CBS aims to implement deferral system for MSM blood donors | New fetal DNA tests safer but costly | CDC: 5,245 sickened, 236 dead in West Nile outbreak
November 29, 2012
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CBS aims to implement deferral system for MSM blood donors
Canadian Blood Services said it is on the verge of implementing a blood donation deferral system for men who have sex with men. In a plan submitted to Health Canada, the organization said that in place of the current prohibition on MSM donors, it is considering establishing a system that would allow MSM who have not had sexual intercourse for five to 10 years to donate. CBS spokesman Ron Vezina said the group is confident it has enough evidence to back the move. (11/28)
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Quotient is on a roll with new FDA approvals & GPO contracts
More good news from Quotient! Not only do we have FDA-approved Reagent Red Blood Cells products, but also just approved Rare Antisera, including Anti-s and Anti-Wra. We also have new 3-yr agreements with Premier Inc. and the General Services Administration. Great products and value from the one manufacturer focused on manual testing. Contact us today.
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New fetal DNA tests safer but costly
Three new tests that offer a less invasive alternative to amniocentesis have entered the market during the past year but remain uncovered by major insurers. The tests check fetal DNA for potential issues. "The problem is they're more expensive, so they can't be a primary screen," said Tufts University scientist Dr. Diana Bianchi, who did research leading to the creation of one of the new tests. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Kaiser Health News (11/26)
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CDC: 5,245 sickened, 236 dead in West Nile outbreak
CDC officials reported Wednesday that 5,245 people have been affected by the West Nile virus outbreak, and the death toll has reached 236. Forty-eight states and Washington, D.C., have documented cases, but the outbreak has been concentrated in 11 states with 1,714 in Texas alone. HealthDay News (11/28)
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HIV drugs lower risk of recurrent malaria in children
HIV-positive children who were treated with a combination of protease inhibitors lopinavir and ritonavir were less likely to have recurrent malaria than those who received non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, a study found. Researchers looked at more than 170 HIV-positive children in Uganda and noted that the protease inhibitor group had higher blood levels of antimalarial drugs than the NNRTI group. The findings appear in the New England Journal of Medicine. HealthDay News (11/28)
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Mesenchymal cells show promise in treating myocardial infarction
Injecting skeletal muscle- or adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells into the heart muscle of laboratory rats with myocardial infarction led to improvement in left ventricle function and smaller infarct size in the animals, according to a Norwegian study published in Cell Transplantation. Injection of the cells one week after acute myocardial infarction yielded better outcomes compared with infusions of cell culture medium only, researchers said. There is still a need to address several concerns regarding the method, such as whether MSCs from different organisms would yield different functional outcomes, researchers said. Newstrack India/Asian News International (11/28)
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Hemo bioscience has received FDA clearance for its complement coated control cells. Hemo bioscience C3 Control Cells can be used as a control to confirm the efficacy of the AHG reagent used during Direct and Indirect Anti-Globulin tests. For details regarding pricing, manufacturing schedule, and distribution channels email us or call 866-332-2835.
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Mosquito-borne illnesses are returning to Europe
Several European countries are having problems concerning the re-emergence of mosquito-borne diseases. The island of Madeira, part of Portugal, is facing the first major dengue fever outbreak since the 1920s, with more than 1,600 cases to date. In May, Greece said budget cuts for the health sector might weaken efforts to control malaria outbreaks, with cases reaching 20 last year and eight this year. New Scientist (11/27)
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Researchers will use grant toward detecting iron ions in cells
A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will use a three-year, $400,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation to design molecular imaging probes that can help scientists identify iron ions in live cells. The probes are expected to help researchers understand the interaction of iron with other substances in the body. "We need a better understanding of the complex mechanism of how iron acts at the subcellular level to be able to successfully develop new pharmaceuticals and other treatments," said Maolin Guo, a professor at the university. Mass High Tech (Boston) (11/26)
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Industry News & Practice
Piedmont Hospital gets 1st cord blood donation for public use
Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta on Wednesday received its first cord blood donation for a public bank. "It kind of sounds like the public banking is the better option because you know if there is something that goes wrong with your cord blood, that cord blood that you have may not work to treat the issues [that] your baby has," said donor Emily Velez. The hospital estimates 70 percent of parents whose children are born at its facility will participate in the program, which is free to those donating the cord blood. WSB-TV (Atlanta) (11/28)
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Hospital to build underground chute for blood sample transport
Apollo Hospital in Chennai, India, is planning to build an underground chute that will serve as a route for the transportation of blood samples from the hospital to its research and development laboratory. The hospital said the pneumatic chute, to be designed with a maintained sterilized environment, would provide a simpler way to transport the blood samples to the lab. The Times of India/Times News Network (11/29)
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Galapagos finds novel class of antibiotics that kill all MRSA strains
Belgian biotech firm Galapagos said it has identified a new class of antibiotics that demonstrate strong activity against drug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus, including MRSA. The antibiotic acts against an enzyme that is key to the growth of all bacteria, the company said. Galapagos said clinical studies could begin for the antibiotic candidate CAM-1 in early 2014. (11/26)
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Government & Regulatory
FDA streamlines medical device guidance with new website
How the FDA publishes and asks for feedback on the guidance documents crafted by the Center for Devices & Radiological Health will be simplified thanks to the agency's new medical device guidance website. Industry stakeholders can use the website to post suggestions, recommend draft language and submit input on which topics to prioritize for guidance next year. (Boston) (11/27)
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Reminder: "Neonatal Transfusion Guidance" available in AABB Marketplace
AABB has made "Neonatal Transfusion Guidance" available in its Marketplace. The new publication -- a digital download -- addresses the unique requirements for neonatal transfusion that affect processes and procedures in the continuum from collection and selection of blood components to the methods of administration. Other topics covered include the importance of communication among clinical staff, laboratory personnel and parents of neonates; component processing techniques such as irradiation, filtration and aliquoting; effects of component storage and preservation; and blood administration concerns (e.g., venous access, infusion pumps, blood warming).
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