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Potential drug therapy for kidney stones

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Photo: Kidney stones [18/08/2014] A new study suggests that a class of drugs approved to treat leukemia and epilepsy also may be effective against kidney stones, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report. The drugs are histone deacetylase inhibitors, or HDAC inhibitors for short. Potential drug therapy for kidney stones - Read more

Reducing kidney injury using a quality improvement method

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Graphic: Depiction of a kidney [01/08/2014] Using quality improvement measures in eight of the 10 hospitals in the Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group, researchers have found a way to reduce kidney injury in patients undergoing a procedure with contrast dye.Reducing kidney injury using a quality improvement method - Read more

Live kidney donors face 'pointless' insurance troubles

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Graphik: Sign advertizing organ donation [23/07/2014] Healthy living kidney donors often face pointless post-donation hurdles when seeking or changing health or life insurance, according to results of a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers.Live kidney donors face 'pointless' insurance troubles - Read more

Kidney transplant patients live longer than those in hemodialysis

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Photo: Patients' arm and dialysis tube [27/05/2014] A first-ever study from a large Canadian centre found that kidney transplant recipients lived longer and had better treatment success than patients on intensive home hemodialysis, but also had an increased risk of being hospitalized within the first year.Kidney transplant patients live longer than those in hemodialysis - Read more

Humor: Cartoons to Cope with Chronic Conditions

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Photo: Cartoon [31/03/2014] Researchers from the University of Southampton have shown that cartoons could be a beneficial way of educating patients and empowering them to cope better with their long term conditions.Humor: Cartoons to Cope with Chronic Conditions - Read more

World Kidney Day - 03/13/2014

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Photo: Official logo of World Kidney Day [12/03/2014] Up to 1 800 liters – this much blood flows through both human kidneys each day. As long as the organs are healthy, they filter metabolic end-products and toxic substances from the blood and control the body’s water balance. They also regulate the blood pressure this way.World Kidney Day - 03/13/2014 - Read more

Nutrition: High-protein Diets Increase Risk of Kidney Disease

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Photo: Soy products [22/01/2014] An experiment by scientists at the University of Granada, Spain, shows a high-protein diet increases the chance of developing kidney stones and other renal diseases in rats.Nutrition: High-protein Diets Increase Risk of Kidney Disease - Read more

Early Data: Potential of Investigational Bioengineered Vessel as Dialysis Graft

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Photo: Vessel [22/11/2013] An investigational, man-made blood vessel used in vascular grafts for kidney dialysis patients may potentially show encouraging early results among study patients in Poland, according to preliminary data reported Wednesday by a researcher at Duke Medicine.Early Data: Potential of Investigational Bioengineered Vessel as Dialysis Graft - Read more

Kidney Transplant: Protein-based Urine Test Predicts Outcome

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Photo: Analysis [26/08/2013] Levels of a protein in the urine of kidney transplant recipients can distinguish those at low risk of developing kidney injury from those at high risk, a study suggests. Low levels of the protein called CXCL9 can also rule out rejection as a cause of kidney injury.Kidney Transplant: Protein-based Urine Test Predicts Outcome - Read more

Transplants: Unemployment Restricts Access to Kidneys

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Photo: Waiting [21/08/2013] People in end-stage kidney failure in need of a new kidney are much less likely to be placed on a waiting list or to actually receive a new kidney once on the list if they are unemployed or work part time.Transplants: Unemployment Restricts Access to Kidneys - Read more

Surgery: Robotic Kidney Transplant Safer for Obese

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Photo: Renal transplantation [17/05/2013] Obese patients who received robotic kidney transplants had fewer wound complications than patients who received traditional “open” transplant surgery, according to surgeons at the University of Illinois (UI) Hospital & Health Sciences System.Surgery: Robotic Kidney Transplant Safer for Obese - Read more

Electric Stimulation: “Blood pressure adjustment takes time”

