107-year-old cornea donor's gift improves sight in Scotland | Cartilage transplant treats nurse's longtime knee pain | Synthetic cartilage implant from Cartiva wins FDA nod
July 13, 2016
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107-year-old cornea donor's gift improves sight in Scotland
The corneas of a deceased 107-year-old donor in Scotland were successfully transplanted in a younger patient, improving his eyesight. Previously, a 104-year-old donated tissue for a cornea transplant, and in the US in 2006, a 92-year-old from Texas donated his liver.
The Inquisitr (7/6) 
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Cartilage transplant treats nurse's longtime knee pain
An osteochondral allograft transplant resolved long-term knee pain while improving function for Illinois nurse Kirstin Kent. "Kirstin is an interesting case because here history goes back almost 20-plus years. ... Back then there wasn't a whole lot to do," surgeon Brian Cole said in an interview about knee allograft procedures.
Ivanhoe Broadcast News (7/11),  Ivanhoe Broadcast News (7/11) 
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Learn About Rollprint’s Tissue Banking Packaging Program
Rollprint's dual pouch system consists of a standard "inner" Tyvek®/Clear Film chevron pouch with a corresponding "outer" ClearFoil®/Tyvek®/Foil header pouch. The materials used to fabricate the pouches are suitable for freeze drying, gamma irradiation, and ethylene oxide sterilization. Click Here to Learn More
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Synthetic cartilage implant from Cartiva wins FDA nod
The FDA has given Cartiva approval for its Cartiva Synthetic Cartilage Implant, a molded cylindrical device indicated for treating patients with painful osteoarthritis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint. The decision was based on a 236-patient, multicenter study showing the safety and effectiveness of using the device as an alternative to arthrodesis or fusion.
Medscape (free registration) (7/6) 
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CDC: 320 pregnant women diagnosed with Zika in US
The number of pregnant women being monitored by the CDC based on laboratory evidence of infection with the Zika virus as of June 30 increased to 320 from 287 in the previous week. While the cases all appear to be travel-related, health experts expect cases of local transmission of the virus in Gulf Coast states.
Reuters (7/7) 
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First Zika-related death in continental US recorded in Utah
First Zika-related death in continental US recorded in Utah.
(Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images)
An elderly Utah resident who was infected with the Zika virus after traveling to an area with active transmission died last month, according to the CDC and local health officials Friday. Officials have yet to identify the precise cause of death, but the case is the first known Zika-linked death in the continental US.
Reuters (7/8) 
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Funding grant to support drug study on preservation of donor limbs, tissue
A $998,500 grant will support research by the Case Institute for Transformative Molecular Medicine on use of S-nitrosothiols for the stabilization of limbs and tissues donated for transplantation.
Healio (free registration)/O&P News (7/7) 
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Bio-Techne to purchase Advanced Cell Diagnostics in $325M deal
Advanced Cell Diagnostics will be acquired by Bio-Techne in a deal that will broaden the latter's product portfolio into genomics technology with ACD's cell- and tissue-based diagnostics for personalized medicine. ACD will receive an upfront payment of $250 million and as much as $75 million in milestone fees in the acquisition, which is expected to close around Aug. 1.
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (7/7) 
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$1.4M to advance child cancer research, bone marrow transplants in Ga.
Augusta University's Georgia Cancer Center and Children's Hospital of Georgia will receive a $1.4 million donation that will go toward pediatric cancer research and the addition of a bone marrow transplant program. The center is expanding its research into brain tumors to include leukemia.
The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (tiered subscription model) (7/6) 
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New procedure allows anesthesia-free skin grafting
Dr. Brian Gale at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic is using a new technique that allows in-office skin grafting without anesthesia. The donor site is blistered, then the blistered skin is removed and placed on the wound in a procedure that takes less than an hour.
KFYR-TV (Bismarck, N.D.) (7/2) 
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Register now for the 2016 AATB Annual Meeting!
The 2016 AATB Annual Meeting will be held Sept. 20-23 in New Orleans. Join us as we celebrate 40 years of Collaboration, Safety and Education. Register before Aug. 5 to take advantage of early bird registration rates. Planning on sponsoring or exhibiting at this event? Contact Jamien Payne, AATB's director of IT and membership, for details and availability at paynej@aatb.org.
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Register now for AATB's July webinar!
  • Topic: Transplant and Non-Transplant Working Together: Experiences from Both Sides.
  • Date/time: Thursday, July 28; 2-3:15 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Speakers: Alyssa Harrison, executive director, United Tissue Network and Sara Pace Jones, vice president of development and referral services, Donor Network of Arizona.
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