Medicine: Hope in Nephrosis

In treating children for the complex kidney ailment of nephrosis, doctors have two common problems in uncommonly severe form: 1) how to decide when a child has the disorder, 2) how to measure the benefit that he gets from treatment. On the first score, most experts call nephrosis not a clear-cut disease but a syndrome, or collection of symptoms: swelling (caused by water retention), which may encompass the whole body, protein in the urine, too little protein and too much fat in the blood. The disorder is commonest in children under ten. usually...

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