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February 13, 2013News for the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community

  Top Story 
  • Bio-scaffold may allow for regrowth of broken bones
    Researchers from the U.K. used a method called "solvent blending" to create a degradable, plastic bio-scaffold that can be inserted into broken bones to induce them to regrow. Stem cells from the bone marrow are carried by the blood through the scaffold, where they can attach and generate new bone tissue. The researchers are preparing for human trials. The findings were published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials. Medical News Today (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science & Health 
  • Global cost for Chagas' disease estimated at $7B
    The global cost of Chagas' disease has reached about $7 billion a year, greater than similar estimates for cervical cancer and cholera, according to an analysis in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases. In the U.S., costs linked to the disease could be as high as $800 million a year. The study illustrates the need to devote more resources to addressing the illness, a researcher said. National Public Radio/Shots blog (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brain cells used to treat lack of myelin cells in mice
    Researchers have turned human skin cells into induced pluripotent stem cells that were then transformed into oligodendrocyte progenitors. Oligodendrocytes produce myelin cells, which researchers hope can be used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Transplanting the engineered cells into mice led to the production of myelin without the growth of tumors, according to the study in the journal Cell Stem Cell. Human trials are anticipated to start in 2015. Gizmag (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Facebook could help people prevent HIV infection, study says
    Social networking tools including Facebook show promise in helping prevent HIV infection among people who belong to at-risk groups, according to a study in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases. "This study helps direct us toward that goal by suggesting that participants will use social media to learn about HIV prevention and that those who talk about HIV prevention over social networking groups are not just talking about it -- they are acting on their words by getting an HIV test," said researcher Sean Young. Healthcare Informatics online (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry News & Practice 
  • CDC: Hospitals made steady progress in curbing some infections
    A CDC report released on Tuesday found that the rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections declined by 41% and surgical site infections fell by 17% in U.S. hospitals since 2008. However, catheter-associated urinary tract infections have not declined further since 2010, possibly due to the number of catheter days holding steady in critical-care settings. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden called on hospitals to do more to control and track infections. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/12), (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Government & Regulatory 
  • HHS-drafted health rules advance to final review
    Two sets of Affordable Care Act health regulations from HHS have been sent to the White House for final review. One sets standards for essential health benefits and a timeline for the accreditation of qualified health plans in health insurance exchanges. The second concerns the protection of health insurers against financial losses. The Hill (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Reminder: AABB offers self-assessment module credits
    AABB is an approved provider of Maintenance of Certification Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment Module credits. SAM credits are available for select education sessions from past AABB Annual Meetings. For more information, individuals may contact AABB's Education and Professional Development Department. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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