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January 21, 2013News for the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community

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  • CDC reports "worse-than-average" flu season
    CDC officials reported Friday that 48 states are now experiencing widespread flu activity, and public health officials have documented 29 pediatric deaths as well as sharp increases in hospitalization among seniors. Rates of infection are dropping in some parts of the country, but levels are rising in the West, where the season began later. "We are in the middle of flu season, about halfway through, and it's shaping up to be a worse-than-average season and a bad season, particularly, for the elderly," said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. HealthDay News (1/18), CNN (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science & Health 
  • Iron supplements do not improve outcomes in study of 150 preemies
    Premature babies who were given iron supplements did not fare better in terms of transfusion need, red blood cell counts or mortality than infants who did not receive the supplements, according to findings in the journal Pediatrics. The randomized study involved 150 infants smaller than 3.3 pounds. (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Infections in colon surgery patients tied to higher clot risk
    Patients with surgical-site infections after colon and rectal procedures had a four times greater risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism than patients who did not develop infections, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Ninety-two percent of those who developed clots had been given preventive anticoagulants. More screening for clots may be needed in these patients with surgical-site infections, a researcher said. HealthDay News (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends 
  • 6 states consider bills regarding biosimilars
    Six states are weighing bills involving the interchangeability of biosimilars and brand-name biologics. In Virginia, a legislative panel endorsed a bill that would authorize pharmacists to dispense biosimilars that the FDA considers interchangeable, while a Pennsylvania lawmaker says rules on generics aren't applicable to biosimilars and new legislation is needed. In 2012, changes were proposed to Illinois' Pharmacy Practice Act, while Indiana, North Dakota and Texas also are considering bills. Blog (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry News & Practice 
  • Poll: Most nurses are satisfied in their jobs
    Seventy-six percent of 969 nurses were satisfied or very satisfied with their work, a Jackson Healthcare survey found. Most of the respondents believed the profession faces challenges, including liability issues, shortages and heavy workloads. Men and younger nurses were more likely to be dissatisfied than women and older nurses. (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • ONC makes available test criteria for stage 2 MU
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has issued changes to the 2014 Edition Test Method for EHR certification to help commercial vendors and health care organizations evaluate their systems under the federal government's stage 2 meaningful use program. The test tools, procedures and data are available on the ONC website. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HHS updates HIPAA rules
    HHS updated HIPAA rules to limit the use and disclosure of protected health information for fundraising and marketing, prohibit the unauthorized sale of protected health data, broaden patients' rights to restrict disclosure of health information, prohibit insurers from using or sharing genetic data for underwriting and replace the standard of "harm" under the HITECH Act's breach notification rule, among other changes. Government Health IT online (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Director of AABB Center for Cellular Therapies to present National Academy of Sciences "Distinctive Voices" lecture
    Marie Csete, M.D., Ph.D., division director of the AABB Center for Cellular Therapies, will present "Myth, Realities, and Surprises: A stem Cell Update" on Jan. 23 at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif. The presentation is part of the National Academy of Sciences' "Distinctive Voices" lecture series, a public forum that highlights innovations, discoveries and emerging issues in science. Interested individuals are encouraged to register for the free event online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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