Donor corneas treated with cytokines in mouse study | Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation names Kuehnert as medical director | Ore. testing mosquitoes for Zika virus
June 21, 2017
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Donor corneas treated with cytokines in mouse study
Cornea transplants treated with cytokines had a higher rate of graft survival than control corneas in a study involving mice reported in the journal Scientific Reports. "When we grafted the tissue that has been treated that way, active tolerance was developed, which leads to long-term acceptance of the corneal transplant and suppresses all the destructive sides of immunity," lead author Dr. Reza Dana said.
Optometry Today (UK) (6/19) 
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Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation names Kuehnert as medical director
Dr. Matthew Kuehnert, former head of the CDC's Office of Blood, Organ and Other Tissue Safety, will serve as the medical director of the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation. "We are delighted that Dr. Kuehnert has chosen to join MTF and look forward to working with him to leverage his perspective and experience to advance the science of tissue transplantation, and to continue our focus on saving and healing the lives of people by providing the safest possible donated human tissue transplants," said MTF President and CEO Bruce Stroever.
Becker's Hospital Review (6/14) 
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Government & Regulatory
Ore. testing mosquitoes for Zika virus
Oregon health officials have received funding from the CDC to test mosquitoes for the Zika virus. All 51 human cases of Zika virus infection in the state last year were related to travel.
Statesman-Journal (Salem, Ore.) (tiered subscription model) (6/9) 
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Retinal stem cell therapy drug from ReNeuron wins FDA nod
ReNeuron Group's retinal stem cell therapy candidate in a cryopreserved formulation has been approved by the FDA.
Reuters (6/19) 
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Republicans aim to release health care bill text this week, vote before recess
GOP senators and aides said they expect the Senate to finish writing health care legislation later this week, and a vote is likely next week. Portions of the legislation have been sent to the Congressional Budget Office, and a report on how the provisions would affect insurance coverage and the federal budget could come early next week, although it's not clear whether Republicans have the votes to pass the bill.
Politico (6/20),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/19),  The Hill (6/19) 
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Study to examine impact of Zika infection in infancy
US and Guatemalan researchers plan to examine babies with Zika virus infections in Guatemala for at least one year and compare them with youths younger than 5 to bolster understanding on how Zika affects neurological and neurodevelopmental growth and other pediatric health outcomes. Preliminary results from the study may be ready in one year.
STAT (tiered subscription model) (6/19) 
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Study: Early prenatal imaging fails to pick up Zika-related microcephaly
Colombian researchers reviewed a case series involving 17 infants in Colombia whose mothers had Zika virus and found that serial ultrasound identified Zika-related microcephaly at a median gestational age of 28 weeks --- at the beginning of the third trimester --- and at a median of 18 weeks after the onset of maternal Zika virus symptoms. The findings in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology also showed that three babies had evident congenital Zika syndrome symptoms such as ventriculomegaly and clubfoot prior to microcephaly diagnosis.
Medscape (free registration) (6/13) 
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Deadline Friday, June 30: Call for Abstracts for 2017 AATB Annual Meeting
The AATB Scientific and Technical Affairs Committee invites the submission of Scientific and Non-Scientific Abstracts for peer review. Accepted abstracts will be scheduled for oral presentation and/or poster display at the 2017 AATB Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Learn more and submit today!
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Webinar: Medical Examiner/Coroner Cases: Cause and Manner of Death
  • Date: July 12, 2017
  • Time: 3-4 p.m. ET
  • Speaker: Dr. Craig Nelson, associate chief medical examiner, North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
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