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Grandad set to swim the English Channel

Grandad set to swim the English Channel 27 May 2020 A life or death phone call when his granddaughter was just five days old, has prompted a Devon mental health nurse to swim the English Channel to raise money for kidney disease research. Andrew Butler has put himself through gruelling training since 2017 to prepare…

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Kidney patients need better mental health support – we’re taking action

Kidney patients need better mental health support – we’re taking action 22 May 2020 People living with kidney disease are twice as likely to have a mental health problem – a stark statistic we are highlighting with the charity Centre for Mental Health today.   Our new joint statement ‘Kidney disease and mental health’ highlights how…

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Sitting tight and waiting for the life-changing call

Sitting tight and waiting for the life-changing call 21 May 2020 When Douglas Craft discovered he had kidney failure in the mid 1980s brought on by the inflammatory disease lupus, he relied on peritoneal dialysis to stay alive, hoping that his chance of having a kidney transplant wasn’t too far in the future. At that…

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‘Opt out’ organ donation law changes in England

‘Opt out’ organ donation law changes in England 19 May 2020 New organ donation laws have come into effect, with England moving to an ‘opt out’ system from today, Wednesday 20 May.  Under the new system (known as ‘deemed consent’ or ‘opt out’), all adults in England are considered to be a potential organ donor…

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Kidney Research UK wins National film award

Kidney Research UK wins National film award 06 May 2020 We are pleased to announce that we have won a People’s Choice award at the 2020 Charity Film Awards. The film is about the impact medical research has had on the lives of people with a rare kidney condition beat stiff competition in the longform…

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Speaking with a Nobel Prize winner

Speaking with a Nobel Prize winner 05 May 2020 Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe. Courtesy of Ludwig Cancer Research. There was a flurry of excitement in the kidney world when nephrologist Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe was announced as joint winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discovering how cells sense and adapt…

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From the red carpet to the renal ward

From the red carpet to the renal ward 04 May 2020 ITV correspondent and celebrity interviewer Nina Nannar has just celebrated the first anniversary of her husband Steve’s kidney transplant – his kidneyversary. She tells us about their family’s journey. It was a year ago. I had just been on ITV News at Ten, talking…

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My time will come for second transplant

My time will come for second transplant 04 May 2020 My time will come when this has settled, says Kidney Research UK supporter Graham Roper, whose second transplant surgery plans were put on hold as the country went into coronavirus lockdown. First-round tests looked promising for donation from his sister in law at the start…

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