Family learns mother's gift contributed to landmark medical textbook | Bone-tendon-bone and hamstring grafts comparable for ACL repair | Podcast: Sarah and Ross Gray on the gift of their son's life
July 22, 2015
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Family learns mother's gift contributed to landmark medical textbook
Years after Katie McDevitt died of breast cancer in 1980, daughter Kate Meyer began to wonder whether anyone had benefited from her mother's decision to donate her body. Meyer reached out to the Medical College of Wisconsin and learned that her mother was among 30 people whose gifts helped make possible an anatomy textbook used to train thousands of physicians that was one of the first with photos rather than illustrations. "It was a wonderful reminder that even such a long time since she passed, her spirit and grace continue to impart gifts to us," said Kate's brother, Peter. Marquette Magazine (7/2015)
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Bone-tendon-bone and hamstring grafts comparable for ACL repair
Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction performed with bone-tendon-bone grafts and hamstring autografts had similar postoperative outcomes for graft motion, according to research presented at a meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Researchers analyzed 12 patients with CT and dynamic stereo X-ray imaging. Healio (free registration)/Orthopedics today (7/10)
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Podcast: Sarah and Ross Gray on the gift of their son's life
The AATB's Sarah Gray and husband Ross Gray share how they began their journey to find out how researchers were making use of donations of tissue from their son Thomas, who had anencephaly and died soon after birth. "I started feeling that these were Thomas' colleagues and his co-workers and that he was a valuable partner in this important research that was being done," Sarah said. WNYC-AM/FM (New York Public Radio) (7/16)
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Lab-grown stem cells studied in animals with liver damage
A study involving mice with liver damage found that transplantation of laboratory-grown liver stem cells was associated with tissue repair and functional improvements, according to a study in the journal Nature Cell Biology. Researchers at Edinburgh University found that damaged portions of the liver were repaired over several months following transplantation. The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland) (7/20)
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Preclinical study examines engineered stem cells
A study involving mice found that infusions of hematopoietic stem cells that over-express a bone-promoting platelet-derived growth factor were associated with increased levels of bone formation. The engineered stem cells were also associated with increased formation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells and blood vessels. The findings were reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2 Minute Medicine (7/15)
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Government & Regulatory
CMS is "all in" on data sharing, agency's chief data officer says
The CMS is taking strides to follow a mandate that it share data and increase transparency in health care, said Chief Data Officer Niall Brennan at the Healthcare Analytics Symposium. The Hospital Compare and Physician Compare websites help patients make informed decisions, and a dashboard reveals county-level per-capita costs of care for patients with multiple chronic conditions. Significant improvements are needed in programs such as the Blue Button project, which is being modernized to make it easier for patients to access up to three years of pharmacy, physician and hospital data, Brennan said. Health Data Management (7/14)
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WHO to release new HIV treatment guidelines
New guidelines for HIV treatment are set to be released by the World Health Organization later this year, according to Dr. Meg Doherty of the WHO Department of HIV/AIDS. The new guidelines will recommend treatment for children and pregnant women, as well as for all adult patients regardless of their CD4 cell level, and will endorse preventative treatment for those at high risk of infection. The integration of low-dose efavirenz and the integrase inhibitors for clinical care use will also be considered. Aidsmap (7/20)
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Business & Economic Trends
Report forecasts worldwide growth for bone grafts market
A Persistence Market Research report predicts that the global market for bone grafts is poised for growth driven in part by a growing awareness about bone regeneration. The growth will also be fueled by increases in periodontal diseases, spinal fusion surgeries and aging populations. (7/17)
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Biopsy technology from Medtronic debuts
The GenCut, a core biopsy system designed to gather lung tissue samples, has been launched by Medtronic. The product, which is intended for use with the firm's superDimension navigation technology, includes a shearing blade for collecting more intact and larger samples from deep within the lung. FDAnews (7/16)
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Other News
Taking the CTBS Exam in September? Register now for AATB CTBS Exam Webinar Prep Course!
Prepare for the Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (CTBS) Exam through the official AATB CTBS Exam Prep Course Series. The AATB is offering 12 webinars designed to prepare candidates for the 2015 CTBS Exam, scheduled for Sept. 19. The webinar format allows candidates to interact with presenters while preparing for the exam. Sessions are based on the 13th Edition of Standards for Tissue Banking. Find a schedule of upcoming CTBS Prep Course Webinars and register.
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Register now for the 2015 AATB Annual meeting!
The 2015 AATB Annual Meeting: Collaborate and Explore New Horizons is a gathering of over 900 of the best and the brightest minds in the tissue banking profession. This year’s meeting will be held Sept. 15-19 at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz. Register before Aug. 3 to receive $100 off.
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