National Donor Day observed on Valentine's Day | Researchers develop new method for producing donor-derived artificial skin | Aggressive HIV strain found in Cuba
February 18, 2015
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National Donor Day observed on Valentine's Day
Donate Life Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hosted an event on National Donor Day to raise awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donation. More than 4 million state residents are registered tissue and organ donors. The Indiana Organ Procurement Organization said the state's donor registration rate is 70%, but more people are needed. WPMT-TV (York, Pa.) (2/13), WXIN-TV (Indianapolis) (2/13), WBAL-TV (Baltimore) (2/12), KKTV-TV (Colorado Springs) (2/15)
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The Key To Positive Cash Flow
Every business is cyclical with cash flow ups and downs. The key is to find a way to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Well it's not. There are systems and processes that make it easier to collect the cash you've earned so your small business can grow. Learn how these small-business owners set up their businesses for success.

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Researchers develop new method for producing donor-derived artificial skin
Researchers said they have developed a new way of making artificial skin using human skin from a donor who is a close match for the patient. The study team transferred the patent for the technology to the Euro Tissue Bank and the University Hospital Ghent in Belgium. (Netherlands) (2/16)
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Aggressive HIV strain found in Cuba
An aggressive strain of HIV has been found in Cuba, with the virus progressing to AIDS within three years, according to a study in the journal EBioMedicine. The CRF19 strain has elements of HIV subtypes A, D and G, according to the researchers. (2/15), The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (2/14)
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Study: Ebola virus survives up to 7 days after patient's death
The Ebola virus remains alive on body surfaces for up to seven days and in tissue samples for up to three days after death, according to a study of macaques in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Researchers tested the bodies in conditions that simulated the environment of West Africa. Medical News Today (2/13)
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Researchers generate hepatocytes for malaria drug research
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed liver-like cells from stem cells produced from blood and skin samples, according to a study in the journal Stem Cell Reports. The hepatocytes carry the genes of the tissue donors, providing a diverse platform for the testing of drugs for early-stage malaria infections, when the malaria parasite multiplies in the liver. Reuters (2/13)
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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CDC: Measles cases reach 141
CDC officials reported Tuesday that 141 patients in 17 states and Washington, D.C., have been infected with measles, and 80% of the cases have been tied to the Disneyland outbreak. Illinois showed the highest growth in cases, with 11 so far this week, up from three last week. HealthDay News (2/17)
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CDC: U.S. sees decline in flu cases, deaths
CDC officials announced that flu cases in the U.S. have dropped during each of the first five weeks of 2015, after peaking in late December. Researchers noted about 3,200 positive flu specimens and 11 flu-related pediatric deaths in the fifth week of this year. United Press International (2/13)
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How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

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ACA enrollment reaches 11.4M
The White House announced Tuesday that enrollment in private health insurance through the Affordable Care Act reached 11.4 million. Individuals who were not able to enroll due to a technical glitch will have an enrollment extension, HHS said. Reuters (2/17)
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Register for the Quality and Donor Suitability Workshop and submit a case study!
The 2015 Quality and Donor Suitability Workshop will be held April 20-22 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta. This educational and interactive workshop will include roundtable discussions, challenging case studies and more -- register now! To submit a case study, download and complete one of the following forms and e-mail it to Scott Brubaker by March 18: 2015 Case Study for Donor Suitability Form; 2015 Case Study for Quality Management Form.
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Upcoming AATB webinars
  • Neonatal Organ, Eye, Tissue and Whole Body Donation: What Is Now Possible. When: Thursday, Feb. 26, 2-3 p.m. (EST). Speakers include reps from Cytonet, IIAM, and OneLegacy and a donor's mother. Register now!
  • Coming soon: Update: Rapid Antibody Prescreening for HIV, HCV and HBV Prior to Tissue Recovery. When: Thursday, March 26, 2-3 p.m. (EST). Check back for more details and registration information.
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Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing."
-- Camille Pissarro,
Danish-French painter
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