Spanish Nurse Gets Ebola from Patient
A Spanish nurse has contracted Ebola virus disease from a patient she cared for after he was transferred from West Africa for care. The nurse, whose identity was not being released, was part of the team that took care of Manuel Garcia Viejo, a 69 year old priest who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and was medically evacuated to Spain for treatment. The patient died on September 25. Spanish authorities say the recent contacts of the nurse, who reportedly presented with a fever, are being traced. The nurse presented to Alcorcon Hospital in the Madrid suburbs for treatment and was immediately placed in isolation. Viejo was t...
Source: Inside Surgery - October 6, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Ebola Alcorcon hospital Contracted fever Madrid Manuel Garcia Viejo Miguel Pajares priest spanish nurse Source Type: blogs

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Lied About Ebola Patient
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has apparently been caught in a lie regarding their explanation yesterday about why Ebola patient Thomas Duncan was sent home. Officials there initially placed the responsibility on missing Duncan’s recent stay in Liberia on a faulty electronic medical records system. They maintained that the patient’s time in Liberia was recorded but that it was not in the physician notes section of the electronic health record. The hospital then spun an untruthful tale about taking immediate steps to change the “glitch” in the electronic chart to rectify the problem However, now ...
Source: Inside Surgery - October 4, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Ebola coverup electronic medical records hospital Texas health presbyterian thomas duncan Source Type: blogs

Father of Ebola Stricken NBC Cameraman is Prominent Intensive Care Physician
The father of NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, who has been recently stricken with Ebola virus disease, is one of the most prominent intensive care physicians in the United States. Dr. Mitchell Levy is the director of medical intensive care unit at Rhode Island University Hospital and nationally known for his work in the patient safety area. Dr. Levy reported today in a television interview that his son will be transferred to the University of Nebraska, one of the four most specialized treatment centers in the country for patients with Ebola and other contagious and infectious diseases. Certainly, having a father involved who i...
Source: Inside Surgery - October 4, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Critical Care Ebola Medical News Wire Ashoka Mukpo intensive care Mitchell Levy NBC cameraman Nebraska Source Type: blogs

Physician Who Missed Ebola Diagnosis Should Resign and Leave Medicine
Make no mistake, the Dallas Emergency Department physician who examined the patient sick with Ebola and did not elicit a travel history must bear responsibility for the grievous mistake of discharging the patient home while he was infectious and likely transmitted the virus to contacts. Tonight, officials at Texas Hospital Presbyterian tried to diffuse the growing criticism about the handling of the case by releasing details on Duncan’s stay. Apparently, the patient admitted that he had recently been in Africa and it was noted in the nursing section of the electronic health record. However, this information did not a...
Source: Inside Surgery - October 3, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Musings Source Type: blogs

Dr. Nancy Snyderman in Voluntary Ebola Quarantine
Dr. Nancy Snyderman in voluntary Ebola quarantine is the report coming out of NBC News headquarters tonight. Officials at the network have announced that she will be flown back to the States in a private charter after her cameraman Ashoka Mukpo contracted Ebola. She will then place herself in a 21 day quarantine to monitor for signs of the disease Her bosses are saying that she is symptom-free and these steps are being taken in an abundance of caution. Ebola virus disease can result in heart and liver failure and severe bleeding from the gums, eyes, skin, and rectum. The post Dr. Nancy Snyderman in Voluntary Ebola Quaranti...
Source: Inside Surgery - October 3, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Ebola Infectious Disease Ashoka Mukpo cameraman Nancy Snyderman NBC news quarantine Source Type: blogs

NBC Cameraman Infected with Ebola in Liberia
A cameraman just recently hired by NBC has come down with Ebola virus disease in Monrovia, Liberia. The 33 year old’s name is being withheld by request of his family. He was reportedly starting work in a coverage report in conjunction with NBC medical expert Dr. Nancy Snyderman. The network is reportedly making arrangements to have him flown back to the United States for treatment. Please also see Can Gingko and Turmeric Help Stop Ebola? The post NBC Cameraman Infected with Ebola in Liberia appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - October 3, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Ebola Infectious Disease cameraman Liberia Monrovia Nancy Synderman NBC Source Type: blogs

