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Questcor Honored as an "Everyday Hero" by NephCure Foundation
Date:11/22/2013

cation and commitment to our community."

Questcor was honored at NephCure's annual "Countdown for a Cure" fundraiser held on November 21st in New York City.  The event raises money and awareness for its efforts to fund medical research and education programs in the fight against the kidney disease.  Since its inception nine years ago, "Countdown To A Cure" has raised over $3 million for The NephCure Foundation.

About Proteinuria and Nephrotic Syndrome

Proteinuria (excess urinary protein) can be caused by a variety of diseases and disorders of the kidney.  A significant deterioration in kidney function can result in very high levels of proteinuria, a condition associated with nephrotic syndrome. Left untreated, nephrotic syndrome may lead to end stage renal disease, which typically requires life-long dialysis treatments.  Types of kidney disease that can lead to nephrotic syndrome and end-stage renal disease include:

  • Idiopathic Membranous Nephropathy (MN)
  • Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)
  • Minimal Change Disease (MCD)
  • Membranoproliferative Glomerulonephritis (MPGN)
  • Lupus Nephritis (LN)
  • IgA Nephropathy (IgA)

These diseases damage the glomeruli, small blood vessels that work as a filtering system in the kidneys. They normally keep substances that a body needs, such as blood proteins (albumin), while filtering wastes and excess water from the blood and passing them into the urine. But because they're damaged, the kidneys' filtering system cannot properly function.  As a result, substances like protein that were previously unable to pass through can now leak or "spill" into a person's urine. This leads to high protein levels in a person's urine, or proteinuria.  Because of this condition, an individual's blood lacks the protein necessary to regulate fluid throughout the
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