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Are We Prepared for the Next Infectious Disease?

A paper by Robert Campbell, CEO/President, Alliance Solutions Group, USA With the emergence of Ebola impacting countries beyond West Africa, global health security became more relevant throughout the world in 2014. There have been...

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Killing Ebola by Removing Its Coat

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that a protein made by the Ebolavirus removes a protective coat from the virus’s genetic material, exposing the viral genome so that...

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Are We Prepared for the Next Infectious Disease?

A paper by Robert Campbell, CEO/President, Alliance Solutions Group, USA With the emergence of Ebola impacting countries beyond West Africa, global health security became more relevant throughout the world in 2014. There have been...

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The IAEA’s Conclusion About Turkey

ARMS CONTROL WONK – Not for the first time, when Barack Obama declared April 2 that the greater Middle East has no real alternative to a nuclear accommodation with Iran, advocates of the “cascade...

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If North Korea Collapses, What Happens to Its WMDs?

THE DIPLOMAT – North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) pose a number of challenges, particularly how to find and secure those weapons if the regime collapses. This paper will look briefly at 1)...

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Rapid Detection of Processed Uranium in Food

A paper by: Dr. Abdur-Rafay Shareef, Chemist, USFDA, United States; Zhichao Lin, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Winchester Engineering and Analytical Center (WEAC), USA; Stephanie Healey, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Winchester Engineering and...

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#tbt GMU’s Person of the Year 2014

We all remember that Time Magazine awarded the Ebola Fighters their Person of the Year, right? Well, George Mason President Angel Cabrera recognized Audrey Ferguson, an Ebola fighter who attended GMU, as his Mason...

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Benishek backs research on toxic exposure for military

THE DETROIT NEWS – A new bill in Congress would direct the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to research the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions affecting children and grandchildren of veterans exposed to...

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31 Grants Awarded for HIV, Tuberculosis Research

The National Institutes of Health and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) are awarding 31 grants to U.S. and South African scientists to support research targeting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and HIV-related co-morbidities and cancers....

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IEDs severely impact humanitarian ops in warzones – UK report

REUTERS – Humanitarian operations in conflict zones such as Afghanistan are blighted by deadly improvised explosive devices (IEDs), an international affairs NGO says. The crisis is heightened by increasingly militarized and politicized international aid...

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Dangerous radioactive material stolen in Mexico

THE TELEGRAPH – Authorities issued an alert for several Mexican states on Wednesday after thieves snatched potentially deadly radioactive material used for industrial radiography. The iridium-192 source was inside a container when it was...

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Russia lifts ban on supplying S-300 missiles to Iran

Moscow (AFP) April 14, 2015 – President Vladimir Putin on Monday lifted a ban on supplying Iran with sophisticated S-300 air defence missile systems after Tehran struck a landmark framework deal with the West...

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Don’t interfere with Iran talks, Kerry urges Congress

Washington (AFP) April 12, 2015 – Secretary of State John Kerry will this week defend an emerging deal intended to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions, urging skeptical US lawmakers not to put up obstacles that...

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Disaster Response Coordination to Support Health Outcomes

The Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events organized a series of three regional workshops in 2014 to explore opportunities to strengthen the regional coordination required in response...

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Potential Risks and Benefits of Gain-of-Function Research

The National Academies Press has published Potential Risks and Benefits of Gain-of-Function Research, a summary of a two-day public symposia on GOF research convened in December 2014 by the Institute of Medicine and the...

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Unearthing New Antivirals

A team of biologists from San Diego State University has developed a platform for identifying drugs that could prove to be effective against a variety of viral diseases. In a pair of recent articles...

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