Third American Doctor Contracts Ebola in West Africa
A third American doctor has contracted Ebola while providing care in Sierra Leone and will be transported to the NIH clinical unit for specialized care. Ebola is marked by hemorrhage from the skin and mucosa and can result in cardiac and renal failure. The post Third American Doctor Contracts Ebola in West Africa appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - September 28, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire Contracted doctor Ebola NIH Source Type: blogs

Ebola Healthcare Workers Killed in Guinea
Ebola healthcare workers killed in Guinea according to West African health officials. The group of eight officials were met by a mob throwing stones in a remote village where residents feared that the team came to the village in order to spread the viral hemorrhagic disease. The official death toll is approaching 3000 with an unknown number of non-recorded fatalities. The disease is marked by organ failure of the cardiac, renal, and liver systems as well as uncontrolled hemorrhage. The post Ebola Healthcare Workers Killed in Guinea appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - September 19, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Medical News Wire Ebola guinea healthworkers killed Source Type: blogs

Adrian Peterson Suspended After Anheuser Busch Expresses Concern
Adrian Peterson suspended after Anheuser Busch expresses concern over the current culture of violence in the National Football League. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson The stunning announcement came in the early hours of Wednesday morning and is a reversal of the earlier decision by the Minnesota Vikings to allow Peterson to play in this Sunday’s NFL game. Peterson has been indicted in Texas on child abuse charges for repeatedly whipping his 4 year old soon with a switch. Peterson maintains he used reasonable force only and was not unduly harsh. Photographs of the injuries inflicted viewed by medical pr...
Source: Inside Surgery - September 17, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire Pediatrics Trauma Surgery abuse Adrian Peterson Anheuser Busch suspended whipping Source Type: blogs

Oral Surgeon Dr. Visnich Fires Long-time Employee with New Cancer Diagnosis
An oral surgeon has fired a 12 year employee for being diagnosed with cancer, giving her no severance or grace employment period. In a hand-written letter Dr. Visnich stated before she began treatment that he felt the treatment demands would prevent her from successfully completing her duties in his office. The employee, Carol Jumper, was not given an opportunity to show if she could handle her duties while tending to her health. Employees that are fired for health reasons are not able to receive unemployment benefits. Social Security disability is offered only to those who can hold no job of any type. The post Oral Surgeo...
Source: Inside Surgery - September 14, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Uncategorized Cancer carol jumper doctor employee fired oral surgeon Visnich Source Type: blogs

Heart Drug May Cure Ebola
Heart drug may cure Ebola, according to researchers at the University of Liverpool and Public Health England. Julian Hiscox and Roger Hewson have discovered that the cardiac glycoside drug ouabain acts against the key VP24 protein that enables Ebola virus to replicate. Ouabain has a long history in folk medicine and has been used by some Somali tribesman as a poison that is placed on arrow tips used to hunt big game in Africa. The post Heart Drug May Cure Ebola appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - September 14, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Ebola heart drug Julian Hiscox ouabain Roger Hewson VP24 Source Type: blogs

Thomas Jefferson University Promotes Corny ALS Ice Bucket Spinoff
In an attempt to cash in on the startling fundraising success of the ALS ice bucket challenge, pancreatic cancer researchers at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital are promoting a gimmick where participants get tennis balls dumped over their heads. One long-time Jeffersonian we spoke to was embarrassed by the ridiculous stunt and felt organizers of the corny ripoff are rather missing the entire point of the Ice Bucket challenge. The post Thomas Jefferson University Promotes Corny ALS Ice Bucket Spinoff appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - September 11, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire Jefferson pancreatic cancer tennis balls Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Source Type: blogs

Joan Rivers Out of ICU and “Comfortable” Likely Ominous
Although we are not participating in the care of comedy legend Joan Rivers, we have noted news reports that her daughter Melissa has said her mother is out of the ICU and being kept comfortable. Rivers was hospitalized six days ago after suffering cardiac arrest and a prolonged anoxic period (brain without oxygen.) She was placed in a hypothermic coma (lowered body temperature) as is standard for the first 24-48 hours after arrest in an attempt to salvage brain and cardiac function. However, reading between the lines of this recent statement, this is likely an ominous development and could signal the start of a comfort car...
Source: Inside Surgery - September 4, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Anesthesia Medical News Wire Uncategorized ativan comfort care dying ICU Joan Rivers morphine Source Type: blogs

