Category Archives: Medical

Kansas City firm to send mobile Ebola-testing labs to Africa

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MRIGlobal said Tuesday that it is sending two clinical diagnostic laboratories to Ebola treatment centers in Sierra Leone. The Kansas City, Missouri-based company, which has designed and developed mobile labs for over a decade, has a contract with the Defense … Read More »

GENEX issues workers’ comp Ebola guidelines

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GENEX Services, LLC released workers’ compensation guidelines for clinical treatment of Ebola and Marburg cases on Wednesday. The guidelines discuss the needed actions that employers and providers need to take in the case of infection among their staff. Dr. Maury … Read More »

BioCryst enters Phase I clinical trials for Ebola treatment

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BioCryst Pharmaceuticals announced on Monday that it has begun Phase I clinical trials of BCX4430, a possible  treatment for hemorrhagic fever viruses such as Ebola. The randomized, placebo-controlled testing include the injection of BCX4430 into the muscular system of healthy … Read More »

CDC releases Ebola update

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an updated report on the ongoing efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak affecting West Africa on Tuesday. The CDC said the World Health Organization (WHO) reports 17,908 cases of Ebola … Read More »

Emergent BioSolutions acquires Evolva Holding’s EV-03 series of molecules

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The Rockville, Maryland-based Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., announced on Wednesday that it had acquired Evolva Holding SA’s EV-035 series of molecules. The EV-035 series of novel small molecule broad spectrum antibiotics of the 4-oxoquinolizine class targets bacterial type IIa topoisomerase. GC-072, … Read More »

CDC lists its 10 top public health concerns from 2014

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Ebola was only one issue the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dealt with in 2014 in what the agency called an “unprecedented” year on Monday. The CDC released its list of the 10 most challenging public-health threats and other … Read More »

PATH Act bill’s introduction in Senate praised

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The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) welcomed the introduction of the Promise for Antibiotics and Therapeutics for Health (PATH) Act on Monday. The bill aims for a smoother path to regulatory approval for compounds that treat infections from bacteria … Read More »

U.S. better prepared for Ebola now

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The U.S. has a strong understanding of how Ebola spreads, which helps medical professionals know what to do to prevent more cases and to treat infected patients who come to the country. “In terms of natural introduction, we are very … Read More »

UTMB scientist singled out as Ebola fighters honored

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A professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) was spotlighted as one of the Ebola fighters named recently as Time magazine’s 2014 Person of the Year. Thomas Geisbert, a professor of microbiology and immunology at UTMB, has been … Read More »

Enanta to end non-biodefense antibiotics program

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Enanta Pharmaceuticals said Thursday that it will discontinue development of its antibiotic program for non-biodefense indicators. The company said it would like to pursue other endeavors in treating and diagnosing the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and other infectious agents that … Read More »

ASTHO unveils health-preparedness index results

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The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) released the 2014 National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) on Tuesday in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 35 other development partners. “This year’s index more … Read More »

Merck promotes Julie Gerberding to executive VP role

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Dr. Julie Gerberding, president of vaccines at Merck, was named executive vice president for strategic communications, global public policy and population health at the health care company on Wednesday. “Julie has been instrumental in making Merck’s vaccines more accessible and … Read More »

Patient exposed to Ebola to be admitted to NIH Clinical Center

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An American nurse who was exposed to Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone will be admitted to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Clinical Center for observation later today. She will be admitted into the center’s special clinical studies unit … Read More »

Mountain CERT program includes bio-terrorism training

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Mountain CERT in California trains residents of Crestline, Green Valley Lake, Running Springs and Lake Arrowhead to assist first responders in emergency situations of all types, including bio-terrorism preparation and response. This is not the case for all CERT programs … Read More »

Donini apponted CSO of Soligenix

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Biopharmaceutical company Soligenix, Inc. has appointed Oreola Donini as its new senior vice president and chief scientific officer, the company announced Wednesday. The company specializes in producing products for medical needs that are currently unmet in the areas of oncology, … Read More »