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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

Public Release: 16-May-2016
Heart
International experts publish guidelines for cardiac rehab in developing countries
The cardiac rehab model of care is quite standard in developed countries, and consists of risk factor assessment and management, exercise training, patient education, as well as dietary and psychosocial counselling. While it is cost-effective to deliver these programs in countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom and United States, the situation in developing countries is different.

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

Public Release: 16-May-2016
Cell Host & Microbe
UTMB scientists genetically engineered world's first Zika virus infectious cDNA clone
A multidisciplinary team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is the first in the world to genetically engineer a clone of the Zika virus strain, a development that could expedite many aspects of Zika research, including vaccine and therapeutics development. Cloning the virus unlocks scientists' ability to more quickly develop countermeasures and explore whether or how the Zika virus has evolved to spread more quickly and cause more severe diseases in people.

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

Public Release: 12-May-2016
PLOS ONE
Obesity on the rise in Indonesia
Obesity is on the rise in Indonesia, one of the largest studies of the double burden of malnutrition in children has revealed.

Contact: Rachel Fergus
rachel.fergus@sydney.edu.au
61-293-512-261
University of Sydney

Public Release: 12-May-2016
Maihle leading national DOD initiative to develop successful ovarian cancer investigators
Dr. Nita J. Maihle, a tumor virologist/biologist and educator, is leading the US Department of Defense's national initiative to enable early career ovarian cancer investigators to stay focused and successful in their fight against the fifth-leading cause of cancer death in women.
US Department of Defense

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

Public Release: 11-May-2016
ATS International Conference
National Jewish Health faculty earn 3 awards from the American Thoracic Society
At the American Thoracic Society International Meeting in San Francisco, Charles Daley will receive the World Lung Health Award for his efforts to diagnose and treat tuberculosis around the world. Irina Petrache will receive the Elizabeth A. Rich Award, recognizing a leading woman in pulmonary medicine and science. James Crapo will receive a lifetime achievement award for his efforts to treat and prevent chronic obstructive pulmonary medicine.

Contact: William Allstetter
allstetterw@njhealth.org
303-398-1002
National Jewish Health

Public Release: 11-May-2016
Nature
Brazilian Zika virus strain causes birth defects in experimental models
Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in Brazil and Senegal, have described the first 'direct experimental proof' that the Brazilian strain of Zika virus can actually cause severe birth defects. The findings are published in the May 11 online issue of Nature.
Zika Network FAPESP Projects, Tooth Fairy Project, National Institutes of Health, and NARSAD

Contact: Scott LaFee
slafee@ucsd.edu
619-543-6163
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 11-May-2016
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
A brief history of syphilis points to a neglected disease in sub-Saharan Africa
It is known that syphilis rates have varied much between different countries and populations over the past 100 years. A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases collates a history of the disease and finds that while rates dropped world-wide in the post-penicillin era after 1945, they remained, up until recently, much higher in Sub-Saharan Africa compared with other regions.

Contact: Chris Kenyon
ckenyon@itg.be
32-324-70786
PLOS

Public Release: 11-May-2016
Cell
Zika virus damages placenta, kills fetal mice
Zika virus infects and crosses the placentas of pregnant mice and causes severe damage or death in fetal mice, report scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health. Investigators from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed two mouse models of Zika infection in pregnancy that will enable rapid testing of experimental Zika drugs to prevent congenital abnormalities, and may aid in better understanding how the virus affects pregnant women.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Anne A. Oplinger
aoplinger@niaid.nih.gov
301-402-1663
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Public Release: 10-May-2016
Microbes and Infection
UTSA professor Janakiram Seshu explores new method to stop the spread of Lyme disease
Medication that is normally used to lower cholesterol could stop the spread of Lyme disease, according to a new study co-authored by Janakiram Seshu, associate professor of biology at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Contact: Joanna Carver
joanna.carver@utsa.edu
210-243-4557
University of Texas at San Antonio

Public Release: 10-May-2016
Journal of Microbiological Methods
Rapid diagnostics for multidrug resistant organisms in combat-related infection
With funding from a Fiscal Year 2012 Military Infectious Diseases Applied Research Award, Dr. Connie Price and her team at Denver Health are aiming to identify rapid microbiological diagnostics for multidrug resistant organism (MDRO) pathogens that afflict Wounded Warriors and Veterans and, furthermore, would help clinicians more effectively treat patients with serious infections.
Department of Defense Military Infectious Diseases Research Program Award

Contact: Gail Whitehead
patricia.g.whitehead4.ctr@mail.mil
301-219-7783
US Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Public Release: 9-May-2016
Lancet Infectious Diseases
Eliminating HIV is possible; UCLA, Danish researchers explain how
UCLA and Danish researchers report that global elimination of HIV is possible, if countries use the strategy planned by the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. This 'treatment as prevention' approach has brought the HIV epidemic in Denmark to the brink of elimination, the authors said after analyzing two decades of data. However, this approach will only work in other countries if almost all patients adhere to their treatment regimens.

Contact: Phil Hampton
phampton@mednet.ucla.edu
310-794-0777
University of California - Los Angeles

Public Release: 9-May-2016
Elsevier launches Portuguese and Spanish versions of Zika Virus Resource Center Online
Aedes mosquitoes carrying the bacterium Wolbachia -- found inside the cells of 60 percent of all insect species -- are drastically less able to transmit Zika virus, say researchers at Brazil's Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in a study published May 4 in Cell Host & Microbe. This is the first report on the effect of Wolbachia bacteria on the Zika virus.

