Wellness Wednesdays: Wearable artificial kidney prototype successfully tested (via KurzweilAI.net)


Working prototype of wearable artificial kidney developed by Victor Gura, MD, and his team (credit: Stephen Brashear/University of Washington)

Working prototype of wearable artificial kidney developed by Victor Gura, MD, and his team (credit: Stephen Brashear/University of Washington)

(KurzweilAI.net) – The more than 2 million individuals who find themselves in ESRD or end-stage renal disease, may see a shining ray of hope in an FDA-approved exploratory clinical trial at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, for the wearable artificial kidney (WAK), a miniature hemodialysis machine!  The portability of the device is expected to bring about a higher quality of life and greater convenience as compared to inpatient treatments, which often require travel. The concept of the WAK credited to Victor Gura, M.D., of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and Blood Purification Technologies Inc. (read more)

 

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