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Meryl Nass

* Hospitalist, Mount Desert Island Hospital (2003 â?? present) * Private Practice, Freeport, Maine, 4 years (ended 2002 with surgery for a spinal meningioma) * Chair of Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (2006 â?? present) * Director of... Full Bio
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Over 1,100 "Incidents" (aka escapes) with dangerous "Select Agents" were reported in the US during... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Just in case you thought that CDC and federal regulators had things under control regarding research on microorganisms that can be used in bioterrorism, think again.  There ... Read on »
Legal Ramifications of Declaring a Public Health Emergency by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I noticed that 2 old posts of mine about the laws and regulations governing public health emergencies were getting a lot of attention this week.  I thought I would post them ... Read on »
Ebola therapeutics from China, Canada, Germany, US: promising but without human testing for Ebola,... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Virus Res.  2014 Jun 12;189C:254-261. doi: 10.1016/j.virusres.2014.06.001. [Epub ahead of print] A highly immunogenic fragment derived from Zaire Ebola virus glycoprotei ... Read on »
International Travel: 679 people per day enter the US from Nigeria/ NY Times by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine According to the NYT,  there are "243,000 international travelers to United States airports each day... including an average of 679 from Nigeria and 145 from the other three ... Read on »
Medicins Sans Frontieres Ebola Updates: more detail than I have found anywhere else by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This is the site where you will get up to date information on the Ebola outbreak from MSF, which is providing the most detailed information from Liberia, Sierra Leone and G ... Read on »
Ebola Opinion / Nass by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Despite an estimated 69% death rate, Medicins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders or MSF) doctors and nurses have not come down with the disease.   MSF has 676 staffers ... Read on »
Of several potential Ebola vaccines, here is one by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This 2008 article (available free in full text here ) described a very promising Ebola vaccine from USAMRIID: Clin Vaccine Immunol. Mar 2008; 15(3): 460–467. Publ ... Read on »
Many unlicensed, experimental Ebola treatments and vaccines exist: Dr. Brantly can give informed... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Since Ebola first was identified in 1976, there have been at least a dozen outbreaks and at least 5 strains have been identified. Serologic tests for Ebola have been availab ... Read on »
Inspector General Reports: Biosecurity at Multiple Agencies (including CDC and NIH) a Joke/... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine From USAT: ... CDC has not responded to USA TODAY's requests, under the Freedom of Information Act, filed in June 2012, for records involving lab safety and security in ... Read on »
What happened to the last safety czar you appointed? Asked who this was, the CDC Director didn't... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I am posting the entire Reuters story below. Is it funny, pathetic, or both? CDC Director Tom Frieden promised Congress to appoint a senior official to oversee lab securit ... Read on »
CDC says there were 269 separate, reported incidents of lost or escaped 'select agent' microbes in... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Not to put too fine a point on it, but today's Reuters story has even more bad news on safety at our highest containment labsAccording to a 2012 report by CDC scientists, t ... Read on »
CDC scientists' lack of understanding of anthrax is shocking and terrifying by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The WaPo has published the  full text of the CDC report  on its anthrax mishap last month, with mention of a number of other, almost identical mishaps...one even from th ... Read on »
CDC anthrax story keeps getting weirder by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Latest update claimed that CDC scientists put anthrax into a chemical bath to inactivate it for 24 hours, but after only ten minutes took out a sample for plating and cultur ... Read on »
Nevada Democrats pick ‘None of these candidates’ for governor in Primary/ WaPo by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In light of the Eric Cantor defeat in Virginia's Republican primary, that fact that more Nevada voters cast votes for a "None of the Above" option than for a candidate is in ... Read on »
Vodaphone issues report on requests for data by many countries by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A WaPo Saturday article , based on a detailed report by the company Vodaphone, details how many other countries do exactly what the US government does with digital data, inc ... Read on »
Biowatch--the unworkable system for detecting bioweapons in the air--finally cancelled after... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine From David Willman at the LA Times : WASHINGTON — Amid concerns about its effectiveness and multibillion-dollar cost, the  Department of Homeland Security  has canceled p ... Read on »
A woman giving birth in America now is more likely to die than a woman giving birth in China/WaPo by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine What is the tag line?  Don't be poor in America.  Healthcare is simply too expensive for a sizable number of Americans to afford, so they go without.  And this is the ... Read on »
Looking to sales growth, Merck rolls out vaccine adherence plan using electronic medical record by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The Electronic Medical Record has a new application: to sell more vaccines. The following article comes verbatim from FierceVaccines, while a link to Forbes  tells the s ... Read on »
Nancy Haigwood was central in defining Bruce Ivins as a psychopathic criminal. Why? by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine How did Professor Haigwood come to make the case against Ivins?  It appears that (like Jean Duley, Ivins' trainee therapist who was under house arrest  when she was brou ... Read on »
What are the mechanisms by which corruption operates in the US? Some breathtaking examples of... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Why is the country practically bankrupt and mired in corruption? Can the parts of our economic culture that enable huge government giveaways be identified? We certainly ... Read on »