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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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More monoclonal or polyclonal antibodies recommended for treating Ebola/ Reuters by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This type of approach is what I recommended in my Congressional testimony in 2001, for many potential pathogens, following the anthrax letters. What are monoclonal antibodie ... Read on »
"The nasal spray version of the flu vaccine did not protect young children against swine flu year... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine From the Associated Press : The nasal spray version of the flu vaccine did not protect young children against swine flu last winter and might not work again this year, heal ... Read on »
What About Testing Already-Licensed Drugs Against Ebola? Here are some that may be promising by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I will elaborate on this important subject as I learn more.  And what more has been learned about the benefits of lamivudine , an antiviral used by a Liberian doctor with r ... Read on »
FDA has issued Emergency Use Authorizations for Ebola diagnostic tests, but not for vaccines or... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The following table is current as of October 27, 2014 per FDA.   Experimental drugs are , for those already ill from Ebola.  I find no legal authority in the US for usin ... Read on »
To develop and test new drugs and vaccines, you need the latest strains of Ebola--but researchers... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Whatever happened to that Ebola czar?  He could, if he wanted, cut through any red tape blocking the sharing of new Ebola samples (which in some cases do not even have to be ... Read on »
India will stockpile and distribute grains to the poor, despite WTO/Reuters by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In the news today is the story of how India has refused to agree with a World Trade Organization (WTO) demand that it scale back its stockpiling of grains.  I recall when th ... Read on »
"U.S. scientists say uncertainties loom about Ebola's transmission, other key facts"/ Reuters by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Reuters' Sharon Begley has to be one of the very best science journalists in the US.  She always gets to the meat of the matter.  Here she gives us the highlights of what sc ... Read on »
Want to follow suspected Ebola cases? Here's the place: SHTF Dashboard by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This site 's owner decided to fill the gap when the Associated Press chose to stop publishing articles on suspected Ebola cases.  Great info! Read on »
"The AP and other press outlets have agreed not to report on suspected Ebola cases until a... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine And that could be why we are hearing so little despite multiple suspected cases around the country. Sunday, Nov. 2, someone recently returned from Liberia developed a f ... Read on »
CDC now admits there IS a low risk of infection, if you are on a plane or in a room with a... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine CDC changed its story again.  As of October 27, CDC updated its risk guidelines to acknowledge that being in a room or on a plane with someone who is symptomatic with Ebola ... Read on »
NY Times Explains the PPE Evolution by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I would recommend that healthcare workers read the complete article .  We are used to outfit #1, but the details for #2 and #3 (especially their removal) are hazy for many o ... Read on »
Ebola: worldwide dissemination risk and response priorities/ The Lancet by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This piece in the Lancet , authored by Cowling and Yu, discusses issues of Ebola dissemination and means to reduce spread to other countries.  Its final paragraph discusses ... Read on »
Why is Ebola droplet spread controversial, when CDC, NIH and WHO have long acknowledged it? by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine From CDC regarding how one must handle laboratory specimens from someone with Ebola: "Clinical specimens [such as blood or urine] from persons suspected of being infected ... Read on »
We Are Ignoring the US' $440 Million Surge Capacity for Ebola vaccine production by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Ebola is killing 60-70% of those affected, even with treatment.  Manufacturers say it will take quite a while to produce sufficient supplies of a vaccine, and that bulk ma ... Read on »
Hospitals are not ready, and cannot become ready: Ebola requires new healthcare facilities. Ebola... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On Sept 30 I wrote a blog pos t about how CDC's Director Frieden was wrong to claim that any US hospital could manage an Ebola patient.  Circumstances sadly proved me right ... Read on »
Emerging targets and novel approaches to Ebola virus prophylaxis and treatment. by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This article discusses literally a couple dozen vaccines and drugs that are in development for Ebola.  How is their testing being fast-tracked ? BioDrugs.  2013 Dec;27(6 ... Read on »
The survival of filoviruses (Ebola and Marburg) in liquids, on solid substrates and in a dynamic... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine J Appl Microbiol.  2010 Nov;109(5):1531-9. The survival of filoviruses (Ebola and Marburg) in liquids, on solid substrates and in a dynamic aerosol Piercy TJ 1 ... Read on »
CDC now admits Ebola can float through the air, and land on doorknobs/ CDC by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine CDC issued a new poster Friday night October 24, which admits Ebola may in fact be airborne. But CDC says it doesn't travel farther than 3 feet.  Well, at least CDC is s ... Read on »
5 Ebola patients in Kikwit outbreak had no physical contact to explain transmission, and... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The following paper was written by CDC scientists in 1999. J Infect Dis.  1999 Feb;179 Suppl 1:S92-7.  Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, Kikwit, Democratic Republic of ... Read on »