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Kidney Transplant: Life-Changing Care for Chronic Disease

Your kidneys are extraordinary organs. Each is no bigger than a clenched fist, but they purify your body’s entire 1.5-gallon blood supply multiple times a day, straining it through hundreds of thousands of tiny natural filters to extract waste via the urine they manufacture. Your kidneys also regulate your blood pressure, make hormones, and keep … Read More

Kidney Breakthroughs: A Visual History (Infographic)

Explore the breakthroughs that have shaped our knowledge of kidneys — including transplantation and the work of researchers to find effective ways to manage kidney donation. This timeline looks back on the last half century, as this year marks the 50th anniversary of Cleveland Clinic’s first kidney transplant.

Pancreas Transplants for Type 1 Diabetics

If you have type 1 diabetes, it might be hard to imagine life without insulin, but it’s possible for some patients with a novel treatment option: a pancreatic transplant. A successful pancreatic transplant gives patients freedom from insulin and intensive glucose monitoring. “It’s an excellent option for patients who have failed intensive medical therapy for type … Read More

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February 14 is National Donor Day, Too

Today across the U.S., more than 117,000 people are waiting for that gift of life from an organ donor. Trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss are all reasons why someone may need an organ, tissue or blood donation at some point in their lives. It could happen to any one … Read More