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Kidney Disease Web Site a Resource for Patients

It's an online information clearinghouse, founders say

SATURDAY, March 12, 2005 (HealthDay News) -- A new directory focused on chronic kidney disease offers patients, doctors and caregivers quick access to more than 60 Web sites, including those operated by non-profit, educational and patient advocacy organizations.

The directory, www.KidneyResource.com, also includes a "doctor finder" and an interactive Anemia Awareness Center. This offers information about anemia related to chronic kidney disease.

The directory was developed by the pharmaceutical company Ortho Biotech in partnership with patient and physician groups.

Experts believe many Americans may have undetected chronic kidney disease. The condition is progressive, with the kidneys failing to function effectively. People with diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney disease, and those over age 65 are at increased risk for chronic kidney disease.

"KidneyResource.com is the first Web-based directory to make the process of locating accurate information about chronic kidney disease as easy as possible," Kris Robinson, executive director of the American Association of Kidney Patients, said in a prepared statement.

"It was developed based on research showing how people tend to intuitively search for information on this type of site. As a result, visitors will find it logical and easy to use," Robinson said.

More information

Here's where you can find KidneyResource.com.

SOURCE: Ortho Biotech Products, L.P., press release, March 2005
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