Break-throughs!

Steve Weed of The Transplant Community Outreach on Facebook brought this to my attention.  He’s one of the many people who popped up out of nowhere to offer help when he discovered I was writing a book on early stage Chronic Kidney Disease.  This is the second time I get to thank Steve publicly for all the information he’s shared with me.  Thanks, Steve!

“Medical Breakthrough With A Tiny Device

It could change the way doctors treat diabetes, kidney problems and more. Dr. McGeorge shows you why a tiny device is attracting worldwide attention!”

http://www.clickondetroit.

com/video/27437224/

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While I cannot reproduce the video in this blog – who knew that my year old laptop didn’t have the capacity to do this? – I urge you to watch it for yourself. It deals with a stem cell soaked device (if I understood correctly) which will be available in about ten years.  The beauty of it is that this device can provide your  body with some of the services your diseased kidneys would have.  Watch for yourself to gain a better understanding of just what exactly is being researched.

As soon as I finished viewing the video, I found the following info posted by TRexx Maus, the Director of Facebook’s The Transplant Community Outreach. By the way, I write “Kidney Matters,” a short update each Tuesday for them just in case you’d like to take a look.

Scottish scientists grow kidneys in lab

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Scottish scientists have made a breakthrough in organ transplantation by successfully growing kidneys in a laboratory.

The development could help tackle the tragic shortage of organs for transplant, reports the Scotsman.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh created the organs by manipulating stem cells – early cells that are the building blocks of the body – to form the structure of a kidney.

They then managed to create kidneys that measure just half a centimetre in length – the same size as a kidney in a foetus, which they hope will be able to grow to maturity after being transplanted into patients’ bodies.

The kidneys were grown in the laboratory using a combination of cells from amniotic fluid – the fluid that surrounds all babies in the womb – and animal foetal cells.

The technique holds out the prospect of scientists being able to collect amniotic fluid at birth to be stored until needed at a later date if a patient develops kidney disease.

The patient’s own amniotic fluid cells can then be used as the base for creating a new kidney.

Using the patient’s own cells will, in theory, also end the problem of rejection that arises when an organ from a deceased donor is used.

The Edinburgh researchers are at the forefront of a global attempt to use stem cells culled from amniotic fluid to create new human kidneys.

The study will be presented at the Edinburgh Science Festival later this month.

DisclaimerBioscholar is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The articles are based on peer reviewed research, and discoveries/products mentioned in the articles may not be approved by the regulatory bodies.
The link for this article and others of interest to people with Chonic Kidney Disease is:
I don’t know about you, but I’m seriously hopeful after reading about these breakthroughs!
Until Friday,
keep living your life.
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