Monthly Archives: November 2014

Steven Cornish, Exec. Dir. of Doctors Without Borders

Group Medcins Sans FrontieresAn ebola podcast interview with Steven Cornish, Exec. Dir. of Doctors Without Borders [Médecins Sans Frontières Canada]. A much more extensive interview will be available on board Air Canada. But, you do not have to fly very far to listen to Mr. Cornish as he reacts to recent news about the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision for West African sufferers of Ebola to be treated with experimental pharmaceuticals and treatment protocols.

As most people are aware, the Ebola epidemic currently sweeping through West Africa has proven to be the most devastating single outbreak in history. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working to help contain the outbreak. However, the organization has warned that it had reached the limits of what its teams can do, and has called for a coordinated international effort to help fight the epidemic.

Mr Cornish weighs in with his thoughts on the most recent decisions to not run any blind trials for treatment. Cornish indicated “they have joined the conversation, and are moving to treat patients without any placebo trials. A consortium including European universities and medical groups plans to give experimental drugs to West African Ebola patients without assigning some to a placebo group, touching off an intense trans-Atlantic quarrel over what is ethical and effective in treating the virus.

Academics and medical groups in the U.K. and France, such as Oxford University, the Welcome Trust, Doctors Without Borders and Institut Pasteur of France, have decided to give the drugs to sick African patients without randomly assigning other patients to a control group not getting the medicines. They say that in a ghastly such as this current epidemic, it is unethical to hold back treatment from anyone.

MORE ABOUT MSF

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 70 countries. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. Some 30,000 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) from all over the world provide assistance to people in crisis. They are doctors, nurses, midwives, surgeons, anaesthetists, epidemiologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, logistics experts, water and sanitation engineers, administrators and other support staff.

MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols.

MSF teams in West Africa are still seeing critical gaps in all aspects of the response, including medical care, training of health staff, infection control, contact tracing, epidemiological surveillance, alert and referral systems, community education and mobilization. MSF has been responding to the outbreak since March, and currently has a total of 3,340 staff working in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali, treating an increasing number of patients. Since the response began, 24 MSF staff have been infected with Ebola, nine of whom have recovered. The vast majority of these infections were found to have occurred in the community.

MSF’s West Africa Ebola response started back in March of 2014, and counts activities in Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone. MSF currently employs 263 international and around 3,077 locally hired staff in the region.

The organization operates six Ebola case management centres (CMCs), providing approximately 600 beds in isolation, and two transit centres. Since the beginning of the outbreak, MSF has sent more than 700 international staff to the region and admitted more than 5,600 patients, among whom around 3,500 were confirmed as having Ebola. More than 1,400 patients have survived.

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Laura Robinson Releases A New Holiday Song

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Put another log in the fireplace and think about keeping things warm, cozy, and simple this holiday season with some new music!
We have a news update, regarding Laura Robinson, the producer of TV’s Celebrity Name Game with Craig Ferguson just released a recording of a new song she composed, “Let’s Stay Home For Christmas.”   Take a listen, it can be seen via YouTube right here.

“Celebrity Name Game” Inventor Laura Robinson

Laura-Robinson-headshotEnjoy Laura Robinson’s chat with us via our latest CanadianMade Audio interview   Laura launched a new game, called ‘Identity Crisis: The Funniest Game About Famous Names’, in 2008.  She recently sold the 1-hour prime-time television game show based on her game “Identity Crises” to a major U.S. television network.  “The game show is based on the board game Identity Crisis, where Celebrities are teamed with contestants.

Thom Beers, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, commented, “Celebrity Name Game’ is a hilarious and innovative rapid-fire game show. It combines the best of pop culture with the best of comedy. We’ve had incredible success bringing world-class comedians to the world’s most successful game shows with talents such as Drew Carey, Steve Harvey and Wayne Brady. We are delighted to add the ultra-talented and witty Craig Ferguson to our family as he drives the competition and brings nonstop laughter to viewers at home…”

As further noted by Hollywood Reporter Article,  “Celebrity Name Game” was developed by Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s Coquette Productions along with showrunner Scott St. John, Laura Robinson and Richard Gerrits. Robinson and Gerrits, who will serve as producers on the series, run North 44 Productions. Executive producers are St. John, Thom Beers, Jennifer Mullin, Cox and Arquette…”

In 2009, Laura was a guest author for the bestselling book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings, all about the transformational power of gratitude, and co-created an inspiring family board game of the same name. She was featured in the book Women Invent, and has been a keynote speaker at numerous events.

In 2008,  She invented of the popular parlor game Balderdash which is CanadianMade!  By the way, that single board game ‘Balderdash’ has sold more than twenty-five million copies, worldwide.

Laura also consults and advises inventors on the trademark/copyright process and on creating cohesive brand strategies.

Laura Robinson is a Canadian actress, inventor, producer and mother of two. She has enjoyed a successful and varied career as an actress with many roles in film and television, both in Los Angeles and Toronto. She was a regular on the long-running CBS show Night Heat (1985), played the title character in Lifetime Television’s original detective drama Veronica Clare (1991), and guest-starred on many hit shows like Frasier (1993) and Cheers (1982). She has appeared as a guest on Entertainment Tonight Canada (2005), The Gill Deacon Show (2006) and “Rogers Ottawa Daytime”, on CBC TV.

You can follow Ms. Robinson via Twitter @balderdashgirl