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Preparing For The Next Epidemic: Leading Scientists Urge International Community To Learn From Mistakes Made During Ebola Crisis

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Nigeria EbolaThe Ebola virus is spreading rapidly and to an unexpected extent. The outbreak does not follow the patterns experienced in the past and the virus shows a new disease dynamic in regions where it has never been recorded before. In response to the growing threat, a group of leading scientific academies has released a statement urging the international community to learn from our mistakes so we don’t repeat them during the next global public health crisis.

In the statement, co-written by the German National Academy of Sciences-Leopoldina, the German Academy of Science and Engineering, and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, the academies call for a series of actions to be taken. To combat the Ebola epidemic vaccines and antivirals are urgently needed; to meet this need, the further development of experimental vaccines and medicines for clinical application needs to be accelerated, they say.

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Memorial Service Held For Ebola Victim Thomas Eric Duncan

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Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. and also the first to die from it, was remembered fondly at a memorial service in North Carolina on Saturday.

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States and also the nation’s first patient to die from it, was remembered fondly by friends and family at a memorial service held in North Carolina on Saturday.

Family and friends of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first and so far only person to die of Ebola in the U.S., was remembered Saturday at memorial service in North Carolina as a compassionate and selfless man. Mourners celebrated the 42-year-old’s life at Rowan International Church in Salisbury, where his sister, mother and nephew worship, according to local NBC affiliate WCNC.

After the service, Duncan’s nephew, Josephus Weeks, said his uncle “cared for everybody, he didn’t care who you were,” adding that he “cared to his own detriment sometimes.” Weeks, who grew up with Duncan but hasn’t seen him in years, said the two were like brothers. “I was looking…

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Stop worrying about catching Ebola on a plane

Originally posted on Dr. Jen Gunter:

Ebola paranoia reached new heights this week. Two health care workers infected is a very scary thing, but this should be mostly frightening for health care workers as caregivers are the people most at risk of catching Ebola.

The CDC has issued conflicting statements, which doesn’t help. When people are worried then need a strong lead. Waffling about who exactly should be quarantined and what that means, if they should fly, etc. doesn’t exactly instill confidence. In fact, it has triggered a fear-fueled version of six degrees of separation.

There has been a flurry of contacting travelers who may have been on the flights with Amber Vinson, the second health care worker who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan and subsequently tested positive for Ebola. Hundreds of people have been contacted. Planes have been decontaminated and seat fabric replaced. Even schools of children who were on the same flight were closed…

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: & Other Lessons from The Crematory, Caitlin Doughty

WOW what a memoir this turned out to be for the most part. Nowadays with all of whats going on around us. Now, just wish that others will follow suit with this, but also for birth and beyond. This also goes with us. At the same time just wish there was more to it because I for one have always had a fascination with this and beyond. Especially, when we are no longer here and beyond.

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Personalized Ovarian Cancer Vaccines Set For Human Clinical Trials

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VaccineA personalized vaccine to treat patients with ovarian cancer may be a reality in the near future, according to new research by University of Connecticut scientists. The vaccine stems from a new technique that identifies protein mutations in cancer cells, and the method is already set to enter human trials.

The study, co-led by Dr. Pramod Srivastava of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Medicine, was published online ahead of print in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

In order for the immune system to attack cancers, it first has to recognize them. Every cell in the body has a sequence of proteins on its exterior that acts like an ID card or secret handshake, confirming that it’s one of the good guys. These protein sequences, called epitopes, are what the immune system ‘sees’ when it looks at a…

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Contact Tracing: CDC Widens Search For People Possibly Exposed To Ebola Patient

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According to updated figures from Dallas health authorities, the number of people being monitored for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus has grown from 125 on Wednesday to 135 on Thursday.

According to updated figures from Dallas health authorities, the number of people being monitored for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus has grown from 125 on Wednesday to 135 on Thursday.

The search for people who may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus widened Friday with Frontier Airlines and both federal and state officials reaching out to over 700 passengers and crew, following the diagnosis of a second Dallas nurse who took two commercial flights between Dallas and Cleveland — while possibly showing symptoms of the disease.

Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, both nurses who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Presbyterian Hospital before his death on Oct. 8, are in isolation at separate facilities following their diagnoses. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is frantically working to identify and trace those who may have had contact with them in…

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