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Coming Soon: A Wearable Artificial Kidney?

Posted 7 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

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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Kidney Problems Linked to Brain Disorders: Study

Posted 6 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 – Kidney problems can increase the risk of brain disorders, a new study finds. The findings suggest that protecting kidney health may also benefit the brain, the researchers said. They studied data from more than 2,600 people in the Netherlands, and found that poor kidney function was strongly associated with decreased blood flow to the brain. They also saw an increased risk of stroke and memory and thinking problems (dementia) in people with kidney problems. The association was independent of known heart disease risk factors, the researchers said. The study was published Aug. 6 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. "Our findings provide a possible explanation linking kidney disease to brain disease," Dr. M. Arfan Ikram, an assistant professor of neuroepidemiology at Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands, said in a journal news ... Read more

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Type of Kidney Disease May Dictate Cancer Risk

Posted 25 May 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 – Cancer risk for kidney transplant recipients may vary depending on the type of kidney disease they have, a new study finds. Patients with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), a genetic disorder, may be less likely to develop cancer than those with other types of kidney disease, but they still have a higher cancer risk than people in the general population, the researchers found. In polycystic kidney disease, cysts form in the kidneys, causing the kidneys to become enlarged. The condition affects nearly one in 1,000 people in the United States. The research team analyzed data from more than 10,000 Americans with polycystic kidney disease who received a kidney transplant and more than 107,000 transplant recipients with other kidney diseases. After adjusting for a number of factors, the researchers concluded that patients with polycystic kidney disease were 16 percent ... Read more

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