The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation has taken on a new name: MTF Biologics. MTF Biologics is a supplier of donated tissue including skin, bone, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and birth tissue and has distributed more than 7.5 million grafts since it was founded in 1987.
University of North Carolina Tar Heels mascot Jason Ray died 10 years ago, and a news story about his tissue and organ donation inspired 50,000 people to register as organ donors, according to Donate Life America. The donations helped 118 people in 26 states and Canada, according to MTF Biologics, and the Jason Ray Foundation has raised more than a half-million dollars to help the families of patients who need transplants.
TxJet was launched by the Indiana Donor Network in 2014 to speed the delivery of organs for transplant. The service has been recognized by the 2017 Indiana Innovation Awards for its work delivering almost 625 organs across the nation.
The University of Virginia is building a chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy research facility. Physician-scientists at the university are working on new approaches to use CAR T-cell therapies to treat leukemia and in combination with chemotherapy.
Researchers at the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute in Canada found that treating acute myeloid leukemia in preclinical tests with a PPAR-gamma agonist diabetes therapy resulted in suppression of AML cells and increased production of red blood cells. The study was published in the journal Nature Cell Biology.
Novartis' drug Revolade was associated with increases in platelet counts and reductions in bleeding in a long-term trial involving patients with chronic and persistent immune thrombocytopenia.
When starting or improving a lab stewardship program, it's important to consider interventions, governance, strategies for improvement, and data extraction and monitoring. "The obvious place to begin is to put together a multidisciplinary laboratory stewardship committee" that is "linked to leadership by including the chief medical officer and chief financial officer (CFO) or their designees as key members," says Jane Dickerson, director of reference lab services at Seattle Children's Hospital.
The government of Nigeria has begun a campaign to vaccinate 874,000 people in the states of Kwara and Kogi against yellow fever, according to the World Health Organization. The campaign was launched Friday and will focus on residents between the ages of 9 months and 45 years old.
Health Union's third annual Hepatitis C in America survey found that factors such as treatment cost, lack of insurance and anxiety about side effects were among the main obstacles to treatment. Of 609 respondents, 62% knew what hepatitis C was before their diagnosis and 33% did not.
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