July 2016 archive

Kidney Toxins and Kidney Injury Biomarker Detected in Children

Water supply contamination has become a global issue, affecting communities in both the United States and around the world. Exposure to environmental toxins – such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead and other heavy metals – early in life via contaminated water or other sources can have long-term health consequences as children grow. Investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard Program in Therapeutic Sciences at Harvard Medical School have assessed environmental exposure to multiple toxins in children living in a region of Mexico with a high incidence of chronic kidney disease, especially among young adults. Not only did the team detect high levels of the arsenic and chromium in urine samples from the children, they also were able to detect elevated levels of KIM-1, a biomarker that is being studied as an early sign of kidney injury. The team’s findings are published this week in Environmental Research.

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Posted by Vishal Vaidya on Tue, 19 Jul 2016