Study compares autograft, demineralized bone matrix | Technique turns stem cells into bone cells | FDA clears bone graft substitute from Prosidyan
November 18, 2015
AATB SmartBrief
News for the Tissue Banking Community

Top Story Sponsored By
Study compares autograft, demineralized bone matrix
Patients who underwent posterolateral lumbar fusion had comparable outcomes whether they received autograft bone or demineralized bone matrix, according to findings presented at the Philadelphia Spine Research Symposium. Demineralized bone sponge was associated with a fusion rate of 94.26% among 122 patients. Autografts are the gold standard for the procedure, but supplies can be limited, said presenter Dr. Victor Yoon of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Healio (free registration)/Spine Surgery Today (11/12)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
A Buyer's Guide to Web CMS
A Web CMS (Content Management System) makes it easier for you to create, manage and maintain your website content, and choosing a Web CMS is a big decision for your company. It's critical to look for and understand the essential features that will address your business needs now and in the future. This guide will help you make a more informed Web CMS selection.

Tissue Banking in the News
Technique turns stem cells into bone cells
An animal study in the journal Stem Cells found that the introduction of cytochalasin D induced stem cells to develop as osteoblasts. Researchers with the University of North Carolina injected cytochalasin D-treated stem cells into mouse models and found increased bone growth. United Press International (11/16)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Government & Regulatory
FDA clears bone graft substitute from Prosidyan
The FIBERGRAFT BG Morsels, a synthetic bone graft substitute from Warren, N.J.-based Prosidyan, obtained 510(k) clearance from the FDA. The product, which is designed for placement in the skeletal system's bony voids, is developed for use with autogenous bone marrow aspirate during postero-lateral spine fusion. (11/17)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Congress weighs ACA device, excise taxes in spending bills
The federal government faces a shutdown Dec. 11 unless Congress passes a continuing resolution or an omnibus spending bill that President Barack Obama will sign. A House bill revokes funding for the Affordable Care Act and defunds both the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, but it is likely to run into opposition. Efforts to repeal the ACA's device tax could be tied to a repeal of the law's excise tax on certain health insurance plans, says Ellie Dehoney, vice president of policy at Research America. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (11/10)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
HHS queried about efforts to address medical identity theft
A bipartisan group of four senators sent a letter to HHS asking about the agency's efforts to prevent medical identity theft caused by data breaches at health care organizations. The senators asked, among other questions, what services are provided to Medicaid and Medicare members who may have been affected by medical identity theft. Healthcare Informatics online (11/12)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Government finalizes interim ACA rules
After five years of interim rules governing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, along with repeated modifications through guidance and clarification documents, HHS and the Labor and Treasury departments have finalized the regulations. The final rules cement existing policy related to coverage of adult children up to age 26, pre-existing conditions and other central tenets of the ACA. Health Affairs Blog (11/14)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
NYU team performs comprehensive face transplant on volunteer firefighter
NYU Langone Medical Center chair of plastic surgery Eduardo Rodriguez led a team of more than 100 physicians, nurses and assistants in performing the most extensive face transplant attempted so far. The 26-hour procedure gave volunteer firefighter Patrick Hardison, who was ravaged by fire when a roof collapsed, a comprehensive graft of the front and back of his head, including the scalp, ears, partial chin and cheek bones and the nose. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (11/17)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
MicroMedicine receives $6M in funding
The first tranche of a $35 million funding round has brought in $6 million for MicroMedicine. The startup is developing microfluidic tools for the separation of blood and bone marrow cells for use in tissue regeneration, infection imaging and research. (11/13)
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Other News
Register now for AATB's Nov. 19 webinar!
  • Topic: Photographs and Videos: Establishing an Effective Process Between Recovery Organizations and Medical Examiners.
  • Speakers: Beverly Bliss, Dr. Erik Christensen and Dr. Roland Kohr.
  • Date: Thursday, Nov. 19. Time: 2-3 p.m. Eastern Time.
Register now!
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Register now for the 2016 UDRAI Workshop!
The 2016 UDRAI Workshop, "A New Era," will be held Feb. 23-24 in Charlotte, N.C., and will be the last UDRAI Workshop. Read more and register. Is there a specific topic you would like to present or learn more about at the 2016 UDRAI Workshop? Topic ideas can be submitted here before Friday, Dec. 11, 2015.
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore."
-- William Faulkner,
Share: LinkedInTwitterFacebookGoogle+Email
Subscriber Tools
Please contact one of our specialists for advertising opportunities, editorial inquiries, job placements, or any other questions.
Advertising:  Meryl Harold
  P: 202.407.7828
Editor:  Tom Parks

Download the SmartBrief App  iTunes / Android
iTunes  Android
Mailing Address:
SmartBrief, Inc.®, 555 11th ST NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004
© 1999-2015 SmartBrief, Inc.®
Privacy policy |  Legal Information