New Polymer to Detect Early Acute Kidney Injury

A new polymer developed by a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw could save many lives through early detection of acute kidney injury also known as AKI. The polymer works by trapping lipocalin-2 (NGAL), a protein which is elevated in the blood…

Continue reading

Share Button

ESRD Linked to Drinking Diet Soda

New research from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore reveals a link between end stage renal disease and frequent drinking of diet sodas.  In this general population study, people who drank more than seven diet soft drinks a week faced an 83% higher risk of ESRD compared to…

Continue reading

Share Button

Researchers Isolate Human Kidney Progenitor Cells

Scientists from the Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have made an exciting discovery, isolating human kidney progenitor cells without genetic manipulation using a novel in vivo technique. These nephrogenic progenitor cells (NPs) give rise to mature nephrons, the key filtering units in the kidney. Although scientists have studied NPs…

Continue reading

Share Button

Gli1 Stem Cells Could Stop Major Killer of Kidney Patients

A team of researchers led by investigators from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has identified the stem cells responsible for calcium buildup in the arteries, a major problem for kidney disease patients. Found in the outer layers of the arteries, Gli1 positive stem cells have the ability to…

Continue reading

Share Button

New Research Findings on Diabetic Kidney Disease

A new study from the University of Washington reveals that though diabetic kidney disease rates have remained fairly stable in the U.S., the disease has changed course. While researchers found a lower prevalence of albuminuria, they were perplexed to find an increase in reduced kidney function.  – U.S. Diabetic Kidney Disease Rate Unchanged…

Continue reading

Share Button

New Kidney Stone Treatment Breakthrough

Research from a team of investigators, including University of Houston scientists, could lead to a new treatment to prevent calcium oxalate kidney stones. HCA (hydroxycitrate), a natural fruit extract available as a supplement, could represent the first breakthrough in decades, with the potential to not only stop the growth of calcium oxalate crystals, but…

Continue reading

Share Button