What it is:
PKD stands for Polycystic Kidney Disease, it is a precondition which effects around 12.5 million people worldwide. PKD is among the most common life-threatening genetic disease in the world. Somebody that has PKD will spread kidney cysts little by little throughout their existence, affected organs can, after 40-50 years, reach the scale of footballs. It goes without saying that they can be a supply of acute pain and, sooner or later, affected kidneys will succumb to renal catastrophe, regardless of what. Eventually, a kidney transplant may be the only way to save the patient.
For many years, sufferers of PKD went undiagnosed and so the illness claimed a good the number of lives without ever being correctly recognized. Now, however, it’s an globally known ailment and sufferers are closely monitored from an early age.
In November of 2012, doctors in the KU kidney institute in Kansas, USA, developed a drug called tolvaptan. The medication was discovered to slow the growth of cysts and also lessening the loss of kidney use, this was a much-needed step in the right direction, however it is not a treatment.
This year, things have been looking up even further. Scientists functioning at Massachusetts For the General Hospital were in fact able to grow a viable rat kidney and transplant it into a living animal. Furthermore of this, Dr. Xiaogang Li of the KU Kidney institute recently revealed that vitamin B3 can slow the growth of cysts; in fact, his team was able to entirely restore kidney function in test mice with PKD. Now that’s progress.
Why we want it:
Because 12.5 million citizens around the planet are suffering with a inherited, life threatening illness, also, children with PKD are being born every single day. A cure is required and it is needed now.
When can we expect it?
A bona-fide cure may yet be decades away, but if standard vitamin shots can be utilized to control the condition itself, allowing patients to survive longer, healthier lives, then I would say that we were definitely on the right path.
Drugs that manage the illness might be obtainable soon, however. Large-scale Human being trials have hinted that vitamin B3 is trustworthy for widespread use. Which means it should be available to patients throughout the world moderately soon.
Doctors ultimately hope to be able to manage PKD in the womb, stopping the disease before it starts. That may, successfully, represent a cure. Such technology is likely 10 years (or more) away, but we’re getting there.
Cool Factor: 5/5
Do not forget that scene in ‘Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home’ where the crew of that Enterprise journey back in time to that mid 1980’s and Doc McCoy encounters an elderly Woman who needs kidney dialysis. Exploding in skepticism, the great doctor cries “what is this, the dark ages!?” before giving the Woman a tablet that rapidly grows her a brand new kidney, much to her delight. That is where we could be within a couple of decades – ‘Star Trek’ tech. What is cooler than that?
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