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Public Release: 27-May-2015
Genome Medicine
New online tool to predict genetic resistance to tuberculosis drugs
A new TB-Profiler tool, developed by scientists at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, analyses and interprets genome sequence data to predict resistance to 11 drugs used for the treatment of TB. This rapid tool means that sequence data can now be used without delay, so that finding which drugs to use for a patient with TB can be sped up by days or even weeks; increasing the likelihood of a cure.

Contact: Katie Steels
press@lshtm.ac.uk
44-020-792-72802
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Public Release: 27-May-2015
PLOS ONE
Study in Nigeria finds 1 in 10 malaria drugs are poor quality
A rigorous analysis of more than 3,000 antimalarials purchased in Nigeria found 9.3 percent to be of poor quality, according to new research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Katie Steels
press@lshtm.ac.uk
44-020-792-72802
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Public Release: 26-May-2015
Nature Genetics
Genomic data reveals emergence in Africa of drug resistant strain of typhoid
Scientists at the University of Liverpool and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, in partnership with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, have revealed the emergence of a novel strain of Typhoid fever in Malawi, Africa.
Wellcome Trust

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

Public Release: 26-May-2015
Journal of Nutrition
Measuring arm circumference is a more reliable indicator of malnutrition
The World Health Organization's current weight-based guidelines for assessing malnutrition in children with diarrhea are not as reliable as measuring the child's upper arm circumference.
NIH/Fogarty International Center, University Emergency Medicine Foundation

Contact: Beth Bailey
bbailey@lifespan.org
401-444-6421
Lifespan

Public Release: 26-May-2015
mBio
Study identifies Ebola virus's Achilles' heel
An international team including scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases has identified the molecular 'lock' that the deadly Ebola virus must pick to gain entry to cells. The findings, made in mice, suggest that drugs blocking entry to this lock could protect against Ebola infection. The study was published in today's edition of the online journal mBio.
National Institutes of Health, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Dana's Angels Research Trust

Contact: Caree Vander Linden
teresa.l.vanderlinden.civ@mail.mil
301-619-2285
US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

Public Release: 25-May-2015
Nature Genetics
Asian family research answers questions on fatty acid in brain
New research conducted in a rural community in Pakistan highlights the crucial role that essential fatty acids play in human brain growth and function.

Contact: Louise Vennells
l.vennells@exeter.ac.uk
44-776-851-1866
University of Exeter

Public Release: 25-May-2015
Annals of Internal Medicine
Appropriate duration of dual antiplatelet therapy still unclear
A systematic review of published evidence does little to clarify the appropriate duration of dual antiplatelet therapy following drug eluting stent placement. The evidence suggests that longer duration therapy decreases the risk for myocardial infarction, but increases the risk for major bleeding events, and may provide a slight increase in mortality. The results are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Contact: Angela Collom
acollom@acponline.org
215-351-2653
American College of Physicians

Public Release: 25-May-2015
Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society
In study, new swab reveals one-third of babies with severe diarrhea had undiagnosed, treatable infection
In an African study supported by the Canadian government, a new tool -- the 'flocked swab' -- helped reveal that one-third of babies hospitalized with severe diarrhea were discharged with an undiagnosed, treatable infection. The results could prompt global rethink of how to manage diarrhea diseases, the world's 2nd leading cause of death of children under 5.

Contact: Terry Collins
tc@tca.tc
416-538-8712
Grand Challenges Canada

Public Release: 22-May-2015
The Anatomical Record
More than two dozen articles provide insights on mummies
In a special issue, The Anatomical Record ventures into the world of human mummified remains. In 26 articles, the anatomy of mummies is exquisitely detailed through cutting edge examination, while they are put in historical, archeological, and cultural context. Investigators even take on the thorny issue of ethics as it applies to human remains in general and to the specific case of mummy research.

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

Public Release: 21-May-2015
PLOS Pathogens
EBV co-infection may boost malaria mortality in childhood
Malaria researchers at Emory are calling attention to a trouble-maker whose effects may be underappreciated: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Their experiments with mice show that co-infection with a virus closely related to EBV can make a survivable malaria parasite infection lethal.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Quinn Eastman
qeastma@emory.edu
404-727-7829
Emory Health Sciences

Public Release: 21-May-2015
Japanese Global Health Fund expands portfolio to include diagnostics and drugs for leishmaniasis
The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund), which in the last two years has funded almost $32 million for innovative tools to tackle global infectious diseases, today announced additional investments of nearly $11 million that bring its portfolio to approximately $43 million. GHIT Fund is expanding its technology scope to include diagnostic tests, its disease portfolio to include leishmaniasis, and its Screening Platform to include four additional Japanese companies and their unique chemical compound libraries.

Contact: Katy Lenard
klenard@burness.com
301-280-5719
Burness Communications

Public Release: 21-May-2015
PLOS Pathogens
Can a viral co-infection impair immunity against Plasmodium and turn malaria lethal?
It is known that infections with certain viruses can weaken the immune response to another pathogen. A study published on May 21 in PLOS Pathogens reports provocative findings in mice that infection with the mouse equivalent of Epstein-Barr virus can turn infections with certain parasites that cause malaria in mice (which are normally quickly suppressed by the immune system) into a lethal disease.

Contact: Samuel Speck
sspeck@emory.edu
404-727-7665
PLOS

Public Release: 20-May-2015
Journal of the American Heart Association
American College of Cardiology registry aims to improve cardiovascular care in India
Despite challenges, it is feasible to collect and study the quality of outpatient cardiovascular care in a resource-limited environment like India, according to a pilot study published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers used the American College of Cardiology's PINNACLE India Quality Improvement Program registry to examine performance measures and outline areas for further improvement in cardiovascular care delivery.

