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Kidney News Weekly #3: A Round Up of the Top 8 Kidney News Stories

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Welcome to my third edition of News Weekly! The place where I do a round-up of all the top stories related to kidneys, kidney health and kidney disease for the week.

This edition covers many interesting stories where you will discover how low levels of vitamin D is linked to kidney disease complications, new insights into the cause of chronic inflammatioin in kidney disease sufferers, how gene mutations may hold the key for a certain kidney disease, a mystery kidney disease epidemic in Central America, among many others.

…There are plently of interesting and eyeopening news stories below that will both help and inform you.

Here are the top 8 news stories for the week:

News Story #1

Gene mutation play a major role in 1 cause of kidney disease …
Mutations in a gene called INF2 are by far the most common cause of a dominantly inherited condition that leads to kidney failure, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American …

News Story #2

Low Vitamin D Linked to Kidney Disease Complications in Children
CINCINNATI—Vitamin D deficiency is more common in children who suffer from kidney disease and contributes to thryroid problems and inflammation. These findings were published online ahead of print in the journal Kidney International. …

News Story #3

Scientists discover new susceptibility genes for kidney disease
Singapore and Chinese scientists have identified new susceptibility genes for a specific kidney disease and found risk variants that could influence the clinical symptoms of patients. Their discovery is related to the disease immunoglobulin A …

News Story #4

Mystery Kidney Disease in Central America
Kidney disease has killed so many men here that locals now call their community not simply La Isla – which means “The Island” – but La Isla de las Viudas – “The Island of the Widows.” The epidemic extends far beyond Nicaragua. It’s prevalent along the …

Kidney News Weekly #2: A Round Up of the Top 6 Kidney News Stories

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Welcome to my second edition of News Weekly! The place where I do a round up of all the top stories related to kidneys, kidney health and kidney failure for the week.

The featured news stories for this week cover everything from a potential new treatment that may halt the progression of kidney failure; feel-good stories where family members give their loved ones a new lease of life; clinical studies on how diet impacts the progression of kidney failure, and many more. But rather than me tell you about them…

Here are the top 6 news stories for the week:

News Story #1

Research aims to prevent diabetic kidney failure
The enzyme arginase-2 plays a major role in kidney failure, and blocking the action of this enzyme might lead to protection against renal disease in diabetes, according to researchers. “We believe these arginase inhibitors may be one of the new targets …

News Story #2

Comment: Here are two articles on the same story. The first is for the more technically minded, the second is in plain english. The articles are a another great example of the power that diet has on the human body in preventing and treating kidney disease.

Intensive treatment preserves kidney function in patients with type 1 diabetes

“Our primary outcome was an estimated GFR less than 60 milliliters per minute, which represents a substantial loss of kidney function and is known to confer an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death; essentially, it’s stage-III chronic …

Intense Kidney Protection
People can develop end-stage renal disease (the complete or almost complete failure of the kidneys) when they have an impaired glomerular filtration rate (GFR) – the volume of fluid filtered from the kidney. Dr. de Boer and colleagues wanted find out …

News Story #3

Comment: Here is a feel good story where a 14 y.o. daughter was able to save her mother’s life.

Kidney News Weekly #1: A Round Up of the Top Kidney News Stories

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I thought I would do something a little different today. I thought I would do a weekly round-up of the all the top news related to the kidneys and kidney health. But further to that, I plan to do this as a regular featured post each and every week to keep you up to date with all the latest (and best) information on the web. The web is a big place, and so by doing this I would like to make it a little smaller by “distilling” all the information for you, making this the place to go to when you want the facts. Any news related to community events, scientific breakthroughs, diet, medicines, treatments, etc. related to kidney health, I will report it here!

But I won’t just leave it there, my goal will also to report on other stories that I feel that you might find interesting, inspiring, funny, and/or enlightening. In fact it is my hope that it gives you and me the opportunity to get off the beaten path and explore the many facets of life, health, and kidneys.

So here is how it will generally work:

1. I will post the links to the main news stories of the past week with a small description, and if needed, a few comments by myself to give you further insight.

2. You click on the link, and it will take you to the website that is reporting the news. Done!

OK, so let’s get on with it shall we? Excellent.

News Story #1

New Study in NEJM Offers Hope to Lupus Patients with Kidney Disease
Nephrologists at the Miller School of Medicine have played a key role in an international study that has uncovered an effective therapy for treating patients with lupus nephritis, a debilitating kidney disease linked to lupus. …

News Story #2

Vitamin B derivative helps diabetics with mild kidney disease
A vitamin B6 derivative may help slow or prevent the progression of mild kidney disease in patients with diabetes, according to a study appearing in an issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN). The drug may benefit increasing …