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Public Release: 20-Nov-2014
63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
UTMB professors receive American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene national awards
Scientists at the University of Texas Medical Branch were recognized with prestigious awards for their contributions in research at the annual American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene meeting.

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

Public Release: 20-Nov-2014
A global report card: Are children better off than they were 25 years ago?
UCLA's World Policy Analysis Center has published a comprehensive analysis of children's rights in 190 countries around the world.

Contact: Carla Denly
cdenly@support.ucla.edu
310-825-6738
University of California - Los Angeles

Public Release: 20-Nov-2014
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Tropical rickettsial illnesses associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes
A recent study from the Thai-Myanmar border highlights the severe and previously under-reported adverse impact of readily treatable tropical rickettsial illnesses, notably scrub typhus and murine typhus, on pregnancy outcomes, finding that more than one third of affected pregnancies resulted either in stillbirth or premature and/or low birth weight babies.

Contact: Lauren Bullen
plosntds@plos.org
415-590-3548
PLOS

Public Release: 20-Nov-2014
Genome Biology
Tapeworms on the brain expand our knowledge of their genome
A genome of a rare species of tapeworm found living inside a patient's brain has been sequenced for the first time, in research published in the open-access journal Genome Biology. The study provides insights into potential drug targets within the genome for future treatments.

Contact: Joel Winston
Joel.Winston@biomedcentral.com
44-203-192-2081
BioMed Central

Public Release: 20-Nov-2014
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Breakthrough in managing yellow fever disease
Found in South America and sub-Saharan Africa, each year yellow fever results in 200,000 new cases and kills 30,000 people. About 900 million people are at risk of contracting the disease. Now a research team led by a biomedical scientist at UC Riverside has determined that the yellow fever virus, a hemorrhagic fever virus, replicates primarily in the liver; other organ failures that often follow in people with the disease are due to secondary effects.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside

Public Release: 20-Nov-2014
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Breakthrough in managing yellow fever disease
Yellow fever is a disease that can result in symptoms ranging from fever to severe liver damage. Found in South America and sub-Saharan Africa, each year the disease results in 200,000 new cases and kills 30,000 people. About 900 million people are at risk of contracting the disease.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Lauren Bullen
plosntds@plos.org
415-590-3548
PLOS

Public Release: 20-Nov-2014
PLOS Pathogens
An Ebola virus protein can cause massive inflammation and leaky blood vessels
Ebola GP protein covers the virus' surface and is shed from infected cells during infection. A study published on Nov. 20 in PLOS Pathogens reports that shed GP can trigger massive dysregulation of the immune response and affect the permeability of blood vessels

Contact: Viktor Volchkov
viktor.volchkov@inserm.fr
PLOS

Public Release: 19-Nov-2014
Successful outcome prompts early end to sickle cell anemia clinical trial
Conclusive data show that hydroxyurea therapy offers safe and effective disease management of sickle cell anemia and reduces the risk of stroke, prompting early termination by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of a key clinical trial studying the drug's efficacy. NHLBI officials issued the announcement today, about one year before the study was originally scheduled to end.

Contact: Nick Miller
nicholas.miller@cchmc.org
513-803-6035
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Public Release: 19-Nov-2014
Monitoring Ebola cases in real-time
The current Ebola epidemic has shown how quickly a virus outbreak can turn into a global health crisis. To support of the fight against this epidemic, the German Center for Infection Research initiated the 'EBOKON' consortium, which aims to promote Ebola research and close gaps in our knowledge as quickly as possible. EBOKON is funded with 2.3 million Euros by the German Ministry of Education and Research and runs until the end of 2015.

Contact: Dr. Jan Grabowski
jan.grabowski@helmholtz-hzi.de
49-531-618-11400
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

Public Release: 18-Nov-2014
American Journal of Roentgenology
New protocol for imaging patients with Ebola
A new protocol is facilitating safer portable computed radiography of patients with Ebola.

Contact: Lissa D. Hurwitz
lhurwitz@arrs.org
703-858-4332
American Roentgen Ray Society

Public Release: 18-Nov-2014
Genome Biology
Ebola surveillance may become quicker and cheaper
A new method for examining the Ebola virus genome could make surveillance quicker and cheaper for West African nations, and help detect new forms of the virus. The detailed procedure is being shared with the research community along with the study paper, which is freely available in the open-access journal Genome Biology.

Contact: Joel Winston
joel.winston@biomedcentral.com
44-203-192-2081
BioMed Central

Public Release: 18-Nov-2014
Radiology
US radiology departments prepare for Ebola
Radiologists from the National Institutes of Health and Emory University School of Medicine have issued a special report on radiology preparedness for handling cases of Ebola virus. The report, outlining their protocols and recommendations, is published in the online edition of the journal Radiology.

