According to a team of researchers at UCLA conducting a sample survey of patients between 2007 and 2010, the number of Americans who suffered from kidney stones almost doubled from 1994.
Although it was somewhat expected for the prevalence of kidney stone cases to increase, it was not expected to have grown to this degree. Researchers at UCLA speculate that the increase may be thanks in large part to the obesity and diabetes epidemic that currently plagues Americans.
If you are one of the many Americans suffering from kidney stones (regardless of whether or not you suffer from obesity), please see the following articles:
The decision to donate a kidney for the purpose of transplantation is not an easy one to make. Naturally, potential donors have many questions and concerns about the process and all of the risks involved.
The following interview with a donor by the name of Barbara Thomas contains valuable information from the perspective of someone who has successfully undergone the process of donating a kidney.
As Barbara mentions in the video, the health insurance of the recipient (assuming they are insured) should cover almost all of the costs associated with the transplant (Barbara did have to pay out of pocket for things like transportation to and from the hospital).
Modern advancements in medicine and surgical procedures have fortunately made it so that experiences like Barbara’s have become much more common. Today, it is safer than ever to donate a kidney and quite possibly save someone’s life by doing so.
We strongly encourage you to watch the above video for detailed information about the experience of living kidney donation.
In a bizarre case that some are calling a miracle, a kidney scheduled to be transplanted in just a few weeks baffled doctors in the UK as it somehow began healing itself.
At just 9 years old, Emily Clark had already battled kidney cancer twice and had one kidney removed. Emily’s mother, Claire, was gearing up to donate one of her own kidneys to her daughter when doctors noticed that Emily’s kidney function had improved from 18% to 35%, practically overnight.
Emily’s parents attribute this miraculous turn of events to her having a guardian angel watching over their eldest daughter.