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The Wearable Artificial Kidney - closer than you can ever imagine by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Fri 09 Nov 2012 9:18pm When I first heard about the Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) by Dr. Victor Gura of Cedars Sinai-UCLA, I was a little skeptical. I thought it was good but it would be out in the market long after I was gone! These kinds of revolutionary treatments or devices usually take decades, if not more, to reach the common man, especially in countries lik ... Read on »
With Heparin on Dialysis, you need to strike a balance by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Thu 26 Apr 2012 1:56pm First off, why do we use heparin during dialysis? During dialysis, as you might be aware, the blood goes out of the body to be filtered through the artificial kidney. Now let us move away from dialysis for a bit and think about what happens to your blood when you get cut and blood oozes out? It clots soon enough, right? This is an inheren ... Read on »
Pump up your dialysis speed! by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Sun 22 Apr 2012 7:36am One of the most important factors in the quality of your dialysis is the dialysis pump speed. This is the speed at which the dialysis machine draws blood from your arterial line, puts it through the dialyzer or the artificial kidney and then returns it to your body through the venous line. The higher the blood pump speed, the better your blo ... Read on »
Wearable Artificial Kidney by Matt S. Posted Sat 24 May 2008 12:00am The man on the left is Victor Gura, one of the authors on a 2007 Lancet paper demonstrating the efficacy of the wearable artificial kidney (WAK). The machine (which can perhaps be likened to deluxe version of Batman's tool belt) weighs about 10 pounds, and apparently another prototype weighing about half as much is currently in development. ... Read on »
Up next - the wearable artificial kidney by John Daley Posted Sat 20 Feb 2010 12:00am Recently I received an announcement concerning a wearable artificial kidney. The device, weighing about 5kg and worn like a belt, is intended to provide continuous portable artificial dialysis. Interesting! Picture credit: media release from Kidney Health Australia Media release from Kidney Health Australia ... Read on »
Up next - the wearable artificial kidney by John Daley Posted Fri 19 Feb 2010 9:42pm Recently I received an announcement concerning a wearable artificial kidney. The device, weighing about 5kg and worn like a belt, is intended to provide continuous portable artificial dialysis. Interesting! Picture credit: media release from Kidney Health Australia Media release from Kidney Health Australia ... Read on »
This looks like wonderful potent ... by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 10 Nov 2008 4:18pm This looks like wonderful potential here, to have a portable dialysis product to take along with you.  I’m sure there’s a bit more to go here on the research and development, but nice that it can/will exist soon as it states they are looking in to creating a commercial version…nice and great joint effort between the VA and UCLA.  BD   Not ... Read on »
Kidney Disease — A Quiet, Sneaky Epidemic. Are You At Risk? by Bob Aronson Patient Expert Posted Thu 08 May 2014 1:17pm By Bob Aronson As I did the research for this blog, I “Cherry Picked” information from a great many sources.  I am not a medical professional, but made every effort to ensure that the information I used came from experts.  I have identified sources where possible.  This is a blog, it is made up of a good many opinions.  You should no ... Read on »
Well, you can't give up dialysis just yet! by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Wed 11 May 2011 10:17am There's a lot of exciting stuff happening on human organs and newer, more compact dialysis delivery mechanisms. In the first issue of the HKF newsletter , we had given some details about the Wearable Artificial Kidney. We also mentioned that this was at least a few years away. However, the excitement of getting dialysis where you want and when ... Read on »
Know your dialysis: Blood flow rate and dialysate flow rate by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 23 Sep 2013 9:20pm As we saw in the last article of this series, the dialyzer has two compartments - the blood compartment and the dialyzer compartment. The blood flows through the blood compartment and a special fluid called the dialysate flows through the dialysate compartment. The dialysate is prepared by the dialysis machine by mixing three liquids - the acid ... Read on »