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[22/03/2013] Electric stimulation is the artificial activation of nerves through electric current. The most widely known example from medicine may be the cardiac pacemaker. But chronic high blood pressure can also be treated with an active implant: the baroreceptor stimulator triggers a stimulus in the nervous system that causes a drop of blood pressure.Electric Stimulation: “Blood pressure adjustment takes time” - Read more

Kidney Injury: Potential Early Indicator Identified

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Photo: Researcher [15/03/2013] A guidance cue that helps kidneys form may also be a red flag that they are in danger, researchers of Georgia Regents University report.Kidney Injury: Potential Early Indicator Identified - Read more

World Kidney Day - 03/14/2013

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Photo: Kidneys [14/03/2013] World Kidney Day is celebrated the second thursday in march since 2006. It is intended to raise awareness for the importance of our kidneys to overall health. “Kidneys for Life – Stop Kidney Attack!” – this is the slogan 2013.World Kidney Day - 03/14/2013 - Read more

Diabetes: Islet Transplant May Slow Atherosclerosis

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Photo: Pancreas [30/01/2013] Minimally invasive islet transplantation for patients with type 1 diabetes achieves insulin independence and reverses the progression of atherosclerosis in the first few years after transplant, according to a current study.Diabetes: Islet Transplant May Slow Atherosclerosis - Read more

Kidney Failure: Irregular Heart Beat Elevates Risk

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Photo: Kidney [21/01/2013] Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research have found that the risk of kidney failure is greater for people with chronic kidney disease who also have atrial fibrillation, one of the most common forms of irregular heart rhythm in adults.Kidney Failure: Irregular Heart Beat Elevates Risk - Read more

Kidney Transplant Patients: Readmitted to Hospital Within 30 Days

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[17/10/2012] Three in 10 patients receiving a kidney transplant require readmission to the hospital within 30 days of discharge following surgery, according to a Johns Hopkins analysis of six years of national data.Kidney Transplant Patients: Readmitted to Hospital Within 30 Days - Read more

Dialysis: Quiz Could Determine Patients' Death Risk

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[15/10/2012] A simple six-question quiz, typically used to assess disabilities in the elderly, could help doctors determine which kidney dialysis patients of any age are at the greatest risk of death, new Johns Hopkins research suggests.Dialysis: Quiz Could Determine Patients' Death Risk - Read more

Transplantation: Half of Kidney Recipients Are Minorities

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[20/09/2012] The largest United States multicenter study of living kidney transplant donor chains showed that 46 percent of recipients are minorities, a finding that allays previous fears that these groups would be disadvantaged by expansion of the donor pool through this type of exchange process.Transplantation: Half of Kidney Recipients Are Minorities - Read more

Surgery: Kidney Removal and Erectile Dysfunction

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[31/07/2012] Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a link between patients who undergo total nephrectomy - complete kidney removal - and erectile dysfunction.Surgery: Kidney Removal and Erectile Dysfunction - Read more

Kidney Cancer: Immune Therapy Shows Promise

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[06/06/2012] An antibody that helps a person's own immune system battle cancer cells shows increasing promise in reducing tumours in patients with advanced kidney cancer, according to researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre.Kidney Cancer: Immune Therapy Shows Promise - Read more

Kidney Cancer: Biomarkers and New Therapeutic Targets

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[04/06/2012] Using blood, urine and tissue analysis of a unique mouse model, a team led by University of California Davis researchers has identified several proteins as diagnostic biomarkers and potential therapeutic targets for kidney cancer.Kidney Cancer: Biomarkers and New Therapeutic Targets - Read more

Fibrosis: Scarring Cells Revert to Inactive State as Liver Heals

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[09/05/2012] An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, show that significant numbers of myofibroblasts – cells that produce the fibrous scarring in chronic liver injury – revert to an inactive phenotype as the liver heals.Fibrosis: Scarring Cells Revert to Inactive State as Liver Heals - Read more

