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March 4, 2013News for the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community

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  • Stored red blood cells start to lose function after 3 weeks
    A study from Johns Hopkins University found that red blood cells stored longer than three weeks begin to lose the flexibility needed to carry oxygen through narrow capillaries. "There's more and more information telling us that the shelf life of blood may not be six weeks, which is what the blood banks consider standard," study leader Dr. Steven M. Frank said. The findings were published in the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia. Yahoo/Asian News International (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Flu activity is declining in U.S., CDC says
    CDC officials reported on Friday that the number of states with widespread flu activity dropped as of last week, from 22 to 12. Also, reports of regional flu cases declined from 28 states to 21. Despite the slowdown, the CDC won't say the season is officially over until there are several weeks in a row of flu activity below the 2.2% baseline, the CDC's Lyn Finelli said. USA Today (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study finds MRSA infection linked to season, age
    Children face a higher risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection during the summer, while older people are at greater risk of infection in winter, a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology showed. Although the findings failed to explain the seasonal- and age-related risk patterns, researchers suggest increased antibiotic use in the winter could play a role. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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“Developing Cellular Therapies: From Preclinical Safety to Clinical Evaluation”. Hosted by University of Wisconsin, Waisman Biomanufacturing (WB), Madison, WI. No charge for attendance. Click here for more details.


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  • FDA to scrutinize 30 compounders in 2 months
    The FDA plans to inspect around 30 drug compounders in the next two months amid heightened efforts following a deadly meningitis outbreak tied to compounded drugs. The pharmacies mainly produce sterile drugs for health care providers across the country, FDA spokeswoman Erica Jefferson said. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2013 AABB Annual Meeting & CTTXPO abstract submission process now open
    AABB individual members now can submit abstracts to be considered for presentation at the 2013 Annual Meeting & CTTXPO in Denver. Entries will be accepted through May 8. This year's categories and submission guidelines are available on the AABB website. Authors of abstracts selected for presentation will be notified by June 24. Questions regarding the 2013 abstract program should be directed to AABB's Education and Professional Development department. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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