Scientists have developed a new method to make an artificial kidney that functions in rats, intensifying a race among several laboratories to create a replacement organ that may someday be used for humans.
The stakes are high, according to a Fox News report.
About 100,000 people with end-stage renal disease in the Unites States are on waiting lists for a donor kidney. Of those, about 5,000 to 10,000 die each year before getting to the top of the transplant list. And about 40 percent of the 18,000 U.S. patients who get a kidney transplant each year suffer organ failure within 10 years.
And kidney dialysis may carry risks of its own.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating allegations that Fresenius, a German company that is the largest operator of dialysis centers in the United States, may have concealed links between its Granuflo product and cardiac arrest. (more…)