British Ebola Patient Will Pooley Released From Hospital
British Ebola patient Will Pooley released from hospital today, according to news reports. Pooley was admitted to a London hospital on August 24, 2014 and received several doses of ZMAPP, the experimental Ebola treatment drug also given to Americans Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. Pooley was treated sufficiently early in his course that he avoided hemorrhage and the end-stage cardiac, liver, and renal failure that marks the disease. The post British Ebola Patient Will Pooley Released From Hospital appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - September 3, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease cured Ebola hospital released Will Pooley ZMAPP Source Type: blogs

Thomas Jefferson University Spends Millions on Naming Rights to Subway Station
Thomas Jefferson University spends (wastes?) millions on naming rights to the SEPTA Market East subway station two blocks from its campus. In a move by the controversial and already unpopular new Jefferson President and CEO Dr. Stephen Klasko, the money is being spent to supposedly increase Jefferson’s name recognition. Many faculty and staff are privately grumbling that the money could have been better spent on research or clinical programs. The post Thomas Jefferson University Spends Millions on Naming Rights to Subway Station appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - September 3, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire Jefferson Market East naming rights Septa subway station Source Type: blogs

Ebola Strikes Second American Doctor
Ebola strikes second American doctor on Liberia is the report out of Monrovia. The physician was working in the same hospital as Dr. Kent Brantly but was not working in the Ebola ward. Rather, he was providing obstetrical care on supposedly uninfected patients. The physician voluntarily isolated himself when he first experienced symptoms and is now in the Ebola ward that held Brantly and healthcare worker Nancy Writebol. It is not clear at this time whether arrangements will be made to transport the physician, who was working for Samaritan’s Purse, back to the United States for treatment at Emory University Hospital....
Source: Inside Surgery - September 2, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Ebola Emory Liberia Samaritan' s Purse second doctor Source Type: blogs

Nigerian Doctor Contracts Ebola
The Nigerian doctor who took care of a Nigerian doctor who got the disease from a international health official has been diagnosed with Ebola today. Health officials are unanimous in their assessment that the crisis is deepening. The disease is marked by cardiac, liver, and renal failure in the setting of uncontrolled hemorrhage. The post Nigerian Doctor Contracts Ebola appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - September 2, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease diagnosis doctor Ebola Nigeria spreading Source Type: blogs

Ebola in Senegal
is now being reported by health authorities there. This case occurred in a 21 year old student from Guinea and was discovered one week after Senegal closed its borders to the African nations most hard hit by the outbreak. The patient was discovered when he presented to health officials for a checkup. He is now being kept in isolation at Fann Hospital. Ebola presents with non-specific symptoms initially and can progress to hemorrhage and cardiac, liver, and renal failure. The post Ebola in Senegal appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 29, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease closed borders Ebola Fann Hospital Senegal Source Type: blogs

Ebola in Southern Nigeria
is being reported by health officials. In an ominous development, a patient with Ebola in Lagos purposefully evaded quarantine and left the capital to travel to the southern part of the country where he infected a local physician. The physician’s wife is now showing signs of the disease also, which is marked by fevers, nausea, vomiting and in later stages heart, liver, and kidney failure. The post Ebola in Southern Nigeria appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 28, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Ebola infected physician Nigeria spreading Source Type: blogs

British Ebola Patient Given ZMAPP
British Ebola patient given ZMAPP, according to press reports today. Nurse Will Pooley was infected while working in an Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone and was transported by the Royal Air Force to a specialty unit in London over the weekend. Although no further supplies of ZMAPP were said to be available from the manufacturer, British physicians and scientists began an international outreach to colleagues after Pooley’s arrival in the UK to locate doses of the experimental drug. The patient is reportedly stable at this time and sitting up in bed reading and conversing with staff. Doctors say they plan to give additiona...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 27, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Ebola experimental drug Sierra Leone Will Pooley ZMAPP Source Type: blogs

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Being Studied for Traumatic Brain Injury
Transcranial direct current stimulation (TCDS) is being studied by researchers as a possible way to treat traumatic brain injury. The United States military is funding trials of TCDS that aim to improve memory and cognition in injured soldiers. The post Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Being Studied for Traumatic Brain Injury appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 25, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Neurology Trauma Surgery military tcds transcranial direct current stimulation traumatic brain injury Source Type: blogs

