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January 8, 2013News for the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community

  Top Story 
  • N.Y. to implement guidelines for identifying, treating sepsis
    New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will instruct hospitals in the state to implement aggressive measures for diagnosing sepsis in patients, including the use of a countdown-to-treatment protocol, according to a state official. The Society of Critical Care Medicine plans to release updated guidelines in January, and Cuomo is expected to call for hospitals to use a protocol that "aligns with proven best practices" as part of his State of the State address. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science & Health 
  • Major laparoscopic hepatectomy comparable with open liver resection
    Outcomes for three types of laparoscopic major hepatectomy were comparable with those for standard open liver resection, according to findings from a literature review published in the Annals of Surgery. Blood loss was limited in laparoscopic liver surgery and the mortality rate was low due in part to careful dissection and pressure from the pneumoperitoneum, a researcher said. Living donor resections seemed safe, but only 87 cases were reviewed. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study rejects link between flu vaccine, epilepsy seizure risk
    Researchers looked at data from a vaccination database in Sweden and found that epilepsy patients who received the H1N1 flu vaccine Pandemrix were at no greater risk of suffering from seizures. The study, which involved 373,398 people, appeared in the British Medical Journal. (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends 
  • Cuts to medical research funding will stall progress and waste money
    Congress postponed until March deep budget cuts that had been due to take effect at the start of this year. If these cuts to the NIH, FDA, CDC and other agencies are allowed to happen, promising projects will stall, people will needlessly suffer and jobs will be lost, three medical school deans write. "A strong America requires investments that protect our economy and our health," they write. The Washington Post (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry News & Practice 
  • FDA OKs trial of Terumo protocol for polymorphonuclear cells
    The FDA has approved a trial to assess a collection protocol for polymorphonuclear cells using the Spectra Optia platform, according to Terumo BCT. Polymorphonuclear cells from donors could help patients whose immune systems are compromised due to illness or chemotherapy. InnovatioNews (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • ONC seeks members of 2 HIT workgroups
    Applications are being accepted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT for possible members of the Health IT Policy Committee's Consumer Empowerment Workgroup and Health IT Standards Committee's Consumer Technology Workgroup. The workgroups, which were created to help consumers and patients understand the benefits of EHRs, have an application deadline of Jan. 14. Healthcare Informatics online (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Revised 6th edition of "Standards for Cellular Therapies" is available for public comment
    The sixth edition of "Standards for Cellular Therapies" once again is available for public comment. This second comment period is being held to provide members with an opportunity to review new standards that have been added to the document since it was last released in August. The new standards — which are highlighted in an accompanying summary of changes — complete the expansion of the CT Standards into clinical activities related to patient care. The 30-day comment period will conclude on Jan. 14. AABB's Cellular Therapy Standards Program Unit encourages all interested individuals to submit comments during this time. The draft document and instructions on how to submit comments are available online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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