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

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  • Role of blood-brain barrier explored in traumatic injury
    A blood test detected biomarkers of brain injuries in football players, showing that even routine hits that don't cause concussions still have the potential to cause neurological harm by breaching the blood-brain barrier, researchers reported in the journal PLoS One. Immune reactions to the brain protein S100B have the potential to cause tissue damage in the brain, investigators said. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science & Health 
  • Toxin in bee venom kills HIV virus, researchers say
    Melittin, the toxic component of bee venom, penetrates HIV and other viruses, essentially killing the pathogens, say researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. They hitched melittin to nanoparticles with molecular stopgaps that prevent damage to healthy cells. Used in a vaginal gel, the toxin could prevent HIV transmission, and researchers hope the findings could be used to treat other infections. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • ONC cites improved use of EHR functions under MU effort
    The use of certain EHR functions, such as active drug lists, among acute-care hospitals has improved under the federal meaningful use effort, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, citing data from the American Hospital Association. The data, presented at the HIMSS13 conference, also indicated that 16 of the 24 MU goals analyzed had an adoption rate of 80% or more in 2012. Health Data Management (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government & Regulatory 
  • Lawmakers ask FDA to clarify proposed mHealth regulations
    House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and other Republican House members have asked FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg via a letter sent on March 1 to provide clarity on the agency's proposal to regulate certain mobile health applications. The legislators expressed concern that manufacturers of mHealth apps, smartphones and tablets could be subjected to the 2.3% excise tax under the health care law if the FDA decides to regulate them as medical devices. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Deadline approaching to submit comments on draft terminology for CT labeling
    The deadline to submit comments on the Cellular Therapy Coding and Labeling Advisory Group's proposed draft terminology is March 15. The terminology addresses the concern that a number of products with the "TC," or Therapeutic Cell, designation do not have obvious therapeutic benefit. The CTCLAG proposal intends to accommodate current users by minimizing the amount of change and aligning the terminology with fields such as tissue banking that use ISBT 128 terminology. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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