kidney transplant

Singer Selena Gomez just published to her Instagram account that she was the recipient of a kidney transplant. The 25 year-old previously revealed her Lupus diagnosis and attributed this latest development to complications of that condition. Last year, she told People other side effects she struggled with included depression, anxiety and panic attacks.

Her story must resonate to many as these facts alone provide some insight into the chronic and complex nature of this disease. I will shortly address the complicated clinical course of patients with more severe disease along with the wide spectrum of severity individuals experience.

But, first, in Selena Gomez’s own...

arteriography-1562063-1280x1200The white whale of organ transplantation has always been to give patients an organ made from their own stem cells. In theory, it eliminates two major problems in one fell swoop: tissue shortages (i.e. insufficient organ donors) and immunocompatibility (eliminating the need for dangerous immunosupressive drugs). There have been many roadblocks to achieving this goal, including ethical and biological ones. However, a new study claims to have cleared some of the biological obstacles.

Researchers working together at several labs across Japan say they have created a lab-grown kidney that works ...