Gut Bacteria Linked to Poor Health in Kidney Disease Patients

Scientists are only just beginning to learn the many ways our gut microbiota can contribute to both good health and disease. A research team from Belgium’s University Hospitals Leuven has uncovered a link between high levels of a gut bacterial metabolite called PAG (phenylacetylglutamine) and poor health in patients with…

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Top News on Kidney Transplant Innovations

Our roundup of the latest kidney transplant news brings together exciting studies and innovations designed to increase successful transplants by improving the procurement system, introducing new procedures, and maximizing the use of donor organs. A recent article in the New York Times describes a promising new transplant procedure called desensitization, which…

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Do Female Hormones Protect the Kidney?

Two new studies point to interesting evidence that female hormones may protect women’s kidneys from damage, suggesting novel gender-based avenues to safeguard kidney health for women and men. Research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that female hormones may provide greater resistance to kidney damage following a kidney transplant.…

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Clues to Inflammation and Damage in Diabetic Kidney Disease

Researchers from UC San Diego have uncovered inflammatory players involved in Type 1 diabetes as well as kidney damage caused by obesity. They traced insulin resistance and deficiency to an increase in a fatty acid in the kidney called sphingomyelin. The increase in sphingomyelin, which was found in mice with Type…

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Medicare Spending Billions on Chronic Kidney Disease

The U.S. Renal Data System’s 2015 Annual Data Report shines a light on the huge economic toll of kidney disease, analyzing the prevalence, variety of treatments and burden of the illness. The researchers involved in this comprehensive study hope that it will help identify the best and most cost-effective ways to treat the disease. Here are…

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Reversing Diabetic Kidney Damage with IL-17A

Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University have found that cytokine IL-17A, which promotes inflammation and contributes to autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s, plays both a harmful and protective role in diabetic kidney disease. They began their studies intending to explore just the harmful effects of IL-17A, but…

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