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Shaped Like an Apple? Beware Kidney Disease

Are apples bad for the kidneys? The answer is yes, if you're talking about an apple-shaped body in which fat is concentrated in the abdominal area. Full story

Sweet sorrow: Sugar workers plagued by kidney disease

   Why are thousands of sugar cane workers in Nicaragua are dying from chronic kidney disease each year? Sasha Chavkin, of The Center for Public Integrity, discusses what may be behind this mysterious epidemic.

Mysterious malady fells sugarcane workers

   Workers in Central American sugarcane fields are dying of chronic kidney disease at an astonishing rate and experts are unable to say why.

Mystery disease claims thousands in Central America

A mysterious epidemic is devastating the Pacific coast of Central America, killing more than 24,000 people in El Salvador and Nicaragua since 2000 and striking thousands of others with chronic kidney disease at rates unseen virtually anywhere else. Full story

Low-carb, high-fat diet could replace dialysis

A type of low-carb, high-fat diet that's typically used to manage seizures for children with epilepsy could reverse kidney disease in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics, a new animal study suggests. Full story

Opinion: Dialysis program is costly in too many ways

The End-Stage Renal Dialysis program has become a costly, badly supervised government entitlement fund  that lines the pockets of providers as growing numbers of terminally ill Americans find themselves in treatment.Within four decades, the ESRD program has Full story

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  Sharing the gift of health

Making a Difference: Sixteen people with serious kidney failure have been matched with 16 living donors--some of them total strangers--who have chosen to share the gift of health. NBC's Tom Costello reports.

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Sacorro Mendez-Flores, surrounded by her grandchildren, holds a family photo.
Sacorro Mendez-Flores, surrounded by her grandchildren, holds a family photo.

Sacorro Mendez-Flores, surrounded by her grandchildren, holds a family photo. The resident of Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, lost both her son and husband to chronic kidney disease.

**FILE**Noted authors, from left, Gay Talese, Susan Sontag, Norman Mailer, and Gore Vidal gather at a party following the Actors' Studio benefit production of George Bernard Shaw's "Don Juan In Hell" at Carnegie Hall, in this Feb. 15, 1993 file. Mailer, the macho prince of American letters who for d