A genomic incompatibility could explain why many kidney transplants fail, even when donors and recipients are thought to be well-matched, a new study from researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons suggests. The genomic collision is a genetic incompatibility between kidney donor and recipient, causing the recipient to mount an immune attack… Read more

Older kidney disease patients who are sick enough to require blood-filtering dialysis have a significantly higher risk for dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that doctors should be doing more to monitor cognitive decline among older dialysis patients, researchers say. “The dementia risk in this population seems to be much… Read more

Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia both are, respectively, the first and second most common neurodegenerative diseases. Although dementia is a massive global issue, the actual mechanisms causing these diseases are relatively unknown with multiple diseases increasing the risk of developing a dementia. A recent study has established a link between albuminuria and both Alzheimer’s disease… Read more

By 10am in the sugarcane fields outside the town of Tierra Blanca in El Salvador, the mercury is already pushing 31°C. The workers arrived at dawn: men and women, young and old, wearing thick jeans, long-sleeved shirts and face scarves to prevent being scorched by the sun’s rays. They are moving quickly between rows of… Read more

People taking heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors, including Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium, and Protonix, may not be aware of kidney damage linked to the medications, new research suggests. The study evaluated the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in 125,000 patients. Results show that over 50% of patients who develop chronic kidney damage while taking… Read more