Topics That Matter To People Living with Kidney Disease
RSN’s KidneyTalk is an online bi-weekly, half-hour radio talk show featuring RSN Founder & President Lori Hartwell. Periodically Stephen Furst, television and movie actor/producer/director and transplant recipient, is her co-host. All shows (over 200 of them!) are available 24hrs a day and can be downloaded for free any time from the iTunes store.
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5 Star Dialysis Rating System Explained
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) require every dialysis facility to measure quality of care and the results are located at Dialysis Facility Compare. This site helps people make informed choices about their own treatment and care they receive.  CMS is adding a new feature to this website that will use a five-star rating system which will rate facilities based on a bell-curve. Lori discusses with Glenda Payne, RN how this new system works so you can be up-to-date. Listen Now

Recent Shows

Working Through Your Illness
People often keep chronic illness a secret because of how it can affect their personal or professional lives. Alan Mendelson, of the Emmy award-winning Alan’s Best Buys, hid the fact that he was living with diabetes and relying on insulin. He eventually needed a kidney and pancreas transplant, and received the needed organs. These tremendous gifts of life made him want to share his journey with others. Listen to this interview about what he learned. Listen Now

Laughing Your Way to Living Donation
Comic relief came in the form of a kidney from this comedian. When Alonzo Bodden learned his brother was in need of a kidney transplant, he didn’t think twice about donating one of his. He was a comedian donating a kidney; on the other side of the deal, he could tell you that several well-known comedians have received life-saving kidney transplants! It’s a good thing he didn’t give his brother the funny kidney, because Alonzo’s stand-up act is a must see. Listen to this great interview about his experience. Listen Now

Don’t Let A Wound Get the Best of You!
Cuts, scrapes and bruises may seem harmless, but when you are immune-compromised, the risks are higher for infections. Bob Klein talks to Lori about everything he learned after he had to care for a wound. What kind of doctor should you see? Is there a right way to “ice” a wound? How long should you wait to seek medical help? The information in this interview can save your life! Listen Now

New Kidney Allocation System Revealed
If you are waiting for a kidney transplant from a deceased donor, you probably already know that waiting times vary throughout the Country and over 100,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant. The system used to determine who receives a deceased donor kidney is coordinated by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). At the end of 2014, the criteria used for kidney allocation is changing. Lori talks to Dr. Richard Formica, who chairs the OPTN/UNOS Kidney Transplantation Committee to help shed light on the new system, why it was changed and how it will impact people waiting. Listen Now

Hit the Road, Spread the Word
We spend large amounts of time on the road, some of it just sitting in traffic. If you’re stuck in a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam, you can’t help but stare at the bumper – and license! – of the car in front of you. Yes, here is your chance to make a difference with personalized license plates. You give others in a traffic jam or a parking lot something to look at and something to think about. At the same time, you spread awareness about the important message of organ donation registration. Charlene Zettel, CEO of Donate Life California, explains how easy it is to drive and support organ donation at the same time. You can visit and order special plates with the message of Donate Life. Listen Now

Neuropathy: Learn the Warning Signs & Seek Help
If you have trouble sitting still during prolonged periods of time, like dialysis, for example, because your legs get numb and tingly, these may be signs of a serious medical condition. Susie Gonzalez talks to Lori about the initial symptoms that turned out to be a deterioration of nerves otherwise known as Neuropathy. Listen to the interview and learn more about the signs Susie felt and what you can do to seek help if you may be experiencing it. Listen Now

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