As Ebola Spreads in West Africa, Science Searches For the Cure

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What’s the Latest?

The latest outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has claimed over 700 lives (including Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor). Health professionals who have traveled to countries such as Liberia and Togo to fight the virus are doing so armed with inadequate weapons. That’s because a cure for Ebola does not yet exist. Thousands of miles away in research labs across the world,scientists are working with one eye on Africa and the other on their work. The goal is to move potential vaccines through phases of testing as swiftly as possible. Unfortunately for those at risk of contracting this current strain, “swiftly as possible” is still quite slow. Researchers are working quickly in anticipation of the next outbreak, whenever that may come.

What’s the Big Idea?

Currently, doctors can only provide supportive measures for the infected by treating their symptoms. Life and death is left almost entirely to chance. Patients showing symptoms are placed in isolation and treated by healthcare professionals decked head-to-toe in protective gear. Despite their best efforts, many of the medical workers fighting the Ebola outbreak have contracted the virus during treatment. This current strain kills an estimated 90% of those infected. Authorities maintain a top priority of minimizing the virus’ spread. Until better treatments are developed, doctors are forced to rely more on logistical tactics than healthcare remedies.

Accoring to New Scientist, other hopeful prospects include the drug TKM-Ebola, the compound BCX4430, and a vaccinefeaturing a harmless strain of vesicular stomatitis virus. The vaccine is most promising because it could be used to treat the disease even after infection, much like the rabies vaccine.

Even if a diamond in the rough exists among these potential cures, the current outbreak will have been long contained (and probably forgotten, at least outside of West Africa) by then. As for fear of the disease spreading to the United States, the case of Patrick Sawyer drummed up a flurry of fear-mongering headlines (just Google “ebola” “america” and “worry”), butthe CDC is confident the U.S. is safe.

Despite the deadly nature of an Ebola infection, it’s just not the sort of virus that could spread , especially when prudent measures are taken to prevent it from doing so.

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The 10 Most Important Things To Consider Before You Start A Business

By Darpan Sachdeva

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When you start a new business for the very first time it can be  pretty overwhelming and tiring  Especially when you know the fact that 8 out of 10 businesses fail.

There are usually many  reasons why failure of start ups takes place but one of the main culprits is “Bad Planning” and “Unanswered Questions Before Launch”. That’s why it is a great idea to get the main concerns answered so that you can lower the risk of failure and prepare for business success.

A DocStoc speaker who has worked with 100′s of startup entrepreneurs, shares his advice for The Top 10 Questions To Consider When Starting A Business.

This is a straight forward video and I believe it is essential to watch this before launching your first startup.

10 Questions You Need To Answer Before Launching Your Startup


Blog Photo   Darpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of                                               Nobelthoughts.com With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

 

Living On the Edge: Why Risk Equals a Well-Lived Life (Inspirational Video)

“Being out on the edge, with everything at risk, is where you learn and grow the most.” – Jim Whittaker, first American to summit Mt. Everest.

 

 

It’s been 50 years since the first American climbed almighty Everest.

And to celebrate this historic achievement, here’s a beautiful 4-minute video – showcasing exactly why you need to take risks in order to achieve greatness in your life.

We love the comparisons Jim Whittaker draws between nature and life, how about you?