Research Round Up #3: Ebola, Homelessness, Homeopathy, IBS, Research Parasites, Quacks, Zika and more!
Research Round-Up

Research Round Up #3: Ebola, Homelessness, Homeopathy, IBS, Research Parasites, Quacks, Zika and more!

I have been traveling a lot over the past couple of weeks, plus, had to meet a tough deadline on submitting a proposal for antimicrobial surveillance, making the third edition of this year’s research round up a bit late. Also, I have decided to do it on a Monday-Sunday basis to be able to keep some … Continue reading

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Infectious Diseases / Public Health

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 … Continue reading

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Infectious Diseases / Outbreak Watch

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 … Continue reading

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Infectious Diseases / Outbreak Watch

Anthony Fauci: Ebola Virus Not Showing Accelerated Evolution

One of my modern day medical idols is Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the lead editors of the two-volume Bible of Internal Medicine, “Harrison’s Internal Medicine”, and also the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In an NIH News piece he has commented: “The Ebola virus in the ongoing West African … Continue reading

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Infectious Diseases / Outbreak Watch

STRIVE to Control Ebola

The Sierra Leone Trial to Introduce a Vaccine Against Ebola (STRIVE) has started recruiting volunteers to test for the effectiveness of the vaccine. About 6,000 healthcare and other frontline workers will be enrolled in STRIVE to receive the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine, which uses the vesicular stomatitis virus to carry a non-infectious Zaire ebola virus gene, hopefully … Continue reading

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