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There's Been a Major Breakthrough for Those on the Brink of Kidney Dialysis

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Medical experts are hoping 2020 will mark a turning point in the fight against kidney disease in America, thanks to advancing technology. Currently, the U.S. spends about $100 billion annually to treat the nearly 40 million Americans suffering from chronic kidney disease who need dialysis and organ transplants. The public health crisis, exacerbated by the rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes, is now the ninth leading cause of death in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

President Donald Trump’s Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative, launched in ...