The following is where to find further information relating to articles that appeared in issue 20 of Kidney Matters.
Pages 6-7: Living with lupus... and the son I thought I’d never have
Managing lupus – an unpredictable condition which impacts a woman’s ability to plan a family around damaging, painful flares – is a challenge of monumental proportions. Gaining a better understanding of her condition, with the support of a good medical team, has seen Dalila enjoy, for the most part, a good quality of life. . . and a wonderful son.
Pages 8-9: A news direction: my dream of becoming a journalist
Living with chronic kidney disease is challenging for everyone affected. But for young people, CKD forces a re-evaluation of their entire future, from career options, to dating and planning a family.
Pages 10-13: Kidney Clinic Covid-19 vaccination: the benefits are clear
Three years ago, kidney transplant patients were starting to learn about the threat posed by Covid-19. Now we have vaccines that protect us – protection that gets better with each dose.
- Kidney Care UK's Coronavirus information
- NHS Blood and Transplant/British Transplantation Society's updated position on SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness and treatments for Covid-19
- Two-dose vaccine study: Ravanan R, et al. Two doses of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines reduce risk of death due to Covid-19 in solid organ transplant recipients. Transplantation 2021; 105: e263-e264
- Four-dose vaccine study: Callaghan CJ et al. Vaccine effectiveness against the SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.529 Omicron variant in solid organ and islet transplant recipients in England: a national retrospective cohort study. Transplantation 25 January 2023
Pages 14-15: Supporting UK kidney patients with Hospital Grants Spotlight on King’s College Hospital, London
SGLT2 inhibitors slow decline in kidney function and lower the risk of needing dialysis and transplantation. How do they work and who should be taking them?
Pages 16-17: Anglian Water partnership provides new stream of financial help for kidney patients
Kidney Care UK is proud to announce its working partnership with Anglian Water, ensuring people living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the Anglian region receive the support they need. Beth Kennedy, Customer Services Partnership Manager at Anglian Water, explains how this unique arrangement is already helping
Pages 26-27: The pitfalls of premature menopause
Chronic kidney disease can affect lives in many unexpected ways. Women with CKD are at higher risk of premature menopause, an issue not always addressed. Here, 42-year-old Sabina talks about her premature menopause.
Pages 28-29: What do our leading surgeons get up to in their spare time?
Who would have guessed we have such multi-talented transplant surgeons taking care of us? It does appear the skills required to be a leading transplant surgeon are not so different from those to be a great chef in the Kidney Kitchen, or an inspirational singer in a choir.