Lauryn’s Kidney Story

April 27, 2018

At the age of 4, Lauryn Mulder was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease known as IgA vasculitis. In the years that followed, she required a variety of medications, frequent blood work and regular clinic visits with her pediatric nephrologists at the UNC Kidney Center. For a while, efforts to preserve her kidney function were successful. But … Continued

Celeste Castillo Lee Will Be Remembered for Her Work in Patient Engagement

January 23, 2017

Celeste Castillo Lee shared her work in patient engagement with the University of North Carolina in October and November of 2016; she gave a presentation at UNC Nephrology Grand Rounds as well as an interview with Dr. Ron Falk in an audio podcast. Celeste shared her personal journey with end stage kidney disease, her path … Continued

“Hey Doc, How Are My Kidneys?”®

May 26, 2015

The UNC Kidney Center has produced an audio podcast featuring Dr. Ron Falk, in which he discusses the meaning behind the slogan “Hey Doc, How Are My Kidneys?”® The release of this podcast coincided with the 2014 American Society of Nephrology “Kidney Week”, an annual national meeting that recently took place in Philadelphia from November … Continued

Kidney Disease: A Patient’s Perspective

May 25, 2015

Paul was still a teenager when he was diagnosed with kidney disease. His kidneys stopped working and he went on dialysis for 9 months before receiving a kidney transplant from his sister. Twelve years after receiving a kidney transplant, Paul shares his experiences with kidney disease in this conversation with Dr. Ron Falk. Listen to … Continued

Membranous Nephropathy

May 25, 2015

These podcasts feature Dr. Ron Falk talking with a patient about the kidney disease Membranous Nephropathy. Questions and answers include, “What is Membranous Nephropathy?”, “How did I get this disease?” “What symptoms might I experience?”, “What types of treatments are available?” and “Will I get better?” Dr. Romulo Colindres provides the Spanish translations. Listen to … Continued

Membranous Treatments

May 25, 2015

Dr. Ron Falk discusses issues surrounding treatment for the disease Membranous Nephropathy. Discussions include topics such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, blood thinners, and steroids, among many others. Dr. Romulo Colindres provides the Spanish translations. Listen to the full length recording (13 min) Full-Length Track What is the nephrotic syndrome? Cholesterol-lowering drugs Swelling and Steroids Toxic effects … Continued

Minimal Change Disease

May 25, 2015

This podcast features Dr. Ron Falk discussing the kidney disease Minimal Change Disease, with a parent of a child who has the disease. He answers questions such as “What causes Minimal Change Disease?” and “What steps can I take to ensure optimal health?” Listen to the full length recording (9 min) Full-Length Track What is … Continued

Stress Management

May 25, 2015

The UNC Kidney Center has produced a five-week stress management techniques podcast aimed at patients and their families. The video podcast features William Frey, Assistant Manager of UNC Training and Talent Development, Instructor of UNC’s Mindfulness based Stress Reduction program, publisher of Stress Tips, and certified professional co-active coach. With the help of these five … Continued

David Cole’s Story

May 25, 2015

David Cole shares his story in this podcast on how he went from a very healthy athlete, to a person diagnosed with kidney disease. And then, how his life changed after having a kidney transplant. David has organized the Raven Rock Ramble, a 100-mile bike ride which promotes awareness of organ donation issues, and benefits … Continued

Integrative Medicine Discussion

May 25, 2015

In this podcast, Dr. Ron Falk discusses integrative medicine with Dr. Remy Coeytaux, an integrative medicine physician who practices at the Integrative Health Center of Chapel Hill, who blends traditional and complementary or alternative methods in caring for patients. Also participating in the discussion is vasculitis patient Dianne. Kidney patients, vasculitis patients, or any patient … Continued