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Public Release: 31-May-2016
Risk of international spread of yellow fever re-assessed in light of the ongoing outbreaks
ECDC has updated its rapid risk assessment on the outbreak of yellow fever with the latest developments, more comprehensive information on the current situation in Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda and an extended threat assessment for the EU. Some of the data used in the assessment were collected during a mission to Angola in May 2016.

Contact: ECDC Press
press@ecdc.europa.eu
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Public Release: 31-May-2016
Big Data
Novel type 2 diabetes risk model more accurately assesses disease trajectory
An innovative model for determining a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D) overcomes many of the challenges associated with estimating the onset of a chronic condition based on the usual sequence of comorbid conditions that lead up to a diagnosis of T2D. In addition to identifying a typical T2D trajectory, the new model has shown that people who follow atypical trajectories can face significantly increased or decreased risks of developing T2D, according to an article in Big Data.

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

Public Release: 31-May-2016
PLOS Medicine
Large global range of prices for hepatitis C medicines raises concerns about affordability
The prices and affordability of recently developed and highly effective direct-acting antivirals for treating hepatitis C vary greatly among countries worldwide, according to a study published this week in PLOS Medicine.

Contact: PLOS Medicine
medicinepress@plos.org
PLOS

Public Release: 27-May-2016
PeerJ
Predicting the spread of the Zika virus
A new tool by Japan-based researchers predicts the risk of Zika virus importation and local transmission for 189 countries.
Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development, Japan Science and Technology Agency, CREST program, RISTEX program

Contact: Hiroshi NISHIURA
nishiurah@med.hokudai.ac.jp
Hokkaido University

Public Release: 27-May-2016
COHESION: Fighting diseases affecting the world's most vulnerable population
Supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Development Cooperation, the COHESION project -- which stands for COmmunity HEalth System InnovatiON -- aims to assess the current management of NTDs and NCDs in these countries, to understand its challenges and to develop country-specific interventions, in partnership with local stakeholders and taking into account cultural and gender issues.

Contact: Sarah Lachat
Sarah.Lachat@hcuge.ch
41-763-462-889
Université de Genève

Public Release: 27-May-2016
Cell Host & Microbe
How Zika infects the placenta
Zika can infect Hofbauer placental macrophages, and to a lesser degree, cytotrophoblasts. May explain how the virus crosses the placenta.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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

Public Release: 26-May-2016
UCSB receives Grand Challenges Explorations grant
Microbial geneticist David Low will lead a project conducting groundbreaking research in global health and development.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Julie Cohen
805-893-7220
University of California - Santa Barbara

Public Release: 26-May-2016
Trends in Immunology
Malnutrition results from more than just inadequate diet
Malnourished children are most likely to die from common infections, not starvation alone, and immune disorder may be part of the cause, according to a review led by Queen Mary University of London.
Wellcome Trust, UK Department for International Development, Medical Research Council, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Joel Winston
j.winston@qmul.ac.uk
44-020-788-27943
Queen Mary University of London

Public Release: 26-May-2016
American Journal of Human Genetics
Genes that increase children's risk of blood infection identified
A team led by Oxford University has identified genes that make certain children more susceptible to invasive bacterial infections by performing a large genome-wide association study in African children.
Wellcome Trust, Kenya Medical Research Institute, European Research Council, Academy of Finland, National Institute for Health, Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, Guy's & St Thomas' Biomedical Research

Contact: University of Oxford news office
news.office@admin.ox.ac.uk
44-186-528-3877
University of Oxford

Public Release: 26-May-2016
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Potential impact of a dengue vaccine in the Yucatan
While no dengue vaccine has yet been approved for general use, several candidates are in clinical development. Data from the clinical trials can be used in mathematical models to estimate the benefits and risks and of different vaccination strategies. A study published in PLOS NTDs suggests that even a moderately efficient dengue vaccine -- if it induces long-lasting immunity -- can substantially reduce disease burden.
Dengue Vaccine Initiative, NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Thomas Hladish
tjhladish@gmail.com
512-481-2403
PLOS

Public Release: 26-May-2016
Trends in Immunology
Why malnutrition is an immune disorder
Malnourished children are most likely to die from common infections, not starvation. New experimental evidence, reviewed May 26 in Trends in Immunology, indicates that even with a healthy diet, defects in immune system function from birth could contribute to a malnourished state throughout life. Researchers speculate that targeting immune pathways could be a new approach to reduce the poor health and mortality caused by under- and overnutrition.

Contact: Joseph Caputo
jcaputo@cell.com
617-397-2802
Cell Press

Public Release: 26-May-2016
PLOS Pathogens
New malaria drugs kill by promoting premature parasite division
Several new malaria drugs under development share a common feature: they promote an influx of sodium ions into Plasmodium parasites that have invaded red blood cells and multiply there. A study published on May 26 in PLOS Pathogens suggests that this increase in sodium concentration kills the parasite by changing the composition of its outer membrane (the skin equivalent) and promoting division of the parasite before its genome has been replicated.

