Canine study finds congenital transmission of Chagas' disease, leishmaniasis | Study evaluates dose pairings of 2 HIV vaccines | Sanofi begins Zika vaccine project
February 3, 2016
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Canine study finds congenital transmission of Chagas' disease, leishmaniasis
Research reported in the journal PLOS Pathogens found mother-to-infant transmission of Chagas' disease and leishmaniasis in a study of dogs. A subsequent study is examining whether vaccines can halt the transmission in dogs. Tech Times (2/2)
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Study evaluates dose pairings of 2 HIV vaccines
A trial found two HIV vaccines with adenovirus serotype 26 or adenovirus serotype 35 were safe and resulted in greater anti-HIV Env antibody levels than a placebo. Antibody levels were higher when Ad26 was administered as priming dose and Ad35 as booster, according to findings reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. 2 Minute Medicine (2/2)
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Sanofi begins Zika vaccine project
Sanofi said it will use research and infrastructure related to its dengue vaccine program to accelerate the development of a Zika virus vaccine. Reuters (2/2)
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Seaweed-based gel allows room-temperature storage of stem cell-containing dressing
Bandages filled with stem cells encased in a seaweed-based alginate gel have been developed by scientists at Newcastle University to facilitate wound healing. The bandages can be stored at room temperature for up to three days. E&T magazine online (2/1)
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CellResearch receives $5.9M investment
CellResearch has received an investment of $5.9 million from Cordlife Group. The two formed a strategic partnership in 2010 related to the use of CellResearch's technology for collecting stem cells from the amniotic membrane of the umbilical cord. DealStreetAsia (Singapore) (2/2)
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Ala. sickle cell clinic receives $1M
The Sickle Cell Foundation has made good on its pledge of $1 million for the Adult Sickle Cell Clinic at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The funds will help sickle cell disease patients transition from pediatric to adult care, officials said. American City Business Journals/Birmingham, Ala. (2/1)
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Abbott to pay $5.8B for diagnostics firm Alere
Abbott Laboratories has agreed to a $5.8 billion acquisition of Alere to strengthen its position in point-of-care testing, which delivers results in minutes. Alere is developing diagnostics tests for infections such as HIV and malaria. Reuters (2/1)
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Hemodialysis centers urged to improve measures against hepatitis C
The CDC has called on dialysis centers to improve infection control practices due to new cases of hepatitis C in patients receiving hemodialysis. The agency has received reports of 36 infections over the past two years in people who were treated at 19 centers. Specialty Pharmacy Times (2/2)
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Call for Abstract Submissions is Now Open
Present your research at the 14th International Cord Blood Symposium. The Call for Abstracts is now open. Accepted abstracts will participate in the Networking and Poster Reception on Thursday, June 9. Accepted submissions with also be published in TRANSFUSION Journal. Deadline for submission is April 19. Submit now.
Association News
AABB-TJC PBM certification opens for applications
AABB and The Joint Commission (TJC) announced that applications are now being accepted for their patient blood management certification. The voluntary assessment is based on the AABB Standards for a Patient Blood Management Program. Facilities interested in learning more about the program should contact TJC.
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