Haemodialysis: Fish Oil Capsule May Provide Kidney-related Benefits

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[03/05/2012] Over the past decade, there has been a steady stream of information promoting the health benefits of fish oil capsules. According to Doctor Louise Moist, a Scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute, fish oil may also improve outcomes for kidney patients undergoing haemodialysis.Haemodialysis: Fish Oil Capsule May Provide Kidney-related Benefits - Read more

Effective Drug Treatments: Kidney Stone Mystery Solved

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[20/04/2012] New research by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis provides evidence to explain why some people are more prone to develop the condition than others. Their discovery opens the door to finding effective drug treatments and a test that could assess a person's risk of kidney stones.Effective Drug Treatments: Kidney Stone Mystery Solved - Read more

Genetic Analysis: Rare Disease and Mechanism of Hypertension

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[24/01/2012] Analysing all the genes of dozens of people suffering from a rare form of hypertension, Yale University researchers have discovered a new mechanism that regulates the blood pressure of all humans.Genetic Analysis: Rare Disease and Mechanism of Hypertension - Read more

Diabetes: Controlling Blood Pressure is Crucial, but Not Urgent

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[09/01/2012] A new study of University of Chicago suggests that middle-aged adults recently diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension have time to try to learn how to control their high blood pressure without medications, but not too much time.Diabetes: Controlling Blood Pressure is Crucial, but Not Urgent - Read more

Kidney Patients: Survival Rates in Germany are Better than in the U.S.

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[05/12/2011] In complex cases of kidney failure, medical care in Germany evidently operates better than in the United States. Scientists at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin were able to show that German patients who have an increased risk of rejection reactions due to prior immunisation have better survival rates than people with diseases of similar severity in the US.Kidney Patients: Survival Rates in Germany are Better than in the U.S. - Read more

Inherited Kidney Disease: Strides Toward Drug Therapy

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[31/10/2011] Scientists at University of California, Santa Barbara have discovered that patients with an inherited kidney disease may be helped by a drug that is currently available for other uses.Inherited Kidney Disease: Strides Toward Drug Therapy - Read more

Kidney Patients: Hormone That Predicts Premature Death

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[12/09/2011] Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have found that high levels of a specific hormone can predict which kidney patients will develop heart problems, require dialysis or die prematurely.Kidney Patients: Hormone That Predicts Premature Death - Read more

Acne-treating: Antibiotic Cuts Catheter Infections in Dialysis Patients

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[22/08/2011] Antibiotics can help ward off serious bacterial infections in kidney disease patients who use tubes called catheters for their dialysis treatments. But if antibiotics are used too often, "super bugs" may crop up that are resistant to the drugs.Acne-treating: Antibiotic Cuts Catheter Infections in Dialysis Patients - Read more

Warning Signs: Predict Kidney Injury After Surgery

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[15/08/2011] Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common – but preventable complication after surgery that can lead to other complications or even death. The use and development of biomarkers will help physicians diagnose and treat acute kidney injury. Three protein measurements indicate who has a high risk of developing kidney injury after heart surgery, according to two studies.Warning Signs: Predict Kidney Injury After Surgery - Read more

Renal Nerve Ablation: “We hope it will soon be included in the list of covered services by health insurance companies“

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[08/08/2011] Patients, who suffer from hypertension despite undergoing drug therapy, according to a study that was conducted with the participation of the Department of Nephrology and the Institute for Radiology at the University Hospital Düsseldorf, Germany, may benefit from renal nerve ablation, a catheter-based denervation of renal nerves. Renal Nerve Ablation: “We hope it will soon be included in the list of covered services by health insurance companies“ - Read more

Dialysis: Low Blood Pressure Increases Risk of Clots

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[01/08/2011] A sudden drop in blood pressure while undergoing dialysis has long vexed many kidney patients. Side effects associated with this situation over the long term range from stroke to seizure to heart damage to death. Patients also suffer in the short term with gastrointestinal, muscular and neurologic symptoms.Dialysis: Low Blood Pressure Increases Risk of Clots - Read more

