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U.S. Military, Administration, Congress Make Moves To Better Respond To Ebola Domestically, In West Africa

Media sources report on U.S. military, administration, and congressional actions to address Ebola┬ádomestically and internationally. DoD News: Health Chief Outlines Precautions for Ebola Response Troops “Fighting the West Africa Ebola epidemic is immediately and strategically important to the United States, and the Defense Department is taking every precaution to minimize…

U.S. Senators To Introduce Bill Aimed At Speeding Development Of Ebola Drugs

News outlets report that leaders of the U.S. Senate Health Committee are planning on introducing a bill that would offer incentives for companies to develop Ebola treatments and vaccines. Chattanooga Times Free Press: Lamar Alexander to introduce bill to speed development of Ebola treatment “Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will…

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of Ebola Epidemic

The following editorials and opinion pieces discuss various aspects of the Ebola epidemic and responses to mitigate the virus’s spread. Nature: Call to action Editorial Board “Science has so far taken a back seat as the Ebola outbreak has continued to spread. Research has deferred to the need to gear…

Study Shows No Increase In Sexual Risk Behavior When Taking Preventive HIV Drug

“Taking a pill as a preventive measure against HIV infection may not encourage people at high risk for the disease to engage in risky sexual behavior, according to a new U.S. study meant to address fears about its use,” Reuters reports. “The research, published in the Public Library of Science…

Researchers Return To Nature In Search Of New Antibiotics, Reuters Reports

Reuters: Extreme medicine: The search for new antibiotics “…[Researchers are] turning back to nature in the hope that places as extreme as insects’ insides, the depths of the oceans, or the driest of deserts may throw up chemical novelties and lead to new drugs…” (Kelland/Hirschler, 8/18).

Researchers Looking For Effective MERS Treatment Model To Test Experimental Drugs

TIME: Remember MERS? Scientists Want Treatments to be Ready, Unlike Ebola “…Right before MERS slipped off our collective radars only to be replaced by the deadly Ebola virus one continent over, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported in July that it had received reports of 837 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection…

NIH To Begin Ebola Vaccine Safety Clinical Trial In Humans

News outlets report on an Ebola vaccine human clinical trial scheduled to begin next week. ABC News: U.S. to Test Ebola Vaccine in Humans Amid Growing Outbreak in West Africa “U.S. scientists will begin testing an Ebola vaccine in humans next week, health officials announced [Thursday]. But it could take…

Large Clinical Trial Confirms Efficacy Of Sanofi’s Dengue Vaccine

News outlets report on French drugmaker Sanofi’s announcement that its experimental dengue vaccine has reduced disease cases in a large clinical trial. Bloomberg News: Sanofi Dengue Vaccine Works on All Four Types in Study “Sanofi’s experimental vaccine against dengue protected children with all four types of the mosquito-borne illness in…

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