The LA Times reports.

Broadcast Protection KPBS’ ‘KPBS Information’ on Tuesday reported on lawsuits against Blue Cross. The segment includes remarks from Daron Tooch, a lawyer representing California hospitals in a lawsuit against Blue Cross . The entire transcript is available on-line. The entire segment is available on-line in Quicktime press format. This article can be republished with kind authorization from our close friends at the The Kaiser Family members Foundation. You will see the complete Kaiser Daily Health Plan Record, search the archives, or join email delivery of in-depth coverage of wellness policy developments, discussions and debates.The findings come in an upcoming problem of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology , a publication of the American Culture of Nephrology. Mutations in a gene named PKHD1 cause ARPKD, but it’s not clear how. Jason Bakeberg and Christopher Ward, ChB, PhD led a team that bred mice to get a little tag inserted into this gene. This tag allowed the researchers to follow the activities of the protein made by the gene, called fibrocystin. We found that small vesicles, termed exosome-like vesicles , present in urine and other bodily fluids have abundant fibrocystin on the surface. This has allowed us to follow ELVs as they connect to primary cilia, or little hair-like structures that task into the urine from cells within the kidney’s tubules, stated Dr. Ward. We believe that ELVs are involved in transporting a variety of signals through urine and that ELV interactions with cilia are central to the signaling.