Category: NEIDL

Frontline health workers were sidelined in $3.3bn fight against Ebola

May 19th, 2015 in 2015, Nahid Bhadelia, NEIDL, Newsmakers, Newsweek, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Under cover of darkness, a few burial workers pried opened the steel doors of a hospital morgue and stole the corpses of two adults and one child. They carried the bodies confidently, with hands that carted cadavers daily…

Expert quote:

“So you’re not getting paid, your friends are dying, and you have nothing to protect yourself. We couldn’t get anything into the country because commercial shippers stopped flying. At one point, we created aprons out of tarps.”

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Dr. Nahid Bhadelia: On the Frontline to Fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

May 19th, 2015 in 2015, Nahid Bhadelia, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, MD, is an infectious diseases physician, assistant professor at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Director of Infection Control and Medical Response at National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory at Boston University. But she is known more as a frontline physician fighting the deadly Ebola disease in Sierra Leone…

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OraSure in race to make much-needed rapid Ebola test

May 16th, 2015 in 2015, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

The Ebola epidemic has cooled to a simmer in West Africa, but the race to provide the technology needed to thwart the next outbreak is just heating up…

Expert quote:

“There is now the recognition that diagnostics is something that really needs to be paid attention to. There may not be one test that answers everyone’s questions at this time.”

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The Risks of Viral Research

December 28th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, NEIDL, Newsmakers, Paul Duprex, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Paul Duprex, School of Medicine, NEIDL

In 1967, William H. Stewart, the Surgeon General, travelled to the White House to deliver one of the most encouraging messages ever spoken by American public-health official…

Expert quote:

“Virologists will be deprived of a powerful tool of human inquiry if they are unable to perform adaptation experiments.”

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Sun seekers warned of virus

December 26th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, NEIDL, Newsmakers, Ronald Corley, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Ronald Corley, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Travelers looking to 
escape the frigid New England winter and take a sun-soaked Caribbean vac ation may want to bring the bug spray along with their suntan lotion, according to 
local doctors, as the painful and mysterious Chikungunya virus tears through the Western Hemisphere…

Expert quote:

“People need to be concerned about it. To be forewarned is to be prepared.”

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Bay State in the cross hairs of flu

December 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, NEIDL, Newsmakers, Ronald Corley, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Ronald Corley, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Massachusetts could get hit with a particularly brutal flu season if it spreads here with the same ferocity as it has in many southern and Midwestern states, local doctors say…

Expert quote:

“Most reporting regions are experiencing elevated levels. The current evidence indicates that it’ll be a bad season.”

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$1 million Mass. grant bolsters hunt for Ebola test

December 17th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

A Cambridge nonprofit, one of several groups worldwide racing to develop a rapid test for the Ebola virus, received a boost Tuesday when state officials gave the organization $1 million to help bring its finger-prick device to market…

Expert quote:

“What’s clear is there is not a good point-of-care test for Ebola or Lassa, for that matter, and the exact path that is going to lead to a test is not very clear. If it were very clear, people would have done it already.”

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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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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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