ZMapp Drugs ‘Cured’ 100 Monkeys

first_imgMultiple news agencies announced Saturday, that ZMapp had cured 100 percent of monkeys that were inoculated with a different strain of Ebola in a Canadian study of the virus.According to researchers, health officials and medical teams, the vaccine has not undergone the normal human clinical trial stages. However, a small handful of infected people agreed to be injected with the vaccine.CBCNews.com reported yesterday that one Ebola survivor now pleads with the vaccine manufacturer to hurry with the production of the drug.The drug that is being referred to as a “monumental achievement,” only had about 20 doses in stock, and all have been exhausted.Researchers said once a living host has been sick for too long, there are those instances wherein possible treatments cannot turn back the damage already done to the body by the hemorrhagic virus.According to USA Today, a newspaper circulated across that country, of the small amount of people who have received the vaccine, only two have died.  These were “a Spanish priest and a Liberian doctor.” This  means it could be that they may have received the vaccine too late, the newspaper said.The monkeys which were given a lethal strain of Ebola recovered, and were given the drug five days after infection.With only a small number of Ebola patients testing the drug, it is hard for researchers to conclude whether it is the main reason for the patient’s recovery.In the wake of numbers of Ebola cases increasing in West Africa, health officials, medical teams and pharmaceutical researchers have scrambled to find a treatment of the virus to help reduce and contain the spread of the epidemic in the West African affected countries.Thomas Geisbert, an Ebola expert, said one of the infected Americans, Kent Brantly, didn’t just receive the vaccine but he also had a blood transfusion from an Ebola patient who survived — so his case isn’t one hundred percent ZMapp.The research report,  published in the Journal Nature, states that humans should receive three scheduled doses to optimize the efficacy for recovery. While the World Health Organization (WHO) has estimates that the current outbreak will infect more than 18,000 people, Gary Kobinger, who works for Canada’s Public Health Agency, said the drug is manufactured by a bio processing plant in Kentucky, and can only produce 20 to 40 doses per month. But the question remains, does Zmapp work for humans? Kobinger told The Washington Post, “I think it strongly supports that concept, but it’s not proven.”The spokesman for the owner of the Kentucky Bio processing plant believes that the three doses are theory.  Since conclusive human studies have not been done, the real issue is to have everyone’s focus on the clinical, and development steps to help find the correct dosing requirements, and speed up processing, he said.ZMapp could obtain approval of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in six month, maybe less, under their accelerated review titles.So far, Kobinger said, none of the animals tested has  shown any side effects. He also indicated that the Zaire Ebola strain now appears to be mutating as it moves from host to host, and researchers can’t be sure that Zmapp will solve the Ebola problem.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shovels in the ground for new skate park

first_img“One of the things I always tell my communities, whether it’s communities, whether it’s anybody writing grants, whatever, make sure your MLA knows about it,” Pimm says. “And this particular one, I happened to be speaking at the breakfast Rotary Club one morning, and Clinton was there doing a presentation and I thought, ‘man is that ever a good project’, so I went and started tracking down some information and we were able to come forward with some pretty good support.”Ackerman adds that the project was important to jump on because the Sport Council and DistrictSkateBoardPark had a plan for the skate park and knew how to go about executing it.“They’re young people and they had a dream – a good dream – and what was really important is they did not just say we have a dream and walked away,” Ackerman argues. “They had a dream and took ownership of it and got involved. Clinton and his group really helped us to make this all happen. It’s easy once you have all of that information to write all of the grants.The group worked with Newline Skate parks on the design of the project, and the company has been involved with the task since the beginning. Advertisement A number of guests were on hand for the ceremony including MLA Pat Pimm, Councillor Byron Stewart, Andy Ackerman of the North Peace Economic Development Commission, and Clinton Green, who helped spearhead the project.Green says it’s a great feeling to be at this point and he looks forward to the completion of the project.“I’m very excited; I can’t wait to ride it. I’m glad all the hard work that everyone put into it paid off.”- Advertisement -The project was important to Green for a number of reasons, in particular to give young people the chance to be the best that they can be.“I just want to see the youth in town have a place to put all their potential [to use], and have a place to progress and be safe in the process.”Pat Pimm said a few words before shovels went into the ground. He says he makes a point to inform his constituents that if they have projects in the works, to let him know so he can try to be of some assistance. The province chipped in with $448,000 towards the task.Advertisementlast_img read more

VE Brandl Flyers lose to Grande Cache

first_imgThe VE Brandl Pee Wee B Flyers lost a close one on Saturday to Grande Cache.  The Flyers led the game 2-1 after the first, 3-2 after the second and were up 4-2 in the third before Grande Cache stormed back with three unanswered goals to win the game 5-4.  Bryson Eklund led the offence with two goals, Ricky Bateman had a goal and an assist, Alex Hartman had a goal, Tyrell Loewen, Emerson Loewen, and James Bowie all had assists to round out the scoring for the Flyers.    The Flyers are now 4-2 in All Peace Action and play at home next Saturday, December 6th at 1:15 at the Kid’s Arena. – Advertisement –last_img read more