Artificial kidney offers potential relief for millions

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"A new artificial kidney that could be used instead of patients receiving a kidney transplant has come closer to realisation after the team behind the invention were awarded $650,000 prize from KidneyX, a US Government-private partnership that seeks to eradicate and cure kidney disease.


The team, known as The Kidney Project, have created an artificial kidney that could be implanted into an individual, stopping the need for a kidney transplant. In many cases, individuals with kidney disease or kidney failure must be given continual dialysis sessions to clean their blood until they are given a new donor kidney. Waiting lists are often long and, unfortunately, many patients die before receiving a kidney. This new machine by the Kidney Project could solve all these issues.

The machine is made up of a hemofilter which removes waste toxins and toxins from the blood, just like a real kidney, and a bioreactor, which helps balance electrolytes and other kidney functions. The device is roughly the size of a cell phone and can easily be placed inside a human being.


A faculty member of the UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine told reporters:


"The vision for the artificial kidney is to provide patients with complete mobility and better physiological outcomes than dialysis. It promises a much higher quality of life for millions worldwide with kidney failure."
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Kidney failure being what one often dies of in extreme old age, if avoiding cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in the senior years beforehand. Maybe they'd still put one in a 95-year old codger or harridan. "By gosh, we'll see these croakers living to a 120 if we just get rid of that kidney barrier."
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(Oct 8, 2021 12:19 AM)C C Wrote: Kidney failure being what one often dies of in extreme old age, if avoiding cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in the senior years beforehand. Maybe they'd still put one in a 95-year old codger or harridan. "By gosh, we'll see these croakers living to a 120 if we just get rid of that kidney barrier."

My mother died of kidney failure back in 2013. The doc said of all the ways to go, this was one of the best because all you do is sleep. Sure enough my mom was snoring like a bear all the way up to her final moment. Even so, I still talked to her and played music for her like she could hear me. The hospice people swear she can.
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