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Keep track of your medicines

Going into hospital? Changing GP? If so, it's a good idea to make a complete, up-to-date list of all the medicines you take. This will help make sure you carry on getting the right medicines for you. When you change doctors, hospitals and other care providers, records…

Pharmacy remedies and kidney disease

Some remedies are potentially harmful for people with kidney disease. Make sure you check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking a new over-the-counter medicine. Here's a list of over-the-counter remedies that are safe to use if you have kidney disease, and those you should avoid. This is just…

Life with kidney disease

Kidney disease can affect many areas of your life, but there are ways of coping with the changes it brings. Whether you have mild kidney disease with no or few symptoms, or you're on dialysis because your kidneys have failed, life with kidney disease can…

Vagina changes after childbirth

The vagina naturally changes after giving birth, and might feel wider, dry or sore for some time. Find out what to expect and the ways you can help speed up recovery. When you give birth, the baby travels through the cervix and out through the…

Advice for new kidney patients

Kidney disease often has no symptoms, so diagnosis can be a shock. You may worry that your kidney disease will worsen and you'll end up on dialysis. In fact, the outlook in most cases is more reassuring. Kidney disease is common and usually stable (not going to get worse). Fewer than 1…

Kidney problems

The number of people with serious kidney problems, such as kidney disease and kidney cancer, is increasing. Kidneys are vital organs that remove excess water and cleanse the blood of toxins. When the kidneys fail, waste products and fluid build up in the body, making you feel unwell,…

Keeping your kidneys healthy

Kidneys are vital to your overall health, so it's important to look after them. Five simple lifestyle steps can help you keep them in good shape. Stay hydrated Drinking plenty of fluid will help your kidneys function properly. Your urine should be straw-coloured. If it's…

Who should get tested for kidney disease?

Experts suspect there are about a million people with moderate to severe kidney disease who are unaware that they have the condition. A quick simple test is available from your GP. Kidney disease usually has no symptoms until it's at a serious stage. "You can have…

Cold or flu?

Flu is not a "bad cold". Each year, thousands of people die of complications after catching the flu. Find out how colds and flu differ. Colds and flu share some of the same symptoms (cough, sore throat), but are caused by different viruses. Flu can be much…

What's your BMI?

Use the BMI calculator to find out if you or your child's weight is healthy. This article covers: Your BMI result Ethnicity and diabetes Your waist size Children's BMI BMI limitations A body mass index (BMI) above the healthy weight range or too much fat around your waist can increase…