West Africa

Oregon State University
3:02 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Ebola Containment Should Focus On Funeral Practices And Patient Isolation, OSU Study Says

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Hygienic funeral and patient isolation practices are key factors to ending Ebola in West Africa. That's according to a study published by an Oregon State University researcher.

The study says current containment practices will likely cause the disease to continue to expand by more than 200 cases in Liberia by December. Jan Medlock teaches Biomedical Sciences at OSU. He says the disease is most contagious around the time of death, which means hygienic funeral practices are essential to preventing further infections.

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Science & Technology
8:33 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

OSU Develops Wristband That Detects Pollutants

OSU developed silicone wristbands that can detect an individual's exposure to environmental toxins.
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Everyday people are exposed to chemicals and pollutants. Researchers at Oregon State University in Corvallis have developed a silicone wristband that can detect these compounds. The new accessory can help scientists understand the link between exposure to toxins and disease. The wristband looks similar to the ubiquitous colorful rubber wristbands that often promote causes or charities, such as breast cancer. Kim Anderson is a professor in the OSU Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology.

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