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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

Public Release: 19-May-2016
Lancet
Research behind global switch to new polio vaccine strategy released in the Lancet
A groundbreaking study shows that a single injectable dose of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) along with bivalent oral polio vaccine could protect up to 90 percent of children from polio and strengthen community protection against the disease.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Natalie Goldstein, Children's Hospital Colorado
303-890-8314
Children's Hospital Colorado

Public Release: 19-May-2016
EMBO reports
A global early warning system for infectious diseases
In the recent issue of EMBO reports, Barbara Han of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and John Drake of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology call for the creation of a global early warning system for infectious diseases. Such a system would use computer models to tap into environmental, epidemiological and molecular data, gathering the intelligence needed to forecast where disease risk is high and what actions could prevent outbreaks or contain epidemics.

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

Public Release: 19-May-2016
Zika hackathon fights disease with big data
On May 15, 2016, Austin, Texas, held a Zika Hackathon. More than 50 data scientists, engineers, and UT Austin students gathered to use big data to help fight the spread of the mosquito-borne disease Zika. The US Centers for Disease Control is now ramping up collection of data that tracks Zika spread. But big gaps exist in linking different kinds of data, which the Austin Zika Hackathon addressed.

Contact: Faith Singer-Villalobos
faith@tacc.utexas.edu
512-232-5771
University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center

Public Release: 19-May-2016
Cell Host & Microbe
Zika virus protein could be vaccine target
A viral protein known as NS5 is a promising target for vaccines against Zika and related viruses, according NIH scientists and colleagues. Their study, published in Cell Host & Microbe, suggests that altering or removing the NS5 protein from Zika virus would allow the human body's own immune defenses to attack the virus. The study found that NS5 prevents Zika virus-infected human cells from signaling immune system cells to make interferon, a powerful antiviral protein.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Ken Pekoc
kpekoc@niaid.nih.gov
301-402-1663
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Public Release: 19-May-2016
UB partners with University of Zimbabwe to launch $1.3 million HIV research program
To train future HIV researchers, the University at Buffalo and University of Zimbabwe have partnered to form the HIV Research Training Program, supported by a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health John E. Fogarty International Center.
NIH/Fogarty International Center

Contact: Marcene Robinson
marcener@buffalo.edu
716-645-4595
University at Buffalo

Public Release: 19-May-2016
Women Deliver 4th Global Conference
Nine innovations to improve early brain development in the developing world -- helping kids thrive
Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, and partners announce investments in nine innovations to nurture the cognitive development of children in developing countries. The investments will go to projects projects in Africa, Central/South America and Asia. The largest investment -- $1 million to be matched by 'Saving Brains' partners -- will expand in West Africa the use of 'Kangaroo Mother Care' a proven technique to save and nurture low-weight, premature babies.
Grand Challenges Canada, Saving Brains

Contact: Liam Brown
liam.brown@grandchallenges.ca
647-328-2021
Grand Challenges Canada

Public Release: 18-May-2016
Materials Horizons
Mille-feuille-filter removes viruses from water
A simple paper sheet made by scientists at Uppsala University can improve the quality of life for millions of people by removing resistant viruses from water. The sheet, made of cellulose nanofibers, is called the mille-feuille filter as it has a unique layered internal architecture resembling that of the French puff pastry mille-feuille.

Contact: Albert Mihranyan
albert.mihranyan@angstrom.uu.se
46-701-679-037
Uppsala University

Public Release: 18-May-2016
Harvard licenses genotyping platform to startup Aldatu Biosciences
The technology addresses the profound challenge of drug resistance among HIV-infected patients in resource-poor areas.

Contact: Caroline Perry
caroline_perry@harvard.edu
Harvard University

Public Release: 18-May-2016
The BMJ
How will the next leader of WHO tackle future health emergencies?
In light of heavy criticism of the World Health Organization's handling of the Ebola outbreak, the election process for the next director general will be under intense scrutiny.

Contact: Emma Dickinson
edickinson@bmj.com
44-207-383-6529
BMJ

Public Release: 17-May-2016
Leading field survey platform expands social impact and global support
In a move that deepens its social impact and expands global support for best practices in data collection, Dobility today announced the launch of a free 'Community' edition of SurveyCTO to enable NGOs, non-profits, researchers, students, and other small-scale users to collect better data in the field. To support its growing user base in South Asia, Dobility also opened an India subsidiary this month.

Contact: Alexis Ditkowsky
aditkowsky@surveycto.com
617-286-2669 x703
Dobility

Public Release: 17-May-2016
Analyst
York U invention promises rapid detection of E. coli in water
The new technology has cut down the time taken to detect E. coli from a few days to just a couple of hours. It is also an inexpensive way to test drinking water (C$3 per test estimated), which is a boon for many developing countries, as much as it is for remote areas of Canada's North.

Contact: Gloria Suhasini
suhasini@yorku.ca
416-736-2100 x22094
York University

Public Release: 17-May-2016
Dr. B. Star Hampton receives distinguished service award
B. Star Hampton, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., a board certified urogynecologist in the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has recently received the inaugural distinguished service award from the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.

Contact: Amy Blustein
ablustein@wihri.org
401-681-2822
Care New England

Public Release: 17-May-2016
Olympic and Paralympic Games, risks to public health
This document assesses the health risks related to communicable diseases and other health threats for European citizens during their stay in Brazil for the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Summer Games, and the public health implications for European countries after travelers' return to Europe. In addition, the document assesses the risk of disease importation from Europe to Brazil.

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

Public Release: 16-May-2016
Nature Medicine
HIV vaccine design should adapt as HIV virus mutates
Researchers from UAB, Emory and Microsoft demonstrate that HIV has evolved to be pre-adapted to the immune response, worsening clinical outcomes in newly infected patients.
Microsoft Research

Contact: Alicia Rohan
arohan@uab.edu
205-975-7515
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Public Release: 16-May-2016
Dissertations
Selenium deficiency linked to deadly heart disease affecting pregnant women
Researchers have found a close link between selenium deficiency and peripartum cardiomyopathy, a heart disease that affects pregnant women and recent mothers. The study of patients in Nigeria also showed that rural women were three times more likely to develop the disease, according to a doctoral dissertation at Umeå University.

Contact: Kamilu Musa Karaye
kkaraye@yahoo.co.uk
Umea University

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