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February 22, 2012News for the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community

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  • Stem cells improve movement in Parkinson's trials in primates
    Japanese researchers have implanted human embryonic stem cells into four monkeys with Parkinson's disease. Improvement in movement was seen in the primates six months after the stem cell transplant, researchers said. Researchers are refining the technique for a clinical trial in which they would likely use induced pluripotent stem cells. Google/Agence France-Presse (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Transplant patients may be more susceptible to skin cancer
    Patients who have received a solid organ transplant might be at higher risk for aggressive skin cancers of the head and neck, a study at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital found. Researchers studied the records of 3,639 patients who had received a solid organ transplant from 1990 through 2011. Though the overall incidence was low, the skin cancers that did occur tended to be aggressive and were associated with shorter survival times, the researchers said. "We believe these patients require aggressive screening, treatment and follow-up," the study's leader said. (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Testing regimen developed to distinguish abuse from blood disorders
    Dr. Michael Laposata, a pathologist at Vanderbilt University, has helped create a new blood-testing regimen called the Non-Accidental Injury Coagulation Panel that he said will help distinguish cases of bleeding disorders from child abuse. The panel needs just a small amount of blood, which is important in cases involving infants, he said. ProPublica/Frontline/NPR (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Some hospitals do social media better than others
    Many hospitals have a social media presence, with Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and YouTube channels, but some do it better than others, writes Arundhati Parmar. Successful Facebook pages engage users with multimedia offerings and opportunities to take action, while others are static and dull, Parmar writes. (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    The AABB website will be inaccessible and undergoing scheduled maintenance from 7 p.m. EST Friday, Feb. 24, through 8:30 a.m. EST Monday, Feb. 27. The association apologizes for the inconvenience and encourages those in need of assistance to contact AABB Membership Services via e-mail. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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