Ebola Cases Reported in Congo
Ebola cases reported in Congo according to health officials there. Two patients have tested positive for the disease and are now under quarantine. It is unclear if the cases in the central African country are related to the West Africa outbreak that has killed more than 1200 people. Widespread Ebola in the Congo would be ominous as it shares a border with 9 other countries. Congo has had three previous outbreaks. The post Ebola Cases Reported in Congo appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 25, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Congo Ebola outbreak Source Type: blogs

Black Boxes for Surgery Being Advocated
Black boxes for surgery, much like the black boxes used in airplanes, is being advocated by some physicians and many malpractice attorneys. The device, being developed by Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, would track every move made by a surgeon’s hands and would allow review and critique of even the tiniest detail of the procedure. He feels that widespread adoption of the technology would allow real-time correction of surgeon’s errors and would eliminate bad outcomes and surgical complications. However, many other surgeon’s are skeptical about this grandiose claim and see it as a means to aid in tort prosecutions....
Source: Inside Surgery - August 23, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire black boxes complication malpractice Richard Epstein surgery Teodor Grantcharov tort William McMurry Source Type: blogs

Ebola Spreading In Nigeria
Ebola spreading in Nigeria, health officials in that country are reporting. To date, all cases can be traced back to the attempt of naturalized United States citizen Patrick Sawyer to knowingly elude his Ebola isolation to travel back in the US. In the most recent development, spouses of two Nigerian healthcare workers who were infected by Sawyer have also developed the disease. As none of the spouses were put into isolation before this recent diagnosis, several dozen more people who were in contact with the infected spouses are now being asked to monitor themselves for symptoms. The post Ebola Spreading In Nigeria appeare...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 23, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Medical News Wire Ebola healthcare workers Nigeria Patrick sawyer spouses spreading Source Type: blogs

Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly Cancer Free
Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is cancer free after completing a grueling course of chemotherapy and radiation to treat metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the jaw that had spread to his sinuses. Kelly first had surgery on his jaw in June of 2013. Although his physicians were hopeful that they had eradicated the disease, he experienced severe head pain in March, 2014, leading to the discovery that the cancer had spread to his sinus. The post Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly Cancer Free appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 22, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Cancer Medical News Wire Buffalo Bills cancer free chemotherapy jaw Jim Kelly radiation sinus squamous cell surgery Source Type: blogs

Kent Brantly, MD, Leaving Hospital Today
Kent Brantly, MD, is leaving Emory University Hospital today, cured from Ebola, the deadly hemorrhagic fever he contracted in Liberia. Ebola is marked by initial symptoms such as fever, muscle pains, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It then progresses to organ system failure including the cardiac, renal, liver, and pulmonary systems. In some patients, uncontrolled hemorrhage occurs from the skin, eyes, mouth, and rectum. The post Kent Brantly, MD, Leaving Hospital Today appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 21, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease cured discharge Ebola Emory kent brantly leaving hospital Source Type: blogs

Experimental Drug Shown to Be Effective in Marburg Virus Disease Similar to Ebola
Reports published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine have shown that an experimental drug being manufactured by Tekmira pharmaceuticals was very effective in halting the disease process of the Marburg virus in monkeys. Marburg virus is an RNA virus very similar to Ebola that causes a hemorrhagic illness that is almost always fatal. Thomas W. Geisbert and colleagues have shown that a drug using RNA interference was able to save all monkeys infected with Marburg virus while none of the monkeys who did not receive the drug survived. The post Experimental Drug Shown to Be Effective in Marburg Virus Disease Sim...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 20, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Medical News Wire Ebola experimental drug filovirus Marburg RNA interference tekmira Thomas Geisbert Source Type: blogs

Ebola Animal Vector Likely Bats
Ebola animal vector is likely bats, according to the most recent thinking from disease ecologists. This would explain how the Ebola Zaire strain of the disease disease, which before the current outbreak, was unknown in West Africa, migrated from the Congo, almost 2500 miles away. African fruit bat The post Ebola Animal Vector Likely Bats appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 20, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Medical News Wire animal bats Ebola vector Zaire strain Source Type: blogs

