Turning to the “Infected Jelly” to Treat Ebola

The NEJM has come out with a very interesting paper: Evaluation of Convalescent Plasma for Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea. The explosive outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa last year had hijacked the headlines and media space in a big way. Multiple solutions were touted, including the vaccine trial STRIVE. Few articles, however, looked at the systems response to the crisis. Although the current … Continue reading Turning to the “Infected Jelly” to Treat Ebola

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New York Times: Treating Ebola? Chuck the Stethoscope!

In an interesting news piece, the New York Times has brought up an issue that is quite startling in its simple complexity. The stethoscope, otherwise so natural an extension of a physician, that it has almost ceased to be an independent, separate instrument, is almost non-existent in the wards where ebola patients are being treated in the developing countries! In USA, the leading centers have … Continue reading New York Times: Treating Ebola? Chuck the Stethoscope!

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Is the British Government Deserting Volunteers in the Battle Against Ebola?

If this “The Telegraph” news article is to be believed, then the 1500 or so British volunteers that the NHS is despatching to Sierra Leone as a part of a massive 125 million pounds assistance program may get into some soup if they end up contracting Ebola during their stay in the country. The arrangement is that the volunteers who contract the disease will be … Continue reading Is the British Government Deserting Volunteers in the Battle Against Ebola?

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Ebola Ecology (CDC)

Ebola Outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are in the midst of an outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever. The numbers that have been provided by the respective ministries of health and sanitation and the World Health Organization, which has been summarized in a CDC factsheet show frightening trends. Before proceeding further, let us take a look at the numbers of the suspected and confirmed cases, suspected deaths … Continue reading Ebola Outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

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