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Research in the news: Diabetes drug reduces risk of heart failure and may prevent it, study shows

By Ziba Kashef - For the first time, research shows that a type 2 diabetes drug significantly reduces hospitalizations and death from ...

New Online Tool Predicts Lifetime Risk of Kidney Failure

Instrument can help doctors identify best candidates for kidney donation ...

NEJM: Discovery predicts future kidney disease with simple blood test

Researchers have identified a common protein in the blood — measured by a simple test — that can reliably predict a person's risk of developing chronic kidney disease months and even years before the common ailment starts causing damage. The findings are published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). ... Full story

Artificial Kidney Research Advances Through UCSF Collaboration

Shuvo Roy, PhD, holds a prototype of a surgically implantable, artificial kidney, a promising alternative to kidney transplantation or dialysis for people with end-stage kidney disease. Photo by Susan Merrell ... Full story

Spotting the Earliest Signs of Type 1 Diabetic Kidney Disease

JDRF network grant to fund study to find new types of diagnostic markers ... Full story

Modeling genetic diseases in mini-kidney organoids

Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have combined cutting-edge, gene-editing techniques with stem cell science to for the first time successfully model genetic kidney disease in lab-grown, mini-kidneys. ... Full story

Allergy drug may be effective in kidney disease

A current treatment for asthma may benefit patients with kidney disease, according to latest research at Monash University. ... Full story

Investigators Create Complex Kidney Structures from Human Stem Cells Derived From Adults

Investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) have established a highly efficient method for making kidney structures from stem cells that are derived from skin taken from patients. The kidney structures formed could be used to study abnormalities of kidney development, chronic kidney disease, the effects of toxic drugs, and be incorporated into bioengineered devices to treat patients with acute and chronic kidney injury. In the longer term, these methods could hasten progress toward replacing a damaged or diseased kidney with tissue derived from a patient’s own cells. These results were published in Nature Biotechnology this week. ... Full story

Scientists grow mini-kidney in lab

Australian researchers have perfected a method of growing mini-kidneys from stem cells for use in drug screening, disease modelling and cell therapy. ... Full story

Study: Protecting Dialysis Patients from Sudden Cardiac Death

When people with end-stage kidney disease start dialysis, a treatment that filters the blood to rid the body of harmful waste, extra salt and water, they are at high risk of sudden cardiac death. ... Full story

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