Three years ago at the age of 46, I “crash landed” into kidney disease. A visit to the doctor for what seemed like flu symptoms led me to the hospital and a diagnosis of Goodpasture’s Syndrome (a rare autoimmune disease in which antibodies attack the lungs and kidneys). It was the beginning of a long, […]

Kidney stones occur in 1/11 people during a lifetime. The number of people forming stones has doubled in the past 15 years. A person who has had a kidney stone has a 50 percent chance of forming another stone over 5-10 years. The good news is that for many people, another kidney stone can be […]

There are a number of dialysis choices available to patients at the UVM Medical Center. Varun Agrawal, MD, blogged about home dialysis earlier this month. In addition to peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis, and in-center hemodialysis, other choices for treatment of kidney failure include kidney transplant and medical management of symptoms. All of these choices are […]

March is National Kidney Month. To help you understand therapies for kidney failure, Varun Agrawal, MD, nephrologist and assistant professor of medicine, explains home dialysis services that are offered by the University of Vermont Medical Center – and why it may be a great option for patients and families to consider. What is dialysis? Is […]

High blood pressure, clinically known as hypertension, affects nearly 75 million adults in the United States and 1 billion people globally. Although one-third of adults in the United States are affected, only half of them have their blood pressure controlled. That has significant costs, both in terms of health and economics. The estimated economic burden […]

Our top 10 blog article of the year span an array of topics, from a patient story about a near death experience to a behind-the-scenes look at our new Mother-Baby Unit to answering your questions about childhood vaccines — and much more. Be sure to read and share our Top 10 Blog Articles of 2015! […]

Click here to register to become an organ donor. You have the power to donate life. April is National Donate Life Month, a perfect time to learn more about organ donation and transplantation and to consider how many people have been saved by organ donation (Hint: 2,150,200 years of life have been saved through 533,329 kidney transplants alone!). Why do […]

June 10-16 is National Men’s Health Week. June is National Men’s Health Month. As men age, we commonly find that our urinary habits change slowly over time. In fact, the change is usually insidious because it occurs very slowly, and we then accommodate accordingly. We go to the doctor and the standard question is asked […]