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Developing a Vaccine for Ebola
Ajay K. Singh, MBBS, FRCP
Editor-in Chief, Scientific American Medicine

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of filamentous Ebola virus particles (blue) budding from a chronically infected VERO E6 cell (yellow-green). Courtesy of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

The World Health Organization reports(1) this past week that there have been 15,935 confirmed cases of Ebola, nearly twice the number since my editorial mid-October. The death toll now exceeds 5,600 up from around 4,000 people one month ago. The majority of cases have occurred in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone among eight different West African nations; however, the Ebola case incidence seems to be stabilizing in Guinea and stable or declining in Liberia. Good news of sorts. Read More

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Scientific American Medicine Announces Its New Editor-in-Chief

Decker Intellectual Properties Inc, publisher of the critically acclaimed internal medicine reference Scientific American Medicine, is honored to have Ajay K. Singh, MBBS, FRCP, as its Editor-in-Chief, beginning July 1, 2014.

Dr. Singh, who is a nephrologist and Director, Office of Postgraduate Medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Director, Office of Global Education at Harvard Medical School, is an internationally renowned researcher and educator.

As the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Singh brings his estimable experience in, and unique vision of, medicine to bear on Scientific American Medicine. "I am proud, honored and privileged to take on this important role," said Dr. Singh. "My goals are to better understand and deliver cutting-edge content with a continued focus on the best in evidence-based medicine."

Dr. Singh is the fourth Editor-in-Chief of Medicine since its inception 30 years ago. Dr. Daniel Federman, Founding Editor of Scientific American Medicine, remarked, "All living things have to plan for reproduction and continuity. As a founder of this living learning resource I am thrilled to welcome Ajay Singh to lead our effort and be in charge of our future."

In addition to many exciting changes, Dr. Singh envisions adding teaching videos to the online home of Scientific American Medicine. He believes that these videos and teaching slide sets will enhance the educational experience for residents and practitioners alike. Dr. Singh also intends to recruit editors to lead specialty books in ophthalmology, radiology, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology. He plans to expand the scope of the internal medicine specialty content by adding subspecialist texts, as well as subspecialty board reviews. Together with Decker, Dr. Singh will expand the scope of Scientific American Medicine into a multifaceted multimedia offering that will meet the needs of physicians across the spectrum of medicine.


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Decker Intellectual Properties Inc has signed a licensing agreement with Scientific American to re-establish the comprehensive professional medical database Scientific American Medicine (SAM). The subscription-based database, first published in 1981, now includes an enhanced medical offering through this agreement with Scientific American. For the past ten years (2004–2013), the resource was known as American College of Physicians Medicine.

Scientific American Medicine has a reputation of providing practicing clinicians and students with comprehensive and up-to-date medical information. Now, Scientific American will offer the editors of SAM access to Scientific American Magazine's vast archive and cutting-edge reporting to incorporate relevant articles into the medical database. Decker Intellectual Properties Inc will provide subscribers to SAM with custom-tailored RSS feeds of Scientific American content, as well as a trial subscription to the magazine. These added resources will help busy medical professionals keep up to date in areas of science, medicine, health and technology.

Ajay K. Singh, MBBS, FRCP, is the Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American Medicine. Dr. Singh is the Director of Postgraduate Medical Education at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

"Scientific American set a new standard for health science publishers when it launched Scientific American Medicine in 1981," says Brian Decker, CEO, Decker Intellectual Properties Inc. "It was then and remains today a graphically rich resource for both physicians and students. We are excited to draw on Scientific American's content to enhance the editorial offering of the medical database."

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