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March 2, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
A 50-year-old with Type 2 diabetes will lose an average of six years of life as a result of the disease, only one less than would be lost by a long-term smoker of the same age, researchers reported Wednesday. He or she is more than twice as likely to die of cardiovascular disease as someone without diabetes and 25% more likely to die of cancer, according to the report, an international study of more than 820,000 people published in the New England Journal of Medicine. People with Type 2 diabetes are also more likely to die from kidney disease, liver disease, pneumonia, infectious diseases and even intentional self-harm, according to the study, which was conducted by the Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration, based at the University of Cambridge in England.
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February 12, 2011 | By Amy Wallen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
What makes the ideal gift this Valentine's Day? Flowers or chocolate? A romantic picnic? How about a kidney? At parties, Angela Balcita tells us in her memoir "Moonface," she and her boyfriend Charlie have a comic routine they tell about how they are joined not at the hip, but at the kidneys. Charlie provided the most unexpected kind of gift ? one of his own kidneys ? to help Balcita, who learned in college that she had glomerulonephritis, a disease that affects how the kidneys filter blood.
NEWS
September 2, 2010
Aggressively lowering blood pressure does not prevent further kidney damage in African Americans unless they already have protein in their urine, a sign of more advanced kidney disease. In that case, aggressive treatment reduces end-stage kidney disease and death by about 25%, researchers said Wednesday. Data from the same study had earlier shown that the aggressive treatment does not prevent kidney-disease progression over a four-year period, but the new results reported in the New England Journal of Medicine extend the findings out to 12 years.
HEALTH
June 28, 2010 | By Judy Foreman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The symptoms of restless legs syndrome sound so bizarre — creepy-crawly feelings and an uncontrollable urge to move the legs, especially at bedtime — that, until recently, many sufferers have simply not been believed. Ron Blum, 38, a Boston e-mail marketer who got RLS as a 7-year-old, recalls that the minute he lay down and tried to sleep, "my left leg felt like it had to go for a walk." Though he never told his parents, he'd get up and walk for hours in circles. It wasn't until years later that a friend heard about RLS. "He called me up and said, 'Ron, I know what you have.
HEALTH
May 25, 2009 | Jill U. Adams
There are plenty of good reasons to take care of your kidneys -- no one really wants to go on dialysis or get a transplant. Poorly functioning kidneys also increase your chances of developing -- and dying from -- cardiovascular disease. Now, a study suggests that even moderate kidney disease increases the risk for men to develop certain cancers. Chronic kidney disease affects 26 million adults in the U.S., and the numbers are on the rise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Dr. William B. Schwartz, a renowned kidney disease specialist and researcher who later turned his attention to health policy and began sounding a warning in the 1980s that rising healthcare costs would force America to begin rationing medical care, has died. He was 86. Schwartz, an emeritus professor of medicine at USC, died March 15 at his home in Los Angeles of Alzheimer's disease, said his wife, Tressa Ruslander Miller.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2008 | STEVE LOPEZ
The moment was captured by Times photographer Gary Friedman in August, when Maria Reyes, an 86-year-old native of El Salvador, became a U.S. citizen. "Look at this," Friedman said at the time, dropping a copy of his picture on my desk. He had been at the ceremony working on an unrelated assignment but was struck by this scene. I could see why. The picture of Reyes holding her small U.S. flag has an Ellis Island quality to it, tinted with loss and hope.
HEALTH
April 7, 2008 | Marc Siegel, Special to The Times
"Men in Trees, A Tale of Two Kidneys"; ABC; March 26; 10 p.m. The premise: Up in the wilderness of Elmo, Alaska, handyman Cash (played by Scott Elrod) loses consciousness and is rushed to the hospital, where his doctor discovers he has "degenerative kidney disease" and requires dialysis. Calling dialysis a short-term solution, the doctor places Cash on a donor list for kidney transplantation but warns that he could die while waiting for a kidney from a deceased donor.
NEWS
February 3, 2008 | Ridgely Ochs, Newsday
Sunyun Lee's greatest gift to her brother came after her death. Three days after she died unexpectedly from an aneurysm on Jan. 18, a team at a Long Island hospital transplanted both her kidneys into her brother. Now Seung Hoon Lee has a chance at a normal life, doctors said. At a news conference later, a tearful Seung Hoon Lee spoke of his sister through a Korean interpreter. He said that he could feel her spirit within him and that he would "be very careful" to protect it. For the families involved, the dramatic events somehow make emotional sense: Sunyun Lee, a 46-year-old mother of two, was her brother's greatest support after he was diagnosed with a fatal kidney disease in November.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2007 | From Reuters
For-profit dialysis chains treating the bulk of kidney disease patients in the U.S. are more aggressive in using lucrative anemia drugs compared with their nonprofit peers, a study released Tuesday said. The Journal of the American Medical Assn. study compared prescribing patterns at nonprofits versus big corporate chains and found that doctors at chains gave patients bigger increases and total doses of epoetin.
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