The kidneys are perhaps the most complex and functionally important organs in the body. However, in chronic kidney disease, the kidneys begin to lose these functions, leading to devastating effects on the body. The kidneys are made up of units called nephrons. Each nephron has a complex architecture meant to help the kidneys achieve their main … Read More

The kidneys are bean-shaped organs located in the back of the abdominal cavity and are involved in numerous regulatory activities within the body, including the removal of waste products, regulating electrolyte levels, maintaining an acid-base balance, and managing a balance between water and salt to help regulate blood pressure. These organs filter blood and remove water-soluble waste products, … Read More

Your kidneys are important due to the many functions they serve, such as producing hormones and filtering blood. As a result, kidney diseases can cause serious problems if neglected. There are many types of kidney diseases, but a fairly common one that affects around half a million people in the United States is polycystic kidney disease. Polycystic kidney disease … Read More

When we think of gout, we often think of a disease associated with ruddy, rotund, and middle-aged men in the 18th century. In reality, gout is still a relevant disease that affects men and women around the world today. Chances are, you may even know someone who suffers from gout. Gout is actually a form of arthritis … Read More

Glomerulonephritis is a type of kidney disease that damages the kidneys’ ability to remove waste and excess fluids. Glomerulonephritis can be acute (sudden) or chronic (gradual). It can also be primary or secondary. Secondary glomerulonephritis means that it is caused by another disease, such as lupus or diabetes. There are several problems of the body’s immune system that … Read More

Addison’s disease is a disorder caused when your adrenal glands (located on your kidney) cannot make cortisol or aldosterone. To understand the disease, let’s take a look at some anatomy. The adrenal glands have two parts: the interior (medulla) which produces adrenaline-like hormones; and the outer layer (cortex) which produces a group of hormones known as corticosteroids as well as androgens (male sex hormones). … Read More

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