Contact: Linda Brooks
lbrooks@rsna.org
630-590-7762
Radiological Society of North America

Public Release: 17-Nov-2014
Pharmaceutical industry improves access to medicine for the poor, but progress uneven
The world's leading pharmaceutical companies are doing more to improve access to medicine in developing countries, with a raft of new initiatives, scale-ups and innovations over the last two years. However, the industry struggles to perform well in some practices that matter, according to the 2014 Access to Medicine Index.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UK Department for International Development

Contact: Suzanne Wolf
swolf@atmindex.org
31-629-404-090
Access to Medicine Foundation

Public Release: 17-Nov-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Scripps Research Institute scientists reveal weak spots in Ebola's defenses
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have identified weak spots on the surface of Ebola virus that are targeted by the antibodies in ZMapp, the experimental drug cocktail administered to several patients during the recent Ebola outbreak.
NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Science Foundation, Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation, Burroughs Welcome Fund

Contact: Madeline McCurry-Schmidt
madms@scripps.edu
858-784-9254
Scripps Research Institute

Public Release: 17-Nov-2014
American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting & Exposition
Creating trust in the time of Ebola
One of the key reasons the Ebola outbreak got out of control in West Africa in the early days of the crisis was a lack of trust among community members, frontline health workers and the broader health system, suggests new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research.

Contact: Stephanie Desmon
sdesmon1@jhu.edu
410-955-7619
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Public Release: 16-Nov-2014
Lancet
Preterm birth now leading global killer of young children
For the first time in history, the complications of preterm birth outrank all other causes as the world's number one killer of young children. Of the estimated 6.3 million deaths of children under the age of five in 2013, complications from preterm births accounted for nearly 1.1 million deaths, according to new findings published in The Lancet by a research team including Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the World Health Organization and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Contact: Marshall Hoffman
marshall@hoffmanpr.com
703-533-3535
Hoffman & Hoffman Worldwide

Public Release: 14-Nov-2014
Lancet
Study predicts likely Ebola cases entering UK and US through airport screening
Researchers at the University of Liverpool have found that screening for Ebola at airports could be an effective method for preventing the spread of the disease into the UK and US, but due to the long incubation period of the virus, screening won't detect all cases.

Contact: Samantha Martin
samantha.martin@liv.ac.uk
44-015-179-42248
University of Liverpool

Public Release: 14-Nov-2014
Journal of the International AIDS Society
HIV risks high in Mexico City's male sex trade
The prevalence of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and risky behavior are high among Mexico City's male sex workers, a new study reports. Among the findings is that sex workers can make 34.5 percent more money for forgoing condoms. The researchers hope to counteract that incentive with one of their own.
National Institutes of Health, Mexican National Center for HIV/AIDS Control and Prevention, Brown University

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

Public Release: 13-Nov-2014
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Scientists unlock crucial mechanism driving colliding epidemics of smoking and TB
TB is an infectious disease that kills 1.5 million people each year and smoking is the biggest driver of the global TB epidemic. Medical scientists at Trinity College Dublin and St James's Hospital in Ireland have unlocked the mechanism underlying the connection between smoking and Tuberculosis. This discovery will considerably strengthen anti-smoking efforts to control TB and uncovers new therapy and vaccine options for TB.
The Health Research Board Ireland, The Royal City of Dublin Hospital Trust

Contact: Yolanda Kennedy
yokenned@tcd.ie
353-189-63551
Trinity College Dublin

Public Release: 13-Nov-2014
Vietnam's health care system, explained by its Minister of Health, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien
Vietnam's Minister of Health, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, was interviewed for Health Affairs by Tsung-Mei Cheng, a health policy research analyst at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Topics included an overview of the unique characteristics of Vietnam's health system; strengths and weaknesses; health financing reform aimed at reaching the goal of universal health coverage; prevention and control of infectious diseases; and Vietnam's performance in achieving Millennium Development Goals.

Contact: Sue Ducat
sducat@projecthope.org
301-841-9962
Health Affairs

Public Release: 13-Nov-2014
Protein Science
New drug targets may lead to effective Ebola treatments
There are no approved treatments or preventatives against Ebola virus disease, but investigators have now designed peptides that mimic the virus' N-trimer, a highly conserved region of a protein that's used to gain entry inside cells.

Contact: Dawn Peters
sciencenewsroom@wiley.com
781-388-8408
Wiley

Public Release: 13-Nov-2014
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Ebola a stark reminder of link between health of humans, animals, environment
For many, global public health seems like an abstract and distant problem -- until the Ebola virus is diagnosed among people in our midst.

Contact: Lauren Bullen
plosntds@plos.org
415-590-3548
PLOS

Public Release: 13-Nov-2014
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Ebola a stark reminder of link between health of humans, animals, environment
Though no one would call the Ebola pandemic a good thing, it has presented an opportunity for scientists to alert the public about the dire need to halt the spread of infectious diseases, especially in developing and densely populated areas of the world.

Contact: Wondwossen Gebreyes
Gebreyes.1@osu.edu
614-292-9559
Ohio State University

Public Release: 13-Nov-2014
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Harnessing the digital sharing revolution to drive global health research
The Global Health Network's suite of innovative free research tools can help tropical medicine researchers to collaborate, as reported in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases article, 'Strengthening Neglected Tropical Disease Research through Enhancing Research-Site Capacity: An Evaluation of a Novel Web Application to Facilitate Research Collaborations,' Furtado et al 2014, in an evaluation of one of the Network's newest tools, SiteFinder.

Contact: Lauren Bullen
plosntds@plos.org
415-590-3548
PLOS

Public Release: 13-Nov-2014
PLOS Pathogens
Without security, there can be no health care
Beyond deaths, injuries, and displacements, the ongoing Syrian war is causing growing infectious disease epidemics. A short review published on Nov. 13 in PLOS Pathogens reports on some of the epidemics spreading among vulnerable populations in Syria and neighboring countries.

Contact: Souha Kanj, M.D., FACP, FIDSA
sk11@aub.edu.lb
PLOS

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