Innovative and sustainable procedures for the treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD) are coming to life, promising to complement the existing traditional options such as dialysis and transplantation.
Few breakthroughs have been achieved in the field of kidney disease treatment since the mass diffusion of dialysis units in the 1970s.
However, a new range of innovative options is emerging, from the portable artificial kidney for home dialysis to the use of artificial intelligence and tissue engineering.
In this special report, EURACTIV explores the ‘green’ and cutting-edge options for the nephrology of the future.
Although not included in the EU’s list of major non-communicable diseases, chronic kidney disease (CKD) will benefit from an ‘indirect’ impact of the work on other conditions that share common risk factors, according to the European Commission.
Several labs in Europe are growing mini-kidneys to be used for disease modelling, in the hope that in the future, they can be used as transplants for those in need.
Invented more than 50 years ago, dialysis is a key part of treatment for kidney disease and continues to demand a large amount of resources. Now the conversation is turning to ways to make kidney treatment greener.
Kidney disease is soon to become a leading cause of death, while at the same time carrying one of the highest financial burdens for society. Researchers are working on improving disease management in a way which simultaneously reduces costs.