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November 26, 2012News for the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community

  Top Story 
Announcing the Arrival of FMH RapidScreen from Immucor
The new FMH RapidScreen offers a faster more simplified feto-maternal hemorrhage screening test to give you peace of mind in generating a quick result for the protection of mothers and their newborns. FMH RapidScreen provides up to 35% decrease in total test time compared to other marketed tests. To learn more about this product, call us at 855-IMMUCOR or visit our website.

  Science & Health 
  • FDA OKs first seasonal flu vaccine made using animal cell cultures
    The FDA has approved the use of Novartis' seasonal influenza vaccine for people ages 18 and older. The vaccine, which will be marketed under the brand name Flucelvax, is the first seasonal flu vaccine produced using animal cell cultures instead of the traditional chicken egg method, which allows for a faster production process. Reuters (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers in Greece use advanced techniques in blood research
    Researchers in Athens, Greece, are using advanced devices such as the atomic force microscope and scanning electron microscope to study blood samples from patients with kidney and autoimmune diseases. The researchers are looking specifically at changes in human blood following the infusion of artificial plasma. Greek Reporter blog (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Discount on Regenerative Medicine Journal offered to AABB members
AABB has partnered with Regenerative Medicine Journal to offer a six-issue online subscription for $30 to AABB members. This journal provides a forum to address the important challenges and advances in stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Visit the AABB Marketplace or add-on to your online AABB membership renewal.

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Top five news stories selected by AABB SmartBrief readers in the past week.

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  Emerging Trends 
  • CMS selects 3 groups to participate in data sharing initiative
    CMS has selected the Kansas City Quality Improvement Consortium, the Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati and the Oregon Health Care Quality Corp. to be the first groups to participate in the agency's Medicare data sharing initiative. The data exchange program offers HHS-certified organizations Medicare claims information, which can be used to assess the performance of providers. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry News & Practice 
  • Mass. allows drug sharing among hospitals facing shortages
    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health adopted emergency rules letting hospitals share drugs to deal with shortages caused by the closure of the New England Compounding Center and its sister company Ameridose after a nationwide meningitis outbreak. Although the change won't address long-term problems, it is "a significant and positive step toward easing the medication shortage," the Massachusetts Hospital Association said. The Boston Globe/White Coat Notes blog (tiered subscription model) (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • HeartWare gains FDA approval for cardiac pump
    HeartWare has obtained approval from the FDA for its left ventricular assist device, a cardiac pump designed to aid blood flow in end-stage heart failure patients awaiting transplants. The lifesaving benefits of the system have been shown in a clinical study to outweigh the risks, according to the FDA. Reuters (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ONC envisions 1,000 rural hospitals achieving MU in 2 years
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT aims to have 1,000 rural hospitals demonstrating meaningful use of health IT by the close of 2014. To encourage sharing of best practices and accelerate HIT adoption, the agency has set up the Rural Community of Practice to oversee pilot programs, with subcommittees to track the key issues faced by rural hospitals. Healthcare Informatics online (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AABB seeks next CEO
    AABB seeks a leader with a commitment to improving health care to serve as its next chief executive officer. This prestigious position offers an extraordinary opportunity to lead a respected national professional and scientific association that serves as a preeminent knowledge-based organization focused on improving health through advancing the science and practice of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has been retained by AABB to assist in recruiting the new CEO. Those interested in applying for the position should visit the company's website for more details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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