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Public Release: 24-Apr-2014
Immunity
Scripps Research Institute scientists find new point of attack on HIV for vaccine development
A team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute working with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative has discovered a new vulnerable site on the HIV virus.
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, National Institutes for Health, Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology and Immunogen Discovery, Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT and Harvard, Aids Fonds Netherlands, and others

Contact: Mika Ono
mikaono@scripps.edu
858-784-2052
Scripps Research Institute

Public Release: 24-Apr-2014
Lancet Global Health
Interactive training halves malaria overdiagnosis and prevents wastage of drugs
New research published on World Malaria Day finds that interactive training programs for health workers could halve the overdiagnosis of malaria and prevent wastage of valuable drugs.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Joel Winston
joel.winston@lshtm.ac.uk
44-020-792-72802
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Public Release: 24-Apr-2014
Science
Tsetse fly genome reveals weaknesses
Mining the genome of the tsetse fly, which transmits sleeping sickness, researchers have revealed weaknesses in its unique biology that they hope will help to eradicate this deadly disease. The 10-year project, which has involved 146 scientists from 78 research institutes across 18 countries, is the most detailed genetic analysis yet of the fly that spreads human African trypanosomiasis, known as sleeping sickness, in humans and Nagana in cattle.

Contact: Mary Clarke
press.office@sanger.ac.uk
44-012-234-95328
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Public Release: 24-Apr-2014
British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Pregnancy complications may be more common in immigrants from certain regions
Pregnant immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Caribbean islands may require increased monitoring during pregnancy, according to new research from St. Michael's Hospital.

Contact: Geoff Koehler
koehlerg@smh.ca
416-864-6060 x6537
St. Michael's Hospital

Public Release: 24-Apr-2014
Science
A scourge of rural Africa, the tsetse fly is genetically deciphered
An international team of researchers led by the Yale School of Public Health has successfully sequenced the genetic code of the tsetse fly, opening the door to scientific breakthroughs that could reduce or end the scourge of African sleeping sickness in sub-Saharan Africa. The study is published in the journal Science.
Wellcome Trust, World Health Organization

Contact: Helen Dodson
helen.dodson@yale.edu
203-436-3984
Yale University

Public Release: 22-Apr-2014
New England Journal of Medicine
Inserm and the Institut Pasteur identify a new variant of Ebola virus in Guinea
In an article which appeared in The New England journal of Medicine on April 16, researchers from Inserm and the Institut Pasteur have published their initial findings on the characteristics of the Ebola virus discovered in Guinea. Initial virological investigations enabled them to identify Zaire ebolavirus as the pathogen responsible for this epidemic.

Contact: Delphine Pannetier
delphine.pannetier@inserm.fr
33-472-768-291
INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale)

Public Release: 22-Apr-2014
Scientific Reports
First brain images of African infants enable research into cognitive effects of nutrition
Brain activity of babies in developing countries could be monitored from birth to reveal the first signs of cognitive dysfunction, using a new technique piloted by a London-based university collaboration.

Contact: Cher Thornhill
c.thornhill@ucl.ac.uk
020-310-83846
University College London

Public Release: 18-Apr-2014
PLOS ONE
Counterfeit contraceptives found in South America
A survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found that 28 percent of the batches studied were either of substandard quality or falsified. Many pills released the active ingredient too slowly. Others had the wrong active ingredient. One batch had no active ingredient at all.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Brett Israel
brett.israel@comm.gatech.edu
404-385-1933
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Release: 17-Apr-2014
Science
CU researchers discover target for treating dengue fever
Two recent papers by a University of Colorado School of Medicine researcher and colleagues may help scientists develop treatments or vaccines for dengue fever, West Nile virus, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and other disease-causing flaviviruses.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Mark Couch
mark.couch@ucdenver.edu
303-724-5377
University of Colorado Denver

Public Release: 17-Apr-2014
Viruses
Re-emergence of Ebola focuses need for global surveillance strategies
EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on conservation and global public health issues, published a comprehensive review today examining the current state of knowledge of the deadly Ebola and Marburg virus.

Contact: Anthony M. Ramos
ramos@ecohealthalliance.org
212-380-4469
EcoHealth Alliance

Public Release: 17-Apr-2014
New England Journal of Medicine
New MRSA superbug emerges in Brazil
An international research team led by Cesar A. Arias, M.D., Ph.D., at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has identified a new superbug that caused a bloodstream infection in a Brazilian patient. The report appeared in the April 17 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Robert Cahill
Robert.Cahill@uth.tmc.edu
713-500-3030
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Public Release: 17-Apr-2014
Food shortages could be most critical world issue by mid-century
The world is less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, according to a top scientist at the US Agency for International Development.

Contact: Kathleen Phillips
ka-phillips@tamu.edu
979-845-2872
Texas A&M AgriLife Communications

Public Release: 17-Apr-2014
Lancet Infectious Diseases
More research called for into HIV and schistosomiasis coinfection in African children
Researchers from LSTM have called for more research to be carried out into HIV and schistosomiasis coinfection in children in sub-Saharan Africa. In a paper in The Lancet Infectious Diseases LSTM's Professor Russell Stothard looked at previous research into the joint burden of HIV/AIDS and schistosomiasis of children, and found that while disease-specific control interventions are continuing, potential synergies in the control efforts for the two diseases have not been investigated.

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

Public Release: 17-Apr-2014
PLOS Pathogens
How the immune system prevents repeated malaria fever episodes in highly exposed children
Children in Mali (and many other regions where malaria is common) are infected with malaria parasites more than 100 times a year, but they get sick with malaria fever only a few times. To understand how the immune system manages to prevent malaria fever in most cases, Peter Crompton and colleagues in the US and in Mali, analyzed immune cells from healthy children before the malaria season and from the same children after their first bout of malaria fever during the ensuing malaria season.

