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Public Release: 18-Apr-2014
PLOS ONE
Counterfeit contraceptives found in South America
A survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found that 28 percent of the batches studied were either of substandard quality or falsified. Many pills released the active ingredient too slowly. Others had the wrong active ingredient. One batch had no active ingredient at all.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Brett Israel
brett.israel@comm.gatech.edu
404-385-1933
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Release: 17-Apr-2014
Science
CU researchers discover target for treating dengue fever
Two recent papers by a University of Colorado School of Medicine researcher and colleagues may help scientists develop treatments or vaccines for dengue fever, West Nile virus, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and other disease-causing flaviviruses.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Mark Couch
mark.couch@ucdenver.edu
303-724-5377
University of Colorado Denver

Public Release: 17-Apr-2014
Viruses
Re-emergence of Ebola focuses need for global surveillance strategies
EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on conservation and global public health issues, published a comprehensive review today examining the current state of knowledge of the deadly Ebola and Marburg virus.

Contact: Anthony M. Ramos
ramos@ecohealthalliance.org
212-380-4469
EcoHealth Alliance

Public Release: 17-Apr-2014
New England Journal of Medicine
New MRSA superbug emerges in Brazil
An international research team led by Cesar A. Arias, M.D., Ph.D., at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has identified a new superbug that caused a bloodstream infection in a Brazilian patient. The report appeared in the April 17 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Robert Cahill
Robert.Cahill@uth.tmc.edu
713-500-3030
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Public Release: 17-Apr-2014
Food shortages could be most critical world issue by mid-century
The world is less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, according to a top scientist at the US Agency for International Development.

Contact: Kathleen Phillips
ka-phillips@tamu.edu
979-845-2872
Texas A&M AgriLife Communications

Public Release: 17-Apr-2014
Lancet Infectious Diseases
More research called for into HIV and schistosomiasis coinfection in African children
Researchers from LSTM have called for more research to be carried out into HIV and schistosomiasis coinfection in children in sub-Saharan Africa. In a paper in The Lancet Infectious Diseases LSTM's Professor Russell Stothard looked at previous research into the joint burden of HIV/AIDS and schistosomiasis of children, and found that while disease-specific control interventions are continuing, potential synergies in the control efforts for the two diseases have not been investigated.

Contact: Clare Bebb
c.bebb@liv.ac.uk
44-015-170-53135
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Public Release: 17-Apr-2014
PLOS Pathogens
How the immune system prevents repeated malaria fever episodes in highly exposed children
Children in Mali (and many other regions where malaria is common) are infected with malaria parasites more than 100 times a year, but they get sick with malaria fever only a few times. To understand how the immune system manages to prevent malaria fever in most cases, Peter Crompton and colleagues in the US and in Mali, analyzed immune cells from healthy children before the malaria season and from the same children after their first bout of malaria fever during the ensuing malaria season.

Contact: Peter Crompton
pcrompton@niaid.nih.gov
301-496-2959
PLOS

Public Release: 17-Apr-2014
PLOS Pathogens
Proteomics discovers link between muscle damage and cerebral malaria
Malaria-related complications remain a major cause of death for children in many parts of the world. Why some children develop these complications while others don't is still not understood. A multidisciplinary group of scientists and clinicians under the direction of Peter Nilsson (SciLifeLab and KTH, Sweden), Mats Wahlgren (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden), Delmiro Fernandez-Reyes (Brighton & Sussex Medical School, UK) and Olugbemiro Sodeinde (College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria), report results of a systematic proteomics approach to the question in PLOS Pathogens.

Contact: Peter Nilsson
peter.nilsson@scilifelab.se
46-852-481-418
PLOS

Public Release: 16-Apr-2014
Journal of Immunology
Progress in understanding immune response in severe schistosomiasis
Researchers at Tufts University have uncovered a mechanism that may help explain the severe forms of schistosomiasis, or snail fever, which is one of the most prevalent parasitic diseases in the world. The study in mice, published online this week in The Journal of Immunology, may also offer targets for intervention and amelioration of the disease.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH/Office of the Director, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, National Research Foundation of Korea–Global Research Network

Contact: Siobhan Gallagher
siobhan.gallagher@tufts.edu
617-636-6586
Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus

Public Release: 15-Apr-2014
PLOS ONE
Using video surveillance to measure peoples' hand washing habits
Stanford researchers pioneer use of video surveillance to better understand essential hygiene behavior.

Contact: Rob Jordan
rjordan@stanford.edu
650-721-1881
Stanford University

Public Release: 15-Apr-2014
6th International Symposium on Filoviruses
International research group recognizes UTMB experts
The global experts who study the deadliest infectious diseases recognized the contributions of Frederick A. Murphy and Thomas G. Ksiazek, professors at the University of Texas Medical Branch, with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th annual International Symposium on Filoviruses. The filoviruses include Ebola and Marburg viruses that cause death in 50 to 90 percent of people infected. The current outbreak of Ebola virus raging in West Africa has caused more than 100 deaths so far.

Contact: Maureen Balleza
maballez@utmb.edu
409-772-8785
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Public Release: 15-Apr-2014
Pitt CVR and Sanofi Pasteur collaborate to assess the effectiveness of a dengue vaccine
The University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research (CVR) and Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, have entered a scientific collaboration to help assess the effectiveness of a dengue vaccine once introduced for immunization programs. Pitt's CVR is creating the new test to help assess the effectiveness of Sanofi Pasteur's dengue vaccine candidate, which aims to reduce cases of dengue and the circulation of the virus in the population.