Hope: Reprogrammed Kidney Cells Could Cure Kidney Disease

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[28/07/2011] Approximately 60 million people across the globe have chronic kidney disease, and many will need dialysis or a transplant. A new research indicates that patients' own kidney cells can be gathered and reprogrammed. Reprogramming patients' kidney cells could mean that in the future, fewer patients with kidney disease would require complicated, expensive procedures that affect their quality of life.Hope: Reprogrammed Kidney Cells Could Cure Kidney Disease - Read more

Robot-assistance: “The procedure is minimally traumatic“

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[22/07/2011] The da Vinci Surgical System revolutionizes the job in the operating room. For several months, surgeons at the RWTH Aachen University have worked with the da Vinci Surgical System. Here, the surgeon no longer stands alongside the patient, but instead works at a console from which he operates the surgical instruments inside the patient. Robot-assistance: “The procedure is minimally traumatic“ - Read more

New Strategies: Helping Preterm Babies Get the Best Start

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[28/06/2011] Babies born prematurely could be at greater risk of developing kidney diseases later in life according to a landmark study investigating the impacts of preterm birth on kidney development.New Strategies: Helping Preterm Babies Get the Best Start - Read more

New Evidence: Benefits of Home Dialysis for Kidney Patients

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[22/06/2011] Cells that help protect blood vessels work better in patients who undergo dialysis at home during the night than those who undergo standard daytime dialysis in a hospital, according to Doctor Darren Yuen, a nephrologist.New Evidence: Benefits of Home Dialysis for Kidney Patients - Read more

Research: Kidney Gene Implicated in Increased Heart Failure Risk

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[18/01/2011] Scientists have identified the first DNA sequence variant common in the population that is not only associated with an increased risk of heart failure, but appears to play a role in causing it.Research: Kidney Gene Implicated in Increased Heart Failure Risk - Read more

Kidney Disease: Protein Offers New Clue to Cause and Treatment

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[14/12/2010] University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have pinpointed a protein that compromises the kidney's filtering ability, causing nephrotic syndrome, and demonstrated that a naturally occurring precursor of an acid in the body offers potential for treating some forms of the condition.Kidney Disease: Protein Offers New Clue to Cause and Treatment - Read more

Protein: New Clue to Cause and Treatment for Kidney Disease

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[13/12/2010] Researchers have pinpointed a protein that compromises the kidney's filtering ability, causing nephrotic syndrome, and demonstrated that a naturally occurring precursor of an acid in the body offers potential for treating some forms of the condition.Protein: New Clue to Cause and Treatment for Kidney Disease - Read more

Cardiovascular Diseases: Lower Blood Lipid Levels Beneficial for Kidney Patients

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[30/11/2010] Good news for kidney patients: Blood lipid lowering drug treatment reduces the risk of life threatening in these patients as well. This is the result of a clinical trial, involving almost 10,000 patients.Cardiovascular Diseases: Lower Blood Lipid Levels Beneficial for Kidney Patients - Read more

Kids: Mom's Health May Increase Risk of Kidney Disease

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[23/11/2010] Children with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) are more likely to have mothers who were obese or had diabetes during pregnancy, according to a study. Kids: Mom's Health May Increase Risk of Kidney Disease - Read more

Dialysis: Heightened Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

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[15/11/2010] Approximately 500,000 Americans require dialysis to treat kidney disease; of that population, nearly half of the deaths that occur are caused by cardiovascular disease. Dialysis patients are at elevated risk for sudden cardiac death, but physicians are unclear why these deaths occur. Dialysis: Heightened Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death - Read more

Kidney Disease: Flexing Muscles Helps Patients Live Longer

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[14/10/2010] Kidney disease patients are healthier and live longer if they’ve beefed up their muscles.Kidney Disease: Flexing Muscles Helps Patients Live Longer - Read more

Transplantation: Kidney Weight Matters

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[28/05/2010] Receiving an organ low in weight in relation to the recipient's body weight increases kidney transplant recipients risk of complications and transplant failure, according to a new study.Transplantation: Kidney Weight Matters - Read more