Contact: Peter Crompton
pcrompton@niaid.nih.gov
301-496-2959
PLOS

Public Release: 17-Apr-2014
PLOS Pathogens
Proteomics discovers link between muscle damage and cerebral malaria
Malaria-related complications remain a major cause of death for children in many parts of the world. Why some children develop these complications while others don't is still not understood. A multidisciplinary group of scientists and clinicians under the direction of Peter Nilsson (SciLifeLab and KTH, Sweden), Mats Wahlgren (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden), Delmiro Fernandez-Reyes (Brighton & Sussex Medical School, UK) and Olugbemiro Sodeinde (College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria), report results of a systematic proteomics approach to the question in PLOS Pathogens.

Contact: Peter Nilsson
peter.nilsson@scilifelab.se
46-852-481-418
PLOS

Public Release: 16-Apr-2014
Journal of Immunology
Progress in understanding immune response in severe schistosomiasis
Researchers at Tufts University have uncovered a mechanism that may help explain the severe forms of schistosomiasis, or snail fever, which is one of the most prevalent parasitic diseases in the world. The study in mice, published online this week in The Journal of Immunology, may also offer targets for intervention and amelioration of the disease.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH/Office of the Director, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, National Research Foundation of Korea–Global Research Network

Contact: Siobhan Gallagher
siobhan.gallagher@tufts.edu
617-636-6586
Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus

Public Release: 15-Apr-2014
PLOS ONE
Using video surveillance to measure peoples' hand washing habits
Stanford researchers pioneer use of video surveillance to better understand essential hygiene behavior.

Contact: Rob Jordan
rjordan@stanford.edu
650-721-1881
Stanford University

Public Release: 15-Apr-2014
6th International Symposium on Filoviruses
International research group recognizes UTMB experts
The global experts who study the deadliest infectious diseases recognized the contributions of Frederick A. Murphy and Thomas G. Ksiazek, professors at the University of Texas Medical Branch, with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th annual International Symposium on Filoviruses. The filoviruses include Ebola and Marburg viruses that cause death in 50 to 90 percent of people infected. The current outbreak of Ebola virus raging in West Africa has caused more than 100 deaths so far.

Contact: Maureen Balleza
maballez@utmb.edu
409-772-8785
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Public Release: 15-Apr-2014
Pitt CVR and Sanofi Pasteur collaborate to assess the effectiveness of a dengue vaccine
The University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research (CVR) and Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, have entered a scientific collaboration to help assess the effectiveness of a dengue vaccine once introduced for immunization programs. Pitt's CVR is creating the new test to help assess the effectiveness of Sanofi Pasteur's dengue vaccine candidate, which aims to reduce cases of dengue and the circulation of the virus in the population.

Contact: Allison Hydzik
hydzikam@upmc.edu
412-647-9975
University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences

Public Release: 14-Apr-2014
Cell Host & Microbe
Plague alters cell death to kill host
Research at Northwestern Medicine has uncovered how the bacteria that cause pneumonic plague can subvert apoptotic cell death by directly destroying Fas ligand. The effect is a disrupted immune response during infection, which allows Y. pestis to overwhelm the lungs, causing death.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Marla Paul
marla-paul@northwestern.edu
312-503-8928
Northwestern University

Public Release: 14-Apr-2014
Internal Medicine 2014
Osteoporosis drugs appear to impede cell membrane repair
A class of drugs widely used to treat osteoporosis appears to impede a cell's ability to repair a protective outer membrane that helps determine what enters and exits, researchers report.

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

Public Release: 14-Apr-2014
Optics Express
Let the sun shine in: Redirecting sunlight to urban alleyways
In response to ever-crowded urban conditions in developing countries, researchers in Egypt have developed an inexpensive way of re-directing natural sunlight into dimly lit streets and alleys, where lack of sun is linked to health problems. The new optical device can increase brightness in alleyways by up to 400 percent. The research was published today in Energy Express, a supplement to the journal Optics Express.
Science and Technology Development Fund of Egypt

Contact: Angela Stark
astark@osa.org
202-416-1443
The Optical Society

Public Release: 14-Apr-2014
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
New study finds closing gap in diarrhea care of African children could save 20,000 lives
Young children suffering from diarrheal diseases are less likely to receive life-saving oral rehydration therapy if they seek treatment at private, for-profit clinics, according to the first-ever, large-scale study of child diarrhea treatment practices in sub-Saharan Africa. The stark difference in treatment between public and private clinics may be unnecessarily costing tens of thousands of lives each year from diarrheal diseases that are effectively treatable with inexpensive oral rehydration salts, researchers conclude in the report.

Contact: Bridget DeSimone
bdesimone@burnesscommunications.com
301-280-5735
Burness Communications

Public Release: 9-Apr-2014
Seven innovators from Peru receive $100,000 seed grants from Grand Challenges Canada
Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today announced $100,000 seed grants to enable seven innovators from Peru to pursue promising bold ideas to help address pressing health issues in Peru. The grants were announced during the State Visit to Canada of His Excellency Ollanta Humala Tasso, President of the Republic of Peru.

Contact: Lode Roels
lode.roels@grandchallenges.ca
647-328-2021
Grand Challenges Canada

Public Release: 8-Apr-2014
Rapid, broad countermeasures sought against mystery infections
A group of University of Washington scientists is seeking broad, versatile countermeasures effective against several different kinds of viruses and other pathogens. The investigators are part of a national push for faster responses to unexpected infectious agents. These include newly emerging, unknown pathogens, forgotten ones, those expanding beyond their usual geographic range, or dangerous new strains of old enemies like influenza.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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

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