Dr. Julie Dyall: Activity of Amiodarone Against Ebola virus

We still struggle to know how to best treat patients suffering from Ebola virus disease. At the onset of the 2013–2016 epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD), no antiviral medication was approved for treatment. Therefore, doctors and researchers came up with the idea of trying Amiodarone. Amiodarone, normally used for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia, was reported to inhibit Ebola filovirus entry.  Although amiodarone had … Continue reading Dr. Julie Dyall: Activity of Amiodarone Against Ebola virus

News You Can Use: Thursday July 19, Yemen ٱلْيَمَن‎, ٱلْجُمْهُورِيَّة ٱلْيَمَنِيَّة‎

And now, some news you can use, about Yemen. The Republic of Yemen is a sovereign state at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. For at least 7000 years, Yemen has been a crossroads of cultures with a strategic location in terms of trade on the west of the Arabian Peninsula. The closest I ever got to Yemen was Israel in 2000 and Ethiopia in 2012. … Continue reading News You Can Use: Thursday July 19, Yemen ٱلْيَمَن‎, ٱلْجُمْهُورِيَّة ٱلْيَمَنِيَّة‎

On Medical Leave due to Depression

Thursday, July 19, 2018 Dear Friends, Family, and Colleagues, On February 1, 2018, I started my new job as assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine. Unfortunately, things did not go as I had hoped, and in June I was placed on medical leave by my superiors. I am currently under evaluation by Physician Health Services, Inc, a non-profit corporation founded by the Massachusetts Medical Society, … Continue reading On Medical Leave due to Depression

News you can use – Wednesday July 18

I read the news so you don’t have to. Oropharyngeal Tularemia from Freshly Pressed Grape Must, New England Journal of Medicine. Fascinating, that tularemia was acquired by freshly pressed grape must by grape harvesters volunteering at a vineyard in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Improving management of neonatal infections, The Lancet. Infections causing sepsis, meningitis, or pneumonia contributed directly to around 0·6 million neonatal deaths worldwide Is Fruit Juice Bad … Continue reading News you can use – Wednesday July 18

News you can use – Tuesday July 17

News you can use – Tuesday July 17 Victories in Sight: The fight is being won against the leading infectious cause of blindness in poor nations. Donald McNeil of the New York Times describes work being done in Nepal against trachoma. I’m always very impressed by Don’s ability to find a compelling story. Ancient Tools Provide New Insight: Chipped rocks in China suggest human ancestors … Continue reading News you can use – Tuesday July 17

Trump, at Putin’s Side, Questions U.S. Intelligence on 2016 Election

Yesterday, President Donald Trump stood next to President Vladimir Putin and challenged the conclusion of his own intelligence agencies, that Moscow interfered with the 2016 election. All of this seems like it’s coming out of an Isabelle Allende novel, crafted for Fox News and CNN to keep people watching TV. But remember what’s important: The main issue is we risk rekindling the Cold War, which … Continue reading Trump, at Putin’s Side, Questions U.S. Intelligence on 2016 Election

Dr. Benjamin Eckhardt: Hepatitis C Treatment Outcomes for People Who Inject Drugs

I’m impressed by the recent paper, Hepatitis C Treatment Outcomes for People Who Inject Drugs Treated in an Accessible Care Program Located at a Syringe Service Program. We need to end the viscous cycle of poverty, racism, poor education, addiction, infectious diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C, and how this is perpetuated by the prison-industrial complex. Disclaimer: Dr. Benjamin Eckhardt, the lead author, has been … Continue reading Dr. Benjamin Eckhardt: Hepatitis C Treatment Outcomes for People Who Inject Drugs