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Public Release: 27-Jul-2016
Cell
Studies in mice provide insights into antibody-Zika virus interactions
In research that could inform prophylactic treatment approaches for pregnant women at risk of Zika virus infection, investigators conducted experiments in mice and identified six Zika virus antibodies, including four that neutralize African, Asian and American strains of the mosquito-borne virus. The NIAID-supported team also developed atomic-level X-ray crystal structure images showing four of the antibodies in complex with three distinct regions (epitopes) of a key Zika protein.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Anne A. Oplinger
aoplinger@niaid.nih.gov
301-402-1663
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Public Release: 27-Jul-2016
The Lancet
Physical inactivity cost the world $67 billion in 2013 says first ever estimate
A world-first study has revealed that in 2013, physical inactivity cost $67.5 billion globally in health-care expenditure and lost productivity, revealing the enormous economic burden of an increasingly sedentary world. The study, published today in The Lancet, was led by Dr. Melody Ding from University of Sydney, leader of the current Lancet physical activity series.

Contact: Kobi Print
kobi.print@sydney.edu.au
61-481-012-729
University of Sydney

Public Release: 26-Jul-2016
Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Could the deadly mosquito-borne yellow fever virus cause a Zika-like epidemic in the Americas?
Yellow fever virus (YFV), a close relative of Zika virus and transmitted by the same type of mosquito, is the cause of an often-fatal viral hemorrhagic fever and could spread via air travel from endemic areas in Africa to cause international epidemics.

Contact: Kathryn Ryan
kryan@liebertpub.com
914-740-2100
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News

Public Release: 26-Jul-2016
Protein & Cell
Cracking the mystery of Zika virus replication
Zika virus has become a household word. It can cause microcephaly, a birth defect where a baby's head is smaller than usual. Additionally, it is associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a neurological disorder that could lead to paralysis and even death. However, how this microbe replicates in the infected cells remains a mystery. Now, an international team has unraveled the puzzle of how Zika virus replicates and published their finding in Springer's journal Protein & Cell.
National Basic Research Program of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China

Contact: June Tang
june.tang@springer.com
86-108-267-0211
Springer

Public Release: 26-Jul-2016
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
Low physical capacity second only to smoking as highest death risk
A 45 year study in middle-aged men has shown that the impact of low physical capacity on risk of death is second only to smoking. The research is published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
Förenade Liv

Contact: ESC Press Office
press@escardio.org
European Society of Cardiology

Public Release: 25-Jul-2016
Best-selling lipid for skin and hair also holds promise for Alzheimer's
The best-selling lipid in the world, often prominently featured on skin cream and shampoo labels, appears to also hold promise for Alzheimer's treatment, scientists say.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Toni Baker
tbaker@augusta.edu
706-721-4421
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Public Release: 25-Jul-2016
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Hot desert storms increase risk of bacterial meningitis in Africa
Exposure to airborne dust and high temperatures are significant risk factors for bacterial meningitis, a new study by the University of Liverpool has found.

Contact: Nicola Frost
nicola.frost@liverpool.ac.uk
University of Liverpool

Public Release: 25-Jul-2016
Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
Researchers 'solve' key Zika virus protein structure
Researchers have revealed the molecular structure of a protein produced by the Zika virus that is thought to be involved in the virus's reproduction and its interaction with a host's immune system.

Contact: Jim Erickson
ericksn@umich.edu
734-647-1842
University of Michigan

Public Release: 25-Jul-2016
Annals of Internal Medicine
Low Zika risk for travelers to Olympics in Brazil, study finds
The Zika virus poses a negligible health threat to the international community during the summer Olympic Games that begin next month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, according to researchers at Yale School of Public Health.

Contact: Michael Greenwood
michael.greenwood@yale.edu
203-737-5151
Yale University

Public Release: 25-Jul-2016
Nature Genetics
Newly found, 'thrifty' genetic variant influences Samoan obesity
A new study reports that a genetic variant that affects energy metabolism and fat storage partly explains why Samoans have among the world's highest levels of obesity.
National Institutes of Health, Brown University

Contact: David Orenstein
david_orenstein@brown.edu
401-863-1862
Brown University

Public Release: 24-Jul-2016
PLOS Pathogens
ANU scientists exploit malaria's Achilles' heel
Malaria researchers at the Australian National University have found one of the malaria parasite's best weapons against drug treatments turns out to be an Achilles' heel, which could be exploited to cure the deadly disease.
National Health and Medical Research Council

Contact: Dr. Rowena Martin
rowena.martin@anu.edu.au
61-261-970-051
Australian National University

Public Release: 21-Jul-2016
Royal Society Interface
Three-drug combinations could help counter antibiotic resistance, UCLA biologists report
Bacteria resistance to antibiotics can be offset by combining three antibiotics that interact well together, even when none of the individual three, nor pairs among them, might be very effective in fighting harmful bacteria, UCLA life scientists report in the journal Royal Society Interface -- an important advance because approximately 700,000 people each year die from drug-resistant infections.

