Cells from a paralyzed man's nose help repair spinal injury | Ohio introduces mobile tablets to ease donor registration | Scientists create esophageal tissue from stem cell combinations
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October 22, 2014
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Cells from a paralyzed man's nose help repair spinal injury
Surgeons at Wroclaw University in Poland transplanted specialist olfactory ensheathing cells from a patient's nose to his spine to repair damaged spinal cord fibers. The patient, whose spinal cord was severed four years ago, is now able to walk while holding on to parallel bars or a frame, according to research published in the journal Cell Transplantation. Funding came from the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation and the UK Stem Cell Foundation, whose ongoing work includes finding sources for olfactory ensheathing cells and creating biomaterials out of nanofiber that can serve as a growing medium for transplanted cells. Business Insider/Agence France-Presse (10/21), BBC (10/21)
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Ohio introduces mobile tablets to ease donor registration
The state of Ohio and Donate Life Ohio have developed the Swipe to Donate Life mobile application to allow residents to sign up as tissue, organ and eye donors by swiping their state ID or driver's license through a card reader. The app is accessible on mobile tablets used by organ, eye and tissue banks statewide. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (10/17)
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Scientists create esophageal tissue from stem cell combinations
Researchers have grown esophageal tissue from a combination of mouse and human organ-specific stem/progenitor cells on a biodegradable polymer scaffold, according to a study in the journal Tissue Engineering Part A. The method could be used to develop tissue to replace missing or damaged portions of the esophagus, according to researchers. Business Standard (India)/Indo-Asian News Service (10/19)
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Lab-grown intestinal organoids from human stem cells transplanted in mice
Scientists have grown and transplanted organoids, or miniature structures that resemble intestines, using induced pluripotent stem cells from adult cells derived from skin and blood samples, which could be used to create a model for studying intestinal disorders. The cells were placed in a lab dish with a molecular mixture that helped them form into organoids and develop into functioning human intestinal tissue after being transplanted in mice. The study appeared in the journal Nature Medicine. HealthDay News (10/19)
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3D-printed replacement heel bone may help patient avoid amputation
Doctors in Australia implanted a titanium heel bone into a 71-year-old man’s foot, saving him from amputation after a cancerous tumor was found. Doctors scanned the healthy bone in his left foot and sent the scans to Melbourne-based Anatomics, which created the plans for the replacement. Australia's scientific research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, created the titanium implant using a 3D printer. 3DPrint.com (10/20)
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Government & Regulatory
CDC issues new Ebola guidelines for health care workers
The CDC has released new guidelines for health care workers treating patients with Ebola. The new guidelines stress the use of protective garments, requiring workers to be "repeatedly trained" when it comes to putting on and taking off their personal protective equipment, leaving no skin exposed while caring for infected patients. All workers will be supervised by a trained observer or site manager to ensure protective protocols are followed while removing and putting on protective gear. NBC News (10/20), ABC News/The Associated Press (10/20), National Public Radio/The Two-Way blog (10/20)
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President appoints former vice presidential staffer as Ebola czar
Ron Klain, who served as the chief of staff for Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, has been named by President Barack Obama to help coordinate the nation's response to the Ebola outbreak. Klain will work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies. ABC News (10/17)
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CMS upgrades Open Payments website
The database of payments from drug and device makers to U.S. doctors now allows users to search by doctor name, specialty or location, or by company name or teaching hospital. Payments can be sorted in ascending or descending order and are grouped as general payments, research payments or company ownership stake. General payments are further delineated by type, such as for meals, education or consulting. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Pharmalot blog (10/17)
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AATB News
AATB Ebola screening guidance
The AATB, in conjunction with M.D.s from the Physicians Council, is currently developing Ebola screening guidance for donors. The guidance is expected to be released within a two week time period. Stay tuned for more information.
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