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Combatting Ebola: Moving beyond the hype

As of October 19, over 9,000 cases of Ebola had been reported, with close to 5,000 deaths, almost exclusively in West Africa.  And while there have been success stories such as the elimination of Ebola infections from Nigeria and Senegal, the numbers of cases in vulnerable economies continues to grow. While Ebola is unlikely to present a serious ...

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Five things worth knowing about ebola

There’s something rather human about being scared of the ebola virus.  It’s a “bogeyman” virus – the stuff of nightmares; hovering in the shadows of our imagination like a half-glimpsed specter.  Like most imagined horrors though, the reality of ebola is much more mundane. The latest episode of Risk Bites takes a look at five ...

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Ebola virus: Insights from University of Michigan Experts

Over the past several weeks, we’ve been posting articles on the ebola outbreak from University of Michigan experts. As concern continues to grow over the outbreak, we’ve collected these together on the Risk Science Center Ebola Virus Topic Page, and will continue to add to this as new articles are posted. Current articles include perspectives on the deadliness ...

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Nano silver and ebola: Show us the data, or remove claims (FDA)

On September 23, the Food and Drug Administration sent Rima Laibow and Ralph Fucetola at the Natural Solutions Foundation a warning letter claiming that their allegedly nano (colloidal) silver based “Dr. Rima Recommends™ The Silver Solution” product violates the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDC Act). Earlier in September, I wrote about Rima Laibow’s promotion of the use of ...

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Info on ebola risks from the University of Michigan

The University of Michigan School of Public Health has posted a number of resources on the current ebola outbreak on its website, including a series of interviews with experts on risks and concerns.  These are well worth checking out for clear and informed information on health risks associated with the outbreak. For more information on ebola and risk, ...

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Using nano silver to treat Ebola – is it misguided?

Update Oct 2: With concern over ebola in the US growing, I’m seeing a number of websites advocating the use of colloidal or nano silver as an effective preventative or cure.  Just to be clear – there is no research that suggests ingesting colloidal silver is any more effective than wishful thinking in treating or ...

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While the world watches Ebola, Meningitis continues to kill in West Africa

“This year alone, there have been 17,000 cases of meningitis in Nigeria, with nearly 1,000 deaths”. It’s a statement that jumped out at me watching a video from this summer’s Aspen Ideas Festival by my former University of Michigan Public Health student Utibe Effiong. With the current focus on Ebola, it’s easy to forget that West African ...