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Olympic gold medalist ready to compete again after kidney transplant

Not long after his first Olympics in London in 2012, gold medalist Aries Merritt found out that due to kidney functions that were under 15 percent, he was expected to never run again. “At the rate in which my body declined from the kidney failure, I didn’t know I had kidney failure until it got to its worst stage because I was in such great shape,” the track and field athlete told NBC Chicago. “I had no idea what dialysis was. I heard of people being on dialysis and I was like ‘Oh, it’s just a little procedure,’ but dialysis is a ... Read More

Children on dialysis living longer than in years past

Children on dialysis for end-stage kidney disease have a much lower risk of dying than they did 20 years ago, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Children on dialysis have a much shorter life expectancy than adults receiving dialysis treatment. These children already face 30 percent greater risk of death compared to healthy children. Dialysis is the only life-saving therapy for them as they wait for a kidney transplant. Researchers with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center set out to determine if death rates had changed in these patients. Thus, they identified ... Read More