagnostics Adds Jeffrey M. Leiden, M.D., Ph.D., to Board of Directors 3New IVF Research Highlights Improved Genetic Screening Approach To Help Parents Have Healthier Babies 2New IVF Research Highlights Improved Genetic Screening Approach To Help Parents Have Healthier Babies 3
Cached News: