Diabetic Kidney Damage May Start During Prediabetes

A prospective cohort study from researchers at University Hospital of North Norway suggests that diabetic kidney damage caused by continually high blood sugar levels may begin during prediabetes, which is much earlier than previously thought. For more than five years, the study followed 1261 people without diabetes between the ages of…

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Cocoa Flavanols Could Protect Kidney Patients’ Hearts

Cocoa flavanols, the plant-based nutrients found in cocoa beans, could be the key to protecting kidney patients’ hearts, according to a new study from Germany’s University Hospital Essen. Dialysis patients in the study drank beverages containing 900 mg of cocoa flavanols daily for 30 days. Researchers saw impressive results from…

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Stem Cells That Form Kidney Blood Vessels Identified

An exciting stem cell discovery from researchers at University of Virginia Medical School brings scientists one step closer to growing kidneys in the lab, complete with functioning vasculature. The UVA investigators not only identified the stem cells that produce blood vessels in the kidney, they also found that blood forms…

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Lower Blood Pressure Target May Save Lives

Initial results from the landmark NIH SPRINT study published in September of this year reveal that lowering systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) could reduce cardiovascular complications and save the lives of high-risk, older adults. Beginning in 2009, the trial tracked a diverse group of…

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New Urinary Biomarker to Predict Kidney Disease Progression

An international research team led by scientists from University of Michigan has identified a urinary biomarker that could help predict which CKD patients are at risk of kidney disease progression and kidney failure. The team pinpointed the protein, epidermal growth factor (EGF), while studying kidney tissue biopsies from chronic kidney…

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Biomarker suPAR Predicts Chronic Kidney Disease

A potential new kidney disease biomarker, suPAR, is causing a big stir in the research community. Previous studies have identified the blood protein as a potential cause of Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, or FSGS. Now a multi-institutional study involving scientists from Rush University, Emory University, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical…

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