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Public Release: 27-Jan-2014
Annals of Internal Medicine
Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for Jan. 27, 2014
This news releases summarizes the following articles appearing in the Jan. 27 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine: "Pandemic concerns prompt experts to seek better understanding of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome"; "Amidst controversy, four new articles help physicians make sense of new cholesterol treatment guidelines"; and "Task Force evidence reviews suggests that one-time screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms could benefit older men."

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

Public Release: 23-Jan-2014
Crowdsourcing a living map of world health
What if by collecting vital signs from individual cell phone users around the world, we could map symptoms of disease and see the flu coming like a giant whirling hurricane? A team of engineers, biologists and medical researchers at the University of California, San Diego wants to leverage the widespread use of smart phone technology and cloud computing to build maps of large-scale health problems or environmental damage.

Contact: Catherine Hockmuth
chockmuth@ucsd.edu
858-822-1359
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 23-Jan-2014
Team to study control of malaria-related parasite growth with $2.1-million NIH grant
A University of South Florida team has been awarded a $2.1-million National Institutes of Health grant to study the "control room" that regulates cell replication in malaria-related parasites. The research may identify new factors promoting Toxoplasma growth and lead to new therapies to combat malaria.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Anne DeLotto Baier
abaier@health.usf.edu
813-974-3303
University of South Florida (USF Health)

Public Release: 23-Jan-2014
Medical Care
National plan for preventing healthcare-associated infections shows progress
Independent evaluators have found that measurable progress in reducing the rates of some targeted HAIs has been achieved under the umbrella of a national plan to prevent HAIs that was developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The evaluation appears in a special February supplement to Medical Care. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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

Public Release: 22-Jan-2014
New England Journal of Medicine
Major South African trial did not improve tuberculosis control in gold mines
A major trial aiming to cut the rate of tuberculosis among South Africa's gold miners did not reduce the number of cases or deaths from the disease, according to a study conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in partnership with the Aurum Institute.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Katie Steels
press@lshtm.ac.uk
44-020-792-92802
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Public Release: 22-Jan-2014
Cochrane Review
Xpert® MTB/RIF assay for pulmonary tuberculosis and rifampicin resistance in adults
The updated review assessing the accuracy of Xpert® MTB/RIF includes new studies published since the original Cochrane Review was published in January last year. Led by Karen Steingart, an Editor with the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the researchers found that Xpert® MTB/RIF is more accurate than smear microscopy for diagnosing tuberculosis and also accurate for detecting rifampicin resistance.

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

Public Release: 19-Jan-2014
Nature Genetics
Decoded: DNA of blood-sucking worm that infects world's poor
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have decoded the genome of the hookworm, Necator americanus, finding clues to how it infects and survives in humans and to aid in development of new therapies to combat hookworm disease.
NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute, Australian Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council

Contact: Caroline Arbanas
arbanasc@wustl.edu
314-286-0109
Washington University School of Medicine

Public Release: 16-Jan-2014
Hepatology
Monitoring inactive hepatitis B patients is cost-effective strategy for Shanghai
A novel study determined that monitoring inactive chronic hepatitis B carriers is a cost-effective strategy for China. However, results published in Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, show that increasing treatment, monitoring and adherence to therapy are necessary to achieve significant health benefits at the population level.

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

Public Release: 16-Jan-2014
PLOS Genetics
Study reveals the role of sex in spread of deadly disease
Research involving scientists at the University of York has provided important new information about transmission of human leishmaniasis, a group of infectious diseases which kills more than 100,000 people a year.

Contact: David Garner
david.garner@york.ac.uk
44-019-043-22153
University of York

Public Release: 16-Jan-2014
Journal of Cell Biology
A CNIO study finds a 'molecular scaffolding' that maintains skin structure and organisation
A study by the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, featured on the cover of the Journal of Cell Biology, shows how interactions between skin stem cells -- the cells responsible for the constant renewal of skin -- maintain the architecture of this organ. "We knew that these junctions were important in skin stem cells but the cellular components involved in their structure and function were not yet understood", says Mirna Pérez-Moreno, head of the Epithelial Cellular Biology Group that led the study.

Contact: Nuria Noriega
comunicacion@cnio.es
Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncologicas (CNIO)

Public Release: 16-Jan-2014
Cell Host & Microbe
Typhoid fever -- A race against time
The life-threatening disease typhoid fever results from the ongoing battle between the bacterial pathogen Salmonella and the immune cells of the body. Prof. Dirk Bumann's research group at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel has now uncovered how the typhoid pathogen repeatedly manages to evade the host's immune system. Their findings are published in the scientific journal "Cell Host & Microbe".

