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The kidneys filter waste products, toxins, and excess fluid from the bloodstream. They also play important roles in other essential functions in the body. Without correctly functioning kidneys, the build-up of waste products, fluid, and toxins can negatively affect other organs in the body. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a common condition that affects approximately … Read more

During some pregnancies, there may be a build-up of urine in the baby’s kidneys due to a blockage. This causes the kidney to swell as the urine is unable to flow from the kidneys through the ureter and the bladder. This condition often sorts itself out on its own without treatment. There is treatment available … Read more

Water is essential for human life. Dehydration is a common condition that occurs when there isn’t enough fluid in the body. Low body water can be caused by not drinking enough fluids or by losing fluids from the body faster than they can be replaced. Dehydration may cause other conditions, such as low or high … Read more

Cystinosis is an inherited disorder that causes an abnormal buildup of cystine (an amino acid) in the body. This rare disease typically presents in infants and children when they are young. There is currently no cure for this rare disease. However, there are available treatments that can improve life expectancy. Key Points Cystinosis is a … Read more

The urinary system is responsible for making and expelling urine, which is made up of extra fluid and waste products. For urination to occur normally, all organs in the urinary tract need to work together in the correct order. The urinary tract is made up of two ureters, two kidneys, a urethra, and the bladder. … Read more

The bladder and kidneys are both part of the urinary tract. They play an essential role in filtering out wastes and toxins from the bloodstream and removing them from the body as urine. What we eat and drink has an impact on the amount of waste, toxins, and extra fluid that needs to be removed … Read more

The kidneys are essential organs in the body that are needed for survival. Most people are born with two bean-shaped kidneys. These organs are part of the urinary tract that is responsible for creating and removing urine from the body. Sometimes, after birth, one or both kidneys may not develop properly, resulting in them being … Read more

Smoking is a well-known risk factor for many diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and lung disease. According to the CDC, more than 16 million Americans live with a disease that has been caused by smoking, including kidney disease. If you smoke, you have control over one of the most significant risks to the health … Read more

Gallstones and kidney stones form in different organs in the body, but they can be similar in many ways. For example, both kidney stones and gallstones can form and exist in the body without causing any symptoms. They may not require any treatment unless they get big enough to block the flow of fluids in … Read more

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that most adults (2 out of 3) in the U.S. consume alcohol. In the U.S., a standard drink contains 0.6 ounces of pure alcohol, with heavy drinking being defined as eight or more standard drinks per week for women and 15 or more standard drinks per week for men. … Read more