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No kidney left behind: reviving kidneys for transplant

No kidney left behind: reviving kidneys for transplant 15 July 2020 New research suggests it could now be possible to revive and recondition kidneys for transplant that might otherwise be discarded.  The UK kidney transplant waiting list is already around 5,000 people long yet only 3,200 transplants happen each year. People can wait years for…

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Kidney Beam – helping kidney patients feel good 08 July 2020 A new free, online service for the kidney community is launched today. By joining Kidney Beam and taking part in the sessions, you will be helping to provide further evidence that looking after physical and mental health is so important for kidney patients’ overall…

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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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Keeping research going 15 June 2020 The world is a very different place than it was a few months ago. Our lives are constantly changing, and this has naturally impacted those working in kidney research. Most labs in the UK are temporarily closed and many of our patient-led studies have paused in line with government…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for grant applicants and grant holders 05 June 2020 This page has information for anyone applying for, or who holds a Kidney Research UK grant.  The coronavirus pandemic has created significant challenges for the charity. We are doing everything we can to keep our research going by protecting research grant awards we…

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Have your say on the emotional impact of living with kidney disease 01 June 2020 Kidney patients and their families can share their experiences of living with a long-term health condition to help shape new research into emotional support needs. The charities National Voices and Centre for Mental Health have teamed up to investigate the…

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Kidney patients need better mental health support – we’re taking action 22 May 2020 People living with kidney disease are twice as likely to have a mental health problem – a stark statistic we are highlighting with the charity Centre for Mental Health today.   Our new joint statement ‘Kidney disease and mental health’ highlights how…

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New research gives clues to artery problems in high blood pressure 23 April 2020 A small piece of genetic material could hold the key to diagnosing and treating high blood pressure earlier Research led by University of Glasgow was part-funded by Kidney Research UK New research by scientists in Scotland has found that a small…

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Stiff vessels, kidneys, inflammation and a little bit of genetic material 09 April 2020 New research reveals how a small piece of genetic material called a micro-RNA might explain why high blood pressure develops and how we might treat it.  Over a billion people around the world have high blood pressure, or hypertension, and it…

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COVID-19 – how we are responding 25 March 2020 With the arrival of coronavirus (COVID-19), we are all facing challenging times – for many of us, the biggest challenge in our lifetime. People with and affected by kidney disease are particularly worried at this time, as they face additional struggles to those they already encounter…

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