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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Protein Could Prevent Kidney Failure in Alport Syndrome

Scientists from Japan’s Kumamoto University have discovered a protein that puts the brakes on the progression of Alport syndrome, a rare genetic kidney disease that can affect children and young people and often leads to kidney failure. The protein, known as p53, is a tumor suppressor, already targeted by experimental cancer…

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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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