By: Joe Graedon May 22, 2017 15 Comments
    Can You Wreck Your Kidneys With NSAID Pain Relie…

    Most people take their kidneys for granted...until something bad happens. When your kidneys fail, though, your life hangs in the balance. Short of dialysis or a kidney transplant, kidney failure rapid…

    By: Terry Graedon May 26, 2016 1 Comments
    When Is High Sodium a Heart Attack Risk?

    Despite the controversy about the safety of sodium restriction, there is one group of people for whom high sodium can be very dangerous. People with Kidney Disease Are at Risk: People with chronic ki…

    By: Terry Graedon December 24, 2015 26 Comments
    Medicare Struggles to Pay Soaring Drug Bills

    The 5,000% increase in the price of Daraprim, the drug for toxoplasmosis, has received a lot of media attention. But many other drugs have had hefty price increases in the past year, and this has hit …

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2015 8 Comments
    Kidney Patients Get Heart Benefits from High-Fla…

    Cocoa flavanols, compounds derived from the cacao bean used to make chocolate, have been shown to increase blood vessel flexibility in healthy individuals. (You can read more about that here.) These m…

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2015 1 Comments
    Pomegranate Extract Lowers Blood Pressure in Dia…

    Pomegranates have a reputation for improving the flexibility of blood vessels and lowering blood pressure. Fresh pomegranates are available for a relatively short season, however, so researchers have …

    By: Joe Graedon April 9, 2015 10 Comments
    Iced Tea Overdose Can Damage the Kidneys

    A case report published in The New England Journal of Medicine has answered the question, is it possible to drink too much iced tea? The cautionary case was that of a 56 year old man who developed fat…

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2013 1 Comments
    More Vegetables in the Diet Leads to Better Kidn…

    Chronic kidney disease affects nearly 10 percent of adults in this country. The condition shortens life expectancy and contributes to cardiovascular disease and bone problems. New research suggests th…

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2013 1 Comments
    Eating Beans Instead of Meats Boosts Survival am…

    Vegetable protein may be protective for the kidneys. Epidemiologists studied people with chronic kidney disease who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III. The volunt…

    By: Terry Graedon May 15, 2011 12 Comments
    Kidney Transplant Failure

    Q. My husband was hospitalized for acute kidney transplant rejection. The doctor was very concerned when told that he had switched a few months earlier to generic tacrolimus. He had been on Prograf fo…

    By: Terry Graedon April 21, 2011 5 Comments
    Low-Carb Diet Stops Kidney Failure in Mice

    One of the serious complications of diabetes is kidney failure. Once it has begun to develop, this complication can be difficult to stop. New mouse research suggests a simple dietary intervention may …

    By: Joe Graedon March 19, 2008 5 Comments
    NSAIDs Can Cause Kidney Damage

    Q. I read in your column that naproxen can cause kidney damage. I want to reinforce that warning. I lost my kidneys as a result of taking prescription strength naproxen in 1995. I took this anti-infla…