March 2013 | Vol. 8 - No. 3
Our kidneys are not something we think about every day. But these amazing organs play a very important role in keeping us healthy. Kidneys regulate water in our body, they eliminate wastes and toxins, and they produce hormones that regulate blood pressure and red blood cell production.

March 13 is World Kidney Day, a day to raise awareness of the importance of kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease worldwide. In this issue, we have timely information to help you learn more about how our kidneys work as well as helpful information on how kidney disease is treated.

Until next month,
The editorial team at Where Kids Come First
Growing up with juvenile arthritis
Arthritis isn’t something you’d think a child could have, let alone an eight-month-old baby. But when Derek Macri was first brought to the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) five years ago to treat his recurrent fevers and rashes, pediatric rheumatologist Dr. Rosie Scuccimarri delivered baffling news to the infant’s parents: their baby boy had systemic-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis. [+]
Understanding how kidneys work [+]
5 staggering facts about pediatric kidney transplants [+]
Understanding dialysis [+]
When talking with your teen becomes difficult… step back before moving forward [+]
Can a young child learn two languages at the same time? [+]
Q: Given that a healthy individual can live with just one kidney, why wouldn’t a parent donate a kidney to their child if that child needed a kidney transplant?
A: There are many factors to think about when considering organ donation, both for the person receiving the graft and the person donating a kidney. While it’s true that a parent is often the ideal candidate to donate a kidney to their child, there may be reasons that make organ donation difficult or impossible. [+]
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True or False?
Kidney failure is curable.

False. Kidney disease takes many different forms and may lead to kidney failure. Although there are ways to treat people with kidney failure—namely dialysis or kidney transplant—these treatments are not actual cures for kidney disease. [+]
Alesia’s Magnolias
Alesia’s Magnolias is an annual fund raising event held as a tribute to our daughter Alesia, who passed away from an extremely rare heart condition in May 2010. She was only 2. Alesia’s Magnolias is an indoor fair for children of all ages. We offer a wide range of activities, including arts & crafts, face painting, cupcake decorating and inflatable games – all the things that Alesia loved and more. With a modest entrance fee that includes live performances and lunch, it has quickly become a “can’t miss” event for families. [+]
Doc Talk: a snapshot of Dr. Claire LeBlanc, Pediatric Rheumatologist and Sport Medicine Physician [+]
Public notice: closure of Tupper Street starting March 10th for a period of 2 weeks [+]
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