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Uncovering Kidney Disease: Polycystic Kidney Disease

September 14, 2016

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder passed down from parent to child that has the potential of causing devastating health problems. The National Kidney Foundation states that PKD is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure, projecting that about 600,000 people in the United States have been diagnosed with it.


We at Grassroots Health are passionate about raising awareness of chronic diseases that affect Americans. That being said, we will dedicate weekly material over the next two months for highlighting many types of common kidney diseases and their health risks. Today we begin our series by discussing one of the main causes of kidney disorder: Polycystic Kidney Disease.

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Uncovering Kidney Disease: Congenital Kidney Disorders

September 7, 2016

Congenital Kidney Disorders are caused by genetic mutations in a person’s DNA. This can be passed down from parent to child or it can occur spontaneously. These type of genetic mutations can be life-threatening because of the damage they inflict on kidneys.


We at Grassroots Health are passionate about raising awareness of chronic diseases that affect Americans. That being said, we will dedicate weekly material over the next month for highlighting many types of common kidney diseases and their health risks. Today we continue our series by discussing a common cause of kidney disease: Congenital Kidney Disorders.

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Uncovering Kidney Disease: Glomerulonephritis

August 31, 2016

Glomerulonephritis is a type of kidney disease that can lead to total kidney failure if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. The percentage of our population that has been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease has “more than doubled between 2000 and 2008” in peoples aged 65 and older. (1)


We at Grassroots Health are passionate about raising awareness of chronic diseases that affect Americans. That being said, we will dedicate weekly material over the next two months for highlighting many types of common kidney diseases and their health risks. Today we begin our series by discussing one of the main causes of kidney disorder: Glomerulonephritis.

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Disorders That Cause Kidney Disease: High Blood Pressure

August 24, 2016

“High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure in the United States after diabetes.” (1)

We at Grassroots Health are passionate about raising awareness of chronic diseases that affect Americans. That being said, we will dedicate weekly material over the next two months for highlighting many types of common kidney diseases and their health risks. Today we continue our series by discussing one of the main causes of kidney disorders: High Blood Pressure.

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Knowing Your Liver: Primary Biliary Cholangitis

July 27, 2016

Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC,) formerly referred to as primary biliary cirrhosis, is a chronic disease of the liver. What is unique about this disease is the inflammation of the bile ducts that slowly kills liver cells and leads to cirrhosis of the liver. (1) The American Liver Foundation states that “women account for about 90 percent of PBC cases. It is most commonly diagnosed in patients between the age of 35 and 60.” (1)

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Knowing Your Liver: Hemochromatosis

July 20, 2016

Hemochromatosis is a genetic disorder where the body absorbs and stores too much iron. “The extra iron builds up in several organs, especially the liver, and can cause serious damage.” (1) According to the National Institute of Health, “This disease is one of the most common genetic disorders in the United States.”

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Knowing Your Liver: Hepatitis C

July 6, 2016

Hepatitis C is a highly contagious virus that causes inflammation of the liver. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that “approximately 75%–85% of people who become infected with Hepatitis C virus develop chronic infection.”

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart: Avoiding Venous Thromboembolism

May 25, 2016

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is a blood clot that forms inside of a vein which can cause a number of  serious, life-threatening conditions. (1) Between different types of VTE, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that “60,000-100,000 Americans die” and “10 to 30% of people will die within one month of diagnosis.” (2)

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart: Managing Peripheral Artery Disease

May 18, 2016

“Peripheral artery disease (also called peripheral arterial disease) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs.” (1) It is estimated that “approximately 8 million people in the United States have PAD, including 12-20% of individuals older than age 60.” (2)

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart: How To Avoid Sudden Cardiac Arrest

May 4, 2016

In 2013 the American Heart Association found that there were 359,400 incidence of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) that took place outside of a hospital. Of these cases, they found that there was only a 9.5% overall survival rate. SCA occurs when the heart develops an abnormal pattern of beating, known as arrhythmias, which can causes it to suddenly stop beating. Without the delivery of oxygenated blood to the body, a person can die within minutes of the heart ceasing to beat.

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The mission of the CHC Blog is to provide educational content on topics of health care and community benefit which is informative, valuable, and inspiring to our members, patients, and the community at large. 

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