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Flu fighter called into question - TheNewsTribune.com

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TheNewsTribune.comFlu fighter called into questionTheNewsTribune.comLONDON — A leading British medical journal is asking the drug maker Roche to release all of its data on Tamiflu, claiming there is no evidence the drug can actually stop the flu.
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Ebola vaccine trial begins

Ebola vaccine trial begins | Virology News | Scoop.it

London - The first volunteer in a fast-tracked British safety trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline received the injection on Wednesday, trial organisers said.

The candidate Ebola vaccine, which GSK co-developed with the United States National Institutes of Health, has also been given to 10 volunteers taking part in a separate trial in the United States, and so far there were no signs of any serious adverse reactions, doctors said.

The vaccine is designed to specifically target the Zaire strain of Ebola, the one circulating in the West Africa epidemic, the worst Ebola outbreak recorded.

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Ebola crisis 'violently escalating'

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World health officials say the number of people infected by the deadly Ebola virus has doubled in a matter of weeks. 
September 18 2014 at 10:54am

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"Forgotten" stores of ricin at NIH?

Ricin left behind A laboratory sweep at the US National Institutes of Health uncovered forgotten stores of the toxin ricin and four pathogens, according to an agency memo released on 5 September. The agency performed the search after finding improperly stored vials of the deadly smallpox virus in a refrigerator at its campus in Bethesda, Maryland, in July. See go.nature.com/eyyylw for more.

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Cuba to commit large health corps to Ebola fight

Cuba to commit large health corps to Ebola fight | Virology News | Scoop.it
Tiny island nation will send 165 doctors and nurses to Sierra Leone
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Engineering of inducible resistance in maize to Maize streak virus: a history, and a model for South-South collaboration

Engineering of inducible resistance in maize to Maize streak virus: a history, and a model for South-South collaboration | Virology News | Scoop.it
I blogged on this paper from our group over at Virology News, but then I decided to do it again here. Because, as I said there, "This is a big deal: seriously. It's the culmination of some 24 years...
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U.S. Military to Send 3,000 to Battle Ebola Virus

U.S. Military to Send 3,000 to Battle Ebola Virus | Virology News | Scoop.it
The U.S. military will deploy about 3,000 personnel to West Africa to coordinate international aid, build treatment centers and train health-care workers as part of President Barack Obama's offensive against a worsening Ebola outbreak, a senior...
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US Ebola Patient Gets Serum From Recovered Victim to Fight Virus

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An American Ebola survivor has donated blood to help an infected U.S. doctor fight the deadly disease. Dr.
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The not so famous HIV prevention method

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The not so famous HIV prevention method
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The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends PrEP be considered for people who are HIV-negative and at substantial risk for HIV infection.
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Special Collection: Ebola

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U.S. to announce major increase in aid to fight Ebola

U.S. to announce major increase in aid to fight Ebola | Virology News | Scoop.it
President Obama is expected to lay out details during visit to CDC on Tuesday.

President Obama plans to announce a significant boost in the U.S. response to the worst Ebola outbreak in history in West Africa, including more involvement of the U.S. military, according to an administration official.

Among the likely moves are setting up more field hospitals, sending more health-care personnel and training health workers in the hardest-hit countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The Pentagon announced last week that it would send a 25-bed hospital to Liberia. The hospital is intended to treat health-care workers, including Liberians, and eventually will be turned over to the Liberian government. But it will be at least a month before the hospital is delivered. “There will be some additional facilities in the works,” the official said.

Obama is expected to lay out details during his visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Tuesday, the official said.

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Mers: Saudis in push to keep Hajj free from deadly virus

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Viruses spread easily from a single doorknob

Scientists have used special tracer viruses to show that contamination of just a single doorknob can leads to the spread of viruses throughout an entire office building. The idea was to see how easily something unpleasant like norovirus spreads.

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"Tracer viruses".  They put viruses on a doorknob??  Phages, obviously - and MS2 coliphage, to boot.  I would like to take a look at that ethics application...!

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How to respond to the new anti-vaccine “bombshell”

I've already written many posts. I even made a video. Here it is: 

But there’s a new “bombshell” that everyone on my twitter feed seems to want me to address. I just don’t feel up to it. Luckily I don’t have to. David Gorski at Science-Based Medicine knocked it out of the park. “Did a high ranking whistleblower really reveal that the CDC covered up proof that vaccines cause autism in African-American boys?“:

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SA negating Ebola role: expert

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Pretoria - South Africa should have played the leading role in the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa, Frans Viljoen, director of the University of Pretoria's centre for human rights, said on Wednesday.

“As South Africans we should laud President Barack Obama,” he said during a University of Pretoria panel discussion on South Africa's preparedness for Ebola.

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Ebola: While Big Pharma Slept

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The story of Ebola's most recent (and now deadliest) outbreak is a book worthy topic.
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Neal Stephenson: The sci-fi optimist in Nature

Neal Stephenson: The sci-fi optimist in Nature | Virology News | Scoop.it
Best-selling science-fiction writer Neal Stephenson's works cover everything from cryptography to Sumerian mythology. Ahead of next year's novel Seveneves, he talks about his influences, the stagnation in material technologies, and Hieroglyph, the forthcoming science-fiction anthology that he kick-started to stimulate the next generation of engineers.
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From Cedar and Peanut allergies to Cancer Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics: The future of DNA vaccines

From Cedar and Peanut allergies to Cancer Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics: The future of DNA vaccines | Virology News | Scoop.it
From Cedar and Peanut allergies to Cancer Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics: This is the future of DNA vaccine technology
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Anti-vaccine movement may have global repercussions

Anti-vaccine movement may have global repercussions | Virology News | Scoop.it
Opposition to vaccines threatens well-being of all children.
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People who refuse to vaccinate their children ought to be ostracised: not allowed to school their kids, not allowed to go to supermarkets....

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5 Diseases That Need Vaccines Even More Than Ebola

While the Ebola numbers seem staggering, infectious diseases like malaria and influenza kill hundreds of thousands of people every single year. (5 Diseases That Need Vaccines or Improvements: Malaria, dengue, tuberculosis, influenza, HIV.
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Ebola in the air? A nightmare that could happen

Ebola in the air? A nightmare that could happen | Virology News | Scoop.it
Every time the Ebola virus copies itself, it mutates. These mutations could change the way the virus behaves.
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Child respiratory virus rapidly sweeping across US

Eight states have confirmed cases of Enterovirus 68. Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventative medicine at Vanderbilt University, discusses the spread of the virus with the "CBS This...
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Ebola Virus - YouTube

https://www.facebook.com/ArmandoHasudungan Source: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/
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A virus hunter faces the big one: Ebola

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For years, Joseph Fair dreamed of fighting Ebola. Then he got his chance. It wasn’t what he expected.
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New analysis of old HIV vaccines finds potentially protective immune response

Applying the benefit of hindsight, researchers at Duke Medicine have reanalyzed the findings of two historic pediatric HIV vaccine trials with encouraging results. The vaccines had in fact triggered an antibody response -- now known to be associated with protection in adults -- that was previously unrecognized in the infants studied in the 1990s.
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Ebola Cases Rise Rapidly in Congo

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The World Health Organization said that the number of Ebola cases in the country was 62, up from 31 a week earlier, and that more than half the afflicted patients had died.
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