Kidney disease can be caused by a variety of factors, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and chronic infections. There are two main types: acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease.
Acute kidney injury is a sudden loss of kidney function that can be caused by infections, medications, and trauma. Chronic kidney disease is a progressive loss of function that develops over time. When kidneys can no longer function, dialysis or a transplant may be necessary.
Articles on this page look at insurance coverage for dialysis, the rights of kidney donors, new research into organ transplant anti-rejection drugs, and the impact of race on medical outcomes.