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Research points to a new way to protect kidneys threatened by insufficient blood or toxins

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Better treatments for acute renal failure may be possible by blocking the mitochondrial fragmentation that occurs when kidneys don't get enough blood or are exposed to toxins, researchers at the Medical College of Georgia report in the may issue of the Journal of Clinical Investiga...

New findings on old kidneys could enhance transplants, Stanford study shows

STANFORD, Calif. The older the kidney, the worse it works though exactly how much worse isn't known. But with a mean wait time of over three years for a kidney transplant, even old kidneys are in demand. The challenge for doctors is to determine a kidney's prospects prior to the operation. Re...

Male kidneys for men only?

The gender of donor and recipient plays a larger role in kidney transplants than previously assumed. Female donor kidneys do not function as well in men due to their smaller size. Women have a higher risk of rejecting a male donor kidney. Therefore, in the future, gender should be considered more...

Higher-risk kidneys may help solve organ shortage facing older adults

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. New research from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center suggests that age alone shouldnt be a barrier to receiving a kidney transplant and that using donated kidneys that would once have been discarded may help alleviate the burgeoning organ shortage among older adult...

Low Doses of Melamine Won't Harm Kids' Kidneys

Hong Kong researchers found most of those exposed to tainted products were OK THURSDAY, Dec. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Low doses of melamine did not cause severe kidney problems in children exposed to the industrial chemical during the recent tainted milk scandal in China, Hong Kong resea...

Doctors See How Cancer Drug Can Damage Kidneys

But the finding shouldn't keep physicians from using Avastin, researchers say WEDNESDAY, March 12 (HealthDay News) -- The sometimes controversial cancer drug Avastin can cause kidney damage by doing what it's supposed to -- but in the wrong place, a study shows. Avastin, whose gener...

Study: Before a CT scan or angiogram, many people should take inexpensive drug to protect kidneys

ANN ARBOR, Mich. As more and more Americans undergo CT scans and other medical imaging scans involving intense X-rays, a new study suggests that many of them should take a pre-scan drug that could protect their kidneys from damage. The inexpensive drug, called N-acetylcysteine, can prevent ser...

Low Lead Exposures Can Hurt Kidneys

Rat study suggests it boosts blood pressure, damages cells WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Even low levels of lead exposure accelerated chronic kidney disease in rats by raising their blood pressure and hastening certain kinds of cellular damage, U.S. researchers report. Previous studi...

Preserving Kidneys on a Pump May Promote More Organ Sharing

Preserving the kidneys of deceased older donors on a pump as opposed to the conventional method of storing and transporting organs in a cooler may lower hospital costs, improve initial organ function, and promote greater use and more sharing of organs, according to new research by Wake Forest Un...

On the 'Fast Buck' Trail: Kidneys on Sale

“Many have made a trade of delusions and false miracles, deceiving the stupid multitude” ……………. Leonardo da Vinci // The booming kidney trade in India is a cause of great concern due to its socio-economic, ethical and medico-legal overtones. In the city of Chennai i...

Blood Flow to Kidneys Better Restored by Less Invasive Procedures

A study published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery reported that minimally invasive procedures such as stenting and angioplasty proved better// when accompanied by a suction device to remove the blocking material from the blood vessels that supply kidneys. Researchers from the Wake Forest Uni...

Couples To Swap Kidneys In Chicago

Paulette Chandler and Francisco Torres are involved in a unique kidney swap operation. Chandler's husband needs a kidney transplant, but their blood types do not match. The same is the case with Torres and his wife.// However, Chandler's blood matches with Torres and his wife's with Chandler's h...

Both Kidneys Robbed From A Poor Rickshaw Driver In Bihar

Even after the implementation of the Human Organ Transplant Act to prevent commercialization of human organs, instances of ‘organ theft’ only reflect the lacunae existing in the Indian health care system//. The recent report of bilateral kidney retrieval and death of a poor rickshaw driver in Bihar...

Angioplasty may Damage Kidneys

Researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and colleagues has found that angioplasty-the most common procedure for clearing blocked kidney arteries can also release thousands of tiny particles into the bloodstream that can impair kidney function. This is the first data ...

The Long Wait ... Dying for Lack of Kidneys

It was hardly surprising when a Dutch TV network decided to brave a Europe-wide storm of controversy this month and air a TV reality show featuring a dying woman offering her kidney for transplant . From Chile to China, tens of thousands of kidney sufferers pinning their hopes on donated organs fac...

