Kidney Disease Epidemic in Undocumented Communities Forces U.S. Hospital Closures

Dr Brian Wickwire squeezes the wound on his patient’s finger, catching a tiny bead of scarlet blood with a pipette, and feeding it into an examination machine. In an area of the U.S. where access to medical treatment is particularly scarce, Wickwire is testing for diabetes, trying to catch the disease while it’s symptoms are manageable, before kidney failure and a need for dialysis. He tests 22 patients through the day, only 4 have normal blood sugar levels.

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