Entries in Kidney disease (5)


Sarah Hyland’s Secret Struggle With Kidney Disease

JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Haley Dunphy, the big sister on Modern Family, Dunphy appears carefree, spending hours on her cellphone and giving her parents a rough time on the show like any other teenager.

But Sarah Hyland, the 21-year-old actress who plays Haley on the show, has had anything but a carefree life.  Hyland’s been struggling with kidney disease since childhood, when she was diagnosed with abnormal kidney development at the age of nine.

“I would be in a lot of pain a lot of the time. If I didn’t get, like, 12 hours of sleep, It felt, like -- It felt, like, none at all,” said the Manhattan-born actress.

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A secret to the millions of Modern Family fans, Hyland would often sit down or text on her phone during a scene to hide her exhaustion.

“You know, if you’re sick, you still go to work.  And in between takes, you sit down, or you lay your head down or something,” she said.

As the pain got worse, the actress began looking for an organ donor to avoid spending her life on dialysis.  Luckily her father, actor Edward James Hyland, was a perfect match.

Last month, she underwent the transplant surgery and will recover this summer while the show takes a break from filming.

Actress Julie Bowen, who plays Claire Dunphy on the show, has been stopping by to help her clean.  Her real-life and on-screen boyfriend, Matt Prokop, has been helping her recover as well.

Hyland offers hope and advice for those struggling with kidney disease: “Know that you’re not alone.  Even though it may seem like it a lot of the time.  And that if you ask, ‘Why me?’  Well, why not you?  You know?  It makes you the person that you are today.”

Hyland is a youth ambassador for the Lopez Foundation, where she helps to promote community awareness for organ and kidney donation.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Nick Cannon's Blood Clots Likely Caused by Kidney Problems

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Nick Cannon stepped down from his daily radio show Friday after revealing he suffered another health setback last week, when doctors discovered he had blood clots in his lungs and an enlarged heart.

"The doctors found blood clots in my lungs and said if I don't slow down and stop working so hard then it's a wrap!" Cannon, 31, tweeted.

The actor, radio host and husband to Mariah Carey was hospitalized in January with kidney failure, which Cannon said contributed to his latest health scare.

"[Blood clots], on top of my previous condition, actually made me more prone to this," Cannon said. "If it isn't one thing, it's another."

African-American men in Cannon's age group are 14 times more likely than Caucasian men to develop kidney failure because of high blood pressure. Although it is unclear what contributed to Cannon's kidney failure, doctors said it likely caused the chain of events that led to the health problems Cannon is now experiencing.

"He may have some primary form of kidney disease. Sometimes, those can increase the risk of having blood clot events due to the loss of protein in the kidneys," Dr. William Abraham, the director of cardiovascular medicine at Ohio State University, told ABC News. He has not treated Cannon.

Abraham added that blood clots in the lungs can cause the right side of the heart to become enlarged.

"The other thing that is possible is he could have a systemic disorder, such as lupus," Abraham said.

Cannon has not shared details of his treatment or his prognosis. However, Abraham said he is optimistic the new father's condition is completely treatable.

"The good news is at this point I would presume everything is potentially reversible," he said.

Abraham said Cannon is likely on blood thinners to reduce the two blood clots in his lungs and may have to take them for as short as a month or as long as the rest of his life to prevent future clots.

Although Cannon's condition is serious, the multitasking celebrity likely isn't bedridden and spending all of his time with doctors.

"He may be going in weekly or every couple of weeks," Abraham said. " And he is probably seeing a kidney specialist regularly."

Reducing his workload will allow Cannon to get more rest and hopefully improve his health.

"Even Superman has to sleep," Cannon said on his radio show.

Cannon's representative declined ABC News' request for an interview.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Top Five Osama Bin Laden Health Rumors: Fact or Fiction?

AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the years between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sunday's raid, rumors swirled about Osama bin Laden's health.  Some even believed he'd died in an area so remote that the best intelligence could not find him.

ABC News asked experts who have researched and written about bin Laden to weigh in on five of the most widely circulated rumors.  Here's what they said:

Kidney Disease -- Likely False

"Despite the fact that we have all been hearing about his kidney problems and the need for dialysis, according to the intelligence people I've talked to in Washington, there was no evidence of a dialysis machine in the compound where he was found," said Mary Anne Weaver, author of Pakistan: Deep Inside the World's Most Frightening State.

