Ebola Treatment Saves Monkeys

Things are starting to really speed up when it comes to testing this incredibly new but experimental drug called ZMapp. If you have been following the news regarding the Ebola epidemic that is currently spreading in Africa, you’d know that people are desperately trying to get some help to fight off this truly deadly virus.

According to some health organizations, it’s currently estimated that this epidemic will probably take many months to stop and will probably cost thousands of lives in the continent. The outbreak is currently occurring in countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

But it’s not yet a total loss. In recent weeks, for example, two health workers were given the experimental drug ZMapp, which caused them to recover from the disease quite dramatically despite the fact that their symptoms were already advancing to the point where people do not normally survive.

So now, the race is on to get this drug tested fast and get it produced to save the lives people that are threatened with infection.

Recently, the drug has been the reason for the survival of at least seven people who have been infected with Ebola. And now, it has been tested with some macaque monkeys who have been infected with the virus.

According to the article on the LA Times, the monkeys were already five days into the infection. Researchers say that this would put them about three days from death. After being administered with the drug, the symptoms disappeared and the spread of the virus was contained and reduced to “insignificant levels.”

Sadly for three monkeys for whom the drugs were not administered, these died within eight days.

The tests were done in April and May by the Canadian Public Health Agency’s national laboratory for zoonotic diseases and special pathogens (quite a mouthful, yes). It was led by Gary P. Kobinger who was also joined by other researchers and scientists from the company that developed ZMapp, MappBio.

According to the team, the medication recognizes the Ebola virus and binds to it and according to Kobinger, this was “fantastic news.” He also added that the infection that the monkeys suffered from is pretty close to how humans progress when infected by the disease.

The experiment used a modified version of ZMapp and administered in much higher doses to infected patients.

Patients who are suffering from the viral infection develop symptoms such as fever, reduced appetite, and liver and skin problems. For humans, between the time of infection and death takes about twelve to fourteen days. The great news was, the experimental medication was able to rescue all of the 18 monkeys the drug was administered with.

This is pretty awesome news in the field of viral research and we truly encourage all of the researchers to keep going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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A More Personal Approach

Normally, we do not take a very personal approach when it comes to this website. We have had other projects where we prefer to interact with people but not for this project. We think that this topic needs to be discussed quite seriously so we like to take a colder stance towards our visitors.

However, lately, we have been thinking of interacting with our website visitors. I know that this will be a very strange and new approach for us because after all, what can we really talk about when it comes to herpes?

People like to suffer in silence and I think this is a topic that is quite taboo for a lot of people. But recently, I attended a small focus group and it turns out that while people prefer to sit in silence when they have a problem, they are really screaming out for help. They want to be heard. They want to have others know what they are feeling. Sure, they feel ashamed, but you need to help them open up.

This is what makes them feel better. And if you really want to help someone, it would be great to give them an ear to talk to. So now, we are going to slowly transition into a more interactive approach. We will have forums and user registration, and whatnot.

Let’s see what happens!



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Herpes Research is Moving Really Fast, Have Hope

There is a lot happening in the world today especially in the world of healthcare. Right now the research is moving fairly quickly and there are lots of discoveries happening. Just this week there have been lots of incredibly important announcements.

What does this mean for us? For us, the herpes cure might really be close and we may not have to live with the symptoms of herpes anymore in our lives. Otherwise, we don’t know. Maybe the next new antiviral that comes along will totally kill of the disease and we will finally live a truly normal life.

We can only hope. The way information moves around the world these days is pretty astounding and we can only imagine that it’s only a matter of time till the next big breakthrough occurs. In the meantime, we just have to deal with our live and our pain the way we know how: just settle down and man up to it. Take our medicine. Stay healthy. This way, you don’t have to develop into any big outbreaks and we don’t have to really suffer. It’s close. I can feel it.



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Thinking about Genital Herpes and Real Life Treatments

Just a quick word, the summer is getting really how and while we’re all busy waiting for the next great genital herpes treatment, we have to accept that it’s still going to be some time before we get any real final cure to the occassional outbreaks that we all suffer from in life.

But you have to remember that this does not mean that your life is over just because you have been infected with an incurable disease. It will not kill you so learn to get over it and move yourself forward once again.

We’ve been reviewing the latest literature and the science is moving forward very fast and people are finding things every single day. While no final cure or treatment is available, we can still continue to live a normal life. There is hope right?

Of course there is.

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Medical Marijuana and its benefits

Medical Marijuana is the greenish/brown or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, seeds, stems and flowers of the hemp plant ;Marijuana’s effect on the user depends on the strength or potency of the THC.Marijuana differs from other drugs of abuse by the locations of its brain receptor sites. There are not many CB1 receptors in the medulla of the brain,The effects of marijuana can be in a short term or long term,Short term are the effects are Euphoria or feeling high,Impaired or reduced short-term memory,Enhancement of sensory perception,Dry mouth and throat and may increase psychotic episodes in those prone to psychosis.Long term effects in smoking, marijuana contains chemicals such as carbon monoxide, nitrosamines, and benzopyrene may lead to serious respiratory problems such as mild airway obstruction, pre-cancerous changes, laryngitis and bronchitis, as well as lung and neck cancer,Decrease sexual libido or pleasure,and Tolerance and dependence to a drug develops.



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