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…

Parent Perception of E-Cig Safety Varies With Smoking Habits

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 — Parents who both smoke cigarettes and electronic cigarettes are less likely to have smoke-free car and vape-free car or home policies compared with cigarette users, according to a study published online March 11 in Pediatrics. Jeremy E. Drehmer, M.P.H., from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston,…