Trial for synthetic cornea could begin in UK next year | Transplant organization honors Kan. hospital for eye donation | N.C. scientists work on tissue printing
April 27, 2016
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Trial for synthetic cornea could begin in UK next year
An eye surgeon in the UK plans to participate in a clinical trial to evaluate the use of artificial corneas for patients with vision problems in 2017 after gaining authorization from an ethics panel. Sheraz Daya, medical director of the Centre for Sight, said the collagen-based synthetic replacement could prevent the occurrence of adverse events such as graft failure.
Daily Express (London) (4/24) 
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Transplant organization honors Kan. hospital for eye donation
For the second time, Saving Sight has chosen Pittsburg, Kan.-based Via Christi Hospital to be a recipient of its Excellence in Eye Donation Award for demonstrating its commitment to eye donation, which enabled 19 people to regain vision through cornea transplants. The hospital recorded a 62% eye donation consent rate.
The Morning Sun (Pittsburg, Kan.) (4/26) 
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N.C. scientists work on tissue printing
Researchers with North Carolina State University and Wake Forest University are working on the goal of generating tissue and organs through 3D printing. "If we want to make the perfect organ, the perfect tissue, the perfect cells, we need to make the right recipe, the right formula, and automate it so it will reproduce over and over again and we will make defect-free tissues, organs and cells," said Richard Wysk, a professor with N.C. State's industrial and systems engineering department.
WNCN-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) (4/26) 
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Government & Regulatory
Administration releases Medicaid managed care regulations
The federal government has released regulations governing the Medicaid managed care organizations that operate in 39 states and the District of Columbia, setting standards for provider networks, spending on medical care, fraud prevention, quality ratings and more.
ABC News/The Associated Press (4/25),  Kaiser Health News (4/26) 
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Lawmakers introduce bill to shorten MU reporting period
The Flexibility in Electronic Health Record Reporting Act, a new bill that seeks to reduce the meaningful use reporting period from one year to 90 days, was introduced Wednesday by Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio. The legislation aims to help providers adopt new health IT so they can focus on delivering patient care, the senators said.
Health Data Management (4/20) 
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OSHA and CDC call for Zika prevention efforts in workplace
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the CDC have asked employers to take steps to protect workers from the Zika virus. In health care settings, standard measures for infection control should include the use of personal protective equipment "to avoid direct contact with blood and other potentially infectious materials," according to the guidance.
MedPage Today (free registration) (4/22),  DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (4/22) 
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Trends
Mechanical template prompts stem cells to develop as heart muscle
Researchers with the Gladstone Institutes and the University of California at Berkeley have developed a new technique that uses dumbbell-shaped templates to convert induced pluripotent stem cells into heart muscle tissue for use in three-dimensional models, according to a study in the journal Scientific Reports. "Our research shows that you can create these complex tissues with a simple template that exploits the inherent properties of these cells to self-organize," senior author Dr. Bruce Conklin said.
BioPharmaReporter.com (4/25) 
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Financing round brings in $5.75M for Bone Biologics
A round of funding has brought in $5.75 million for Boston-based Bone Biologics. The company intends to use the proceeds to fund the development of its Nell-1, a bone graft substitute for use in spinal fusions and other surgical procedures.
MassDevice.com (Boston) (4/20) 
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Artoss targets $1.8M funding boost
Artoss, a developer of synthetic bone grafts, is aiming to secure $1.8 million to support studies on the use of its products for spinal surgery.
American City Business Journals/Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. (4/20) 
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