Myanmar and Vietnam Testing Patients for Ebola
Myanmar and Vietnam are holding several patients in isolation after testing them for the presence of the Ebola virus. Reportedly, patients arrived from Nigeria and developed fevers. Myanmar has only the most rudimentary healthcare system and likely would have resources quickly depleted if there a significant number of patients developed the disease. The post Myanmar and Vietnam Testing Patients for Ebola appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 20, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Medical News Wire Ebola myanmar patients testing vietnam Source Type: blogs

California Patient Being Tested for Ebola
Officials at the South Sacramento Medical Center are being tight-lipped about a patient being tested for Ebola virus infection. The California patient is not being identified by gender or age and Kaiser Permanente officials are only saying that the patient may have been exposed to Ebola virus and every precaution is being taken to insure the safety of the hospital caregivers and community. The post California Patient Being Tested for Ebola appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 20, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Medical News Wire Ebola Kaiser Permanente Sacramento tested Source Type: blogs

Ebola Patients at Emory No Longer Contagious
In a report from Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Ebola patients Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are recovering so well from Ebola that they are now considered to be immune and no longer able to transmit the disease to another person. The post Ebola Patients at Emory No Longer Contagious appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 20, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Medical News Wire contagious Ebola immune kent brantly nancy writebol Source Type: blogs

Cameroon Closes Borders with Nigeria in Ebola Crisis
Cameroon has closed all borders with Nigeria in an effort to prevent the spread of Ebola into Cameroon, which has yet to report a case of the hemorrhagic viral fever. Government official Issa Tchiroma Bakary comments. The post Cameroon Closes Borders with Nigeria in Ebola Crisis appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 20, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Medical News Wire borders cameroon closed Ebola Issa Bakary Nigeria Source Type: blogs

Air France Flight Attendants Refusing to Fly to West Africa
Some flight attendants working for Air France are refusing assignments and calling for a suspension of flights to the West African nations of Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. British Airways and Emirates have already curtailed flights to the region, but Air France is notable as it is the largest European carrier to West Africa. Employment rules covering the flight attendants allow for refusal of assignments if the person feels their health is in immediate or grave danger. Sophie Gorins of the Air France flight staff union SNGAF comments. Please also see Ebola Expert Never Told of Experimental Drug Before His Death The p...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 20, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Medical News Wire Air France flight attendants guinea Nigeria refusing SNGAF Sophie Gorins west africa Source Type: blogs

Ebola Expert Never Told of Experimental Drug Before His Death
Ebola expert Dr. Sheik Umar Khan was never told by his physicians that a dose of an experimental drug that likely saved two Americans was at his bedside and available for use. One dose of ZMAPP happened to be in Sierra Leone when Dr. Khan fell ill. There was a wide-ranging discussion between the World Health Organization and his bedside doctors concerning the ethics of trying a drug never before tested in humans. Despite disagreement as to the proper course, the bedside physicians decided against even discussing the possibility of its use with Dr. Khan, who worsened and died 48 hours later. The day after Dr. Khan’s p...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 20, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Medical News Wire ethics kent brantly nancy writebol Sheik Umar Khan Sierra Leone world health organization ZMAPP Source Type: blogs

Nigerian Doctors Continuing Strike During Ebola Crisis Fired
Nigerian officials have fired 16,000 physicians who continued their strike as the Ebola virus hit Lagos. The physicians went out a nationwide strike before the first case of Ebola was diagnosed, but ignored requests from the government to resume their duties to help contain the disease. The post Nigerian Doctors Continuing Strike During Ebola Crisis Fired appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 19, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Medical News Wire Ebola fired Nigerian physicians strike Source Type: blogs

Big and Little Pharma Race for Ebola Vaccines and Cures
For a really good summary of what drug manufacturers big and small are doing to develop Ebola vaccines and drugs to stem the growing catastrophe of the Ebola virus outbreak, read this article by Scott Gottlieb, MD. He discusses the recent donation of 1000 doses of a vaccine developed by the Canadian government, the status of the ZMAPP drug given to Americans Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, vaccine efforts by Danish firm Bavarian Nordic, phase I clinical trials being planned for a vaccine manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, and the unfortunate discontinuation of an Ebola treatment made by Sarepta because of a lack of fund...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 19, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Medical News Wire Bavarian Nordic Canadian government Ebola sarepta Scott Gottlieb vaccines ZMAPP Source Type: blogs

