Kidney Health

Kidney Health: The Five Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease courtesy The National Kidney Foundation

AT around four to five inches in length, each kidney is about the size of an adult fist, yet the roles they play aren’t only essential but lifesaving. Commonly referred to as the ‘chemists’ of the body, the kidneys balance the body’s fluids, remove waste products, including chemicals and medications from the body, produce and release hormones that affect the function of other organs and regulate blood pressure.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, kidneys also produce an active form of Vitamin D that promotes strong, healthy bones and they also control the function of red blood cells.

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AT around four to five inches in length, each kidney is about the size of an adult fist, yet the roles they play aren’t only essential but lifesaving. Commonly referred to as the ‘chemists’ of the body, the kidneys balance the body’s fluids, remove waste products, including chemicals and medications from the body, produce and release hormones that affect the function of other organs and regulate blood pressure.

The “Original Don Dada” is dead. Veteran dancehall artiste and part-time actor Leonard Ford, aka Louie Rankin, was killed in a car crash in Canada last week. Ford, 66, died last Monday in Ontario, in a crash which reportedly included a transport truck and another vehicle.

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Each week, Six and the City takes you to an exciting city and provides some quick details on the city’s interesting people. This week, the spotlight is on Karol Cardona and her location is the enthralling Panama City, Panama.

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Miguel Maestre may not have been born in Trinidad and Tobago but he is Trini to de bone. The Toronto, Canada-born performer, the son of Trinidadian musician Antonio “Spanish” Maestre, who is himself a lifelong parandero, is in love with the music of these twin islands. For the past decade, he has carried on his father’s parang legacy in the land of his birth and now has ambitions of touring the world with his soca band.