Updated Monday, February 6, 2017 Anemia commonly occurs in people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)—the permanent, partial loss of kidney function. Anemia might begin to develop in the early stages of CKD, when someone has 20 to 50 percent of normal kidney function. Anemia tends to worsen as CKD progresses. Chronic Kidney Disease can cause Anemia, which is a shortage of red blood cells. Without enough red blood cells, the body cannot get the oxygen it needs to work properly. As a result, you may feel weak, tired, dizzy, forgetful or short of breath. Taking iron pills or supplements may not be enough to help some people feel better. If […]
Updated Saturday, February 13, 2016I lost my younger sister in January 2013 at age 43. When she died, a part of me died too. Having lost both of my parents in their fifties, I thought I knew how to handle grief. I was wrong. I hope that sharing my story will help others deal with grief and know that it is normal. Maura was the baby of our family and I looked out for her when we were growing up. I remember when our family moved to a new neighbourhood. The move meant we had to change schools. I remember bringing Maura to her new classroom and watching from the […]
Updated Sunday, January 24, 2016A new iPhone app, Mole Mapper, lets users measure, map, monitor and photograph skin moles. This information shows users changes in moles that could be signs of skin cancer. In addition, users can share their data with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Melanoma Registry to help melanoma research. Dan Webster, PhD, a cancer biologist, created the first version of the app to watch his wife’s moles because of her high risk of developing melanoma. Then, Webster collaborated with Oregon Health and Science University, Sage Bionetworks and Apple to use the app for melanoma research.
Updated Wednesday, July 8, 2015 People with invisible disabilities often think their friends and families misunderstand the effect their illnesses have on their daily lives. Because they look fine and sometimes can function to their full abilities, other people do not recognize that pain, fatigue and other symptoms limit their ability to do what they want or need to do. They do not realize that each day, people with these illnesses make choices. Since they cannot do everything, they must choose each task carefully. Fatigue is a particularly debilitating symptom. It is a common symptom of many chronic diseases such as lupus, Addison’s disease, fibromyalgia, arthritis and multiple sclerosis. When people look fine, how do they help their […]
Updated Wednesday, July 8, 2015Children living in low-income households who endure family instability and emotionally distant caregivers are at risk of having impaired cognitive abilities, according to new research from the University of Rochester. The study of 201 low-income mother-child pairs, conducted at Mount Hope Family Center, tracked the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, in the children at ages 2, 3, and 4. It found that specific forms of family adversity are linked to both elevated and low levels of cortisol in children. Children with either the elevated or low cortisol levels also had lower than average cognitive ability at age 4. “What we were interested in seeing is […]
Updated Monday, August 3, 2015The SPIRE program is looking for people who are taking a cholesterol lowering medication but still have high cholesterol. If you qualify, you might be interested in participating in a research study. The trial is based in the US. This study evaluates the PCSK9 inhibitor, Bococizumab compared to placebo, in reducing the occurrence of major cardiovascular events, including cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, stroke, and unstable angina requiring urgent revascularization, in high risk subjects who are receiving background lipid lowering therapy and have cholesterol laboratory values of LDL-C >/= 70 mg/dL or non-HDL-C >/= 100 mg /dl The full study details and eligibility criteria are listed here. Please complete […]