Category: Ebola

Why Haven’t We Found a Cure for Ebola in Boston?

December 9th, 2014 in 2014, Boston.com, Ebola, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

In West Africa alone, the World Health Organization reports that the current Ebola outbreak— the most severe on record—has killed more than 6,000 out of the 17,000 people who have contracted it. Here in Boston, you could literally bump into someone working on a cure, but it’s a process often hampered by lack of funding and facilities…

Expert quote:

“Having a facility that can operate safely and effectively in close proximity to lots of intelligent people should speed up a lot of the development process, because it’s a lot easier to have conversations and get things started when it’s 15 minutes on the T and on the No. 10 bus, versus going down to the CDC or the NIH. There’s a ceiling on the amount of work that can be done because of the amount of facilities.”

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The Race for an Ebola Vaccine

November 25th, 2014 in 2014, Ebola, Kevin Outterson, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Kevin Outterson, School of Law

Over the summer, as it became clear that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was one of the worst public-health emergencies in recent memory, executives at Merck met at the company’s New Jersey headquarters to figure out how to respond…

Expert quote:

“Every drug company cares about their reputation, and various companies have had various hits to their reputation over the past decade, so if they can do something that’s clearly helping with an urgent global public-health need at a reasonable cost, it’s a good move for everybody.”

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A Boston Doctor vs. Ebola

November 25th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Magazine, Ebola, Nahid Bhadelia, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL

What Nahid Bhadelia remembers most from her trip to treat Ebola patients in Sierra Leone—12 days of working with desperately ill people in a country where the disease has killed thousands—is not being able to touch her patients…

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Boston Doctor Returns to Sierra Leone to Fight Ebola

November 12th, 2014 in 2014, Ebola, Nahid Bhadelia, NBC, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Boston-based physician Dr. Nahid Bhadelia travels to Sierra Leone for the second time in four months to combat the deadly Ebola outbreak…

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Boston doc: Science, not quarantines, key to Ebola fight

November 12th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, Ebola, NEIDL, Newsmakers, Ronald Corley, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Ronald Corley, School of Medicine, NEIDL

A New York doctor whose Ebola diagnosis prompted controversial mandatory quarantine rules there and in New Jersey was deemed healthy Monday night and the city was declared Ebola-free yesterday — putting more ammo in the argument against those stringent guidelines, said one local doctor…

Expert quote:

“It’s the stuff of science fiction. What political people and health officials try to do is give people a sense of safety.”

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Early Signs of Ebola-Like Diseases Found

November 11th, 2014 in 2014, Ebola, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Tests for Ebola virus currently cannot identify the disease until after people show symptoms, and so individuals exposed to the virus have to wait to see if they are infected…

Expert quote:

“It looks like there are some very early and distinct ways in which the immune system is responding to different diseases. That could be an important way of trying to find people that are infected before they show overt symptoms.”

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LED Device Will Detect Ebola Cheaply and Quickly

November 8th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Ebola, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Selim Unlu 0 comments

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Selim Ünlü, College of Engineering
John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Four years into a five-year project to develop a rapid hemorrhagic virus detection technology, the deadliest outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in history struck. For the Boston University research team working on the SP-IRIS device (single particle interferometric reflectance imaging sensor), it’s a small matter of bad timing…

Expert quotes:

Ünlü:

“Having an outbreak happening right now, clearly we’re not ready. Most of the technologies are not ready, there are no easy quick solutions to diagnose this epidemic.”

Connor:

“There’s more to consider than just the raw time. There is also something to consider in terms of how complex [the current diagnosis] is. Making it easier is one of the critical aspects.”

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Ebola side effects

November 8th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, Ebola, Nahid Bhadelia, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Hub doctors just back from West Africa’s Ebola zone warn that although the outbreak shows signs of tempering, deaths caused by a slew of other illnesses and even childbirth complications are skyrocketing…

Expert quote:

“We’re really seeing that a majority of morbidity and mortality now is not Ebola, it’s actually other preventable diseases. All of these countries had poor infrastructure to begin with.”

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Ebola and Enterovirus, both spreading too close to home

November 6th, 2014 in 2014, Ebola, Elke Muhlberger, NEIDL, Newsmakers, Ronald Corley, School of Medicine, WFXT 0 comments

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Ronald Corley, School of Medicine, NEIDL
Elke Muhlberger, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Two viruses: one from the jungles of Africa that has infected more than 10,000 people, half of them dead and another from right here in the US infecting more than 800 and linked to the deaths of four children this past fall. So where do these viruses come from and how are they spreading so close to home?…

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The other Ebola fear: Your civil liberties

November 5th, 2014 in 2014, Ebola, Newsmakers, School of Law, School of Public Health, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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Wendy Mariner, School of Law, School of Public Health

The power to quarantine is as “American as apple pie.”…

Expert quote:

“In the 1920s, there was sometimes isolation for somebody with sexually transmitted infections before there were antibiotics to treat them. But again, it was targeted largely at poor sex workers and some immigrants.”

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