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Wed, 29 Oct 2014
Respect the renal diet!
Every once in a while I hear something that really sticks with me. Today I met with a lovely patient who has been following some sort of renal diet for the last seven years. She expressed to me how frustrating it ... [ more ]
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Fri, 05 Sep 2014
Is there a banana hiding in your sandwich?
There aren’t too many “nutrition emergencies” in the hospital setting. But when a patient has a critically high potassium level they shoot to the top of our must-see list.  Potassium, which is an important nutrient for most people, can become dangerously ... [ more ]
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Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Savour Summer with New Recipes!
After a long, cold winter it is time to enjoy the warm weather and the wonderful, fresh foods that come along with that. Whether it’s blueberries, raspberries or fresh lettuce right out of your garden, the summer seems to make everything ... [ more ]
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Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Have your say!
As if the kidney diet isn’t already complicated enough, there is a new food additive to watch for and avoid (for those on a restricted potassium diet).  I’ve written a fair amount about phosphate food additives which should be avoided by ... [ more ]
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Thu, 23 Jan 2014
What you see may not be what you get!
Vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements are a big business in Canada. Many people take vitamin supplements as a bit of an “insurance policy” just in case their diet isn’t quite as good as it should be.  Or sometimes just because they ... [ more ]
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Thu, 19 Dec 2013
'Tis the season...
… for getting together with family and friends and celebrating the holiday. Christmas get-togethers always end up being about the food and as I plan for my own Christmas celebrations I always start with the menu! I’ve been told by my ... [ more ]
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Tue, 17 Sep 2013
My September Resolutions
September always feels more like New Year to me than January!  With the kids going back to school and a new group of dietetic interns starting at our hospital, I always find this is the time of year I make resolutions ... [ more ]
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Fri, 05 Jul 2013
Updated nutrition info on kidney.ca!
The nutrition fact sheets on kidney.ca have been updated and are better than ever! Working collaboratively with the Ontario Renal Network, a team of dietitians has been working on these for several months.  I’d like ... [ more ]
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Wed, 12 Jun 2013
Sometimes seeing (and tasting) is believing!
This week, the dietitians here at Grand River Hospital were excited to welcome Chef Leslie Cairns to a cooking demonstration of wonderful kidney-friendly foods. Leslie is the chef behind the recipes in the last two Spice It Up! cookbooks (more ]
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Wed, 22 May 2013
Getting back to summer!
Ah summer!  We are, finally, having some truly hot weather in Southwestern Ontario and I have been happily ignoring my stove in favour of the barbeque. Somehow, cooking outdoors seems to make everything that much more relaxed and casual. But barbeque ... [ more ]
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Tue, 19 Mar 2013
March: Kidney Health Month and Nutrition Month!
March is a busy month for renal dietitians!  Not only is it Kidney Health Month but it is also Nutrition Month!  I was fortunate to attend a conference on renal nutrition in Vancouver earlier this month and came away with a ... [ more ]
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The Canadian Association of Nephrology Dietitians (formerly Association of Nephrology Dietitians) is a Network of Dietitians of Canada and consists of Registered Dietitians who provide renal nutrition therapy interventions and counseling in hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis and chronic kidney disease clinics.

Individuals living with kidney disease can access a dietitian specializing in renal nutrition by referral from a nephrologist.

The Canadian Association of Nephrology Dietitians (CAND) network, is open to all Dietitians of Canada members who are interested in renal nutrition. Our major goals are education and networking. We are a dynamic team and always welcome new members.

Tue, 15 Jul 2014
International Alport Syndrome Meeting Report Published
July 15, 2014 - The 2014 International Workshop on Alport Syndrome, held in Oxford, UK in January 2014, published its report in the July issue of Kidney International. Support for this Workshop is part of The Kidney Foundation’s collaboration with  other ... [ more ]
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Tue, 17 Jun 2014
KFOC, Pedersen Family and Partners award two new 2014 Alport Syndrome Research Grants
June 17, 2014 - The Kidney Foundation of Canada, the Pedersen Family, the Macquarie Foundation and the Alport Syndrome Fondation are pleased to announce that they have jointly awarded funding for two research projects on Alport Syndrome.

