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…

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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…

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DASH Diet for Blood Pressure Protects Kidneys, Too

New research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that the DASH diet, originally designed to lower blood pressure, also reduces the risk of kidney disease. The DASH diet (short for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), which is known to help with weight loss, heart health and chronic…

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D-Amino Acids May Give Clues to Kidney Disease Progression

Japanese researchers from Osaka and Kyushu Universities have uncovered biomarkers that could identify chronic kidney disease patients at risk of progressing to kidney failure. Earlier studies have found a correlation between kidney function and D-amino acids. These somewhat elusive mirror images of L-amino acids have been found in trace amounts in…

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Early Warning Sign of Kidney Injury Found in Kids

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School have found high levels of toxins and a kidney injury biomarker in children in Mexico exposed to contaminated water. Urine samples of 107 children revealed arsenic and chromium at extremely high levels, well above the safety limits for adults. The arsenic probably came from…

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Computer Modeling Points to New Drug Target for PKD

Researchers from Indiana University have made important discoveries about PKD cyst formation using virtual tissue technology. Building a virtual nephron, the scientists used computer simulation to show that PKD gene mutations caused errors in cell adhesion. When cells failed to stick together, they formed mushroom-shaped cysts. When cells stuck together,…

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