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“The outbreak of Ebola, in Africa and in the United States, is a stark reminder of the clear and present danger that infection represents in all our lives, and we need reminding. Despite all of our medical advances, more familiar infections still take tens of thousands of American lives each year – and too often these deaths are avoidable.”

What will it take to reduce infections in hospitals? (via oupacademic)

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micdotcom:

Powerful portraits of the Liberians who beat Ebola 

To help humanize the overwhelming statistics, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and senior staff photographer at Getty Images, John Moore, visited an Ebola treatment center of the organization, Doctors Without Borders in Paynesville, Liberia. At the treatment center, survivors spoke about the brothers, sisters, husbands and wives they lost due to the disease. They also spoke of recovery, stigmas they continue to face in their villages and renewed hope.

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Antibiotics Resistance and the Race for New Bacteria »

medicalstate:

I remember going to an infectious disease lecture some time ago and hearing the specialist paint a grim portrait of the future: the rapid resistance bacteria is developing against our weaponry will make antibiotics obsolete in the next fifty years. Unless we do something about it, we will be propelled back into the dark ages.

This article is a good snapshot of where we stand now in the search for novel therapies.

medresearch:

Resources for Responding to the Ebola Outbreak
Two of the nation’s academic medical centers, Emory University Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), are on the front lines of treating patients afflicted with the Ebola virus. Many more of the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals also are prepared to play an essential role in managing, treating, and preventing the spread of this disease. As medical schools and teaching hospitals, these institutions combine the latest medical knowledge, state-of-the-art facilities, and medical research discoveries to care for their patients. 
This page contains resources from medical schools and teaching hospitals about treating the Ebola virus, as well as information about AAMC efforts to help coordinate the national response.
Learn more at www.aamc.org/ebola.

medresearch:

Resources for Responding to the Ebola Outbreak

Two of the nation’s academic medical centers, Emory University Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), are on the front lines of treating patients afflicted with the Ebola virus. Many more of the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals also are prepared to play an essential role in managing, treating, and preventing the spread of this disease. As medical schools and teaching hospitals, these institutions combine the latest medical knowledge, state-of-the-art facilities, and medical research discoveries to care for their patients.

This page contains resources from medical schools and teaching hospitals about treating the Ebola virus, as well as information about AAMC efforts to help coordinate the national response.

Learn more at www.aamc.org/ebola.

Ebola: Reality Check #5,467 »

cranquis:

Deep breaths, everyone. Wave 1 is done, and Wave 2 is almost over.

And of course more Ebola cases may still arrive in the US, but hopefully the lessons learned in the first couple US cases will transform and improve the responses to those new events.