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Public Release: 11-Nov-2013
Canadian Medical Association Journal
Some 'healthy' vegetable oils may actually increase risk of heart disease
Some vegetable oils that claim to be healthy may actually increase the risk of heart disease, and Health Canada should reconsider cholesterol-lowering claims on food labelling, states an analysis in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal): Replacing saturated animal fats with polyunsaturated vegetable oils has become common practice because they can reduce serum cholesterol levels and help prevent heart disease.

Contact: Michael Kennedy
University of Toronto

Public Release: 10-Nov-2013
Nature Chemical Biology
How zinc starves lethal bacteria to stop infection
Australian researchers have found that zinc can 'starve' one of the world's most deadly bacteria by preventing its uptake of an essential metal.

Contact: Dr Christopher McDevitt
University of Adelaide

Public Release: 10-Nov-2013
Griffith joins the fight against pneumonia
Advancing the fight against pneumonia is the focus of a new online scholarly journal launched by Griffith University ePress.
Griffith University ePress

Contact: Louise Durack
Griffith University

Public Release: 8-Nov-2013
SSI and Aeras announce initiation of Phase I/IIa clinical trial for TB vaccine candidate
Statens Serum Institut and Aeras announce the initiation of a Phase I/IIa clinical trial in South Africa for a candidate tuberculosis (TB) vaccine designed to protect people, especially those latently infected with TB, from developing active TB disease.

Contact: Annmarie Leadman

Public Release: 7-Nov-2013
Biochemical Journal
Blocking the active site of thiolase
Scientists at the University of Oulu, Finland, and at the HZB break new ground for drug discovery research in the fight against sleeping sickness Scientists at the University of Oulu, Finland, and at the Helmholtz Center Berlin have shown the way to new directions in drug development against African sleeping sickness and other tropical parasitic infections.

Contact: Dr. Manfred Weiss
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie

Public Release: 7-Nov-2013
Japanese fund to invest in promising technology against malaria, tuberculosis and Chagas disease
The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund, a new public health partnership that is bringing Japanese know-how and investment to the global fight against infectious diseases, announced today grants of US$5.7 million to six global partnerships working on innovative drugs and vaccines against malaria, tuberculosis and Chagas disease.

Contact: Katy Lenard
GHIT Fund -- Global Health Innovative Technology Fund

Public Release: 7-Nov-2013
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Climate may play a role in the distribution and prevalence of trachoma
High temperatures and low rainfall are important factors which influence the occurrence and severity of the active stages of trachoma -- the most common cause of infectious blindness -- according to a new study publishing Nov. 7, 2013, in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Contact: Katie Steels

Public Release: 5-Nov-2013
PLOS Medicine
Syphilis screening and treatment in pregnancy may be cost-effective in sub-Saharan Africa
Screening and treating pregnant women in sub Saharan Africa for syphilis may be a cost-effective use of resources, according to a study published in this week's PLOS Medicine. The study by Mohammed Lamorde and colleagues, suggests that screening pregnant women for syphilis usingimmunochromatographic strip point-of-care tests, and subsequent treatment with benzathine penicillin, could efficiently reduce the burden of congenital syphilis.

Contact: Fiona Godwin

Public Release: 4-Nov-2013
Population Council awarded flagship family planning implementation science project by USAID
The Population Council has been granted a cooperative agreement from the US Agency for International Development's Office of Population and Reproductive Health. The award supports the project "Strengthening Family Planning/Reproductive Health Programming through Implementation Science (EVIDENCE)," which will generate and synthesize evidence to strengthen and contribute to the scale-up of high-quality family planning and reproductive health services in USAID priority countries.
US Agency for International Development

Contact: Sasha Gruber
Population Council

Public Release: 4-Nov-2013
Environmental Science & Technology
Virginia Tech researchers explore natural way to displace harmful germs from household plumbing
Microbes in tap water are mostly harmless, with a few exceptions. A Virginia Tech research team is investigating four harmful pathogens that have been documented in tap water and suggest a natural, probiotic way to deal with dangerous germs.

Contact: John Pastor
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 3-Nov-2013
Nature Genetics
Singapore scientists expose molecular secrets of bile duct cancers from different countries
A Singapore-led scientific team discovers critical genes in bile duct cancers from different parts of the world. New molecular insights point to potentially different treatment regimens for the same cancer type depending on underlying genetic alterations.

Contact: Rachel Tan

Public Release: 31-Oct-2013
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Leading cause of heart disease ignored in North America's poorest communities
A leading cause of heart disease remains overlooked in North America's most impoverished communities, researchers said today in an editorial published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Chagas disease has rendered a heavy health and economic toll, yet insufficient political and medical support for gathering specific data, providing diagnosis and treatment, and developing new tools has impeded much-needed breakthroughs.

Contact: Deborah Elson

Public Release: 31-Oct-2013
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Study tracks risk of VL exposure in Brazil's urban areas
The factors involved in VL transmission are poorly understood, especially in urban and densely populated counties. Dr. Mariangela Carneiro, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and colleagues conducted studies on urbanization and expansion of VL in Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais State.