Diagnose: Kidney Disease Hides in Diabetes Patients

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[26/03/2010] Millions of Americans may have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and not know it, according to a new study.Diagnose: Kidney Disease Hides in Diabetes Patients - Read more

Transplantation: Donating Kidney No Long-Term Health Risk

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[15/03/2010] An analysis of outcomes for live kidney donors in the U.S. over a 15 year period finds they have similar long-term survival rates compared to healthy individuals who were not kidney donors.Transplantation: Donating Kidney No Long-Term Health Risk - Read more

Organs: Formerly Cancerous Kidneys Transplanted

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[10/12/2009] Surgeons, who performed kidney transplants after removing small cancerous and benign masses from the donated organs, have published their results.Organs: Formerly Cancerous Kidneys Transplanted - Read more

Kidney Disease: High Blood Pressure Often Undetected

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[19/11/2009] Many children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who show normal blood pressure readings at the doctor’s office have high blood pressure when tested at home, according to a study. Kidney Disease: High Blood Pressure Often Undetected - Read more

Special Organ Donation Tasks: „They Are not less Important for Saving Human Lives“

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[08/10/2009] 80 per cent of all Germans would donate organs after their death, but only 17 per cent possess an organ donation pass with the consequence that kidney, heart and liver for transplants are scarce goods. Special Organ Donation Tasks: „They Are not less Important for Saving Human Lives“ - Read more

Organ Care System: „A Cost-Benefit Analysis Has Not Been Prepared Yet”

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[22/09/2009] If one needs a goldfish for its aquarium, one needs a plastic bag full of water for transport. This is similar to the medical procedure involved when heart, kidney or liver from organ donors need to get to the intensive care patient. However, there is one serious problem limiting transport: the time. Organ Care System: „A Cost-Benefit Analysis Has Not Been Prepared Yet” - Read more

Black Patients: New Medicare Policy May Pose Risk

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[24/04/2009] A change in Medicare reimbursement policy could make it more difficult for African Americans with kidney disease to access dialysis services, suggests a new study.Black Patients: New Medicare Policy May Pose Risk - Read more

Kidney: Combination Test Often Predicts ESRD

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[15/04/2009] Measuring kidney function by assessing two different factors helps determine which patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) will develop end-stage renal disease (ESRD), according to a new study.Kidney: Combination Test Often Predicts ESRD - Read more

Transplant Tourism: Getting Kidney Abroad Seems Risky

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[16/10/2008] People travelling to other countries to receive kidney transplants experience more severe post-transplant complications with a higher incidence of acute rejection and severe infections, according to a new study. Transplant Tourism: Getting Kidney Abroad Seems Risky - Read more

Report: Chronic Kidney Disease in the US

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[09/10/2008] A 30 percent increase in chronic kidney disease over the past decade has prompted a report documenting the disease. It affects an estimated 27 million Americans and accounts for more than 24 percent of Medicare costs. Report: Chronic Kidney Disease in the US - Read more

Dialysis: Artificial Kidney Designed

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[17/07/2008] Two researchers have developed a design for an automated, wearable artificial kidney that avoids the complications patients often suffer with traditional dialysis.Dialysis: Artificial Kidney Designed - Read more

CT: Drug Can Prevent Kidney Damage

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[20/02/2008] As more and more Americans undergo CT scans and other medical imaging scans involving intense X-rays, a new study suggests that many of them should take a pre-scan drug that could protect their kidneys from damage. CT: Drug Can Prevent Kidney Damage - Read more

Cryoablation: Good Results for Kidney Cancer Patients

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[26/11/2007] A review of 62 Mayo Clinic patients who underwent cryoablation to treat cancerous kidney tumors shows that the patients are cancer free for up to two and a half years after having had the procedure.Cryoablation: Good Results for Kidney Cancer Patients - Read more

Transplant Patients: Kidney Donors May Fear Economic Problems

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[21/07/2006] People who donate a kidney to help someone else often suffer financially to do so, according to a study done in part by the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.Transplant Patients: Kidney Donors May Fear Economic Problems - Read more

 
 

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