*According to research results recently released by scientists at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute on Aging, low-income African Americans have a chronic kidney disease (CKD) rate significantly higher than any other major segment of the U.S. population.

Indeed, the CKD risk for Blacks living below the poverty line is higher than that higher income Blacks or whites of all socio-economic levels.

The prevalence of CKD in those with family incomes below the government’s official poverty line was 27 percent greater than that for those living above the poverty line.

However, when the researchers combined socio-economic and racial data they found that poverty was associated with higher levels of kidney disease among Blacks but not among whites. (Taylor Media Services – www.blacknewsjournal.net)