Contact: Mariangela Carneiro

Public Release: 31-Oct-2013
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Microsatellite DNA analysis reveals genetic change of P. vivax in Korea, 2002-2003
Malaria is one of the major infectious diseases transmitted by mosquitos, with enormous impact on quality of life. According to World Health Organization figures, as of 2010 there were over 219 million reported cases of malaria with an estimated 660,000 deaths. Plasmodium vivax, which is the second most prevalent species of the human malaria parasite, is widely distributed around the world especially in Asia, Melanesia, the Middle East, South and Central America. 2.85 billion people worldwide live at risk of the infection in 2009.

Contact: Ryouhei Nishigaya

Public Release: 30-Oct-2013
International Journal of Molecular Sciences
BUSM researchers study epigenetic mechanisms of tumor metastasis for improved cancer therapy
A review article by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine suggests that epigenetics may be a useful target to stop the growth, spread and relapse of cancer.

Contact: Gina Orlando
Boston University Medical Center

Public Release: 30-Oct-2013
New SARS-like coronavirus discovered in Chinese horseshoe bats
EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health issues, announced the discovery of a new SARS-like coronavirus (CoV) in Chinese horseshoe bats.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Anthony M. Ramos
EcoHealth Alliance

Public Release: 30-Oct-2013
Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
New look at old test may provide earlier detection of meningitis, MU researchers find
Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found a more accurate method to screen for bacterial meningococcal infection in its early stages, when it's hardest to detect. According to the researchers, the method for diagnosis could save lives by getting patients treatment earlier, when the infection is most treatable.

Contact: Jeff Hoelscher
University of Missouri-Columbia

Public Release: 29-Oct-2013
PLOS Biology
New molecular target for malaria control identified
A new study led by Harvard School of Public Health and University of Perugia researchers has shown that egg development in the mosquito species primarily responsible for spreading malaria depends on a switch in the female that is turned on by a male hormone delivered during sex. Blocking the activation of this switch could impair the ability of the species, Anopheles gambiae, to reproduce, and may be a viable future strategy for mosquito and malaria control.
European Research Council, Wellcome Trust, Harvard School of Public Health

Contact: Marge Dwyer
Harvard School of Public Health

Public Release: 29-Oct-2013
PLOS Biology
New molecular target for malaria control identified
Malaria is a leading cause of death in tropical and subtropical regions and it is transmitted by a bite from infected female mosquitoes. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, malaria claims nearly 660,000 lives per year, 90 percent of them in Africa--and most of them children. There were an estimated 216 million malaria cases worldwide in 2010, mostly among pregnant women and children.

Contact: PLOS Biology

Public Release: 25-Oct-2013
Journal of General Internal Medicine
Social service barriers delay care among women with abnormal cancer screening
A recent study performed by researchers at Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston University School of Public Health, and Tufts Medical Center found that women with multiple barriers to healthcare, especially those with social barriers such as problems with housing and income, experienced delays in cancer screening follow up compared to those with fewer barriers or no social barriers.

Contact: Gina Orlando
Boston University Medical Center

Public Release: 25-Oct-2013
International Journal of Global Warming
Loss and damage from climate change
An open access special issue of the International Journal of Global Warming brings together, for the first time, empirical evidence of loss and damage from the perspective of affected people in nine vulnerable countries. The articles in this special issue show how climatic stressors affect communities, what measures households take to prevent loss and damage, and what the consequences are when they are unable to adjust sufficiently.

Contact: Albert Ang
Inderscience Publishers

Public Release: 24-Oct-2013
Journal of Nutrition
New testing strategy detects population-wide vitamin and mineral deficiencies
Levels of certain proteins in the bloodstream may be used to estimate levels of essential vitamins and minerals without directly testing for each nutritional factor. Researchers used a new strategy that allowed them to indirectly measure amounts of multiple nutrients in multiple people at the same time, an advance that should make it possible to rapidly detect nutritional deficiencies of an entire population, apply remediation efforts and test their worth within months instead of years.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Sight & Life Research Institute, US Agency for International Development

Contact: Catherine Kolf
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Public Release: 24-Oct-2013
Lancet Global Health
Deadly gaps persist in new drug development for neglected diseases
In a study published today in the open-access journal the Lancet Global Health, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative and other researchers report a persistent deficiency in truly new therapeutics for neglected diseases, despite nominal progress and an acceleration in research and development (R&D) efforts. This continued "fatal imbalance" in medical R&D points to the urgent need to develop and deliver groundbreaking new treatments for the world's poorest and most neglected patients.

Contact: Oliver Yun
Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative

Public Release: 23-Oct-2013
'Saving Brains' of kids in developing countries: Grand Challenges Canada funds 14 bold new ideas
A new project in Ghana will demonstrate how medical staff and parents anywhere can use simple, affordable ways of soothing infants and reduce the damage to the brains of pre-term babies caused by the chronic pain of hospital needles and other daily procedures. It is one of 14 creative ideas for improving the early brain development of children in low-resource countries to be supported with CDN $10.1 million from Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada.

Contact: Terry Collins
Grand Challenges Canada

Public Release: 22-Oct-2013
McGill/MUHC research team wins global innovation award for HIVSmart self-screening strategy and app
The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and McGill University congratulate the team led by Dr. Nitika Pant Pai for receiving the international 2013 Accelerating Science Award Program. The team won global recognition for developing an innovative self-test screening strategy for the HIV. The award, funded by Public Library of Science, Google and Wellcome Trust, recognizes scientific innovations borne out of Open Access research that address real world challenges.
Public Library of Science, Google, Wellcome Trust

Contact: Julie Robert
514-934-1934 x71381
McGill University Health Centre

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