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TEMPE, AZ — Kidney disease is reaching epidemic levels, according to experts, with more than 10 percent of the U.S. population having some form of the disease.

Here in the Valley patients have the upper hand thanks to an institute offering cutting edge treatments and research.

Joseph Kulchecki has been battling the disease for over a year. He says his first symptoms were feeling tired and sluggish.

He’s on dialysis and happy to be involved in an investigational study at Southwest Kidney Institute. “It’s apt to help somebody else,” Kulchecki said.

The study will determine which of two drugs is the most effective treatment for kidney disease. It’s one of at least a dozen studies going on at the institute.

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