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Lab-made rat kidneys raise hopes for dialysis patients

Lab-made rat kidneys raise hopes for dialysis patients | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Scientists have discovered yet another way to make a kidney - at least for a rat - that does everything a natural one does, researchers reported on Sunday, a step toward savings thousands of lives and making organ donations obsolete.

The latest lab-made kidney sets up a horse race in the booming field of regenerative medicine, which aims to produce replacement organs and other body parts.

 

 

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"Smart stethoscope" keeps an ear on kidney stones

"Smart stethoscope" keeps an ear on kidney stones | Longevity science | Scoop.it
When kidney stones can’t be dissolved using medication, the next step is usually a procedure known as shock wave lithotripsy. This involves focusing a series of high-intensity acoustic pulses onto the stones, until they break apart to the point that they can be passed in urine or dissolved by drugs. Using current monitoring techniques, however, it can be difficult to tell when and if that point has been reached. A new device known as the Smart stethoscope lets clinicians know, by listening.
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