Genetics May Determine Who Benefits from Broccoli’s Effects on Kidney Health

• Deletion of the gene that codes for an enzyme called GSTM1 increased kidney injury in mice with hypertension and kidney disease, but supplementing the diet with broccoli powder lessened kidney injury in the genetically altered mice.
• In humans, high consumption of broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables was linked with a lower risk of kidney failure, primarily in individuals lacking GSTM1.

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Wearable and Implantable Devices May Transform Care for Patients with Kidney Failure

• Wearable and implantable devices may allow for intensive self-care for patients with kidney failure outside of the clinic.
• Additional research must focus on technological improvements to bring such ambulatory devices to patients as envisioned by the recent Executive Order on the “Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative”.

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