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Monday, May 30, 2011

Webinar on Cardiovascular Issues and PKD on June 8

Q&A on PKD: PKD Foundation's scientific advisors answer patient questions about dealing with polycystic kidney disease today
Cardiovascular disease may be overlooked by some PKD patients. Ironically, some of them are discovered to have polycystic kidneys because of elevated blood pressure at a relatively early age. Some may not realize that part of taking care of one's kidneys is by taking care of one's cardiovascular health including maintaining the blood pressure.

It comes as good news that once again, PKD foundation is facilitating patient education through webinars such as the one coming on June 8 7PM CDT or June 9 8AM CST (Philippine Time). The webinar is entitled, "Cardiovascular Issues and PKD". The presenter is Robert Weis, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Cancer, UC Davis- Davis CA; Chief of Nephrology Sacramento VAMC, Sacramento, CA.


To join the webinar, register here


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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Generic drugs work as well as their branded counterparts

The Generic Challenge: Understanding Patents, FDA & Pharmaceutical Life-Cycle Management (second edition)
Having kidney disease is very expensive. There are several medications to maintain. To name some, they may include anti-hypertensives, urine alkalinizers, allopurinol and occasionally antibiotics which can cost more than a hundred pesos (or more than 2 USD) per tablet especially for some brand name drugs.

Friday, May 6, 2011

A Potential Problem for PKD: Kidney Stones

It is not surprising to have kidney stones for patients having polycystic kidneys. With the urine tending to be more acidic than normal, the stones which favor an acidic environment are expected, example of which are uric acid stones.

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