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NewKI, one of UK’s largest observational studies of incident chronic kidney disease (CKD) in general practice, gets underway this month, involving 3,205 Oxfordshire residents and led by Oxford University researchers.

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Over the next two years, the New onset Kidney Impairment (NewKI) study will work with 13 Oxfordshire GP surgeries to investigate how people over the age of 60 progress from mild to more severe forms of CKD. This could help doctors to better identify and treat those at risk.

Kidney function declines slowly with age, and around 1 in 10 people have mild chronic kidney disease. Recognised as an international health issue by the World Health Organisation and responsible for 850,000 deaths globally, CKD is associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, heart failure and sudden death.

However, very little is known about how many people in the UK have CKD, or the factors that increase someone’s risk of developing the condition and progressing onto more severe forms of kidney decline.

Find out more (Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences website)