kidney disease

The story of a two-year-old toddler in need of a kidney transplant has made the news. Apparently, A.J. Burgess’ father is a match and was set to donate his organ and begin the steps necessary to do so when a parole violation threw a wrinkle into the plan.

Anthony Dickerson was to start the process upon his prison release, but was reportedly “returned to jail for violating his parole again for possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies.” It was then A.J.’s mother, Carmellia, says the hospital told them the transplant would be put on hold and reassessed after Mr. Dickerson demonstrates “good behavior for...

Singer Selena Gomez just published to her Instagram account that she was the recipient of a kidney transplant. The 25 year-old previously revealed her Lupus diagnosis and attributed this latest development to complications of that condition. Last year, she told People other side effects she struggled with included depression, anxiety and panic attacks.

Her story must resonate to many as these facts alone provide some insight into the chronic and complex nature of this disease. I will shortly address the complicated clinical course of patients with more severe disease along with the wide spectrum of severity individuals experience.

But, first, in Selena Gomez’s own...

Who among us hasn’t been tormented by the itch after a mosquito bite? This is due to the histamine release at the offending site. In some, it is a bit more exaggerated and an oral antihistamine or topical cream with the passage of time does the trick to provide optimal relief.

Now imagine that intensity and urge to scratch diffusely spread over your entire body in a constant and unrelenting fashion. Night and day. Where a more significant underlying cause won’t be benefitted and cured by time or a Benadryl, for instance.

That is called chronic “generalized pruritus” and its etiologies can range from the readily fixable to the necessitation of a liver transplant in those where treatment for the symptom might be refractory. In the extreme, sleep is impaired and even...

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Those in science and health media are often mystified by the willingness of some to promote fear and doubt about those topics, and the willingness of other people to believe them.

As we all know, a good metaphor can go a long way, in either direction.

Want to promote the idea that Monsanto caused the Zika virus? You can, and you can find a doctor or Ph.D. willing to say so. Someone somewhere will be willing to believe it, and send it all over the Internet - and recently did. The fact that the...

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A confusing fact is that, although we know that obesity can lead to increased risk of variety of negative health effects, such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome, there are people who are obese and yet seem to avoid these impacts. A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests...