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10/17/2018

Zipline currently meets 30% of Rwanda's national demand for emergency transfusions by delivering blood and other supplies to outlying clinics via drone, and an expanded agreement will allow the company to supply the rest of the country. Zipline is testing a similar system in Ghana and working on a pilot project in North Carolina as well.

10/17/2018

Spanish researchers assessed reservoir reductions in 23 patients with HIV-1 infections and high-risk hematologic disease who had been treated with antiretroviral therapy and allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant. Findings published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine indicated that allo-HSCT induces long-term reduction in detectable HIV with ongoing ART.

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hematologic disease, HIV
10/17/2018

The American Red Cross has partnered with the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia on a five-year collaboration to promote blood donation, particularly among African-Americans, among whom SCD is common.

10/16/2018

Thirty-one papers from the lab of Dr. Piero Anversa, whose work explored use of cardiac stem cells for regeneration of heart tissue, contain "falsified and/or fabricated data" and should be retracted, according to Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Anversa had said the heart contains stem cells known as c-kit cells, but efforts to reproduce his findings failed, and studies that tested injection of c-kit cells into ailing hearts yielded mixed results.

10/16/2018

Investigators found no significant difference in overall mortality rates at 90 days among 488 patients with severe acute kidney injury and septic shock who were assigned to either early strategy renal replacement therapy, involving treatment within 12 hours of failure-stage AKI diagnosis, or a delayed strategy, involving treatment after 48 hours if there was no renal recovery. The research was published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

10/16/2018

The World Health Organization on Wednesday will convene an emergency meeting to discuss whether the most recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo should be designated a public health emergency of international concern. DRC officials report that 33 new infections have been confirmed over the last week, and 24 of those cases were fatal.

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ABC News, Reuters
10/16/2018

Dialysis patients in Florida who were affected by Hurricane Michael can seek emergency assistance from the American Kidney Fund, which is giving grants to patients who need to replace lost medications, purchase renal diet foods, pay for transportation to treatment or temporary housing, and obtain other essential items damaged or lost due to the storm.

10/16/2018

A clinical chemistry score that combined high-sensitivity cardiac troponin and glucose results with estimated glomerular filtration rate performed better in terms of sensitivity and specificity than high-sensitivity cardiac troponin results alone in stratifying risk among emergency room patients suspected of having acute coronary syndrome, a study found. Adopting the laboratory score could lead to better lab reporting and analytics needed for patient examination, researchers said.

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acute coronary syndrome
10/12/2018

The rate of US children ages 19 months to 35 months who didn't receive any recommended vaccinations rose from 0.3% in 2001 and 0.9% in 2011 to 1.3% in 2017, CDC researchers reported in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Another CDC study showed that the overall vaccination rate among those entering kindergarten held steady at nearly 95%, even though the vaccine-exemption prevalence rose for the third consecutive school year.

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10/12/2018

People who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus have been difficult for health workers to contact in the conflict-torn city of Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo. "We anticipate that now we'll be looking at least another 3-4 months in order to really stem this outbreak, with a strong focus in Beni and surrounding areas," said World Health Organization emergency response chief Dr. Peter Salama.

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NBC News, Reuters