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Coming Soon: A Wearable Artificial Kidney?

Posted 7 Jun 2016 by

TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 - Someday, dialysis patients might free themselves of clunky machines, moving about with a "wearable artificial kidney" instead. That's the promise of a new clinical trial that suggests this type of technology is finally within reach. "This would be a game changer," said one kidney specialist, Dr. Maria DeVita. "The fact that clinical trials are beginning gives us all hope that we will have a significant improvement in the care of those patients requiring ongoing hemodialysis." DeVita is associate director of nephrology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. People with advanced kidney disease must often resort to spending hours a day at dialysis centers, with special machines cleansing their blood as their kidneys once did. The dream has long been a small portable device that could perform dialysis as patients went about their usual day. That dream may be ... Read more

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