End-stage renal disease patients at higher risk for syphilis

(HealthDay)—End-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients are at a higher risk for contracting syphilis, according to a study recently published in the Clinical Kidney Journal. Erena N. Weathers, M.D., of Augusta University in Georgia, and colleagues examined the incidence of and risk factors for syphilis in 759,066 ESRD patients who received…

Safety evaluation of conditionally immortalized cells for renal replacement therapy

A research team assessed the safety of conditionally immortalized proximal tubule epithelial cells for bioartificial kidney application, by using in vitro assays and athymic nude rats. They demonstrate that these cells do not possess key properties of oncogenically transformed cells, including anchorage-independent growth, lack of contact inhibition and apoptosis-resistance. Taken…