The Philadelphia-based Gift of Life Donor Program coordinated the donation of tissue from 2,575 donors and the donation of organs from 540 donors last year. The tissue donations included 4,500 corneas and have the potential to help 100,000 people, and the organ donations resulted in 1,412 transplants.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has met the family of the woman whose donated tendon he received in a transplant for an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Dorothy Hyde, the mother of donor Julie De Rossi, who died in 2004 after a car accident caused by a drunken driver, said she looks at the sports section regularly to check on Palmer and "see if he's doing all right and how the team is doing."
An article in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report details the agency's efforts to stop the spread of the Zika virus, particularly among pregnant women, including travel warnings, monitoring of the blood supply, clinical guidance for Zika management and tracking of Zika-related pregnancy outcomes. "CDC experts in every field will continue to protect women and their families from the devastating complications of this threat," said CDC Director Tom Frieden.
Lombard Medical has obtained approval from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for its IntelliFlex Low Profile Delivery System for the Aorfix Endovascular Stent Graft. The device is expected to be launched after the company's anticipated receipt of reimbursement approval in February.
Miromatrix Medical, with support from the National Science Foundation, is developing technology to strip cells from donated organs and then infuse the matrix with autologous cells from the recipient. The perfusion decellularization process takes about two days.
Biomedical researchers and companies are concerned that the federal government will again restrict funding for research that involves human embryonic stem cells. Researchers also use induced pluripotent, adult and animal stem cells, but scientists are still trying to optimize these alternatives, and must compare them to naturally occurring cells, says stem cell scientist Deepak Srivastava.
More than 1,000 patients older than 70 have received hematopoietic cell transplants in the past three years, and transplants remain the sole curative therapy for several hematologic conditions, Dr. Sergio Giralt of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center says in this interview about recent research on transplants therapy for hematologic malignancies. "I am hopeful that, in the next five to 10 years, between outpatient transplant and better ways of managing toxicities and tailoring treatments to the patients, we will be able to improve our safety significantly," Giralt said.
A report in the Journal of Medical Entomology suggests the high standard of living in the US lowers the chances of a wide-ranging Zika virus outbreak. The authors cited factors such as window screens, air conditioning and a lack of need for household water-storage containers, and they said local outbreaks will remain a concern.