Scientists Discover Role of PVT1 Gene in Diabetic Kidney Disease

Researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix, Arizona are shedding new light on the role of the PVT1 gene in reducing kidney filtration and causing diabetic kidney disease. They discovered that high blood sugar increases the rate of PVT1 gene expression, unleashing proteins associated with damage to…

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Diary of a Kidney Lover, August 10, 2010

DIARY OF A KIDNEY LOVER This is the diary entry I didn’t want to write because I have to tell you that my Uncle Bob passed away a few weeks ago.  I have been thinking about this a lot, trying to figure out how to start this blog, how to…

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Diary of a Kidney Lover, June 23, 2010

DIARY OF A KIDNEY LOVER At a party some Sundays ago, a man I’d just met said to me, “You must love kidneys.”  No, I wasn’t slurping them up with fava beans and a nice Chianti.  (I’m a vegetarian, for the record.)  He was referring to my work – the…

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99 Percent of Medicare for Chronic Disease

From UPI February 23, 2010 According to U.S. experts, effective measures to prevent chronic illness and obesity from skyrocketing are needed to control Medicare spending. Currently 99% of Medicare dollars are spent on patients with chronic diseases, like diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure and kidney disease. 99 Percent of Medicare…

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