Looters Steal Ebola Infected Sheets in Liberia
Looters in the West Point slum of Monrovia broke into a holding center housing about 30 patients and looted the clinic of grossly soiled mattresses and sheets that undoubtedly harbored the deadly Ebola virus. The looters, some of whom were armed, threatened the infected patients, forcing them to flee. The post Looters Steal Ebola Infected Sheets in Liberia appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 18, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Medical News Wire Ebola Looters mattresses Monrovia West Point Source Type: blogs

US Aid Workers Leaving West Africa Worsens Ebola Crisis
As US aid workers are leaving Liberia and other parts of West Africa, authorities are reporting that the Ebola crisis is widening with no one left to care for sick and dying. Clarine Vaughn of the aid organization Heartt and Raphael Frankfurter of Wellbody Alliance comment. The post US Aid Workers Leaving West Africa Worsens Ebola Crisis appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 17, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Medical News Wire aid workers Clarine Vaughn Ebola Heartt Liberia Raphael Frankfurter Wellbody Alliance Source Type: blogs

Can Nano Silver Help Stop Ebola?
As the Ebola virus continues to spread in West Africa with recent information from the World Health Organization that Kenya is at real risk for disease spread, the search continues for possible treatment options for infected patients. Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic disease marked by nausea, vomiting , and diarrhea and in the end stages of disease is marked by cardiac, pulmonary, liver, and kidney failure. Most patients develop hemorrhages from the skin, mouth, nose, eyes, and rectum. There currently is no proven cure or antidote for the disease The World Health Organization this week convened an international panel of ethici...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 15, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease antiviral colloidal Ebola nano Nigeria silver Source Type: blogs

Robin Williams Had Undisclosed Parkinson’s Disease
Robin Williams had undisclosed Parkinson’s disease according to this wife in a report released today. He was apparently sober but struggling with depression, anxiety, and an early stage of the disease. Related Posts Parkinson’s Disease The post Robin Williams Had Undisclosed Parkinson’s Disease appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 14, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire Neurology anxiety depression Parkinson's Robin Williams sober Source Type: blogs

Experimental Ebola Drug ZMapp Made Available for Priest in Spain
Expermental Ebola drug ZMapp has been made available to Spanish medical authorities, who retrieved the medicine from Geneva for use in the treatment of a priest stricken with Ebola who was airlifted to Spain for medical care. News stories are reporting that permission to make the dose available was given by the manufacturer MAPP pharmaceuticals. The medical aid organization MSF (Doctors Without Borders) helped in the transaction. Press reports last week claimed that Nigerian officials had asked about the availability of the drug and were told that no doses were available for use in West African patients. The post Experimen...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 11, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Doctors without borders Ebola experimental MSF Nigeria Spain spanish priest ZMAPP Source Type: blogs

Patrick Sawyer Knowingly Spread Ebola to Nigeria
News storiess coming out of Africa are reporting that naturalized American citizen Patrick Sawyer knew he was infected with Ebola while in Liberia and, disregarding the danger to others, evaded the authorities monitoring him in an attempt to reach the United States. Sawyer became ill on a flight to Nigeria on his way to America and came into physical contact with approximately 70 people. To date, one nurse in this group has died and eight others are ill from Ebola transmitted by Sawyer. The post Patrick Sawyer Knowingly Spread Ebola to Nigeria appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 10, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Medical News Wire Ebola Liberia Nigeria Patrick sawyer spread Source Type: blogs

Experimental Drug Reverses Alzheimer’s in Mice
An experimental drug has been shown to reverse Alzheimer’s type learning deficits in mice. The study was done by Yale University’s Dr. Paul Lombroso and published in PLoS Biology. The drug was found by screening 150,000 potential inhibitors of the protein striatal enriched protein tyrosine phosphatase (STEP.) Eight compounds were selected for testing with the drug dubbed TC-2153 showing the most pronounced effect. The researchers will next try to duplicate their results in rats and higher non-primate animals. The post Experimental Drug Reverses Alzheimer’s in Mice appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical I...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 9, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Neurology Alzheimer's inhibitor paul lombroso reverse deficits STEP Yale University Source Type: blogs

