The CDC is advising travelers to continue to be mindful of the risks of visiting regions where the Zika virus remains endemic. The CDC confirmed nearly 4,000 new Zika cases were logged between November 2016 and January in US states, American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Feb. 14 is celebrated around the world as Valentine's Day, and in the US, it is also observed as National Donor Day, dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of eye, tissue, marrow, organ, platelet and blood donation. In New York, a new law took effect Tuesday allowing people ages 16 and 17 to register as organ donors.
A $500,000 check from the Zika supplemental funding bill was given to the city government of Laredo, Texas, for the construction of a research lab that would focus on battling the Zika virus and protecting local residents.
Eric Gurevich of Kentucky talks about meeting the man with myelodysplastic syndrome who received Gurevich's donated stem cells in 2014 through the Gift of Life. "When you donate to a stranger, you always wonder, you know, who is on the other side, and I was just so grateful that it was him," Gurevich said of meeting Ron Dreben of Washington, D.C.
ViviGen Formable, an allograft that builds on the ViviGen Cellular Bone Matrix and promotes bone formation in spine fusion surgery, has been developed and launched through a partnership between DePuy Synthes and LifeNet Health. Both products will be marketed and promoted by DePuy Synthes.
A study from the NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute found that induced pluripotent stem cells were no more likely to develop mutations than cells derived from subcloning, or the process of culturing individual cells into cell lines. The findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Brazil should continue to be alert in combating the Zika virus and addressing Zika-related microcephaly, as well as follow-up care for existing patients, despite a decline in new cases among infants in the country, said development obstetrician Dr. Adriana Melo, who first linked the virus to birth defects. Likely mutation of the virus may affect a new generation of mothers within the next 10 years, Melo said.
NewLink Genetics has acquired rights to CEVEC Pharmaceuticals' CAP GT and CAP Go cell lines for use in research and development, manufacturing and marketing of vaccine candidates against Zika virus infections. The financial terms of the licensing deal were not disclosed.
The human strain of the Zika virus has been found in South American monkeys, according to research presented at a gathering of the American Society for Microbiology Biothreats. The spillback has raised scientists' fears that the monkeys and other primates could harbor the virus and cause future outbreaks in humans.
Data from a 134-patient, 27-site trial presented at the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy found use of W.L. Gore and Associates' Gore Viabahn VBX Balloon Expandable Endoprosthesis in treating iliac artery lesions did not result in any deaths or myocardial infarctions within 30 days. At nine months, the stent graft also demonstrated a 96.9% primary patency rate and a 97.4% freedom from target lesion revascularization rate, other analyses showed.
Biocompatible sutures with embedded sensors and electronics can be woven deep into tissue to monitor wound healing in ways not possible through other diagnostic means, according to a study by two Massachusetts-based scientists.