Painful and uncomfortable dialysis could become a thing of the past thanks to an innovative artificial kidney whose prototype has already been successfully demonstrated in America.
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According to the available data, kidney diseases cause more deaths from breast or prostate cancer, and even if transplants are possible, the demand is still greater than the amount of organs available. In addition, there is a risk that the patient’s body may reject the organ, so dialysis is still the most sustainable option, even if the process is complicated and tedious for patients.
However, this could come to an end, as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Association of Nephrology (ASN) have formed a partnership with the intention of “accelerating innovation in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease ”and the result of their joint life is the first artificial kidney.
The invention was developed in the Kidney Project, and is an implantable kidney, which has already received a $ 650,000 award for the first demonstration of a functional prototype.
“The vision for an artificial kidney is to allow patients full mobility and better physiological outcomes from dialysis. This kidney promises a much better quality of life for millions of people around the world who have experienced kidney dysfunction,” he said. said the statement.
The advantage of the kidney is that it does not cause a reaction of the immune system, and also the fact that patients may be freed from often painful and unpleasant dialysis, as well as drugs that suppress immunity in cases of kidney transplantation.