Contact: Christopher Capot
c.capot@elsevier.com
917-704-5174
Elsevier

Public Release: 9-May-2016
JAMA
A yellow fever epidemic: A new global health emergency?
Evidence is mounting that the current outbreak of yellow fever is becoming the latest global health emergency, say two Georgetown University professors who call on the World Health Organization to convene an emergency committee under the International Health Regulations. In addition, with frequent emerging epidemics, they call for the creation of a 'standing emergency committee' to be prepared for future health emergencies.

Contact: Karen Teber
km463@georgetown.edu
Georgetown University Medical Center

Public Release: 9-May-2016
Annals of Internal Medicine
MRI stronger predictor of major adverse cardiovascular events than standard scan
Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is a stronger predictor of risk for major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) than single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) at 5 years follow-up. The findings are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Contact: Angela Collom
acollom@acponline.org
215-351-2653
American College of Physicians

Public Release: 6-May-2016
Cell
A new paper-based test for the Zika virus
Researchers at MIT and other institutions have developed a paper test that can diagnose Zika virus infection in just a few hours.
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, MIT's Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Sarah McDonnell
s_mcd@mit.edu
617-253-8923
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 6-May-2016
Cell
Finding Zika one paper disc at a time
An international, multi-institutional team of researchers led by synthetic biologist James Collins, Ph.D. at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, has developed a low-cost, rapid paper-based diagnostic system for strain-specific detection of the Zika virus, with the goal that it could soon be used in the field to screen blood, urine, or saliva samples.

Contact: Kat J. McAlpine
katherine.mcalpine@wyss.harvard.edu
617-432-8266
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard

Public Release: 5-May-2016
Preventing asthma in children: University of Arizona researchers are 1 step closer
Efforts to improve the health of children at increased risk for asthma will receive a major boost with the launch of a new University of Arizona Health Sciences-led, federally funded national clinical study. For Fernando D. Martinez, M.D., and his colleagues at the UA Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center, this study follows 30 years of research to prevent and cure this chronic disease.
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Contact: Jane Erikson
jerikson@email.arizona.edu
520-626-7506
University of Arizona Health Sciences

Public Release: 5-May-2016
PLOS Genetics
Trypanosomes evade detection by swapping coat proteins through chromosomal rearrangement
African trypanosomes establish deadly, chronic infections of trypanosomiasis in the bloodstream by using repetitive 70-bp regions in the genome to regularly change out the active coat protein gene. Galadriel Hovel-Miner and colleagues at Rockefeller University and George Washington University report this discovery and describe its role in the process that trypanosomes use to evade host antibodies on May 5, 2016 in PLOS Genetics.

Contact: Amy Yau
ayau@plos.org
44-012-234-42823
PLOS

Public Release: 4-May-2016
Lancet Infectious Diseases
Dengue fever's economic 'bite' estimated in Lancet Infectious Disease article
A study by Brandeis University researchers finds that the global cost of dengue is an estimated US$8.9 billion annually, higher than several other major infectious diseases such as cholera, rotavirus gastroenteritis, canine rabies and Chagas.
Sanofi Pasteur

Contact: Max Pearlstein
maxp@brandeis.edu
781-736-3737
Brandeis University

Public Release: 4-May-2016
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Children in developing world infected with parasite may be more prone
Children infected even just once with a certain type of waterborne parasite are nearly three times as likely to suffer from moderate or severe stunted growth by the age of two than those who are not -- regardless of whether their infection made them feel sick, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Stephanie Desmon
sdesmon1@jhu.edu
410-955-7619
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Public Release: 3-May-2016
National Academy of Sciences Meeting
Van Andel Institute scientist elected to National Academy of Sciences to advise nation on medical and epigenomic policy and direction
Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) Chief Scientific Officer Peter Jones, Ph.D., D.Sc., today joined the nation's elite scientists as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the second VARI scientist elected into the academy, and joins molecular oncologist George Vande Woude, Ph.D., who has been a member of the Medical Genetics, Hematology, and Oncology section since 1993.

Contact: Beth Hinshaw Hall
beth.hinshawhall@vai.org
616-234-5519
Van Andel Research Institute

Public Release: 3-May-2016
New England Journal of Medicine
Ebola vaccine: Promising phase I trials
The clinical phase I trial of a potential vaccine against the dreaded Ebola virus has been successfully completed at four partner sites in Africa and Europe. The safety of the tested vaccine 'rVSV-ZEBOV', which induces persistent antibodies against the virus, has been confirmed. The results are currently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Contact: Press Department
presse@dzif.de
German Center for Infection Research

Public Release: 3-May-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Bacteria use traffic-cop-like mechanism to infect gut
A study has found that a cellular syringe-like device used to invade intestinal cells also acts as a traffic cop -- directing bacteria where to go and thereby enabling them to efficiently carry out infection. This mechanism is critical to a pathogen's success.
WSU Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health

Contact: Leigh Knodler
lknodler@vetmed.wsu.edu
509-335-4046
Washington State University

Public Release: 3-May-2016
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Early warning: Current Japanese encephalitis vaccine might not protect
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is the leading cause of viral encephalitis (infection of the brain) in Asia. There is no specific treatment for Japanese encephalitis (JE) which can cause death or serious long-term disability, and WHO recommends JEV vaccination in all areas where the disease is recognized as a public health priority. A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases suggests that current vaccines may fail to protect individuals against an emerging strain of the virus.
National Natural Science Foundation of China, State Key Laboratory of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control

Contact: Guodong Liang
gdliang@hotmail.com
PLOS

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