New Drug Mix to Extend Life of Transplanted Kidneys

It is great news for kidney recipients as well as those on the waiting list. Scientists now announce the extended life spans of transplanted kidneys// by a priceless two times, through a mix of varied drugs. Scientists from the University Hospital in Cardiff who detailed their work in an organ ...

White Blood Cells Can Both Hurt and Help Transplanted Kidneys

In an example of biological irony, the same white blood cell chemistry known to damage kidneys used for transplants may also help prevent such damage, according to a federally// funded study in genetically engineered mice at Johns Hopkins. Researchers have long known that when blood flow is c...

The Exposure Of Cadmium And Its Effects On Kidneys

In 1999 an ongoing population-based Swedish study, Women's Health in the Lund Area, was expanded to include low-level cadmium exposure. Analysis of the data collected now reveals a small but significant kidney response to low-level cadmium exposure [EHP 113:1627-1631]//. This suggests that low-leve...

Low Birth Weight Might Raise Adult Kidney Disease Risk

...ery small at birth should avoid obesity that could lead to diabetes, maintain regular physical activity, avoid medications that could be toxic for the kidneys and see their doctors for simple assessment of chronic kidney disease including blood pressure measurement, a dipstick test for urinary protein and a ...

LFAGW to Offer First 'Living with Lupus' Baltimore Workshop on August 15

...women, lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease with no known cure that can damage any part of the body including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and the brain. Registration (free) and details: http://www.lupus.org/webmodules/webarticlesnet/templates/gwashington_programs.aspx?articleid=2636&...

Texas Kidney Community: CMS Authorization to Survey 22 New Dialysis Centers Excellent First Step Toward Opening Additional Pending Facilities, Creating More Local Jobs

...0 Texans suffering from ESRD - also known as kidney failure - rely on dialysis to perform the life-saving function of filtering their blood when their kidneys are no longer able to do so. Dialysis treatments also improve patients' health by removing excess salt and water from the body; helping to control blo...

For Some Kidney Patients, Home Dialysis Is Better

... director emeritus of Northwest Kidney Centers in Seattle. Hemodialysis is one of two main types of dialysis treatment administered when a person's kidneys are no longer functioning. It uses a machine to remove wastes and excess fluid from the blood. (Peritoneal dialysis, by contrast, uses the lining of t...

Econiche(TM) Vaccine Efficacy Summarized in July Issue of Foodborne Pathogens and Disease

...(in recent outbreaks, this percentage has risen to as high as 16%). Five percent of HUS patients die, many of them children and senior citizens, whose kidneys are more sensitive to damage. In addition to being infected by contaminated food or water, individuals can become infected from E. coli O157:H7 by v...

LFAGW to Run 'Could I Have Lupus?' Workshop on July 26; Mystics Game Follows

...ple with lupus, a chronic auto-immune disease with no known cure that can damage any part of the body including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and the brain. To register and purchase tickets: http://lfagw.eventbrite.com/ . Information: Elle Alexander, LFAGW: 202-212-6761 or patientservi...

Ochsner 1st in Louisiana to use Robotics in Living-Donor Kidney Transplant for Faster Recovery

...ed the procurement process even further. "This is the next level of technology," says Cohen. "Moving forward, we anticipate procuring all living-donor kidneys with the help of robotics." This technology isn't limited to certain individuals; anyone who is a candidate to donate a kidney is a candidate for thi...

Portola Pharmaceuticals to Host Conference Call at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time Tomorrow to Discuss Betrixaban Partnership and Provide Corporate Update

...a inhibitor that has been specifically designed for chronic, once-a-day treatment with a long half-life. Betrixaban is minimally excreted through the kidneys and is the only new oral anticoagulant currently being studied in patients with severe and moderate renal impairment without dose adjustment. As a re...

Post-transplant combo can replace toxic immune-suppressing drugs in monkeys

...ous side effects. The class of immunosuppressive drugs known as calcineurin inhibitors (examples are cyclosporine and tacrolimus) can damage patients' kidneys and lead to high blood pressure, among other problems. A combination of treatments can effectively replace calcineurin inhibitors in preventing gra...

