Richard Harris http://wuwf.org en Even With $100 Million, WHO Says It Will Take Months To Control Ebola http://wuwf.org/post/even-100-million-who-says-it-will-take-months-control-ebola When public health officials warn that it's likely to take many months to bring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa under control, it's not because they're facing a single huge challenge.<p>"If there was just one solid, large chunk we could slice out, we would," says WHO spokeswoman Nyka Alexander, at the agency's regional coordination center in Conakry, Guinea. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Richard Harris 13269 at http://wuwf.org Even With $100 Million, WHO Says It Will Take Months To Control Ebola Investors Pump Prospects Of Unproven Ebola Treatments http://wuwf.org/post/investors-pump-prospects-unproven-ebola-treatments Interest in drugs that might be used to treat Ebola virus has hit a fever pitch, but the buzz isn't simply about fear of Ebola, or about saving lives in poor nations of West Africa. It's also about money.<p>Take, for example, the Canadian drug company <a href="http://www.tekmira.com/">Tekmira</a>. It is trying to develop an Ebola drug that's based on a technology called RNAi. This is an intriguing concept, using genetic material rather than conventional drugs to disrupt the Ebola virus. The company says it has a $140 million grant from the U.S. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:37:00 +0000 Richard Harris 12950 at http://wuwf.org Investors Pump Prospects Of Unproven Ebola Treatments Why Treating Ebola With An Experimental Serum Might Help http://wuwf.org/post/treating-ebola-experimental-serum-why-it-might-help Last week we learned that two Americans working in Liberia for a medical charity, <a href="http://www.samaritanspurse.org/">Samaritan's Purse</a>, were among those who had contracted Ebola. When their symptoms took a turn for the worse, the organization announced that the two were going to get experimental treatments. Sat, 02 Aug 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Richard Harris 12684 at http://wuwf.org Why Treating Ebola With An Experimental Serum Might Help Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders http://wuwf.org/post/feds-tighten-lab-security-after-anthrax-bird-flu-blunders In the course of trying to understand a laboratory accident involving anthrax, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stumbled upon another major blunder — involving a deadly flu virus.<p>The flu incident apparently posed no health risk, but it went unreported to top brass for six weeks. Those officials now recognize a <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/09/330038131/researchers-aghast-over-discovery-of-smallpox-vials">pattern of problems</a> in their world-class laboratory. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:38:00 +0000 Richard Harris 11749 at http://wuwf.org Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders Declining Domestic Sales Speed Talks For Tobacco Mega-Merger http://wuwf.org/post/declining-domestic-sales-speed-talks-tobacco-mega-merger Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block. The U.S. tobacco industry could be in for a shakeup. Reynolds American, the maker of cigarette brands such as Camel and Pall Mall, confirmed today that it's in talks to buy its smaller rival, Lorillard. As NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, the potential merger comes as the industry feels the pinch of declining sales.<p>YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: The U.S. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Richard Harris 11736 at http://wuwf.org