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We have reported on this several times in the past, and now some such devices have been validated by a contest award. But when will we see them in production and in regular use. The contest had 16 concepts submitted. The winners are invited to develop their ideas into prototypes and to compete in the second phase of the competition, in which up to three winners will be awarded $500,000 each next
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The population in the Scottish Highlands is spread over a large area of the country. Giving every local hospital a dialysis unit could be an expensive solution to treat a small number of people each week. So crisis-hit NHS Highland is planning to introduce a mobile kidney dialysis unit across the region to save patients from having to travel hundreds of miles a week to Inverness for treatment.
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Recent research reports that a drug normally used to control blood sugar levels in diabetics helps to prevent or slow down kidney disease. The new study tested Invokana, a daily pill sold now to help control blood sugar, to see if it also could help prevent kidney disease when added to standard treatments. For the study, about 13,000 people with Type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease from
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This UK news item is interesting. People being treated with dialysis after kidney failure are to be offered a choice over where and what type of treatment they have. New recommendations say patients, in discussion with their clinician, can choose which type of dialysis is right for them and where they can have their treatment. There are three types of dialysis which are offered on the NHS
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A grant of $1.75 million spread over four years has been made to study how to prevent kidney damage and, ultimately, failure, caused by type 2 diabetes. The chief researcher in this project is Dr Krisztian Stadler, who has published 56 research articles which are often quoted in other scientists' work. "Kidney disease is a major complication of obesity and type 2 diabetes," Dr. Krisztian
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The two main types of dialysis are Hemodialysis, the original version, where a patient visits a clinic regularly and spends a long time hooked up to a machine and Peritoneal Dialysis which occurs overnight in the patients home, via a catheter inserted into the patient's abdomen. Peritoneal Dialysis is much more convenient for the patient, as it happens while they are asleep and doesn't require 
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Infections are common and can be fatal in patients undergoing long-term dialysis. Recent studies have shown conflicting evidence associating infection with vitamin D status or use of vitamin D and have not been systematically reviewed in this population. So a group of medical scientists took a detailed look at existing studies and carefully analysed the results. If a patient has high or normal
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We all know that some people act as anonymous altruistic kidney donors, and how amazing they are. This news item refers to how one young lady found a donor. Louise Sach was told she was in kidney failure aged 8 and wouldn't make it through adulthood without a transplant. Louise Sach, 28, had reached a stalemate in her search for a donor after being told her kidney function was starting to
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Kidney disease doesn't just affect a patient's body, it's hard on their brain too—but no one really knows to what extent. Scientists at Queens University, Canada, are conducting studies into the kidney-brain connection. Patients on dialysis are being assessed by the KINARM, a state-of-the-art robotic system developed at Queen’s University, to measure the brain effects of kidney disease. The
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A research article, available at Dove Press, discusses whether vitamin K or oral anticoagulants is the best option for patients with only mildly reduced kidney function. Here we quote directly from the article. (Data was collected from 984 patients.) A post hoc analysis of a recent trial on direct oral anticoagulants versus vitamin K antagonists showed that amongst patients with mildly decreased
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