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Antibodies May Provide ‘Silver Bullet’ for Ebola Viruses

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Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (UTMB) reported today in the journal Cell that they have isolated human monoclonal antibodies from Ebola survivors which can neutralize multiple species of the virus.

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Study of Altruism During the Ebola Outbreak Suggests Good Intentions Are in the Details

A study of risk communication as it relates to altruistic behavior has found that portraying an event as a distant risk, despite highlighting its importance and potential progression, fails to prompt altruistic behavior intention.

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Experimental Immunotherapy Zaps Two Most Lethal Ebola Virus Strains

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) have engineered the first antibodies that can potently neutralize the two deadliest strains of the virus that causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever. The findings, made in mice, are a significant step toward immunotherapies that are effective against all strains of Ebola virus that cause human disease. The study was published online today in Scientific Reports.

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Plague-Riddled Prairie Dogs a Model for Infectious Disease Spread

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Sporadic outbreaks of plague among black-tailed prairie dogs are an ideal model for the study of infectious zoonotic disease, say Colorado State University biologists.

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Quick Screening Method Identifies Promising Anti-Ebola Drugs

A quick screening method has been used for the first time in a standard open laboratory to identify and test promising anti-Ebola drugs. This approach increases the possibility of finding new therapies faster.

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Ebola Medical Team Develops Guidelines for Treating Infected Children

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When the Ebola virus outbreak erupted in West Africa in 2014, children infected with the virus — particularly those under age 5 — faced a high risk of death. Researchers involved in their treatment have since developed a set of guidelines aimed at improving how they’re treated. They suggest an aggressive approach that includes giving children fluids intravenously; treating other possible infections; feeding them highly fortified food; and increasing the amount of bedside care they receive.

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Study Shows High Frequency of Spontaneous Mutation in Ebola Virus

In a Journal of Virology paper, Texas Biomed Scientist Dr. Anthony Griffiths, explains how he and his team found that Ebola virus has the potential to evolve rapidly but the genetic changes result in viruses that are weakened or not viable, which could be exploited as a therapeutic.

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Study Reveals Arms Race Between Ebola Virus and Bats, Waged for Millions of Years

Ebola virus and bats have been waging a molecular battle for survival that may have started at least 25 million years ago, according to a study led by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the University of Colorado-Boulder (CU-Boulder) and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) that published online today in the journal eLife. The findings shed light on the biological factors that determine which bat species may harbor the virus between outbreaks in humans and how bats may transmit the virus to people.

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Love in the Time of Ebola: Study Reveals Factors Bolstering Altruism in Face of Risk

Study explores why some people react altruistically to news about an Ebola outbreak while others do not.

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As 2nd Anniversary Nears of Ebola Breakout in West Africa, Nurse Provides Firsthand Account of Combating Ebola

International nurse volunteers responding to the Ebola outbreak in West African encountered death on nearly every shift and worked under conditions that challenged their ingenuity in providing even basic care. That is according to one nurse's account in American Journal of Nursing, published by Wolters Kluwer, which provides a rare glimpse of the realities clinicians and patients with Ebola faced inside one Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).







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