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Public Release: 11-May-2015
Nature Medicine
Starved T cells allow hepatitis B to silently infect liver
Hepatitis B stimulates processes that deprive the body's immune cells of key nutrients that they need to function, finds new UCL-led research funded by the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust. The work helps to explain why the immune system cannot control hepatitis B virus infection once it becomes established in the liver, and offers a target for potential curative treatments down the line.
Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust

Contact: Harry Dayantis
h.dayantis@ucl.ac.uk
44-203-108-3844
University College London

Public Release: 11-May-2015
PLOS Medicine
Global health leaders call for global biomedical R&D fund and mechanism
In advance of this month's World Health Assembly and the G7 summit in June, world leaders should consider the establishment of a global biomedical research and development fund and a mechanism to address the dearth in innovation for today's most pressing global health challenges, according to Bernard Pécoul, from the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, Geneva, Switzerland, and colleagues in an Essay published in this week's PLOS Medicine.

Contact: Hugh O' Brien
medicinepress@plos.org
PLOS

Public Release: 11-May-2015
PLOS ONE
Humans, livestock in Kenya linked in sickness and in health
After tracking 1,500 households and their livestock in 10 western Kenyan villages for one year, researchers found a strong relationship between the number of illnesses among family members and the number of livestock sicknesses and deaths in the same household.
Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health

Contact: Linda Weiford
linda.weiford@wsu.edu
509-335-7209
Washington State University

Public Release: 11-May-2015
9th International Conference on Typhoid and invasive Non-Typhoidal Salmonelloses
Nature Genetics
Antibiotic-resistant typhoid detected in countries around the world
A landmark genomic study shows antibiotic-resistant typhoid is driven by a single family of the bacteria, called H58, that has now spread globally. The data describes one of the most comprehensive sets of genome data on a single human infectious agent. H58 clade of Typhi is displacing other typhoid strains, completely transforming the genetic architecture of the disease and creating a previously underappreciated and ongoing epidemic through countries in eastern and southern Africa.

Contact: Mary Clarke
press.office@sanger.ac.uk
01-223-492-368
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Public Release: 10-May-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Damming and damning hemorrhagic diseases
Rift Valley fever virus' proteins imitate human DNA repair factors, say University of Montreal scientists. Using drugs to dam this chemical reaction would condemn the disease's infectiousness.
Canadian Institutes for Health Research, National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Contact: William Raillant-Clark
rw.raillantclark@gmail.com
514-566-3813
University of Montreal

Public Release: 7-May-2015
PLOS Pathogens
UTMB researchers devise vaccine that provides long-term protection against Chagas disease
Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have successfully tested a vaccine for Chagas disease, which is widespread in Latin America but is beginning to show up in the US -- including the Houston area.
National Institutes of Health, UTMB Sealy Center for Vaccine Development

Contact: Donna Ramirez
donna.ramirez@utmb.edu
409-772-8791
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Public Release: 7-May-2015
Science
Malaria parasite's essential doorway into red blood cells illuminated
Researchers at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Broad Institute have identified a protein on the surface of human red blood cells that serves as an essential entry point for invasion by the malaria parasite.
Gates Foundation, National Institutes of Health, NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health

Contact: Todd Datz
tdatz@hsph.harvard.edu
617-432-8413
Harvard School of Public Health

Public Release: 7-May-2015
World Health Assembly
The Lancet
How to build a new global health framework
Can a true, robust global health framework be created to help prevent tragedies like Ebola while at the same time allow countries to meet everyday health needs? Georgetown University global health and law experts say it can be done, and in a special issue of The Lancet focusing on global health security, they propose specific priorities to transform a fragmented health system into a 'purposeful, organized' framework with national health systems at its foundation and an empowered World Health Organization at its apex.

Contact: Karen Teber
km463@georgetown.edu
O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Public Release: 7-May-2015
PLOS Pathogens
Chagas disease vaccine shows long-term protection in mice
Chagas disease, caused by the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite and transmitted by insects in Latin America is among the most common tropical diseases, and so far without effective vaccine. A study published on May 7 in PLOS Pathogens now shows that a candidate vaccine can induce long-lasting immunity against the parasite in mice.

Contact: Nisha J. Garg
nigarg@utmb.edu
409-747-6865
PLOS

Public Release: 6-May-2015
Show us your BabyFace: Researchers appeal for help from new parents
A new app launched by the University of Nottingham is offering parents of newborn infants the chance to play a crucial role in research that could save the lives of premature babies in the developing world.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Emma Thorne
emma.thorne@nottingham.ac.uk
44-011-595-15793
University of Nottingham

Public Release: 6-May-2015
Lancet
Social network experiments create a tipping point to improve public health
Convincing a large group of people to change its behavior is no popularity contest, a new study shows. In a novel experiment, researchers found that certain public health interventions work best when key 'influencers' in a face-to-face social network are exposed to the program. What's surprising, they say, is that those key influencers are not the most socially connected people in the network.
National Institutes of Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Star Family Foundation, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Contact: Jim Shelton
james.shelton@yale.edu
203-432-3881
Yale University

Public Release: 6-May-2015
Science Translational Medicine
Mobile phone microscope rapidly detects parasite levels in blood
Scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, and the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues have developed a mobile phone microscope to measure blood levels of the parasitic filarial worm Loa loa. The point-of-care device may enable safe resumption of mass drug administration campaigns to eradicate the parasitic diseases onchocerciasis (river blindness) and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis).
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Hillary Hoffman
hillary.hoffman@nih.gov
301-402-1663
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Public Release: 6-May-2015
Science Translational Medicine
Mobile phone video microscope automates detection of parasites in blood
A research team led by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, has developed a new mobile phone microscope that uses video to automatically detect and quantify infection by parasitic worms in a drop of blood. This next generation of UC Berkeley's CellScope technology could help revive efforts to eradicate debilitating diseases in Africa by providing critical information for health providers in the field.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, US Agency for International Development

Contact: Sarah Yang
scyang@berkeley.edu
510-643-7741
University of California - Berkeley

Public Release: 5-May-2015
Lancet Infectious Diseases
Hepatitis C common among HIV-positive patients in sub-Saharan Africa
A new study has found high levels of infection with hepatitis C across Africa, particularly in people infected with HIV.

