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Around three million people in the UK have kidney disease

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Scientists discover brain chemical neuropeptide Y plays crucial role in the kidney

Scientists discover brain chemical neuropeptide Y plays crucial role in the kidney 22 June 2020 Scientists at Bristol University have found a neurotransmitter, usually seen in the brain, could help control kidney function and ‘block’ the loss of protein that occurs in kidney disease.  What is albuminuria?  When kidneys are healthy, they are amazing filters that get rid of all the waste products in…

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Flexibility needed to reopen transplants amid shocking statistics 22 June 2020 There have been 555 fewer kidney transplants so far this year, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to estimates by NHS Blood and Transplant. The enormous slow down is largely due to many transplant centres closing to avoid exposing vulnerable patients to the risk of infection, as…

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Coming out the other side from COVID-19 02 June 2020 Farhan Narwaz had had less than a year to get used to relying on dialysis to survive when he contracted COVID-19. Despite his best preparations, the 34 year old pharmacist from Sutton Coldfield caught the virus from his wife and spent 23 days in hospital as a result.  Twelve…

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Speaking with a Nobel Prize winner 05 May 2020 Sir Peter Ratcliffe Oxford. Courtesy of Ludwig Cancer Research. There was a flurry of excitement in the kidney world when nephrologist Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe was announced as joint winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discovering how cells sense and adapt…

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From the red carpet to the renal ward 04 May 2020 ITV correspondent and celebrity interviewer Nina Nannar has just celebrated the first anniversary of her husband Steve’s kidney transplant – his kidneyversary. She tells us about their family’s journey. It was a year ago. I had just been on ITV News at Ten, talking…

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Scottish Project Peer Educator Coordinator named ‘Community Angel’ 27 March 2020 A woman who goes the extra mile to support others has been named a ‘Community Angel’. Bushra Riaz, the Scottish Project Peer Educator Coordinator for Kidney Research UK, was among a list of inspirational women honoured by Amina, a Scotland wide women’s support service.…

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Behind-the-scenes at the lab for transplant games’ dad 21 February 2020 A father of three, who had a kidney transplant a month after celebrating his 50th birthday, went behind-the-scenes at a research lab after winning a competition at the British Transplant Games. Ian Tennant, from Warrington, glimpsed first hand the work that happens in the…

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