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Parliament passes deemed consent bill

Kidney Research UK welcomes the news that the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill passed its final stage in Parliament yesterday (Feb 26). Once Royal Assent is given it will become an Act of Parliament. Chief executive for Kidney Research UK, Sandra Currie said: “We welcome this progress. “Currently there are 4,819 people on the list…

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Tina Turner’s transplant love story

Rock and roll legend and inspirational music icon, Tina Turner surprised many last year when she revealed she was in recovery from a kidney transplant. Her story demonstrates the indiscriminate nature of kidney disease. Details of her illness, dialysis treatment and eventual transplant, form the closing narrative to her autobiography, ‘My Love Story’. In the…

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Tackling the irritating problem of itchy skin

For some people with kidney disease, itchy skin can be much more than a minor irritant – it can cause significant discomfort and can prevent people having a good night’s sleep. This is a particular problem for young children who are having dialysis, as they may accidentally pull out catheters or fistulas when they scratch.…

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Kidney Research UK welcomes Andrew Cole as charity ambassador

  Description Kidney Research UK is proud to announce former Manchester United and England striker Andrew Cole, as ambassador for the charity. Andrew, who had a kidney transplant just two years ago, made an official visit to University of Bristol yesterday (February 12), where he was introduced to a few of of Kidney Research UK’s…

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Renal nurse donates her kidney to a stranger

  Description A Scottish renal nurse who donated her kidney to a stranger after years of working with patients in need of a transplant, will run this year’s London Marathon for charity. Rachel Cox (48) runs a hospital renal unit where, every day she witnesses the harsh realities of dialysis treatment on people whose kidneys…

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Tat’ll do nicely!

  Description Everybody loves beanie, the official mascot for Kidney Research UK. You’ll see him at events, on our web pages and even in the most unlikely places such as rafting down the Zambezi river – (a group of supporters took a Beanie soft toy on their epic fundraiser.) But you may be surprised to…

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Iron trial results pave the way for improved haemodialysis

Title Maria Thompson Description An update of the highly anticipated results of a Kidney Research UK facilitated clinical trial, designed to determine the optimum dose of IV iron for a kidney patient on haemodialysis, has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine (N Engl J Med 2019; 380:447-458). Key research findings The Proactive…

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Research findings shed light on harms of certain drugs

Title Description Scientists have identified an enzyme that is a “master regulator” of kidney function, which if excessively suppressed, can trigger renal failure. Their findings have implications for the use of existing drugs and the development of new pharmaceuticals. Funded by Kidney Research UK and the Medical Research Council, the research has recently been published…

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Empowering patients through shared haemodialysis care

  Description Key players involved in a project to improve the care of patients on haemodialysis (HD) met in Leeds yesterday (January 22), to celebrate and share the success of the project and discuss the next steps. Led by a team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with Kidney Research UK, the…

Desmond Jones and family

Kidney transplant unites two families in a unique friendship that lasts a lifetime

  Description Grief stricken by the loss of their eldest in a hit and run car crash, the victim’s parents found comfort in the fact their daughter’s organs saved the lives of six other people. Their decision not only gave life to six desperate patients, it resulted in Kathy and Ken Huggins building a lasting…

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