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Improving the understanding, detection, and management of kidney disease.

March 27, 2009

March is National Kidney Month!

New Web Content for Patients and Public 

To coincide with National Kidney Month, NKDEP updated its website pages for patients and the public.  The expanded Patients & Public section helps visitors learn about kidney disease, the two tests used to detect kidney disease, and how to keep their kidneys healthy. The section also discusses the importance of getting tested and of talking to family members who may be at risk.  View the new Patients & Public section at  

CDC Observes National Kidney Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) March 6th issue of MMWR highlighted both National Kidney Month and World Kidney Day (March 12). To complement this special issue, CDC also released a podcast entitled 'Preventing Kidney Disease'. 

Additionally, CDC's website features data on chronic kidney disease (CKD) awareness ( from its collaboration with partners in the CKD Surveillance project, and CDC's diabetes homepage ( includes links to more information on World Kidney Day and CDC's CKD Initiative.

Continuing Education Webinar on Nutrition Therapy for CKD

On April 29, 2009, Theresa Kuracina, RD, CDE will host a free webinar titled, 'Nutritional Management of Chronic Kidney Disease.'  Primarily for primary care providers, the webinar will explain the importance of diet in the management of CKD, how to prevent malnutrition, key diet components for intervention, and Medicare coverage of medical nutrition therapy for CKD and the referral process. The webinar will also introduce practical clinical teaching tools for clinicians who may not be comfortable with kidney disease or dietary counseling. Viewers can earn CME credits through the American Academy of Family Physicians. To learn more and/or to register, visit   

Healthy People 2020 – CKD Objective Writing Underway

Representatives from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases' (NIDDK) Kidney Interagency Coordinating Committee met on March 10, 2009 to offer input on the revision of the Healthy People (HP) 2010 objectives on CKD and the development of new objectives for HP 2020. The meeting was led by NIDDK's Paul Eggers, PhD, and Larry Agodoa, MD, who are serving as HP 2020 CKD Working Group Chairs. The draft HP2020 objectives will be available in April for public review and comment at the HP2020 website:  

New Director for OCPL

Ms. Kathy Kranzfelder has been named director of the Office of Communication and Public Liaison (OCPL) at the NIDDK. She will serve as a member of the Institute's senior leadership team and provide advice and guidance on external communications to NIDDK's Director and the Institute.   

Ms. Kranzfelder came to the NIDDK in 1989, serving in a variety of positions such as Writer-Editor, Web Manager, and most recently, Director of the NIDDK Clearinghouses. Over the years she has obtained expert knowledge of techniques and practices in health education, mass media, and social marketing.

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