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Stacie Royster                                                                     
Media Relations Manager

Kidney Disease Recognition Week Continues at
Howard University Hospital
Free Screenings Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Washington, DC, November 15, 2005 -- Kidney Disease Awareness Week at Howard University Hospital (HUH) continues through Friday, Nov. 18, to bring heightened awareness to kidney disease, a national epidemic affecting 20 million Americans and an alarming number of residents in the District of Columbia.

A lobby display is featured along with other activities and information daily from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with screenings for kidney disease, liver functions, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar scheduled on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Event organizer Dr. Olabisi Jagun, chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, and Trina Frazier, associate director of minority health programs for the American Kidney Fund, will be available to provide information and answer questions.

As noted in a recent Washington Post article, the District’s kidney disease rates are practically off the chart. Within the 20019 zip code, the easternmost part of the city, the age-adjusted rate for new cases of end-stage kidney disease -- 1,369 cases per 100,000 people -- is 44 times the national average. The 20011 and 20002 areas, in the city's north and northeast sections, lag only slightly behind that.

“We strongly encourage people to be screened for kidney disease, particularly African Americans, the majority of the District’s population, who are up to four times the risk for kidney disease as Whites,” said Jagun.  “Howard University Hospital is pleased to be able to provide such important health opportunities to the community.”

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, seven Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at


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