This year’s World Kidney Day falls on International Women’s Day, offering the nephrology community an excellent time to reflect on the theme, “Kidneys & Women’s Health: Include, Value, Empower.”

Studies have shown gender disparities in care for many chronic diseases, and ESRD is no exception.

Older kidney recipients can benefit from organs from older donors. But previous cerebrovascular disease may reduce the survival benefits of these kidney transplants, according to a recent study.

It is well established that kidney transplantation is the treatment of choice for patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD), as this treatment modality has been shown to provide improved patient survival and quality of life compared with dialysis (1). In an ideal system, patients in need of a kidney transplant would receive one as soon as the need arises.