Since I was a child I have always heard that with “willpower” we can achieve our objectives. But when I was a child and adolescent I never thought about what willpower really was. Now, I’m about to turn 33 and I ask myself,

Another step toward regenerative medicine for kidney disease—thanks to stem cells


Human pluripotent stem cells can generate a diverse type of cells, but few methods have been developed to differentiate them into renal lineages. Now, a team of American scientists has successfully converted some stem cells into renal tubular cells, which is a significant advance for regenerative medicine. It implicates that, in place of dialysisRead More

Donaré Foundation


In 2003, Marta Azmitia began to suffer the loss of her daughter. The neurologist told Marta that Ana Lucía had reached a critical point on the Glasgow Coma Scale.* Knowing Ana Lucía’s condition, Marta had to make an extreme decision: she chose to give the authorization to donate her daughter’s organs to people inRead More

Living with Dialysis and Kidney Transplant


When a patient begins dialysis, it’s because their important kidney function has deteriorated. At this point he or she suffers the physical and mental consequences of uremia, with all of the subsequent repercussions. Psychologically, getting to this state suddenly is a heavy blow to the patient and his or her family, who must getRead More

Water Consumption


After patients undergo a transplant, it often happens that, after awhile, they forget to drink the necessary amount of water. Even though they might not be thirsty, they should drink a lot. At the beginning, many patients will drink a lot of liquid, but over time they begin to forget to ingest liquids becauseRead More

Rejected transplant


The immune system generally protects you noxious substances such as microorganisms, toxins and carcinogens. These harmful substances have proteins called antigens on their surfaces. As soon as these antigens come in to the body, the immune system recognizes them as foreign and attacks them. In the same way, an organ that is not compatibleRead More

Nutrition and Kidney Transplants


Kidney transplant is the therapy chosen to treat most kinds of chronic kidney disease because it improves patients’ quality of life, avoids dependency on dialysis and increases the rate of survival and overall lifespan of the patients. In the case of a kidney transplant that is functioning correctly, diet and treatment will be determinedRead More

Transplant patients can live without immunosuppressants

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Stem cell treatments permit transplant recipients to survive without immunosuppressant therapy. (Adapted from a CNN article). When they were removed, Lindsey Porter’s kidneys were swollen and covered with cysts. The organs weighed around 7 kilograms. While she waited for a transplant to treat her polycystic kidney disease Porter, 47, worried about the future. SheRead More

What is alpinism?


Alpinism is the sport of climbing tall mountains; it’s the practice of difficult mountaineering in its widest sense . It consists of climbing great walls of rock, ascending to high summits where another class of difficulties are presented: cold, ice, itinerary complications, altitude sickness and meteorological conditions. Alpinism entails risk, adventure, calculation and alsoRead More

Risks for your kidneys, especially for HIV-positive patients


Our kidneys, which weigh 6 ounces each (less then half of a percent of our total body weight), have various vital functions. For those who live with HIV, these functions include the metabolization of some medicines that are necessary to take for a low viral count and high CD4 count. As with any other vital organs, ourRead More

Cortisone, corticoids or steroids, and its side effects

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After a transplant, one of the many things that will change is the medicine that you take. And, in relation to this, the level of minerals in your blood will need to be within an acceptable range. But, how do we control those levels? By following a diet, using other medication, and using variousRead More

The risk of cancer is tripled after a kidney transplant


The state of immunosuppression which follows a kidney transplant can be the reason why transplant patients have up to three times as much risk of dying from certain types of cancer after transplant, according to an article from the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, by Maria Valero. Tumors can be can begin in a virus,Read More

Sport and Transplantees


We might think that a person who has had a kidney or heart transplant must lead a sedentary life, but there is nothing further from the truth. A sports club for transplantees from Cataluña, Spain, is promoting the idea that people with a new organ can not only enjoy physical activity and exercise, butRead More

10 symptoms of kidney disease


People who suffer from chronic kidney disease may not realize it because the first symptoms are often imperceptible. It can take a few years before chronic kidney disease becomes severe. In fact, some sufferers from kidney disease live their whole lives without having developed severe kidney disorders. However, in whichever phase of kidney failureRead More

The History of the Dragon Koi


This is a Chinese legend that has inspired the hearts of many fighters throughout centuries past. Many years ago, in a time before recorded history, there was a huge school of koi that swam in the Yellow River. The colors of their muscular bodies shone in the sunlight, like a million living jewels. EverythingRead More

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Apoya a Alejandro en su proxima aventura, conoce sobre su entrenamiento y proximas metas


I was born to and grew up in a typical family, with brothers and both parents. The story of my life was not much different from my friends’ stories growing up. I made mistakes, like all people, but I learned many things from those mistakes, along with the normal punches that life throws atRead More