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March Is National Kidney Month
Date:3/2/2009

The Kidney TRUST's Rapid-Screening Program Promotes Kidney Health

BURLINGAME, Calif., March 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Kidney TRUST, a non-profit organization dedicated to chronic kidney disease (CKD) education and prevention, will observe National Kidney Month and World Kidney Day on March 12 by conducting a series of free rapid-screening programs in Colorado, California, Texas, and Washington, D.C. throughout the month of March. Since the TRUST launched its CKD rapid-screening program in October of 2007, over 6,000 people have been screened for the disease.

"26 million adult Americans suffer from kidney disease," said TRUST President Barbara Lawson, "but CKD is a silent epidemic and often has no symptoms until the kidneys begin to fail. Thousands of people crash into dialysis in the United States every year because they haven't known that their kidneys were at risk. The good news is that CKD is usually treatable if detected early."

The goal of the TRUST's innovative rapid-testing program is to identify individuals who have signs of kidney impairment. Along with learning their screening results onsite, participants receive materials that offer education about CKD and its prevention and are encouraged to seek medical follow-up as appropriate. The TRUST's screening program is carried out in non-medical settings such as large employer workplaces and community health fairs.

Ms. Lawson added "Like high blood pressure and cholesterol, kidney disease is a condition that can be identified with a simple, speedy, and inexpensive test. The Kidney TRUST's ultimate goal is to make screening for CKD as routine as tests for these other conditions. We want to get the message out to the public that taking a simple test for CKD now could help head off serious health problems in the future."

The Kidney TRUST was founded in 2006 by DaVita Inc., a leading provider of kidney care
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