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Slightly elevated blood sugar tied to heart and kidney problems

WASHINGTON: People who have slightly elevated blood sugar that’s not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis may still have a higher risk of heart and kidney disease than individuals with normal blood sugar, a U.S. study suggests. Diabetes has long been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Plenty of previous research also ties diabetes to an increased risk of kidney disease. Research has been mixed, however, on whether slightly elevated blood sugar that is sometimes called “pre-diabetes” might also increase the…

Women more likely to donate kidney to partner than men: study

PARIS: Women are statistically far more likely to donate a kidney to a partner than receive one, according to a study released Thursday to coincide with World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day. Based on European data assessed, 36 percent of women donate a kidney to their husband in clinically suitable cases. That compares with just seven percent of clinically suitable men donating a kidney to their spouse, said the study by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney…

Indian woman’s kidney stolen after failure to pay dowry

KOLTKATA: Police in the Indian state of West Bengal police have arrested a woman's husband and brother-in-law after she complained that they tricked her to sell her kidney after her family failed to pay dowry. The woman, Rita Sarkar, aged 28, complained that her husband of twelve years and her in-laws tortured her often for dowry and took advantage of her appendicitis to steal a kidney from her. "Around two years ago, I began suffering from acute stomach ache. My husband took me to a private nursing home in Kolkata,…

Air pollution linked to kidney disease risk: study

WASHINGTON: Breathing dirty air may increase the risk for kidney problems, a study in U.S. veterans suggests. “Air pollution is a risk factor for kidney disease development,” Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly of the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System in St. Louis, Missouri, who helped conduct the research, told Reuters Health by phone. “You can argue that it’s even more of a problem in countries like China or India, where pollution is much, much, much worse.” Dr. Al-Aly and his team studied particulate matter (PM), tiny…

Anti-diabetes drug also ‘lessens kidney, heart disease’ risk

WASHINGTON: An anti-diabetic drug that lowers blood sugar levels for type 2 diabetes sufferers also significantly cuts the risk of cardiovascular and kidney disease, according to a study published Monday. The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, came in a clinical trial of more than 10,000 patients in 30 countries, using canagliflozin. It found the drug reduced the overall risk of cardiovascular disease by 14 percent and reduced the risk of heart failure hospitalization by 33 percent. It was also…

Egypt says international organs trade network arrested

CAIRO:Egyptian authorities announced on Tuesday the arrest of 25 members of an international network allegedly trafficking in human organs, including university professors and doctors. "Today at dawn, the largest international network for trading human organs has been captured," the country's Administrative Control Authority said in a statement on its website. The network "is made up of Egyptians and Arabs taking advantage of some of the citizens' difficult economic conditions so that they buy their human organs and…

India’s foreign minister Swaraj suffers kidney failure

NEW DELHI: India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Wednesday that she is being treated for kidney failure and undergoing tests for a possible transplant. Swaraj, one of India's best-known female politicians and a veteran leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), tweeted that she was undergoing dialysis at a private hospital in New Delhi. "I am in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) because of kidney failure. Presently, I am on dialysis," the 64-year-old tweeted from her verified account, which…

‘Organ trading racket’ busted ‘red-handed’ in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI: Police on Wednesday raided a private clinic and busted an suspected illegal organ trading racket and recovered the kidney of a woman who was operated at the facility, ARY News reported. The clinic located on Saidpur Road belonged to Dr. Fazal Elahi who is a retired doctor from the District Headquarter Hospital. It was established while he was still serving at the hospital, and patients who could not afford treatment at the hospital were referred to the clinic. The clinic was registered and had an operation…