Most Long-Term Type 1 Diabetes Patients Have Kidney Disease

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh reveals that most patients suffering from long-term Type 1 diabetes (T1D) have at least some level of kidney disease. Researchers studied a cohort of men and women with childhood-onset T1D diagnosed between 1950 to 1980 to assess the cumulative kidney complication risk after 50…

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Keck Kidney Transplant Program Receives 5 Stars

The kidney transplant program at the Keck School of Medicine received a 5-star ranking by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). By outcomes and volume, Keck came in second out of almost 285 programs in the nation. Upon sharing the news with us, Dr. Qazi commented, “I am really…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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