What We're Reading: Ebola Trial to Begin; Doctors, NRA in Twitter Fight; Pelosi and the ACA

A landmark moment in the world’s efforts to respond to the Ebola crisis is set to begin in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as clinical trials of an experimental therapy begin; after the National Rifle Association (NRA) posted a mocking tweet to physicians about gun violence, doctors responded in kind on Twitter; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said she is "staying on as Speaker" to protect the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Ebola Therapy Trial Set to Begin in Democratic Republic of the Congo

A landmark moment in the world’s efforts to respond to the Ebola crisis, as well as future crises, is set to begin in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, STAT reported. Health officials are preparing to launch a clinical trial designed to test whether experimental Ebola therapies improve patients’ chances of survival, but the trial will be complicated given the violent environment. The randomized controlled trial will compare 3 different antibody treatments and an antiviral drug to each other, rather than involving a placebo.

Doctors Shares Stories of Gun Violence Aftermath on Twitter

After the National Rifle Association (NRA) posted a mocking tweet to physicians about gun violence—just hours before a man opened fire in a California bar killing 12 people—doctors responded in kind on Twitter. The NRA suggested that “anti-gun doctors should stay in their lane” when it comes to gun control. Using the hashtag #ThisIsOurLane, physicians wrote about pulling bullets out of bodies and telling loved ones their family members were dead, often posting graphic photos, NPR reported. The NRA has long advocated to prevent the CDC from conducting research on gun violence.

Pelosi Says She's Sticking As House Speaker to Protect the ACA

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said on CBS's "Face the Nation that she is "staying on as Speaker" to protect the Affordable Care Act. Pelosi formally announced her bid for the top House leadership role after the Democrats won control of the House in last week's midterms. She also called on Republicans in Congress to join Democrats in working to protect pre-existing conditions.