Contact: Stuart Wolpert
swolpert@support.ucla.edu
310-206-0511
University of California - Los Angeles

Public Release: 21-Jul-2016
American Journal of Physical Anthropology
For whom the births (and worms) toll
Studies of Bolivian forager-farmers by UCSB researchers shed light on costs of high birthrates, effects of pathogens on metabolism

Contact: Jim Logan
jim.logan@ucsb.edu
805-893-3071
University of California - Santa Barbara

Public Release: 21-Jul-2016
Journal of Infectious Diseases
UTMB researchers find first direct evidence that A. aegypti mosquito transmits Zika virus
In collaboration with colleagues from Mexico, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston researchers were the first to directly connect the Aedes aegypti mosquito with Zika transmission in the Americas, during an outbreak in southern Mexico. The findings are available in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. The findings will help scientists to better target efforts for controlling the population of mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Donna Ramirez
donna.ramirez@utmb.edu
409-772-8791
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Public Release: 21-Jul-2016
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Stop the snails
A study published in PLOS NTDs reports that successful Schistosomiasis control programs over the past century relied, at least in part, on reducing the freshwater snails that are an essential host in the parasite life cycle.
Woods Institute's Environmental Ventures Projects at Stanford University, Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies

Contact: Susanne Sokolow
ssokolow@stanford.edu
831-247-4271
PLOS

Public Release: 21-Jul-2016
PLOS Pathogens
Fluorescent trypanosomes reveal invasion of skin and beyond following tsetse fly bites
Trypanosome parasites cause sleeping sickness in Africa. If left untreated, the infection causes coma and eventually death. A study published on July 21 in PLOS Pathogens takes a close look at what happens after an infected tsetse fly transmits parasites into the skin of a mouse host and shows that very few parasites are needed to successfully colonize the host. In addition, multiplication of parasites at the bite site creates a reservoir from which parasites can be picked up by subsequent tsetse fly bites.

Contact: Jan Van Den Abbeele
jvdabbeele@itg.be
PLOS

Public Release: 20-Jul-2016
BMC Medicine
Improving health facility efficiency could markedly expand HIV treatment
Health facilities in Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia could extend life-sustaining antiretroviral therapy to hundreds of thousands of people living with HIV if facilities improved the efficiency of service delivery. This is one of the main findings from a paper published today in BMC Medicine, co-authored by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and collaborators from Action Africa Help-International in Kenya, the Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration in Uganda, and the University of Zambia in Zambia.
Disease Control Priorities Network

Contact: Kayla Albrecht
kaylaalbrecht@gmail.com
206-897-3792
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Public Release: 20-Jul-2016
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Preventing HIV in transgender people -- JAIDS assembles critical evidence
Programs to reduce the high risk of HIV infection among transgender people are urgently needed--but efforts are hindered by a lack of accurate information on HIV prevalence, HIV incidence, and specific risk factors facing this key population. A special supplement to JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes presents essential information to meet the challenges of HIV prevention in the transgender population. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

Contact: Connie Hughes
Connie.Hughes@wolterskluwer.com
646-674-6348
Wolters Kluwer Health

Public Release: 20-Jul-2016
Malaria Journal
To protect yourself from malaria sleep with a chicken next to your bed
For the first time, scientists have shown that malaria-transmitting mosquitoes actively avoid feeding on certain animal species such as chickens, using their sense of smell. Odors emitted by species such as chickens could provide protection for humans at risk of mosquito-transmitted diseases, according to a study in the open-access Malaria Journal.

Contact: Anne Korn
anne.korn@biomedcentral.com
44-020-319-22744
BioMed Central

Public Release: 19-Jul-2016
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Chasing fire: Fever and human mobility in an epidemic
Disease ecologists working in the Amazonian city of Iquitos, Peru, have quantified for the first time how a fever affects human mobility during the outbreak of a mosquito-borne pathogen.
National Institutes of Health, Department of Homeland Security

Contact: Carol Clark
carol.clark@emory.edu
404-727-0501
Emory Health Sciences

Public Release: 19-Jul-2016
Analytical Chemistry
New technique uses electrical conductivity to measure blood in dry blood spot analysis
Researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington have demonstrated that electrical conductivity can be an effective means to precisely measure the amount of blood present in dry blood spot analysis, providing a new alternative to the current preferred approach of measuring sodium levels.
National Science Foundation, ThermoFisher/Dionex, CDC Foundation, The Hamish Small Chair Endowment

Contact: Louisa Kellie
louisa.kellie@uta.edu
817-524-8926
University of Texas at Arlington

Public Release: 19-Jul-2016
Canada home to the first clinical study for a Zika vaccine
Université Laval's Infectious Disease Research Centre (IDRC) and Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec-Université Laval (CHU) are proud to announce that the first clinical study for a Zika vaccine in Canada is set to begin in Quebec City.

Contact: Andrée-Anne Stewart
andree-anne.stewart@dc.ulaval.ca
41-865-603-952
Université Laval

Public Release: 19-Jul-2016
Current Vascular Pharmacology
Virgin olive oil and hypertension
Oleic acid plus a constellation of minor constituents as a natural antihypertensive.

Contact: Madiha Hussain
madiha@benthamscience.org
Bentham Science Publishers

Public Release: 19-Jul-2016
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
Higher education associated with reduced heart failure risk after myocardial infarction
Higher education is associated with a reduced risk of developing heart failure after a heart attack, reports a study in more than 70,000 patients published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
Nasjonalforeningen for folkehelsen

Contact: ESC Press Office
press@escardio.org
European Society of Cardiology

Public Release: 18-Jul-2016
21st International AIDS Conference
IPM's dapivirine ring may offer significant HIV protection when used consistently
New data analyses announced at the AIDS 2016 conference today provide additional evidence suggesting that the monthly dapivirine vaginal ring developed by the nonprofit International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) provides significant protection against HIV infection in women when used consistently. The new data were released as two open-label studies of the ring begin and as IPM pursues regulatory approvals for the product for its use in developing countries.

Contact: Leonard Solai
lsolai@IPMglobal.org
27-846-606-776
International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM)

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