Johns Hopkins leads first 16-patient, multicenter 'domino donor' kidney transplant

...her pairs in a similar predicament. By exchanging kidneys between the pairs, it is possible to give each rec...as a blueprint for a national KPD program in which kidneys will be transported around the country, resulting ...to a friend and colleague who lost function of his kidneys three years ago. "I always knew I was going to ...

Kidney Paired Donation: 16 Patients, Four Hospitals, Four States

... Center in Oklahoma City and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis as donated kidneys were transported by airplane to their intended recipients under a Kidney Pa...er pairs in a similar predicament, thus increasing the pool of living-donor kidneys and enabling patients on the transplant waiting list to get transplanted so...

Microscopic 'beads' could help create 'designer' immune cells that ignore transplanted organs

...ural levels of HLA-G already are giving some transplant patients an edge by comparing HLA-G expression in those who keep and reject their transplanted kidneys Dr. Horuzsko reported last year in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the dimer form of HLA-G was the most powerful of the known...

Grant received for eye disorder research

...ing the eye movement up or down. Duane syndrome usually causes vision problems. It can be accompanied by malformations of the skeleton, eyes, ears, kidneys and nervous system but more commonly occurs in isolation. Most sufferers of the condition are diagnosed by the age of 10. It is more prevalent in w...

DaVita.com Provides Easy Recipes to Plan Your Father's Day Dinner

...) Diet is an integral part of managing chronic kidney disease and ensuring overall health and quality of life for kidney patients. Because their kidneys can no longer filter and eliminate waste products and excess fluid, kidney patients' diets are focused on maintaining adequate nutrition and keeping m...

Almost Half of Those Over 60 Die While Waiting for Kidney Transplant

...e transplant list. Both Schold and Provenzano said the findings highlight the need to reach out more to living donors, because the need for donated kidneys far exceeds the number of donations obtained from the deceased. Even if your loved one isn't an exact match, it's possible your doctor may be able to ...

Roux-en-Y weight loss surgery raises kidney stone risk

...help patients avoid kidney stones through calcium supplements or other interventions. Kidney stones are solid mineral crystals that form within the kidneys and can cause pain that is frequently severe. Each year, people make almost 3 million visits to health care providers and more than half a million peo...

Mayo Genomic Discovery: Protecting Kidney Function During Heart Failure

...est additional concerns for patients with heart failure is the health of their kidneys," says Dr. Simari. "The extreme case is that it can lead to the kidneys shutting down completely." Nearly 5 million Americans are living with heart failure, a condition where the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the b...

Evolution May Have Made Humans More Cancer Prone

... of Biology and chief research scientist at the Ovarian Cancer Institute, made the finding when comparing gene expression in the brain, testes, liver, kidneys and heart of chimps and humans. Chimps, which are considered human's evolutionary kin, have lower cancer rates than humans -- a fact that McDonald sai...

Quark Pharmaceuticals Announces the Presentation of Data Indicating Potential Utility of QPI-1002 in Chronic Kidney Disease at the RNA Interference Summit

...e a remedy for this disease." Dr. Molitoris said, "The current standard of care in the treatment of CKD is to help slow the rate of damage to the kidneys by treating the condition causing the disease and to modify the patient's diet and exercise. I'm excited by these data indicating that QPI-1002 could ...

Nuvilex Offers Free Cinnergen Samples in Response to Spike in Consumer Interest

...--caffeoylquinic acid and caffeic acid --may help to reduce glucose absorption in the small intestine, limit the synthesis of glucose by the liver and kidneys (gluconeogenesis), and speed up the body's metabolism of glucose. Cinnergen contains 0 grams of carbohydrates and fats, has no calories, and does not ...

NYP/Weill Cornell physician-scientists present at 2009 American Transplant Congress in Boston

... the current treatments. Transplanting Single kidneys From Donors Under 5 Years of Age Into Standard Adu...ving transplants from young donors were given both kidneys because it was thought that a single pediatric kid...t outcomes can be achieved with transplantation of kidneys from donors older than 50 years when compared with...

Bioniche Represented at House of Commons Sub-Committee on Food Safety

...(in recent outbreaks, this percentage has risen to as high as 16%). Five percent of HUS patients die, many of them children and senior citizens, whose kidneys are more sensitive to damage. Cattle are the primary carriers of E. coli O157, but the organism, which makes people ill, does not have the same effe...
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