Contact: Akhil Vaidya
avaidya@drexelmed.edu
PLOS

Public Release: 25-May-2016
DARPA $6.4 million contract supports research to enhance resilience after malaria infection
Researchers at Emory University, the University of Georgia, and Georgia Tech will study the mechanisms of resilience after malaria infection, via a $6.4 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Army Research Laboratory. The team hopes to find better strategies to prevent and treat malaria. The project is part of DARPA's THoR (Technologies for Host Resilience) program.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, US Army Research Laboratory

Contact: Holly Korschun
hkorsch@emory.edu
404-727-3990
Emory Health Sciences

Public Release: 25-May-2016
69th World Health Assembly
Canada announces major contribution for Stop TB Partnership's TB REACH initiative
The Government of Canada today announced a renewed investment of CA$ 85 million for the Stop TB Partnership's TB REACH initiative over the next five years.

Contact: Ravini Senanayake
ravinis@unops.org
41-794-755-534
Stop TB Partnership, UNOPS

Public Release: 24-May-2016
Low to moderate risk of locally transmitted cases of Zika in parts of Europe
ECDC has updated its rapid risk assessment on the Zika epidemic that continues to evolve in the Americas and the Caribbean.

Contact: Romit Jain
press@ecdc.europa.eu
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Public Release: 24-May-2016
Vaccine
Zika conspiracy theories on social media putting vulnerable people at risk
Conspiracy theories and pseudoscientific claims refuting the facts around Zika virus vaccines could be putting vulnerable people at risk, according to a new study published in Vaccine. By analyzing social media in real time, researchers were able to identify conversations about Zika virus vaccines and pinpoint the conspiracy theories being discussed.

Contact: Matthanja Muller
m.muller@elsevier.com
31-204-852-861
Elsevier

Public Release: 24-May-2016
EcoHealth
Study documents African monkeys eating bats
Primates and bats may interact directly, but their behavioral and predator-prey interactions are poorly documented, and detailed reports of their interactions have been rare, until now. Researchers at Florida Atlantic University are the first to document monkeys consuming bats with photos and video. Observations from this study suggest an alternative pathway for bat-to-monkey disease transmission that has implications for zoonotic disease transmission to humans.

Contact: Gisele Galoustian
ggaloust@fau.edu
561-985-4615
Florida Atlantic University

Public Release: 24-May-2016
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Once-a-week text messages to Kenyan women greatly improved likelihood of getting HIV test: Study
Researchers sent once-a-week texts about HIV, contraceptives, sexually transmitted disease and pregnancy to 300 female college students in rural Kenya. Within six months of the last message, roughly two-thirds (201 women, or 67 percent) in the intervention group had been tested for HIV compared with roughly half (155, or 51 percent) of 300 women in a control group not sent text messages.

Contact: Terry Collins
tc@tca.tc
416-878-8712
Grand Challenges Canada

Public Release: 23-May-2016
GW receives $2 million for phase 1 clinical trial to test hookworm vaccines in endemic area
Researchers from the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences received a $2.1 million U01 grant from the NIH to begin work on a phase 1 clinical trial to test a hookworm vaccine in an endemic area of Brazil.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Lisa Anderson
lisama2@gwu.edu
202-994-3121
George Washington University

Public Release: 23-May-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Using cellphone data to study the spread of cholera
While cholera has hardly changed over the past centuries, the tools used to study it have not ceased to evolve. Using mobile phone records of 150,000 users, an EPFL-led study has shown to what extent human mobility patterns contributed to the spread of a cholera epidemic in Senegal in 2005.

Contact: Enrico Bertuzzo
enrico.bertuzzo@epfl.ch
41-216-933-735
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Public Release: 23-May-2016
International Journal of Infectious Diseases
Yellow fever epidemic threatens to spread from Angola to China
The spread of yellow fever is a global health threat. In response to current outbreaks in Angola, other African countries, and China, WHO convened an emergency committee on May 19, 2016 to underscore the severity of the outbreak. In the current issue of the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, noted infectious disease authorities from South Africa and Singapore explain the epidemiology and ecology of YF and discuss the factors that can increase and decrease the likelihood of progression from outbreak to epidemic.

Contact: Fiona Macnab
hmsmedia@elsevier.com
44-207-424-4259
Elsevier Health Sciences

Public Release: 23-May-2016
Journal of Pediatrics
Low- and high-birthweight babies appear at increased risk for cardiovascular disease
Babies born at both low and high birthweights appear to be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes by the time they become adolescents, researchers report.
National Institutes of Health

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

Public Release: 23-May-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Making virus sensors cheap and simple: New method detects single viruses in urine
Scientists have developed a new method to rapidly detect a single virus in urine. While the technique presently works on just one virus, scientists say it could be adapted to detect a range of viruses that plague humans, including Ebola, Zika and HIV.

Contact: Marc Airhart
mairhart@austin.utexas.edu
512-232-1066
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 20-May-2016
Protein & Cell
Researchers solve the structure of the Zika virus helicase
A team led by researchers from Tianjin University has solved the structure of the Zika virus helicase, which is a key target for antiviral development. The research is published in Springer's journal Protein & Cell.
National Basic Research Program, National Natural Science Foundation of China

Contact: Joan Robinson
joan.robinson@springer.com
49-622-148-78130
Springer

Public Release: 20-May-2016
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
A tool to support public health decisions on Zika virus predicts most planned interventions to be cost-effective
A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases presents a cost-effectiveness tool that can help guide decisions regarding resource allocation to fund interventions targeted at curtailing the ongoing Zika virus outbreak. Analyses using the tool suggest that proposed funds to combat Zika in the US and other countries would be cost-effective, based on quantification of the serious health conditions associated with Zika infection.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Alison Galvani
alison.galvani@yale.edu
203-785-2642
PLOS

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