As part of our support services, Kidney Support Network (KSN) offers an information booklet about Kidney Disease, treatment options, and, tips on dealing with various health and lifestyle issues. These booklets are designed to give answers to some of the commonly asked questions. It is encouraged that you seek advice from your GP if there are specific issues that concern you. If you wish to receive a physical copy of the booklet, feel free to contact us on : 07 3855 9781. Below are the booklets provided by KSN.

  • Kidney facts for you: provides a general overview about Kidney Disease;
  • All About You – Chronic Kidney Disease: Outline risk factors and tips on maintaining your health; and
  • All About You – High Blood Pressure: Provides information especially for those with high blood pressure.

KSN also hold copies of booklets from other health organisation ranging from in depth information about specific Kidney issues to various health management tips and ideas. Some of the key booklets include:

  • Kidney Failure Options: Details the different treatments for patients with Kidney Failure;
  • Withdrawing from Dialysis Treatment: Provides answers to frequently asked question concerning treatment withdrawal;
  • Kidney Donation by live donors: For people thinking of becoming live kidney donors; and
  • Time to take some health measures?: Contains simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of Chronic disease and maintain a healthier life.

For information or resources, please contact information@ksn.org.au or call 07 3855 9781.

Kidney Donation by Live Donors

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Live kidney donation is a gift by choice and not by chance.

It is a gift of a normal functioning kidney from one living human being to another.

Live kidney donation is usually charged with lots of emotion. Giving an organ to enhance another persons life is a momentous event!

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Polycystic Kidney Disease

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Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is quite a common kidney disease in which cysts (fluid filled sacs) are formed in the kidneys.

PKD is a hereditary disease and hence a family disease. It affects both kidneys although one may be affected earlier than the other and/or more than the other.

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Latest Renal Medical Research

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Nashville, Tennessee USA: Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nephrologist and Associate Professor of Medicine, Dr William H. Fissell IV, is making major progress on a first-of-its kind device to free kidney patients from dialysis.

He is building an Implantable Artificial Kidney with microchip filters and living kidney cells that will be powered by a patient’s own heart.

“We are creating a bio-hybrid device that can mimic a kidney to remove enough waste products, salt and water to keep a patient off dialysis,” said Fissell.

Dr Fissell says the goal is to make it small enough, roughly the size of a soda can, to be implanted inside a patient’s body.

To read more of this entire article, please visit the website: http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2016/02/vu-inside-dr-william-fissell%E2%80%99s-artificial-kidney/

New algorithm points the way towards regrowing organs and limbs

mogrifyAn international team of researchers has developed a new algorithm that could one day help scientists reprogram cells to plug any kind of gap in the human body.

The computer code model, called Mogrify, is designed to make the process of creating pluripotent stem cells much quicker and more straightforward than ever before.

A pluripotent stem cell is one that has the potential to become any type of specialised cell in the body: eye tissue, or a neural cell, or cells to build a heart. In theory, that would open up the potential for doctors to regrow limbs, make organs to order, and patch up the human body in all kinds of ways that aren’t currently possible.

To read this entire article, please visit the website: http://www.sciencealert.com/new-algorithm-points-the-way-towards-regrowing-limbs-and-organs/page-2