Category Archives: Clinical Trials/Studies

I am 72 yr old African/native American female with hypertension and renal failure stage 3. Is stem cell therapy an option for me?

At the present time, there are no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved stem cell treatments for chronic kidney disease. You can go to a government web site and see if there are any stem cell research trials in your … Continue reading

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What is the latest information on Dr. William Fissell’s research on the artificial kidney? How soon will Dr. Fissel be ready to start human trials?

Dr. William Fissel is a biomedical engineer and physician at Vanderbilt University. He is working on developing an artificial kidney (as are several other researchers). I have not heard of any plans to start human trials. If a trial is … Continue reading

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Dr. Spry, which CKD trials do you offer CKD patients? And are they successful in slowing down CKD and preventing both Dialysis and Kidney transplant?

There are a number of trials available for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  We are investigating two drugs in our office: One for diabetes and CKD and the other for anemia and CKD.  We do not know the results … Continue reading

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What kidney research is going on for cures? and when can I start taking the treatments?

There is many research trials that are ongoing to evaluate the treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD).  If you know what is causing your kidney disease, you can go to the web site that lists all of the trials available … Continue reading

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I had a successful transplant 2 years ago and I’m doing well. I’m embarrassed to ask this, but is there anything we should not do sexually? We are not into anything weird, but just want to keep my kidney safe. There isn’t any website information that I can find. Thank you.

Sexual performance after a kidney transplant is not changed.  Many men have improved sexual desire and better stamina after a kidney transplant.  We have a blog on our web site that reviews sexuality after transplantation.  Please go to our web … Continue reading

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Hi Doctor, Good day. My mother is a CKD patient with eGFR of 13.7 and creatine level of 320. Recently, I came across of stem cell treatment for CKD patient provided by a health care called Global Stem Cells (found in their website). Is this stem cell treatment recommended and already in practice? What I can expect from the treatment? We are hoping to delay her from going dialysis. Your advise is much appreciated.

There are no treatments for chronic kidney disease (CKD) that include stem cells and are FDA approved.  I most cases of stem cell therapy that is offered on the Internet, these are money scams and will not offer any benefit … Continue reading

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I read about the University of California’s “Kidney project” recently. It appears that the human trials are expected to start in 2017. What are your views on the project and its potential? Are there any other break through research initiatives on the CKD currently on including using stem cells that may potentially be a game changer.

Research into kidney disease and treatment of kidney disease has many fronts and all seem to hold some promise.  The research must be done in order to determine if they are safe and effective treatments.  The most important feature is … Continue reading

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I have participated in medical research unrelated to kidneys for many years. In the last few years, this has involved functional PET scans. I am now 84 and based on GFR I have been placed in CKD. Is there any research or medical opinions about ability of radioactive tracers damaging the kidneys?

I am unaware of any information about the use of radioactive tracers and radioactivity causing chronic kidney disease (CKD).  I know of no literature on the subject.

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Are their any studies where acupuncture is used to help slow kidney disease and control blood pressure?

I am not aware of any scientific studies that have examined the use of acupuncture in the treatment of kidney disease or high blood pressure.  However, there may have been case studies conducted that I am not familiar with.

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What is the status of iRAD &/or similar implantable artificial kidney solutions? Best that I can find is clinical trials are set to start in 2017.

I will assume that you are talking about the Renal Tubule Assist Device being studied by Dr. David Humes.  As of the last publication that I am aware of, the device has only been used in animals and limited studies … Continue reading

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