Donor families and recipients decorate Rose Parade float | Judge on U.K.'s "X Factor" to receive cornea transplant | Genetic research yields clues to how Ebola, Lassa viruses mutate
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December 10, 2014
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Donor families and recipients decorate Rose Parade float
Tissue and organ recipients, the families of donors and other volunteers helped decorate the Donate Life float in Pasadena, Calif., in preparation for the Rose Parade on New Year's Day. Tracey Cooper, whose father died of a stroke and helped up to 100 people by donating his corneas and tissues, was among the volunteers. The float will carry 72 floragraphs of donors made by their families and friends from across the nation. KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV (Los Angeles) (12/6), SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.) (tiered subscription model) (12/9), San Gabriel Valley Tribune (San Gabriel, Calif.) (12/9)
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5 positive ways to respond to negative comments.
Social media is a great way to connect with your customers, but what do you do when the conversation takes a negative turn? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

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Judge on U.K.'s "X Factor" to receive cornea transplant
Mel B, a judge on the British singing competition show "X Factor," said she will undergo a cornea transplant to restore sight in her left eye. The former Spice Girl said her vision was harmed because of complications from laser surgery 15 years ago. STV (Scotland) (12/9)
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Genetic research yields clues to how Ebola, Lassa viruses mutate
Pardis Sabeti leads a team of Broad Institute researchers conducing molecular research in search of cures for Ebola and Lassa viruses. The team analyzes how the viruses mutate, whether some strains are more lethal and how people's genes influence their response to the pathogens. The group recently developed a fast, accurate way to sequence Lassa and Ebola virus genes in blood samples and track mutations. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/2)
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Malaria vaccine based on microbial protein shows promise in animal study
A vaccine based on alpha-gal, a sugary protein found on the surface of some healthy gut bacteria, prompts a potent immune response against the malaria parasite, according to an animal study reported in the journal Cell. Portuguese researchers say the vaccine could be used to protect young children who have not yet developed high levels of circulating natural antibodies. BBC (12/4)
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CDC says 52% of influenza A viruses have drifted
The CDC said 52% of cases of influenza A had characteristics showing the virus had drifted from the regular H3N2 virus included in this year's flu vaccine. The CDC recommends using antiviral medication as needed. Dr. Jamie Loehr, the American Academy of Family Physicians' liaison to the Advisory Committee in Immunization Practices, said the findings will not really change how family physicians treat flu patients. AAFP News (12/8)
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WHO: Global malaria mortality down 47%
Global malaria deaths dropped 47% from 2000 to 2013, while mortality in Africa, where 9 in 10 malaria deaths occur, decreased by 54%, according to the World Health Organization. The WHO said aggressive malaria control programs, better diagnostic testing and improved treatment have helped. Reuters (12/9)
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Domestic violence survivor says face transplant improved her quality of life
A team of surgeons used 3D printing technology to build the soft tissue needed to reconstruct the face of Carmen Tarleton, who was attacked with industrial strength lye by her estranged husband in 2007. Tarleton can now talk, eat and breathe properly, said Dr. Frank Rybicki. "This surgery has improved my quality of life tremendously," Tarleton said. (12/4)
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Hospital groups ask congressional leaders to push ICD-10 implementation in 2015
The American Hospital Association is one of eight groups asking Congress to hold firm to the ICD-10 transition that is set for Oct. 1, 2015. In a letter sent Friday to congressional leaders, the groups said previous delays in the ICD-10 conversion have not only been expensive and disruptive to providers but have also affected health care payment, payment reform, public health and health care delivery. AHA News Now (12/5)
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2015 Uniform DRAI Workshop
The 2015 Uniform DRAI Workshop will be held Feb. 3-4 at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island in Tampa, Fla. Limited seats are available for early registration at a discounted rate -- register now!
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Quality and Donor Suitability Workshop to be held in Atlanta
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!
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Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power."
-- Clint Eastwood,
American actor and filmmaker
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