Study projects increase in chronic brain bleeding in U.S. | Stem cell transplants tested in mouse models of type 2 diabetes | Study links viral mutations with false-negative tests for hepatitis B
 
March 23, 2015
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Study projects increase in chronic brain bleeding in U.S.
Researchers analyzed data on U.S. veterans as well as registries from Finland and Japan and projected an annual rate of 60,000 U.S. cases of chronic subdural hematoma by 2030. The findings were published in the Journal of Neurosurgery. Medical News Today (3/21)
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ABC's Technical, Collections & Quality Workshops
Be a part of the crowd and join your peers and leaders in blood banking for America's Blood Centers' Technical, Collections & Quality Workshops, May 5-7, 2015, in sunny Orlando, Fl. Presentations will cover hot topics including front line staff challenges; the changing landscape of testing; and plasma strategies. Registration deadline - April 10!
 
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Stem cell transplants tested in mouse models of type 2 diabetes
The administration of a stem cell treatment and diabetes drugs resulted in greater metabolic improvements in mouse models of type 2 diabetes than either intervention by itself, according to a study in the journal Stem Cell Reports. The transplants involved stem cell-derived encapsulated pancreatic progenitor cells. A similar technique has been approved for use in clinical trials in the U.S. and Canada for patients with type 1 diabetes. Medical News Today (3/21)
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Study links viral mutations with false-negative tests for hepatitis B
Mutations allow the hepatitis B virus to persist undetected by the immune system as well as diagnostic tests, according to a study in the journal PLOS One. Researchers analyzed viral genes from patients with occult hepatitis B infections and identified variations associated with reduced hepatitis B surface antigen secretion as well as with hepatitis B surface antigen truncation. MedPage Today (free registration) (3/21)
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Platelets produced in silk model of human bone marrow
Researchers at the Tufts University School of Engineering and the University of Pavia in Italy have developed a three-dimensional silk, collagen and fibronectin model of human bone marrow. Cultured megakaryocytes developed platelets in the matrix. Newsweek (3/21)
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Industry News & Practice
Anticoagulant developer bought by Janssen Pharmaceuticals
XO1 Limited, the developer of ichorcumab, an anti-thrombin antibody, has been acquired by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Ichorcumab was licensed for development by XO1 from Cambridge Enterprise. Pharmaceutical Business Review Online (3/20)
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WHO warns Ebola-affected countries about disease outbreaks
The World Health Organization has called for mass immunizations to counter the increasing risk of outbreaks of other diseases, including whooping cough and measles, in West African countries fighting the Ebola epidemic. A warning note was released by the WHO last week to inform the public that disruption in vaccination services caused by the Ebola epidemic could increase the possibility of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable conditions in those countries. Reuters (3/20)
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AABB extends free shipping offer for books through March 29
AABB has extended its offer of free shipping for all books purchased through March 29. The promotion is open to residents of the U.S., Canada and Mexico. AABB members also receive discounted pricing on publications, which include the recently released second edition of "Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: A Handbook for Clinicians" and popular titles such as "Transfusion Reactions," fourth edition, and "Perioperative Blood Management: A Physician's Handbook," third edition.
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