A KidneyBuzz.com patient wrote: "It's almost been a year since KindyBuzz.com last published an article on Kidney Rejuvenation. Have not heard anything since. What's going on?"
Recommended Reading: Promising Update On Kidney Rejuvenation Offers CKD And Dialysis Patients Hope
With the Kidney Transplant Waiting List doubling in size in the past decade and still rapidly growing, the over 100,000 patients awaiting a Kidney Transplant are becoming increasingly anxious for breakthroughs to be available such as the Artificial Implantable Kidney (click here to learn more) and Kidney Rejuvenation stem cell therapies. Well, Harvard University's, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, is at the forefront of research for Kidney Rejuvenation and offered an important update for those searching for other developing safe, lifesaving therapies aside from Dialysis Treatments.
The Harvard Stem Cell Institute is developing new therapies to repair kidney damage, reducing the need for Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation. What is most important to Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients is that the Harvard Institute has a "Short Term Vision" of using stem cells found in the bone marrow to "protect the kidneys from injury and accelerate healing," according to the charter outlined on their website.
Harvard Kidney Program Leader, Dr. Benjamin Humphreys (Brigham and Women's Hospital) noted that there are currently no Kidney Regenerative stem cell procedures that he would recommend and in fact discourages patients from taking part in stem cell treatments for Kidney Rejuvenation at this time as they are not yet ready for "Primetime."
However, Dr. Humphreys did note that stem cell research for kidney healing is making "very substantial progress," and even gave a timeframe of ten years or more to when he anticipates that the therapy will be available for actual use. While this may seem like a long time away, patients may recall that when KidneyBuzz.com first started reporting about this breakthrough treatment in 2014, there was a 20-year estimated wait for the Kidney Rejuvenation therapy. Hence, research is progressing faster than previously anticipated.
Although the fact that a well-respected institution such as Harvard University is leading the research on Kidney Rejuvenation and the breakthrough treatment appears to be making great progress - Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients should not just wait. Be sure to continue to actively share your need for a donor and attempt to connect with selfless potential Living Kidney Donors since that is the best option patients have to help limit their time on the Kidney Transplant Waiting List. If you need assistance then click here.
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