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New Research Offers Progress Toward Detecting and Treating Ebola

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Last week, two scientific discoveries were announced that could lead to better and earlier treatments for persons with Ebola virus disease. First, scientists at University of Texas Medical Center in Galveston have discovered a protein within the body’s immune system that plays a central role in Ebola infections. Ebola virus infections are known to cause […]

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Chagas Drug Gets FDA Approval: A Victory over Shkreli-esque Pharmaceutical Price Gouging

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  Left: Martin Shkreli (photo courtesy of The Source).  Right: A “kissing bug” (photo courtesy of Scienceline).   On August 29th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted approval to benznidazole for use in children ages 2 to 12 years with Chagas disease. The approval is the first treatment of its kind to be approved […]

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Flooding in Freetown: a Post-Ebola Catastrophe

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Flooding is turning out to be a major news story this month. At the time of this publication, the catastrophic flooding in Houston has displaced thousands, and at least five are reported dead.  Meanwhile, in Freetown, the capitol of Sierra Leone, people are still searching for the missing after a mudslide and flood that has […]

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Monkey Business: Ebola Research is Benefitted by Recent Discovery

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Rhesus monkey (Image source)   A new study published this week in Nature Microbiology brings good news for research toward the persistence of Ebola virus in asymptomatic individuals. Ebola virus (EBOV) is the virus that causes Ebola (now referred to as Ebola virus disease, or EVD), a viral hemorrhagic fever that has a very high […]

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The Outbreak That Wasn’t: Liberia’s “Post-Ebola” Moment

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Ever since WHO declared the end of Ebola virus transmission in West Africa in June 2016, the world has wondered when (not if) they would see Ebola again. In May 2017, the virus reemerged from its secret jungle lair, but not before a brief panic in Liberia just a few weeks prior that would briefly […]

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