CDC: Birth defects seen in 5% of Zika-affected pregnancies in US | 5K puts spotlight on NJ Sharing Network | Indiana Donor Network among state's top places to work
June 14, 2017
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CDC: Birth defects seen in 5% of Zika-affected pregnancies in US
Five percent of babies in US territories, including Puerto Rico, whose mothers had confirmed Zika infections developed microcephaly or other Zika-related birth defects, according to a CDC study in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The findings, based on 2016 to 2017 data involving 2,549 pregnancies, also showed that Zika-related birth defects occurred in 8%, 5% and 4% of infants whose mothers were infected in the first, second and third trimesters, respectively.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (6/8),  Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (6/8),  Reuters (6/8) 
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Tissue Banking in the News
5K puts spotlight on NJ Sharing Network
Darryl Price from Denville, N.J., who received a lung transplant due to pulmonary fibrosis, ran in NJ Sharing Network's annual 5K Celebration of Life, which benefits the tissue and organ recovery organization. "I think what most people don't get is, it's not that you save lives when you die, but when you check that box, you've already saved lives," Price said.
Daily Record (Morristown-Parsippany, N.J.) (6/13) 
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Government & Regulatory
Zika educational campaign begins in N.M.
The New Mexico Department of Health has begun a Zika virus awareness and public education campaign, focusing on pregnant women and their partners, particularly those traveling to Zika-endemic areas.
The Santa Fe New Mexican (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (6/10) 
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CDC tests Zika vaccine candidate in animals
A Zika vaccine candidate developed by GeoVax protected mice from the Zika virus, researchers reported at the American Society for Microbiology's annual meeting in New Orleans. The tests were conducted by the CDC.
HealthDay News (6/10) 
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Regeneration of fully functioning pig skin may lead to improved human grafts
Scientists at PolarityTE regenerated fully functional skin on pigs with burns and abrasions, potentially providing a path forward for using autologous tissue to regenerate human skin grafts for burns and wounds. The company expects to start human trials this year.
Reuters (6/8) 
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Zika vaccine candidate protects male reproductive tract in animal study
The reproductive systems of male mice that received a DNA-based Zika virus vaccine candidate developed by Inovio Pharmaceuticals remained free of the virus. The study was reported in the journal Nature Communications.
Becker's Hospital Review (6/9) 
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Harvard spinoff Platelet BioGenesis gains $10M in funding
A $10 million Series A funding round will support Platelet BioGenesis' preclinical testing of technology for the generation of platelets from stem cell-derived megakaryocytes. The firm is a spinoff from Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Xconomy (6/8) 
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Study: Zika-related microcephaly not detected by early prenatal imaging
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 and 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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Nominate a tissue recipient to ride on 2018 Donate Life Rose Parade float
Deadline: Monday, June 19, 8 p.m. EST. The American Association of Tissue Banks has been a proud sponsor of the Donate Life Rose Parade Float since its inception in 2004. This year, the AATB is accepting nominations from accredited banks for one tissue recipient to represent the AATB on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float. Submit a nomination today!
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Call for abstracts for 2017 AATB Annual Meeting now open!
Deadline: June 30. 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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