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Clinical trials and PicnicHealth are two approaches when it comes to advancing medical knowledge and improving patient outcomes. While both clinical trials and PicnicHealth have their strengths and limitations, it's important to understand the differences between the two when considering options for improving healthcare.
Patients typically access their medical records through patient portals, which are online platforms that allow you to view their health information and communicate with your healthcare providers. Many patient portals are part of an electronic health record (EHR) system used by healthcare providers. While EHR systems are helpful tools for managing records from one facility, requesting prescription refills, or paying bills, they often fall short when consolidating information from different healthcare organizations or participating in research.
Managing an IgA nephropathy (IgAN) diagnosis, whether it's yours or that of a loved one, can feel incredibly overwhelming, isolating, and just plain difficult. These five content creators living with IgAN are giving hope to the community by sharing their real experiences, tips, and resources to remind you you’re not alone.
Although there is a large and diversified group of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States, clinical trials and medical research frequently underrepresent this group. This underrepresentation result in a lack of knowledge about how particular medications and therapies affect AAPI people, potentially resulting in less effective or even hazardous medical interventions.
Sarah You is an IgAN Change Champion who has used her challenges with IgA nephropathy to help others. Sarah was diagnosed with IgAN when she was 21 years old, living as an international student in the US. She flew back to receive treatment and be with her family in Korea following her diagnosis. Now that she understands how to manage her IgAN, she has a master's degree in immunology and is currently applying to medical schools so she can be a support system for other rare disease patients.
IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is a type of kidney disease that affects the glomeruli, the tiny filtering units within the kidneys. To diagnose and monitor IgAN, patients typically undergo a range of tests, including blood labs for kidney diseases, urine tests for kidney disease, and imaging studies.
In the US, nearly two million kidney biopsies are performed each year at a rate of 175 procedures per million population. Kidney biopsies can reveal important information about kidney function and inform nephrologists about the possible cause of symptoms that brought the patient in for a visit in the first place.
Managing a chronic condition can be challenging, but there are tools to help patients monitor their health and manage their symptoms. From wearable health monitors to online medical record platforms, blood pressure monitors, symptom-tracking apps, and diet-tracking tools, patients have a variety of resources at their disposal. Here are six tools that can help you take control of your health and manage your IgA Nephropathy:
There are many organizations dedicated to helping patients with IgA nephropathy. Here are five of the top organizations that IgA nephropathy patients can turn to for support and resources.
If you’ve been diagnosed with IgAN or suspect that you may have the disease, finding a knowledgeable and experienced nephrologist or IgAN specialist is crucial to managing your symptoms and receiving appropriate treatment. But where do you start?
IgA Nephropathy (IgAN), also known as Berger’s disease, is a rare kidney disease that can cause issues with the kidneys’ ability to filter waste from the bloodstream. IgAN occurs when a compound called immunoglobulin A (IgA) builds up in excess within the kidneys, resulting in inflamed tissue and other complications. Thanks to modern treatment methods, IgAN can be effectively managed and its prognosis significantly improved. However, if left untreated, IgAN can lead to serious health problems, underscoring the importance of timely diagnosis and treatment.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the lives of millions of people worldwide, including those with chronic conditions such as IgAN. Although there is limited research on the effects of COVID-19 on people with IgAN, it is crucial to take precautions and seek medical attention if you experience symptoms.
IgA nephropathy, also known as IgAN or Berger’s disease is a type of kidney disease that occurs when there is an excess build-up of immunoglobulin-A (IgA) within the kidneys. If left untreated, this can cause inflammation of the kidneys and other complications that reduce the kidneys’ ability to efficiently filter waste products from the bloodstream.
IgAN, or IgA nephropathy, is a chronic kidney disease affecting millions worldwide. Despite its prevalence, many patients struggle to understand the symptoms of IgAN and how to manage the condition effectively. This is a problem that the team at PicnicHealth is working hard to solve. Founded by Noga Leviner in 2014, PicnicHealth was created by a fellow patient to empower others to take complete ownership of their health records and manage their conditions confidently. In this guide, we will explore the symptoms of IgAN, also known as Berger’s Disease, and provide helpful tips for managing the condition.
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