Bakersfield, Calif., donors to be honored with Rose Parade floragraphs | Human tendons produced in the laboratory | Technique transforms fibroblasts into endothelium
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November 12, 2014
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Bakersfield, Calif., donors to be honored with Rose Parade floragraphs
Seventy-two organ and tissue donors will be recognized by the Donate Life float during the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Among the honorees are Jaidyn Kiara Rothermel, who died in a swimming pool accident at 3, and Philip Dhanens, a fraternity hazing victim who died at 18, both of Bakersfield, Calif. "There is the unending grief mixed with her gift of giving life and hope to others through donating her organs and tissue," said Doug Rothermel, Jaidyn's father. KBAK-TV (Bakersfield, Calif.) (11/11)
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Human tendons produced in the laboratory
Orthocell has worked with researchers at the University of Western Australia, the University of Auckland, Curtin University and Griffith University to produce human tendon tissue from stem cells using a bioreactor. The findings were presented at a meeting of the Australian Society of Elbow and Shoulder Surgeons. Australian Life Scientist (11/6)
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Technique transforms fibroblasts into endothelium
Human scarring cells can be transformed into blood vessel cells by prompting the fibroblasts to react as if they had been attacked by a virus, according to a study to be published in the journal Circulation. Researchers say the method could be developed for use as a treatment to repair cardiovascular damage and other tissue injuries. (India)/Indo-Asian News Service (11/9)
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Stem cell-derived neurons reduce seizures in preclinical study
Stem cell-derived neurons transplanted into the brains of animal models of epilepsy decreased seizures, according to a study by McLean Hospital and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. The transplanted neurons integrated into brain tissue even without reaching full maturity, and they were able to receive signals and produce the neurotransmitter GABA. (11/6)
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Government & Regulatory
CDC to explore transplant-related infections in Grand Rounds
The CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds session on Nov. 18 will explore the issue of unusual donor-derived, transplant-associated infections. CDC and United Network for Organ Sharing officials will discuss their efforts to make transplants safer and to lower the risk of transplant-related infections. Live and archived webcasts will be available. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (11/3)
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CDC, Johns Hopkins release online Ebola safety training
Free online videos to help prepare health care workers to care for people with Ebola or suspected cases of the virus have been released through a partnership of the CDC and Johns Hopkins Medicine. Training modules include education about putting on and removing personal protective equipment as well as teamwork skills, such as communication strategies, to help workers avoid possible contamination. Health Data Management (11/6)
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Business & Economic Trends
Health groups have mixed perceptions about ICD-10
Some health groups responding to an American Health Information Management Association and eHealth Initiative survey said they see long-term value in the switch to ICD-10 and believe the new codes will streamline population health management and ultimately lead to better care quality, patient safety and claims accuracy. Although smaller groups seem ill-prepared to conduct end-to-end ICD-10 testing, a majority of responding health groups said they are well on their way to carrying out the test before the Oct. 1, 2015, compliance deadline. Healthcare Informatics online (11/4)
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AATB November webinar
  • Title: Rapid Antibody Pre-Screening for HIV, HCV and HBV Prior to Tissue Recovery.
  • Speaker: Greg Slawski, clinical trainer at Gift of Hope.
  • When: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern Time).
Register today!
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