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May 23rd, 2008
Scientists are working on producing wearable dialysis machines that would enable patients to have their blood cleansed at home, a published report said on Saturday.
The devices would weigh less than 10 kilograms, much smaller than conventional machines weighing up to 10 times more.
Instead of travelling to dialysis centres, patients whose kidneys do not properly filter toxic wastes from the body can have their blood cleansed at home, while doing ordinary activities such as watching television, The Straits Times reported.
Scientists at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) are incorporating a layer of kidney cells into the machine that will reabsorb fluid and nutrients into the body after the blood is cleansed, said IBN executive director Jackie Ying.
Conventional machines do not have these kidney cells.
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