The exclusive video obtained by ABC News inside the compound also does not show any evidence of dialysis equipment.  There were what looked like medication bottles, but a closer look at the video reveals the bottles contain petroleum jelly, eye drops, olive oil, sunflower oil, an antiseptic and a nasal spray.

Marfan Syndrome -- Likely False

Along with the rumors about kidney disease, Weaver said the one about bin Laden having Marfan syndrome was also widely circulated.

Marfan syndrome affects the connective tissue that supports tendons, ligaments, heart valves and other parts of the body.  If it attacks the heart or the vessels of the heart, it could cause an enlarged heart or torn vessels.  Those with Marfan syndrome might be be tall and thin; have long, curved fingers; vision problems or no symptoms at all.

"The CIA suspected bin Laden had Marfan syndrome, but then the guy who briefed me on this said the information was negative a few months later," said Weaver.

Enlarged Heart and Low Blood Pressure -- Both Likely True

Weaver said officials told her bin Laden had an enlarged heart, and she reported that in her New York profiles of the most wanted terrorist.

"It was a fleeting mention by intelligence officials," she said.

Weaver also said she heard bin Laden had low blood pressure, but she never thought it was a serious condition.

Arm Injury -- Likely True

Experts say bin Laden was very likely injured in a 2001 battle in Tora Bora, the complex of caves in Afghanistan where U.S. forces believed members of al Qaeda were hiding.

"It does seem he may have been injured with shrapnel in Tora Bora," said Kenneth Katzman, a Congressional Research Service expert on Afghanistan.  "After his escape, he wasn't able to move it much."

In one of his earlier videos, bin Laden appears to be immobile on his left side, but Katzman said that his injury seems to have healed based on the viewing of subsequent videos.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Cholesterol Drug May Reduce Heart Attack Risk in Kidney Patients

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J.) -- A new study suggests Merck's cholesterol drug Vytorin, which is a combination of Zetia and Zocor, or simvastatin, may reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problems in kidney patients.

The drug was compared with a placebo and in the trial reduced first major incidence of stroke or heart attack by what experts call a statistically significant 16.1 percent.

The New Jersey-based company says because of the Study of Heart and Renal Protection, or "Sharp" investigation, it will seek regulatory approval for use of the drug in this way.  Vytorin is now on the market as a "bad cholesterol" reducing medication.

The Oxford University research involved more than 9,000 patients who had advanced to chronic or end-stage kidney disease, and many were on dialysis.  Kidney patients have an increased risk of heart failure or stroke.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


Kidney on a Mission: Silly Costume Draws Attention To Serious Disease 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It takes a little bit of silliness for Bill Brazell to draw attention to a very serious disease that's affected him and several generations of his family.

"Every year, I go to a couple of walks dressed as a kidney," said Brazell.

Brazell, 42, dons his Kenny the Kidney costume, complete with Styrofoam cysts, to raise awareness about polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, a genetic disorder that causes cysts to form on the kidneys, leading the kidneys to become enlarged and eventually causing kidney failure, leading to dialysis or transplantation.

"It's the most common inherited disorder in the world after the BRCA genes for breast cancer," said Dr. Theodore Steinman, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "It's the most common single-gene defect in the world, and affects about 600,000 Americans and 12.5 million people worldwide," he added.

Despite the fact that it's so common and so insidious, Brazell says it's an under-recognized disease, which is why he steps out as his kidney alter ego.

"I've been at events and met kids who don't even know what a kidney is," said Brazell.

But he knows all about the kidneys and how PKD can affect them.

His father and uncle both had PKD, and they passed it on to five of their combined six children.

"I was diagnosed in my freshman year of college, but I didn't do anything about it for a long time," said Brazell. "My dad told me not to think about it until I got older."

But when Brazell was 34, his cousin, who also had PKD, died after having a brain aneurysm. He was 35.

"I didn't want to die this young," Brazell said, and he started to take action by raising money and awareness. He also now serves on the Board of Trustees of the PKD Foundation.  

Courtesy 2010 ABC News Radio

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