Contact: Allison Hydzik
hydzikam@upmc.edu
412-647-9975
University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences

Public Release: 14-Apr-2014
Cell Host & Microbe
Plague alters cell death to kill host
Research at Northwestern Medicine has uncovered how the bacteria that cause pneumonic plague can subvert apoptotic cell death by directly destroying Fas ligand. The effect is a disrupted immune response during infection, which allows Y. pestis to overwhelm the lungs, causing death.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Marla Paul
marla-paul@northwestern.edu
312-503-8928
Northwestern University

Public Release: 14-Apr-2014
Internal Medicine 2014
Osteoporosis drugs appear to impede cell membrane repair
A class of drugs widely used to treat osteoporosis appears to impede a cell's ability to repair a protective outer membrane that helps determine what enters and exits, researchers report.

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

Public Release: 14-Apr-2014
Optics Express
Let the sun shine in: Redirecting sunlight to urban alleyways
In response to ever-crowded urban conditions in developing countries, researchers in Egypt have developed an inexpensive way of re-directing natural sunlight into dimly lit streets and alleys, where lack of sun is linked to health problems. The new optical device can increase brightness in alleyways by up to 400 percent. The research was published today in Energy Express, a supplement to the journal Optics Express.
Science and Technology Development Fund of Egypt

Contact: Angela Stark
astark@osa.org
202-416-1443
The Optical Society

Public Release: 14-Apr-2014
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
New study finds closing gap in diarrhea care of African children could save 20,000 lives
Young children suffering from diarrheal diseases are less likely to receive life-saving oral rehydration therapy if they seek treatment at private, for-profit clinics, according to the first-ever, large-scale study of child diarrhea treatment practices in sub-Saharan Africa. The stark difference in treatment between public and private clinics may be unnecessarily costing tens of thousands of lives each year from diarrheal diseases that are effectively treatable with inexpensive oral rehydration salts, researchers conclude in the report.

Contact: Bridget DeSimone
bdesimone@burnesscommunications.com
301-280-5735
Burness Communications

Public Release: 9-Apr-2014
Seven innovators from Peru receive $100,000 seed grants from Grand Challenges Canada
Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today announced $100,000 seed grants to enable seven innovators from Peru to pursue promising bold ideas to help address pressing health issues in Peru. The grants were announced during the State Visit to Canada of His Excellency Ollanta Humala Tasso, President of the Republic of Peru.

Contact: Lode Roels
lode.roels@grandchallenges.ca
647-328-2021
Grand Challenges Canada

Public Release: 8-Apr-2014
Rapid, broad countermeasures sought against mystery infections
A group of University of Washington scientists is seeking broad, versatile countermeasures effective against several different kinds of viruses and other pathogens. The investigators are part of a national push for faster responses to unexpected infectious agents. These include newly emerging, unknown pathogens, forgotten ones, those expanding beyond their usual geographic range, or dangerous new strains of old enemies like influenza.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Leila Gray
leilag@uw.edu
206-685-0381
University of Washington

Public Release: 8-Apr-2014
Health Affairs
Global health funding reaches new high as funding priorities shift
Global health funding hit an all-time high of $31.3 billion in 2013, five times greater than in 1990. Yet with 3.9 percent growth from 2012 to 2013, the year-over-year increase falls short of the rapid rates seen over the previous decade, according to new research by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington being published online in a web first edition on Apr. 8 by Health Affairs.

Contact: Rhonda Stewart
stewartr@uw.edu
206-897-2863
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Public Release: 7-Apr-2014
Journal of Virology
Chikungunya poised to invade the Americas
A team of French and Brazilian researchers warn that chikungunya virus is poised to invade, and become epidemic in the Americas according to research published ahead of print in the Journal of Virology.

Contact: Jim Sliwa
jsliwa@asmusa.org
202-942-9297
American Society for Microbiology

Public Release: 6-Apr-2014
BJU International
Circumcision could prevent prostate cancer... if it's performed after the age of 35
Researchers at the University of Montreal and the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique-Institut-Armand-Frappier have shown that men circumcised after the age of 35 were 45 percent less at risk of later developing prostate cancer than uncircumcised men.
Cancer Research Society, Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation, Fonds de recherche du Québec Santé

Contact: William Raillant-Clark
w.raillant-clark@umontreal.ca
514-566-3813
University of Montreal

Public Release: 4-Apr-2014
Genome Research
Scientists generate 3-D structure for the malaria parasite genome
A research team led by a University of California Riverside scientist has generated a 3-D model of the human malaria parasite genome at three different stages in the parasite's life cycle -- the first time such 3-D architecture has been generated during the progression of the life cycle of a parasite. The team found that genes that need to be highly expressed in the parasite tend to cluster in the same area of the cell nucleus.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside

Public Release: 2-Apr-2014
Global Public Health
Pharmocogenomics has not fulfilled its promise to developing countries
From 1997 to 2010, despite promises made by the international scientific community, pharmacogenomic research produced few studies focusing on rare, orphan and tropical diseases prevalent in developing countries.

Contact: William Raillant-Clark
w.raillant-clark@umontreal.ca
514-566-3813
University of Montreal

Public Release: 2-Apr-2014
Global partners are taking the 'neglect' out of 'neglected tropical diseases'
Global leaders gathered in Paris today at the Institut Pasteur to announce that this partnership has catalyzed momentum and crucial resources against NTDs -- parasitic and bacterial infections that put one in six people worldwide at risk of being sickened, disabled or disfigured.

Contact: My-Thuan Tran
mtran@globalhealthstrategies.com
33-638-287-202
Global Health Strategies

Public Release: 1-Apr-2014
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Unvaccinated infants act as 'kindling' to fuel epidemics
Nearly four million children under five die from vaccine-preventable diseases worldwide each year, and two University of Michigan doctoral ecology students are working to change that.

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

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