Plant Extract as Treatment to Stop Lupus and Block Kidney Damage

University of Houston researchers have found that the experimental compound CDDO (also known as bardoxolone methyl) suppresses the progression of lupus in mice, including the immune system’s attack on the kidneys. Though CDDO is synthetic, it’s derived from oleanolic acid, a natural product found in many plants and foods including…

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Researchers Find Gene Variants Linked to Kidney Problems in Lupus Patients

There are many unknowns in lupus, an autoimmune disease characterized by chronic inflammation, which can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs. There is no cure for lupus. Symptoms are controlled with a variety of drugs that don’t work for everyone and have harmful side effects.…

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Top Kidney Research Breakthroughs of the Week 12/17/10

This was an exciting week for kidney research and therapy breakthroughs! Here are the top 4. Novel Virus-Based Gene Therapy for Metastatic Kidney Cancer Developed at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center Blood Test for Cystatin C Can Predict Complications of Kidney Disease National Kidney Foundation Study Reveals that Lupus…

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