McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Kidney Disease and Kidney Development

Chronic kidney disease, also called chronic kidney failure, describes the gradual loss of kidney function. Your kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from your blood, which are then excreted in your urine. When chronic kidney disease reaches an advanced stage, dangerous levels of fluid, electrolytes and wastes can build up in your body.

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Overview of Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease overview video

This video provides a general understanding of chronic kidney disease — the focus of the Bridgewater Lab.

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Maroon's Anatomy: The First Step — End-Stage Renal Disease

Video about end-stage renal disease

This video depicts the processes involved in end-stage renal disease (ESRD), otherwise known as kidney failure, and the course of action for a common treatment — peritoneal dialysis.

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Developing an Artificial Kidney

Artificial kidney overview videos

This series of three videos describes the need for an alternative to the renal replacement methods that are currently available including the development of an implantable artificial kidney.

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Kidney Failure and Transplantation

Video about kidney failure and transplantation

This video explains the underlying physiology of the kidneys and how it relates to kidney disease. It also examines the risk factors and basis for kidney transplantation.

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How Diabetes and Hypertension Can Lead To Chronic Kidney Disease

Mesangial cells

This video explores how diabetes and hypertension (i.e. high blood pressure) cause irreversible damage to the kidneys, leading to what is known as Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

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Why Are Kidney Transplant Wait-Lists So Long?

Video about kidney transplant wait-lists

Why is it that patients need to wait so long for a transplant? This video explores the factors involved in the long wait-times for kidney transplants.

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Role of Beta-Catenin in Kidney Development

Video on role of beta-catenin in kidney development

This video demonstrates the processes and pathways in which beta-catenin is involved in normal and abnormal kidney development, according to research by Dr. Darren Bridgewater's Laboratory.

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How Do Kidney Stones Form?

Video about how kidney stones form

This video explains what kidney stones are made of, how they form, and they can be prevented. Kidney stones are a common health issue, affecting one in ten Canadians at some point during their lifetime.

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Hard Issues in Soft Tissues

hard issues in soft tissues video

Renal failure patients are at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, especially vascular calcification. In this video, Imtisal Al-Bondokji describes the implications of kidney failure that leads to vascular calcification and subsequent heart failure.

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A Day in Hemodialysis

Video about hemodialysis

This video presents an overview of hemodialysis and the steps of the procedure. Its objective is to educate patients about the benefits of hemodialysis and answer questions about the process.

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What is Peritoneal Dialysis?

Video about peritoneal dialysis

This video explains what peritoneal dialysis (PD) is and how it may lead to peritoneal fibrosis. It demystifies how the different types of dialyses work, and how peritoneal fibrosis may arise.

[Click to view video about peritoneal dialysis

Kidney Transplants: Urine Luck!

Video about kidney transplants

This video explores kidney transplants for patients with chronic kidney disease or kidney failure. It looks into how patients and donors can live with only one kidney, the process of matching kidneys for donation, types of transplants, risks of surgery and postoperative care.

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Are you a Potential Kidney Transplant Recipient?

Video about being a kidney transplant recipient

This video provides insight regarding factors and tests to be considered prior to matching a kidney recipient with a donor.

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