ASCLS eNewsBytes
May. 5, 2015

Investigators report on possible sexual transmission of Ebola virus
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via Infection Control Today
On March 20, 30 days after the most recent confirmed Ebola patient in Liberia was isolated, Ebola was laboratory confirmed in a woman in Monrovia. The investigation identified only one epidemiologic link to Ebola: unprotected vaginal intercourse with a survivor. Published reports from previous outbreaks have demonstrated Ebola survivors can continue to harbor virus in immunologically privileged sites for a period of time after convalescence.More

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Many hospitals and health systems report flat or falling rates of inpatient admissions, a trend that causes hospital laboratory budgets to shrink
DARK Daily
Hospital admissions across the country continue to be flat or in decline over recent years. The result is less revenue for many hospitals. As a result, administrators continue to shrink the budgets of hospital service lines — including clinical laboratory services. More

US clinics avoiding government oversight of stem cell treatments
Mayo Clinic Proceedings via Medical Xpress
Clinics across the United States are advertising stem cell treatments that attempt to take advantage of what they perceive as exceptions in Food and Drug Administration regulations, according to bioethicist Leigh G. Turner, Ph.D., associate professor, University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics and School of Public Health. The therapies in question are adipose-derived autologous stem cell treatments, in which fat cells are removed from a patient, broken down to separate components that purportedly contain stem cells and are then reinjected into the same patient. More

Bird flu outbreak could set US record with 'probable' cases in Iowa
Reuters
The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said. If the virus is confirmed at the farms in additional tests under way at a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory, the total number of American cases could surpass 20 million birds and result in the biggest death toll in a bird flu outbreak in U.S. history.More

Link between inherited genetic variations, outcomes of nonsmall cell lung cancer patients discovered
Moffitt Cancer Center via ScienceDaily
Nonsmall cell lung cancer is the most common type of lung cancer. Patients diagnosed with nonsmall cell lung cancer have a poor prognosis, with a five-year survival rate of only 16 percent. Researchers hope to improve nonsmall cell lung cancer patient survival with the results of a study that found that inherited genetic variations in interleukin genes are associated with improved patient survival and response to therapy. More

Study: Half of US hospitals could do more to prevent serious infections
HealthDay News
Too few hospitals in the United States are doing everything they can to protect patients from a potentially deadly intestinal infection, a new study finds. Researchers from the University of Michigan surveyed almost 400 hospitals nationwide to determine what measures they had taken to prevent Clostridium difficile infections, which kill nearly 30,000 Americans a year and cause illness in hundreds of thousands more.More

1st dog-to-human transmission of plague identified in the US
Medical News Today
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that a small outbreak of pneumonic plague in Colorado last year was caused by a dog infected with the disease. The organization says this is first incidence of a human contracting the disease from a dog in the U.S., and it may be the first case of human-to-human plague transmission in the country in almost a century.More

Chemical engineer grows human cells in hydrogels
Lab Manager
Kyle Lampe, an assistant professor of chemical engineering in the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science, is growing cells in 3-D hydrogels, an environment closer than petri dishes to how cells grow on their own. He can control the hydrogel's softness or stiffness, and by raising the cells in a 3-D solution, the cells react more closely to how they would in nature. More