Contact: Sam Wong
sam.wong@imperial.ac.uk
44-207-594-2198
Imperial College London

Public Release: 5-May-2015
Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition transfers to BioMed Central
The open-access Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition is now being published by BioMed Central. The journal was first published in 1983 and in transferring to the open-access publisher it joins the growing number of global health journals within the portfolio.

Contact: Shane Canning
shane.canning@biomedcentral.com
44-203-192-2243
BioMed Central

Public Release: 4-May-2015
Journal of Experimental Medicine
Malarial parasites dodge the kill
Scientists have uncovered a potential mode of parasite drug resistance in malaria infection, opening new opportunities for the design of anti-malarial drugs.
European Community's Seventh Framework Programme, Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT), Geconcerteerde OnderzoeksActies, Research Fund of the KU Leuven, Fund for Scientific Research, Medical Research Council

Contact: Rita Sullivan King
news@rupress.org
212-327-8603
Rockefeller University Press

Public Release: 30-Apr-2015
GHIT Fund boosts anti-malarial drug research at Griffith University
At Griffith University's world-leading Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery, support from the powerful Global Health Innovative Technology Fund is helping Professor Vicky Avery and her team in the fight against malaria.
Global Health Innovative Technology Fund

Contact: Michael Jacobson
m.jacobson@griffith.edu.au
61-755-529-250
Griffith University

Public Release: 30-Apr-2015
PLOS Computational Biology
Optimizing treatment protocols when diagnostics are costly
HIV-1 continues to spread globally. While neither a cure, nor an effective vaccine are available, recent focus has been put on 'treatment-for-prevention', which is a method by which treatment is used to reduce the contagiousness of an infected person. A study published this week in PLOS Computational Biology challenges current treatment paradigms in the context of 'treatment for prevention' against HIV-1.

Contact: Max von Kleist
vkleist@zedat.fu-berlin.de
49-308-387-5257
PLOS

Public Release: 30-Apr-2015
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Researchers find worm index closely associated with a nation's human development index
With the Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2000 coming to an end in 2015, and the new Sustainable Development Goals now in the works to establish a set of targets for the future of international development, experts at Baylor College of Medicine have developed a new tool to show why neglected tropical diseases, the most common infections of the world's poor, should be an essential component of these goals.

Contact: Dipali Pathak
pathak@bcm.edu
713-798-4710
PLOS

Public Release: 29-Apr-2015
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Quenching the thirst for clean, safe water
It is estimated that one in nine people globally lack access to safe water. Michigan State University researchers are looking to fill that critical need and provide safe drinking water to the most remote locations in the world with a new foam water filter that significantly reduces dangerous pathogens in drinking water.
Amway

Contact: Mackenzie Kastl
mackenzie.kastl@cabs.msu.edu
517-884-8048
Michigan State University

Public Release: 29-Apr-2015
Science academies hand over statements for G7 summit to German Chancellor Merkel
Today the national science academies of the G7 countries handed three statements to their respective heads of government for discussion during the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in early June 2015. The papers on antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and the future of the ocean were drawn up by the seven national academies under the aegis of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Contact: Caroline Wichmann
presse@leopoldina.org
49-151-156-49436
Leopoldina

Public Release: 29-Apr-2015
PLOS ONE
Locally sourced drugs can be effective for treating multidrug-resistant TB
Locally sourced antibiotics can be as effective as 'internationally quality-assured' antibiotics for treating multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Pakistan, and may help avoid delays in starting treatment while programs wait for drugs to arrive from overseas, according to new research. The study, published in PLOS ONE, was a collaboration between researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Pakistan National TB Control Programme, and the Research Alliance for Advocacy and Development.
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

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

Public Release: 29-Apr-2015
No quick fixes for developing world's solid waste management crisis
As the world population, economy and consumption grows, a complex and multi-dimensional approach is needed to manage a rising tide of solid waste, researchers say in a study published in the journal Waste Management.

Contact: Sacha Boucherie
s.boucherie@elsevier.com
31-204-853-564
Elsevier

Public Release: 29-Apr-2015
PLOS ONE
Improved sanitation may reduce sexual violence in South African townships
Improving access to public toilets in South African urban settlements may reduce both the incidence of sexual assaults by nearly 30 percent and the overall cost to society, a study by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Management found.
NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse

Contact: Michael Greenwood
michael.greenwood@yale.edu
203-737-5151
Yale University

Public Release: 28-Apr-2015
PLOS Medicine
No single cut-off for parasite half-life can define artemisinin-resistant malaria
Data from southeast Asia -- where artemisinin-resistant malaria strains were first detected -- broadly support WHO's 'working definition' for artemisinin resistance, but the currently used definitions require important refinements, according to a study by Lisa White and colleagues, from Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, published this week in PLOS Medicine.
Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programme in SE Asia

Contact: Hugh O'Brien
medicinepress@plos.org
PLOS

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