Contact: Katie Glenn
kglenn@acc.org
202-375-6472
American College of Cardiology

Public Release: 20-May-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
UGA study pinpoints the likeliest rodent sources of future human infectious diseases
Researchers have developed a way to predict which species of rodents are likeliest to be sources of new disease outbreaks in humans. The findings could help public health officials take a more preemptive approach to disease surveillance, prevention and control.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: John Drake
jdrake@uga.edu
706-583-5539
University of Georgia

Public Release: 20-May-2015
Journal of Experimental Biology
New antibody insecticide targets malaria mosquito
Malaria is a cruel and disabling disease that targets all ages and is particularly threatening for under-5s. A team of scientists from Colorado State University, USA, is developing a new insecticide using a novel approach to target malaria mosquitoes. They use an animal's immune system to make an antibody that is consumed by the mosquito when it feeds. The antibody targets a key component of the insect's nervous system to paralyze and kill it.
National Institutes of Health, Colorado State University Infectious Disease Supercluster

Contact: Kathryn Knight
kathryn@biologists.com
44-012-234-25525
The Company of Biologists

Public Release: 19-May-2015
mBio
Study reveals intestinal bacteria succession during recovery from cholera in Bangladesh
A new study delineates a sequential pattern of changes in the intestinal microbial population of patients recovering from cholera in Bangladesh, findings that may point to ways of speeding recovery from the diarrheal disease. The report also finds consistent differences between the gut microbial population of individuals in countries like the US and those the developing world and provides some of the most complete evidence that the gut microbiota return to normal after cholera infection.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, International Center for Diarrhœal Disease Research

Contact: Noah Brown
nbrown9@partners.org
617-643-3907
Massachusetts General Hospital

Public Release: 19-May-2015
International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications
Horizontal gene transfer in E. coli
Escherichia coli O104 is an emergent disease-causing bacterium various strains of which are becoming increasingly well known and troublesome. The pathogen causes bloody diarrhea as well as and potentially fatal kidney damage, hemolytic uremic syndrome. Infection is usually through inadvertent ingestion of contaminated and incompletely cooked food or other materials, such as animals feces.

Contact: Albert Ang
press@inderscience.com
Inderscience Publishers

Public Release: 19-May-2015
Unique Seattle partnership launches new water treatment product
Outdoor gear manufacturer Mountain Safety Research and international nonprofit PATH bring Community Chlorine Maker from idea to market.

Contact: Kate Davidson
kdavidson@path.org
206-302-4637
PATH

Public Release: 18-May-2015
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Microclinics help keep Kenyan HIV patients in care
A team led by researchers from UC San Francisco, Organic Health Response, and Microclinic International is reporting results of a study that showed significant benefits of microclinics -- an innovative intervention that mobilized rural Kenyan HIV patients' informal social networks to support their staying in care.
Tides Foundation, Craigslist Foundation, Mulago Foundation, Rise Up Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Segal Family Foundation, NIH/National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and others

Contact: Jeff Sheehy
jeff.sheehy@ucsf.edu
415-845-1132
University of California - San Francisco

Public Release: 18-May-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Forecasting future infectious disease outbreaks
Machine learning can pinpoint rodent species that harbor diseases and geographic hotspots vulnerable to new parasites and pathogens. So reports a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences led by Barbara A. Han, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Lori Quillen
quillenl@caryinstitute.org
845-677-7600 x121
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Public Release: 18-May-2015
Research4Life HINARI wins MLA's 2015 Darling Medal (Outstanding Health Science Collection)
The Medical Library Association and Research4Life partnership announced today that the HINARI program has received the MLA's 2015 Louise Darling Medal for Collection Development in the Health Sciences.

Contact: Natalia Rodriguez
communications@research4Life.org
Elsevier

Public Release: 18-May-2015
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Microclinics help keep Kenyan HIV patients in care
The results showed that microclinics cut in half the normal rate of disengagement from care, which was defined as missing a clinic appointment by 90 days or more, when compared to the control group, and reduced the perceived stigma of HIV by 25 percent within the larger community.
Tides Foundation, Craigslist Foundation, Mulago Foundation, Rise Up Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Segal Family Foundation, NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and others

Contact: Jeff Sheehy
jeff.sheehy@ucsf.edu
415-845-1132
University of California - San Francisco

Public Release: 15-May-2015
60th Society of the Central American Cooperative Program for the Improvement of Crops and Animals
New mobile app extends outreach of SAWBO educational videos
Scientific Animations without Borders created an Android app, enabling outreach workers in developing countries to download and share animated educational videos about topics in health and agriculture.

Contact: Sharita Forrest
slforres@illinois.edu
217-244-1072
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 14-May-2015
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Genomics laboratory capability in Liberia supports Ebola virus outbreak response
Army scientists working to support the Ebola virus outbreak response in West Africa have established the first genomic surveillance capability in Liberia, enabling them to monitor genetic changes in the virus within one week of sample collection. An article describing their work was recently published ahead of print in the online edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Global Biosurveillance Technology Initiative, US Agency for International Development, Illumina

Contact: Caree Vander Linden
teresa.l.vanderlinden.civ@mail.mil
301-619-2285
US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

Public Release: 14-May-2015
American Journal of Transplantation
Study investigates the quality of organs from potential donors with HIV
In 2013, the United States government passed the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, which allows research to be conducted on the safety of organ donation from deceased donors with HIV to recipients with HIV.

Contact: Evelyn Martinez
sciencenewsroom@wiley.com
Wiley

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