Ebola Virus

There are five known species (or strains) of the deadly Ebola virus. Dr. Jonathan Lai, associate professor of biochemistry at Einstein, recently developed new antibodies that could one day be used as a therapy for the Sudan ebolavirus strain. 

The Doctor’s Tablet recently sat down with Dr. Lai to discuss his latest study; his ongoing work to develop “broadly neutralizing antibodies” that could target more than one strain of Ebola and other filoviruses; and the current race to find a cure for Ebola.  [click to continue…]

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nyt-9-1-1939“September 1, 1939,” I said, narrowly eyeing the person beside me, scrunching my forehead in genuine scrutiny of the situation. Although I was not entirely certain of what was to come, the eternal optimist within geared up for an opportunity to go into raptures.

“Friday,” emerged his effortless reply.

And so it was.

Meet my younger brother. He has autism. [click to continue…]

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Ebola treatment center in Guinea

A CDC image of an Ebola treatment center located in Guinea, West Africa

The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which has led to at least 1,200 deaths, poses a number of ethical questions that are both pressing and unfamiliar.

There are currently no approved drugs to treat Ebola. However, new, untested treatments have been given to a few people during this latest outbreak, in the hopes of defeating a disease with a mortality rate of up to 90 percent.

The questions are: how will these therapies be distributed, and who will receive them first? [click to continue…]

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Elementary school student receives nutrition advice while snacking on an apple

Students learning about nutrition during a BODY club event in 2014. 

When I was a child, one of my favorite sugary snacks was basically a small vat of frosting. It came with cookies for dunking. I won’t lie; some of that stuff is delicious, but with help from my family and what I learned in school, I came to appreciate healthier alternatives.

No question, it seems an uphill battle for many kids. Childhood obesity is epidemic, with more than one-third of U.S. kids and teens now classified as overweight or obese. And to make matters worse, kids in America watch, on average, between three and five fast-food ads every day. [click to continue…]

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Einstein Class of 2018 M.D. students heading to an orientation event

Einstein Class of 2018 M.D. students heading to an orientation event.

To the incoming Albert Einstein College of Medicine Class of 2018, congratulations on your admission to medical school! Be prepared for an onslaught of information: advice, tips, good wishes, pointers, greetings, suggestions and introductions.

This post is part of that mix, but it will be brief! [click to continue…]

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