Sarepta Therapeutics Has Experimental Ebola Drug Available for Use
Sarepta Therapeutics has experimental Ebola drug available for use claims CEO Chris Garabedian. The drug, dubbed AVI-7537 works against the VP24 protein in the Ebola virus organism. The drug has been tested for safety in a Phase I clinical trial. The manufacturer claims that if a request was made and the appropriate clearances were granted by government regulators, they could have AVI-7537 on the ground in West Africa within one week in sufficient quantity to start treating significant numbers of patients. Ebola patients often experience hemorrhaging from the eyes, skin, mouth, and rectum. Patients most commonly die of mul...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 9, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease 7537 AVI Ebola experimental drug phase I sarepta VP24 Source Type: blogs

Experimental Ebola Drug Tekmira Cleared by FDA for Additional Study
Experimental Ebola drug Tekmira has been cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration for possible use in the recent outbreak raging across Africa. Tekmira is one of three possible anti-Ebola drugs that are being considered as possible antidotes. A small phase I clinical trial of Tekmira in the last year was halted due to safety concerns when the drug was given at high doses. Ebola is a viral hemmorhagic disease marked by hemorrhage from the mouth, anus, skin, and eyes and multi-system organ failure including the heart, liver, kidneys, and lungs. Nurses and physicians caring for Ebola patients are at risk of c...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 8, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease antidote drug Ebola experimental Mark Murray study tekmira Source Type: blogs

Doctors Without Borders Nurse Monia Sayah Talks Ebola
Doctors Without Borders Nurse Monia Sayah talks Ebola and her experiences in Guinea. In this interview she discusses the eleven weeks she spent in the field working with other nurses and physicians and the extraordinary steps she took to prevent contracting Ebola. Staff of humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders To date no member of Doctors Without Borders has contracted Ebola, which can cause liver, kidney, cardiac, and pulmonary failure, as well as uncontrollable hemorrhage from the skin, eyes, mouth, and rectum. Please also see Can Gingko and Turmeric Help Stop Ebola? The post Doctors Without Borders Nurse Mon...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 8, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Ebola guinea monia sayah nurse physicians prevent ebola transmission Source Type: blogs

Meat Allergy from Tick Bites on the Increase
Meat allergy from tick bites is on the increase. Allergists all over the South and Eastern seaboard are reporting an increasing number of cases of patients who develop a severe meat allergy after being bitten by ticks. Lone star ticks appear to be the tick species most likely to transmit the allergy, but other ticks types are also suspected. Lone star tick The allergy was first described in an academic journal by allergist Dr. Scott Commins at the University of Virginia in 2011. Since then, hundreds of cases have been diagnosed on Long Island and across the mid-Atlantic states. Of interest to allergists is that the allergy...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 8, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire alpha gal Georgette Simmons lone-star tick Louise Danzig meat allergy Robert Valent Scott Commins ticks Source Type: blogs

Can Ebola Be Transmitted By Contaminated Money?
While Ebola is readily killed by using standard hospital disinfectants, the Ebola virus is known to live for up to two weeks outside of the body on non-disinfected surfaces. For instance, epidemiologists have tracked cases in Uganda where the disease was spread by multiple persons using the same blanket over several days One concern among health officials is the possibility of Ebola transmission on currency being handled in communities where the use of credit cards is non-existent. If people are afraid to handle or exchange money, the ramifications for local communities are devastating. This would bring a halt to most dai...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 6, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Ebola exchange money transmission Source Type: blogs

Controversy is Growing Over Who Gets Ebola Secret Serum?
Contoversy is growing over who gets Ebola secret serum. Many African leaders, health officials, and citizens are outraged that an experimental “secret” serum called ZMAPP was made available to Dr. Kent Brantly and nurse Nancy Whitebol in an attempt to fend off the deadly Ebola virus. Please also see Can Gingko and Turmeric Help Stop Ebola? Many critical of this distribution point out that over 60 African doctors and nurses fighting the disease have perished from contracted Ebola infections without the drug being offered on an experimental basis. Now, three prominent Ebola experts are calling for experimental dr...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 6, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease africans doctor Ebola kent brantly MAPP Nancy Whitebol Nigerian nurse Peter piot secret serum vaccines WHO ZMAPP Source Type: blogs

Kent Brantly, MD, First US Physician with Ebola
Kent Brantly, MD, has contracted the Ebola virus while on a Christian Medical Mission in West Africa. He is now recovering in Emory University Hospital after receiving two doses of experimental serum. The post Kent Brantly, MD, First US Physician with Ebola appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - August 5, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Ebola kent brantly medical mission west africa Source Type: blogs