Dr. Judy Savige ... [ more ]
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Mon, 02 Jun 2014
Dr. Adeera Levin Awarded Kidney Foundation of Canada’s 2014 Medal for Research Excellence
June 2, 2014 – For her outstanding accomplishments in kidney disease research, Dr. Adeera Levin has been awarded the 2014 Kidney Foundation of Canada Medal for Research Excellence. Dr. Levin, a nephrologist and researcher at ... [ more ]
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Mon, 02 Dec 2013
First Nations Adults with Diabetes Have More than Double the Risk of End-Stage Kidney Disease
December 2, 2013 - In a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), the risk of end-stage renal disease was found to be 2.66 times higher for First Nations than non–First Nations adults with diabetes. Over 82% of ... [ more ]
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Fri, 15 Nov 2013
Dr. Marcello Tonelli Awarded 2013 Medal for Research Excellence for Changing Nephrology Practice in Canada and Beyond
November 15, 2013 - Dr. Marcello Tonelli, the first clinician-researcher to show that statin treatment is effective in managing the cardiovascular risk associated with the early stages of chronic kidney disease, has been awarded The Kidney Foundation’s 2013 Medal for Research ... [ more ]
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Fri, 25 Oct 2013
Paying Living Kidney Donors May Be Cost-Effective and Help Prolong Lives
October 25, 2013 - A strategy of paying living kidney donors, with a consequent increase in the number of transplants performed, could be less costly and more effective than the current organ donation system, according to a new study co-authored by ... [ more ]
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Fri, 11 Oct 2013
The Kidney Foundation congratulates Dr. Andreas Laupacis on being awarded the inaugural CIHR Barer-Flood Prize in Health Services and Policy Research
October 10, 2013The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR) is pleased to announce that Dr. Andreas Laupacis, Executive Director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital, is the recipient of the inaugural ... [ more ]
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Sun, 30 Jun 2013
New Research to Discover a Cure for Rare Kidney Disease
The Kidney Foundation of Canada joined forces with The Macquarie Group Foundation (Australia) and The Alport Syndrome Foundation (U.S.) to undertake The Kidney Foundation’s first international research competition into Alport Syndrome. Dr. Oliver Gross (Germany) and Dr. Judith A. Savige (Australia) ... [ more ]
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Fri, 28 Jun 2013
CSN Announces Editor in Chief of New Journal
June 28, 2013 - At its Annual General Meeting in Montreal, the Canadian Society of Nephrology (CSN) announced the selection of Dr. Adeera Levin as the inaugural editor of the new official CSN Journal. Dr. Levin will move forward with plans ... [ more ]
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Fri, 31 May 2013
Dr. Adeera Levin appointed President of the International Society of Nephrology
May 31, 2013 - The Kidney Foundation of Canada congratulates Dr. Adeera Levin on her appointment as President of the International Society of Nephrology, starting May 2015. This is a tremendous achievement that reflects Dr. Levin’s many years of hard work ... [ more ]
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Mon, 27 May 2013
Sugary Drinks May Increase Risk of Kidney Stones
May 24, 2013 – In a recently published study in the Clinical Journal of American Society of Nephrology (CJASN), Dr. Gary Curhan reported that people who consumed one or more servings of sugar-sweetened, non-cola drinks per day had an increased chance (33%) ... [ more ]
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Mon, 22 Apr 2013
Launch of new Canadian National Transplant Research Program
April 22, 2013 - Through the development of new knowledge and health care practices a new national transplantation research program, announced today by the Federal Government, will address barriers to tissue and organ donation and will improve health outcomes for transplant ... [ more ]
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Thu, 21 Mar 2013
Alberta Researchers Receive Top Achievement in Health Research Award
March 18, 2013 – Three researchers well known to The Kidney Foundation - Drs. Brenda Hemmelgarn and Braden Manns from the University of Calgary, and their colleague Dr. Marcello Tonelli from the University of Alberta – were among those chosen to ... [ more ]
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Thu, 24 Jan 2013
Kidney Foundation of Canada Helps Fund World’s First Gene Therapy Clinical Trial for Fabry Disease
January 24, 2013 - Canadian researchers, led by Dr. Jeffrey Medin, are launching the world’s first gene therapy clinical trial for Fabry disease. A rare genetic disease due to a deficiency, or the absence, of an enzyme that breaks down fatty ... [ more ]
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Sat, 01 Dec 2012
First-of-Its-Kind Canadian Project to Chart the Future of Dialysis Research
November 29, 2012 – Do you have an unanswered question about your dialysis management?  If so, a team of Canadian researchers in tandem with patients and caregivers, is conducting the first survey of its kind ever made available to Canadians, and ... [ more ]
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Thu, 15 Nov 2012
Lead Investigator on Landmark Walkerton Health Study Awarded 2012 Medal for Research Excellence
November 15, 2012 – Dr. William Clark, the lead investigator of Canada’s landmark Walkerton Health Study, has been awarded the 2012 Kidney Foundation of Canada Medal for Research Excellence. Distinguished in many areas of medicine ... [ more ]
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