Latest Studies Address New Causes of Kidney Disease

Latest Studies Address New Causes of Kidney Disease

Two newly-published scientific studies were presented last week at the annual American Society of Nephrology conference, known as Kidney Week, in New Orleans, Louisiana.


From an ASN press release, November 4, 2017:  Benjamin Bowe, MPH, and his colleagues at the Clinical Epidemiology Center of the VA Saint Louis Health Care System previously described an association between increased levels of fine particulate matter and risk of developing CKD. In their latest research, the investigators estimated the incidence of CKD worldwide that is attributable to air pollution.

“Air pollution might at least partially explain the rise in incidence of CKD of unknown origin in many geographies around the world,” said Bowe.

The estimated global burden of chronic kidney disease attributable to fine particulate matter, or air pollution, is more than 10.7 million cases per year.

Study: “The Global Burden of Kidney Disease Attributable to Air Pollution” (Abstract 2768453)


From Zee Media Bureau |Nov 04, 2017

A new autoimmune disease has been defined and could be a direct cause of kidney failure in those with the disease.  The discovery of anti-brush border antibody (ABBA) disease was made in the University of Louisville Core Proteomics Laboratory, led by Director Jon B. Klein.

In patients with ABBA, kidneys do not improve after acute failure.  The condition causes a build-up of waste products in the blood.  Then, kidneys have difficulty maintaining an adequate balance of fluid in the body.

Klein and co-investigators presented their findings at the American Society of Nephrology`s annual meeting in New Orleans.



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