Lab Sciences
Top stories summarized by our editors
1/20/2017

Columbia University Medical Center researchers found in a 60-person randomized trial that volunteers receiving transfusions of red blood cells stored for six weeks could not adequately metabolize damaged cells, resulting in increased iron levels in the blood. Based on the findings, the authors of the study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation recommended that the FDA lower the storage limit for blood to five weeks from the current standard of six weeks when adequate supplies are available.

1/19/2017

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations was
launched at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland to prevent epidemics by developing new vaccines. Drugmakers at the conference also launched the Access Accelerated initiative to improve treatment of cancer and other noncommunicable diseases in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Full Story:
Reuters, Reuters
1/18/2017

An outbreak of yellow fever in southeastern Brazil has the country's health officials worried of the incident's potential to become an epidemic. The death toll stands at 30 people, with an estimated 110 diagnosed with the disease.

More Summaries:
Brazil
1/18/2017

New Zealand's national tissue bank is advocating bone donation to help meet the nation's demand. Former staff member John Christiansen talks about his experience donating bone during his hip replacement surgery.

Full Story:
Stuff (New Zealand)
More Summaries:
John Christiansen
1/18/2017

The Indiana Donor Network has teamed up with the Clauson-Marshall Racing team to honor the memory of driver Bryan Clauson, who died in a 2014 racing accident, through the Driven2SaveLives tissue, eye and organ donation awareness campaign. "While Bryan was known for his on-track persona, the decision he made to be an organ and tissue donor will forever be his legacy," said his father, Tim Clauson.

Full Story:
Tulsa World (Okla.)
More Summaries:
Indiana Donor Network
1/18/2017

Researchers with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Naval Medical Research Center reported that Sanaria's experimental malaria vaccine protected 25 out of 28 participants in a clinical trial. The findings of the study were reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Full Story:
FiercePharma
1/18/2017

Clinical studies will begin in April for the Zika vaccine candidate being developed by Protein Sciences. The trial is supported by five other partners from Argentina, Mexico, Japan and Brazil.

1/18/2017

A report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy and other groups lists 13 "gaps" in preparations for future outbreaks of the Ebola virus. The report proposes the creation of a public-private entity to coordinate with the World Health Organization on efforts to develop an Ebola vaccine.

Full Story:
FiercePharma
1/17/2017

As part of an effort to use IT to improve patient safety, OhioHealth Mansfield and Shelby Laboratories use an automated critical value notification system to flag significant changes in cardiac troponin results, among other things, and created an algorithm for Clostridium difficile testing that improved care while cutting costs. The organizations' leadership understands "that our laboratory has to play a more decisive role by providing clinical decision support (CDS) for laboratory orders and results," said clinical chemist Eugenio Zabaleta.

1/17/2017

Seventh Sense Biosystems says it expects to receive FDA approval soon to begin marketing its Touch Activated Phlebotomy device. The device draws blood through 30 microneedles in the top layers of the skin, and tests have found reported pain for blood draws is much lower than with venipuncture and fingersticks.