Scientists Triple Storage Time of Human Donor Livers

NIH-funded research project develops new method to preserve human livers for transplantation.

Scientists have greatly extended the amount of time human livers can be stored for transplantation by modifying a previous protocol to extend the viability of rat livers. Previously, human livers were only viable for an average of nine hours, but the new method of preservation maintains liver tissue for up to 27 hours, giving transplant doctors and patients a much longer timeframe to work with.… Read full story

Public Health Alert: Tuna Sold at Kroger Linked to Scombroid Poisoning

Reynoldsburg, Ohio (Sept. 6, 2019) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is issuing a public health alert for Yellowfin Tuna purchased from Kroger retail stores in Ohio. This alert is the result of an investigation by ODA and the Ohio Department of Health after four cases of scombroid poisoning were reported in Franklin and Montgomery counties.Read full story

NIH Bolsters Funding for HIV Implementation Research in High-Burden U.S. Areas

Community-based research sets stage for implementation of HHS initiative

The National Institutes of Health has awarded approximately $11.3 million to 23 institutions across the United States to collaborate with community partners to develop locally relevant plans for diagnosing, treating and preventing HIV in areas with high rates of new HIV cases.… Read full story

Mountain Mel’s Essential Goods, LLC Recalls The Milk Lady’s Herbal Tea Blend, Peaceful Baby Herbal Tea Blend, and Diges-teas Herbal Tea Blend, Because of Possible Health Risk

Mountain Mel’s Essential Goods, LLC of Welches, OR is recalling The Milk Lady’s Tea with LOT # ML6271950, Peaceful Baby Herbal Tea with LOT # PB781950, and Diges-Teas Herbal Tea with LOT # DT7619100, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.… Read full story

HHS Secretary Azar Statement on Illnesses Associated with E-Cigarettes

As of August 27, 2019, health departments from 25 states have reported 215 possible cases of pulmonary illnesses from users of e-cigarette products, resulting in one death, and additional reports are under investigation. HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement:

“HHS and the Trump Administration are using every tool we have to get to the bottom of this deeply concerning the outbreak of illnesses in Americans who use e-cigarettes.

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Improved Intubation Tool Wins Top Prize in Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Design Competition

NIH and VentureWell award teams who develop real solutions to real problems.

The winners of the eighth annual Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge developed simple but effective solutions that can make a significant difference to the patient population, such as a tool to make intubation easier and more accurate and a rapid screening test for C.… Read full story