Contact: Olivia Poisson
olivia.poisson@unibas.ch
University of Basel

Public Release: 14-Jan-2014
PLOS Medicine
Muscle-strengthening and conditioning in women associated with reduced risk of diabetes
Aerobic exercise is known to prevent type 2 diabetes, and muscle-strengthening alone or in combination with aerobic exercise improves diabetic control among those with diabetes. Although men who weight train have been found to have an associated reduced risk of developing diabetes, whether such an association exists for women has not been established.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Fiona Godwin
medicinepress@plos.org
PLOS

Public Release: 13-Jan-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
How the immune system fights off malaria
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology study reveals immune cells that are critical to combating the parasite in early stages of infection.
National Research Foundation Singapore

Contact: Sarah McDonnell
s_mcd@mit.edu
617-253-8923
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 10-Jan-2014
Mobile phones, apps, throw lifeline to sufferers of brain and mental disorders in remote world corners
Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today announces 22 new global mental health projects worldwide to improve the quality of mental health care in developing countries. Thirteen projects include novel deployments of mobile phone technologies -- in several cases connecting specialists with mental health patients directly or with lay health workers identifying sufferers in some of the world's most remote corners.
Grand Challenges Canada

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

Public Release: 9-Jan-2014
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Target canine 'superspreaders' to halt killer disease and cull fewer dogs, study suggests
A new way to test for the parasite which causes the fatal disease leishmaniasis could help control its spread to humans and stop dogs being needlessly killed in parts of South America.

Contact: Orin Courtenay
orin.courtenay@warwick.ac.uk
44-024-765-24550
University of Warwick

Public Release: 8-Jan-2014
New England Journal of Medicine
Scientists unlock evolution of cholera, identify strain responsible for early pandemics
Working with a nearly 200-year-old sample of preserved intestine, researchers at McMaster University and the University of Sydney have traced the bacterium behind a global cholera pandemic that killed millions -- a version of the same bug that continues to strike vulnerable populations in the world's poorest regions.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council Australia Fellowship, Ontario Graduate Scholarship

Contact: Michelle Donovan
donovam@mcmaster.ca
905-525-9140
McMaster University

Public Release: 7-Jan-2014
Cell Metabolism
A CNIO research team discovers new regulators of the most prevalent liver disease
CNIO researchers, in collaboration with Johan Auwerx from the EPFL in Lausanne, have discovered novel factors, the AP-1 proteins, which are critically involved in fatty liver disease pathogenesis. These results are featured on the cover of the latest issue of Cell Metabolism, the leading journal in the field of metabolism.

Contact: Nuria Noriega
comunicacion@cnio.es
Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncologicas (CNIO)

Public Release: 7-Jan-2014
Updating air pollution measurement methods with air quality, health effects research
"We're interested in how air pollution directly affects health. The current regulatory method doesn't take into account the relative toxicity of components, that is the specific chemical makeup of the air we breathe. There has been a void in the science in this field. But with this experiment, for the first time we'll have biological measurements coupled with high-quality air pollution measurements in a cohort of traffic police exposed to extreme levels of pollution."
University of Massachusetts Amherst, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

Contact: Janet Lathrop
jlathrop@admin.umass.edu
413-545-0444
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Public Release: 7-Jan-2014
International Journal of Stroke
New global stroke repository offers regional comparative statistics
The International Journal of Stroke reports on the efforts of a global team to launch a repository housing the latest published information on the impact of strokes worldwide.

Contact: Ben Norman
Sciencenewsroom@wiley.com
44-012-437-70375
Wiley

Public Release: 7-Jan-2014
JAMA
Despite declines in smoking rates, number of smokers and cigarettes rises
The number of cigarette smokers globally has increased due to population growth.

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

Public Release: 3-Jan-2014
Current Biology
Sex matters for microbes
Researchers from the University of Bristol have observed mating for the first time in the microbes responsible for African sleeping sickness.

Contact: Hannaj Johnson
hannah.johnson@bristol.ac.uk
44-011-792-88896
University of Bristol

Public Release: 1-Jan-2014
New England Journal of Medicine
Tripling tobacco taxes worldwide would avoid 200 million tobacco deaths
Tripling taxes on cigarettes around the world would reduce the number of smokers by one-third and prevent 200 million premature deaths from lung cancer and other diseases this century, according to a review published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Contact: Leslie Shepherd
shepherdl@smh.ca
416-864-6094
St. Michael's Hospital

Public Release: 22-Dec-2013
Nature Chemistry
Malaria drug target raises hopes for new treatments
Scientists have taken an important step towards new malaria treatments by identifying a way to stop malaria parasites from multiplying.
MRC National Institute for Medical Research, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Contact: Gail Wilson
gail.wilson@imperial.ac.uk
44-207-594-6702
Imperial College London

Public Release: 19-Dec-2013
Nature
TB bacteria mask their identity to intrude into deeper regions of lungs
TB-causing bacteria appear to mask their identity to avoid recognition by infection-killing cells in the well-patrolled upper airways. The bacteria call up more permissive white blood cells in the deeper regions of the lungs and hitch a ride inside them to get into parts of the host's lungs that are under less surveillance.
National Science Foundation, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, National Institutes of Health

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

Public Release: 18-Dec-2013
Nature
Researchers identify genetic marker of resistance to key malaria drug
An international team of researchers has discovered a way to identify, at a molecular level, malaria-causing Plasmodium falciparum parasites that are resistant to artemisinin, the key drug for treating this disease. The research team, which included scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, published their findings today in the journal Nature.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Contact: Nalini Padmanabhan
padmanabhannm@niaid.nih.gov
301-402-1663
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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