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When your kidneys are healthy, they clean your blood. They also make hormones that keep your bones strong and your blood healthy. When your kidneys fail, you need treatment to replace the work your kidneys used to do. Unless you have a kidney transplant, you will need a treatment called dialysis.

There are two main types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Both types filter your blood to rid your body of harmful wastes, extra salt and water. Hemodialysis does that with a machine. Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of your abdomen, called the peritoneal membrane, to filter your blood. Each type has both risks and benefits. They also require that you follow a special diet. Your doctor can help you decide the best type of dialysis for you.
Cancer survivors at risk of death after organ transplant

Cancer survivors at risk of death after organ transplant

People who had cancer before receiving an organ transplant were more likely to die of any cause, die of cancer or develop a new cancer than organ recipients who did not previously have cancer, a new paper has found. However, the increased risk is less than that reported in some previous studies. [More]
Study shows women may face decreased kidney damage from ischemia reperfusion injury

Study shows women may face decreased kidney damage from ischemia reperfusion injury

After a kidney transplant, women may experience decreased kidney damage from ischemia reperfusion injury compared to men due to the impact of gender-specific hormones, suggests a new preclinical study and an analysis of patient data published online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
Penn researchers report results of CAR therapy trial in brain cancer patients

Penn researchers report results of CAR therapy trial in brain cancer patients

Immune cells engineered to seek out and attack a type of deadly brain cancer known as glioblastoma (GBM) were found to have an acceptable safety profile and successfully migrate to and infiltrate tumors, researchers from Penn Medicine and Harvard University reported at the AACR Annual Meeting 2016. [More]
Researchers identify vital inflammatory mechanisms in type 1 diabetes, obesity-related kidney dysfunction

Researchers identify vital inflammatory mechanisms in type 1 diabetes, obesity-related kidney dysfunction

In a new study, published in the online edition of the journal EBioMedicine, a multi-disciplinary team led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has identified key inflammatory mechanisms underlying type 1 diabetes and obesity-related kidney dysfunction. [More]
HPV vaccination may be beneficial for CKD patients but not for kidney transplant recipients

HPV vaccination may be beneficial for CKD patients but not for kidney transplant recipients

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination stimulates robust and sustained immune responses in girls and young women with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and those on dialysis, but less optimal responses to the vaccine were observed among those with a kidney transplant. [More]
New report offers startling statistics about chronic kidney disease in the U.S.

New report offers startling statistics about chronic kidney disease in the U.S.

A sweeping new report assessing chronic kidney disease in the United States offers startling statistics about a condition that affects almost 14 percent of the U.S. population and costs billions in Medicare spending each year. [More]
Wnt secretion inhibitors may reduce renal fibrosis

Wnt secretion inhibitors may reduce renal fibrosis

Renal fibrosis or the scarring of kidneys, following an injury, reduces their function and can cause kidney disease to progressively worsen. [More]
Study: Conservative care could be a reasonable choice for selected kidney failure patients

Study: Conservative care could be a reasonable choice for selected kidney failure patients

A new study found no significant survival advantage among elderly kidney failure patients who chose dialysis over conservative management. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, indicate that conservative care may be a reasonable choice for selected older patients. [More]
Sodium MRI could provide more detailed picture of tissue health and disease

Sodium MRI could provide more detailed picture of tissue health and disease

MRI experts at The University of Nottingham win £1m grant to adapt scanning techniques to pick up sodium in the body. The research could lead to much more detailed MRI scans in the future with significant improvements to the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases. [More]
Unchained Labs marches out the GRUNT

Unchained Labs marches out the GRUNT

Unchained Labs, the life sciences company that's all about getting biologics researchers the right tool for the job, today launched the GRUNT, the world's first automated formulation preparation system. [More]
New procedure allows kidney transplants from incompatible donors

New procedure allows kidney transplants from incompatible donors

Researchers have found a way to stop patients rejecting kidneys that have come from incompatible donors, potentially slashing the waiting time for thousands of people in desperate need of the procedure. [More]
EAF celebrates first anniversary of Brussels Declaration on ADPKD, urges MEPs to unite for better patient care

EAF celebrates first anniversary of Brussels Declaration on ADPKD, urges MEPs to unite for better patient care

On World Kidney Day, leading experts from the European ADPKD Forum today issue a collaborative letter to over 350 European decision makers (European Parliament, European Commission, Council representatives) celebrating the year one progress of the Brussels Declaration on ADPKD, while calling for urgent backing from policy makers to reduce the widespread inequalities and variations in care that remain. [More]
Pioneering progress on ADPKD: an interview with Tess Harris

Pioneering progress on ADPKD: an interview with Tess Harris

ADPKD is a chronic, progressive and inherited kidney disease characterized by fluid-filled cysts that develop in the kidneys and other organs. It is the most common inherited kidney disease, and affects millions worldwide. [More]
Changes in use of anemia drugs affects risk of death or cardiovascular events in dialysis patients

Changes in use of anemia drugs affects risk of death or cardiovascular events in dialysis patients

A new study examines whether recent changes in the use of anemia drugs for patients on dialysis have contributed to changes in rates of death or cardiovascular events. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, indicate that these risks appear to be decreasing for patients on dialysis as well as for older adults (Medicare beneficiaries) who are not on dialysis. [More]
Digital 'magic wand' developed to improve home healthcare, cybersecurity

Digital 'magic wand' developed to improve home healthcare, cybersecurity

Dartmouth College researchers have developed a digital "magic wand" to improve home healthcare and to prevent hackers from stealing your personal data. [More]

DaVita HealthCare Partners named to Training magazine's Top 125 list for 12th consecutive year

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a leading independent medical group and a leading provider of kidney care services in the United States, today announced the company was recognized among Training magazine's Top 125 for its whole-person learning approach to training and development programs. [More]
MemorialCare partners with Fresenius Medical Care to operate 15 dialysis clinics in Southern California

MemorialCare partners with Fresenius Medical Care to operate 15 dialysis clinics in Southern California

MemorialCare Health System announced today that it has entered into a joint venture partnership with Fresenius Medical Care North America to operate 15 dialysis clinics in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Thirteen of these clinics are fully operational and two additional clinics are being developed in San Juan Capistrano and Huntington Beach. [More]
Vanderbilt nephrologist building implantable artificial kidney with microchip filters

Vanderbilt nephrologist building implantable artificial kidney with microchip filters

Vanderbilt University Medical Center nephrologist and associate professor of medicine Dr. William H. Fissell IV, is making major progress on a first-of-its kind device to free kidney patients from dialysis. He is building an implantable artificial kidney with microchip filters and living kidney cells that will be powered by a patient's own heart. [More]
Kumamoto University researchers identify protein that limits severity of Alport syndrome

Kumamoto University researchers identify protein that limits severity of Alport syndrome

Researchers from Kumamoto University, Japan have identified a protein that limits the severity of Alport syndrome, a type of genetic kidney disease. The finding can provide clues that point toward new therapeutic approaches for Alport syndrome. [More]
Study: Only one-third of patients receive living donor kidney transplant pre-emptively

Study: Only one-third of patients receive living donor kidney transplant pre-emptively

A kidney transplant is a life-changing and life-saving procedure. Yet, a new study conducted by Mayo Clinic and the University of Michigan shows that only one-third of patients who ultimately receive a living donor kidney transplant receive it pre-emptively (i.e., before starting dialysis). Less than two-thirds receive a transplant either pre-emptively or within a year of starting dialysis. [More]
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